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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 August.
Spotlight on: Manchester Pride
August bank holiday weekend will see the city celebrate pride and this year is going to be bigger than ever!
This year’s parade will take place on Saturday 24 August. The parade will see thousands of people marching through the streets of Manchester, commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and looking ahead to the future of LGBT+ rights.
Manchester Pride Live takes place on Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 August, and will feature some of the world’s biggest pop artists. Honorary Mancunian Ariana Grande and British pop sensations Years & Years are set to headline.
Taking place from Friday to Sunday, Manchester’s Gay Village will be transformed into a huge street party with fun for the whole family.
If you want to avoid the crowds – Manchester Pride’s Superbia programme will be offering free cultural experiences at No 70 Oxford Street, Manchester Central Library and The Refuge across the weekend.
Other things to do
The Book of Mormon says farewell to Manchester this month! Catch the award-winning comedy at the Palace Theatre while you can!
US comedian Celeste Barber will be performing at Manchester Academy on Friday 9 August.
It’s back on the telly! Now round up some mates and give The Crystal Maze a try in real life.
Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul perform at O2 Ritz Manchester on Wednesday 21 August.
Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers and more are set to appear at Creamfields Festival, with shuttle buses running from Manchester city centre.
Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers bring some punk rock to Manchester Academy 2 on Wednesday 28 August.
Listen to the Oasis classic Definitely Maybe performed by a 10-piece brass band at O2 Ritz Manchester on Thursday 29 August.
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 August.
Stadium and arena shows:
Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere
New music to have on your radar:
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.
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 August. For more, head to our Manchester guide.