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Things to do in Manchester this month

Check out the latest events happening in this buzzing city.

Manchester la la la.

The pioneering city that gave the world the computer, the Suffragettes, bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The 1975 and countless others is not a place that sits still. There is always something going on here.

Whether it’s the world’s biggest pop stars playing at the 20,000 capacity Manchester Arena, a new play opening at one of the city’s many theatres or the next big thing honing their craft in a bustling Northern Quarter bar, there’s always something going on in the city of rain to get stuck into.

Each month we’ll bring you the best events happening in this historic northern powerhouse – here’s what’s going down in October.

Spotlight on: Halloween 

Everybody knows that the best part of October is Halloween!

There’s a whole load of spooky events taking across Manchester this month to get dressed up for.

The Godfather of Shock Rock Alice Cooper comes to town this month. Catch him at Manchester Arena on Friday 4 October 2019.

Finnish Goth rockers The Rasmus play their 2003 album Dead Letters in full at O2 Ritz Manchester on Monday 7 October 2019.

Disney On Ice skates into Manchester Arena from 9-13 October 2019. The perfect chance to dress as your favourite character!

Electronic pioneer Gary Numan headlines Albert Hall on Thursday 10 October.

For the Love of Horror, a brand new event that celebrates everything to do with horror, will come to Bowlers Exhibition Centre from 19-20 October 2019.

Goth rockers The Cult bring tunes such as She Sells Sanctuary and Rain to O2 Apollo Manchester on Thursday 24 October 2019.

The Heels of Hell Halloween drag show takes over O2 Ritz Manchester on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

Night People will be hosting their own Halloween party on Thursday 31 October 2019 with Casablanca Drivers and more set to perform.

Other things to do 

Warehouse Project carries on throughout October with Chase & Status, Four Tet, Mura Masa and more set to perform. Find out more here

Based on the music of pop songwriter Max Martin, new musical & Juliet finishes its run at the Opera House on 12 October 2019. Find out more here

Up for a laugh? The city’s annual Women in Comedy Festival takes place this month. Check out the listings here

Russell Howard brings his hilarious new Respite tour to Manchester Arena on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Beverely Knight will be performing the songs of Stevie Wonder at O2 Apollo Manchester on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Neighbourhood Festival takes over the city’s best music venues for performances from the likes of Miles Kane, The Sherlocks and more on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Old Trafford will host the Rugby Super League Final between either Wigan Warriors or Salford Red Devils v St Helens on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Comedy group Impractical Jokers bring their Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour to Manchester Arena on Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Boyzone bring hits such as Words and No Matter What to Manchester Arena on Saturday 19 October 2019.

Award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson will be discussing her new book We Are the Beaker Girls at Manchester Central Library on Saturday 26 October 2019.

See an orchestra re-imagine Kanye West’s biggest hits at O2 Ritz Manchester on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

James Morrison will bring his latest headline to tour O2 Apollo Manchester on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Live music venues

Looking for a fun night out with some world-class live music? Manchester is the place to be. Here’s what we recommend catching this October.

Stadium and arena shows:

  • John Mayer at Manchester Arena on Friday 18 October 2019.
  • Wizkid at O2 Victoria Warehouse on Friday 18 October 2019.
  • Cher at Manchester Arena on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere

  • The Struts at Manchester Academy on Friday 11 October 2019.
  • Skengdo x Am at O2 Ritz Manchester on Monday 28 October 2019.
  • Picture This at Albert Hall, Manchester on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

New music to have on your radar:

  • Jake Wesley Rogers at The Castle Hotel on Saturday 12 October 2019.
  • Cub Sport at The Deaf Institute on Tuesday 15 October 2019.
  • Chai at YES on Friday 25 October 2019.

Iconic attractions 

A city with a rich cultural history, there are loads of things to see and do in Manchester all year round.

Take the tram to Media City and visit the northern homes of the BBC and ITV, or brush up on your history at the famous Imperial War Museum.

Take a stroll around the historic canals in the Castlefield area of the city centre, before a visit to the Science and Industry Museum where you can learn about Manchester’s contributions to those fields.

If art is your thing, head to either the Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street or to the Whitworth on Oxford Road.

Manchester has a thriving craft beer scene. Independent beer maker extraordinaires Cloudwater host weekly tours and tastings at their Piccadilly based brewery.

Spend an afternoon in the trendy Northern Quarter for independent shopping and places to eat and drink. Stock up on vinyl at Piccadilly Records and after you’ve built up an appetite, head over to one of the area’s many independent bars and restaurants.

Whether you’re red or blue, Manchester is football mad. The city is the home of The National Football Museum, documenting the history of England’s most popular sport.

Speaking of football, go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most famous football clubs with the official Manchester United stadium tour.

You can do all this and more in Manchester this October. For more, head to our Manchester guide.

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