Manchester might have a reputation for being the UK’s Rainy City, but it doesn’t mean that summer should be cancelled. Quite the opposite, actually. Manchester’s increased popularity over the last 10 years has seen it become home to people from all over the world, and the summer time is when things really get interesting.
The summer months provide an opportunity to enjoy the great city for all it has to offer, from street food events to festivals and more. Just like our The Best Activities in London This Summer, we’ve put together a list of the most exciting events happening during Manchester’s summer months.
Expect fantastic music, more cocktails than you can manage and Manchester’s finest Caribbean food at Get Down At The Reggae Brunch. The 13th and 14th of July will see rum punch to party vibes, as people come together to sample the most exquisite delights of the Caribbean.
Experience the best of Manchester’s alternative scene at the Manchester Fringe Festival, which runs throughout July. Art, dance, theatre, new writing, comedy, poetry, music, burlesque, workshops and exhibitions are all on show at the Fringe Festival.
Whoever said you’re supposed to be quiet at the movies obviously never heard of the Bottomless Singing Cinema. Bottomless popcorn and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are on hand while the audience enjoys an authentic sing-a-long experience to some of the most iconic songs in the history of cinema.
Soak up some serious nostalgia at Manchester Comic Con’s two-day event, which is themed around popular films and programmes from the 1980s and 1990s. There will be a focus on iconic productions such as Gremlins, Police Academy and Baywatch - as well as special guests like Jason Patric and Michael Rooker, who is known for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead.
Sticking with 90s nostalgia, Jerry Springer - The Opera takes place at the Hope Mill Theatre throughout the month of August. Not for the faint-hearted, the show pays homage to the de facto talk show that was crass, had no shame and featured guests who would do anything to get on TV. The show was “airing your dirty laundry in public” before social media was a thing. Now you can relive it in opera form.
Honest Burgers, one the UK’s most popular burger joints, has teamed up with Runaway Brewery to open a roof terrace with plenty of delicious beef patties and beer. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the sun than meeting up with friends and heading to a rooftop for beer and burgers. Enjoy sweeping views of Manchester while sampling mouth-watering patties.
Indulge in the world of computer game consoles at the Museum of Science and Industry. Back by popular demand, this time there are hundreds of consoles on offer. You can play some of the most popular games from the last 40 years, including Pong, Pac-Man, Minecraft and everyone’s favourite plumber, Mario.
Everyone knows that cocktails are the highlight of summer, which is why you should head down to Fight Club and try one of their cocktail slushies. As one of the city’s most popular spots, Fight Club has a varied selection in the form of cocktails like rum coconut and banana liqueur crunch. Get yourself some brain freeze and thirst-quenching delights.
July sees the Manchester International Festival come to town with performances from the iconic Yoko Ono; grime sensation, Skepta; US RnB artist, Janelle Monae; performer extraordinaire, Idris Elba; and British actor, Kwame Kwei-Armah. Enjoy 18 days of world premieres and special events between 4th to 21st July.
Kelis and Bingo. What more could you ask for? The two-day August event features RnB singer Kelis at the first Bongo’s Big Top event, where there will be live performers and grand bingo games for everyone to take part in. It turns out Kelis’ milkshake doesn’t just bring the boys to the yard; it brings the bingo enthusiasts too.
The Book of Mormon is a worldwide hit, and now Manchester gets to experience it first hand. Running until the 13th of July at the Palace Theatre in Manchester city centre, this musical comedy is set in Ugandan village which is visited by two Mormon missionaries who try and preach their religion to the local villagers.
Summer vibes in Manchester
You won’t be short of things to do in Manchester this summer, no matter your tastes. What are your plans this summer? Which of our picks excite you most, and have we left anything out that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments below.