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Festivals in Greater Manchester

Be it in honour of local beers and ales, or commemorating a historical event, you don’t need to tell Mancunians twice to celebrate something.

  • Albert's Schloss: Oktoberfest

    Albert's Schloss: Oktoberfest

    16 September 2016 - 09 October 2016

    FestivalFrom 16th September to 9th October the Peter Street Bier Palace is hosting it’s very own Oktoberfest at the heart of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

  • Doki Doki Festival Manchester

    Doki Doki Festival Manchester

    12 November 2016 - 12 November 2016

    ArticleDoki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival is an event held in Manchester, UK, celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture.

  • Greater Manchester Festival Guide

    Greater Manchester Festival Guide

    ArticleGreater Manchester is known for its vast array of festivals which take place across the city in all shapes and sizes throughout the year. Here’s a round-up of all the great festivals taking place in Greater Manchester.

  • Grimmfest 2016

    Grimmfest 2016

    06 October 2016 - 09 October 2016

    ArticleThe 8th edition of Grimmfest will take place at ODEON Printworks in Manchester.

  • Homegrown Folk Festival

    Homegrown Folk Festival

    13 October 2016 - 15 October 2016

    FestivalThe Met's annual festival of the finest English Folk Music

  • Journeys International Festival

    Journeys International Festival

    01 October 2016 - 12 October 2016

    ExhibitionJourneys Fest Manchester is twelve days of extraordinary events that celebrates the artistic talent and incredible stories of refugee artists. Come and explore the diverse programme of free artistic activity, happening citywide

  • Lightwaves at Salford Quays

    Lightwaves at Salford Quays

    09 December 2016 - 18 December 2016

    ArticleAll the installations are designed to be interactive, from the giant 3D maze and huge inflatable rabbits, to the brand new commission, Cathedral of Mirrors.

  • Manchester Animation Festival

    Manchester Animation Festival

    15 November 2016 - 17 November 2016

    ArticleManchester Animation Festival is a celebration of the animated art form.

  • Manchester Literature Festival

    Manchester Literature Festival

    07 October 2016 - 23 October 2016

    ArticleTake part by attending venues across the city for a distinctly Mancunian celebration of literature and the imagination.

  • Manchester Oktoberfest

    Manchester Oktoberfest

    19 October 2016 - 23 October 2016

    ArticleOktoberfest with German beer, food and music is so much fun.

  • Neighbourhood Festival

    Neighbourhood Festival

    08 October 2016 - 08 October 2016

    ArticleBrand new city centre festival taking place over nine venues and featuring over 100 international acts.

  • Oxjam Manchester Takeover

    Oxjam Manchester Takeover

    30 September 2016 - 02 October 2016

    FestivalOxjam Manchester Takeover Festival is back for 2016 to the streets of Chorlton for a mega weekend of live music.

  • Transition Festival 2016

    Transition Festival 2016

    18 November 2016 - 19 November 2016

    FestivalSwitch on to Transition, a festival of light and sound taking place in Bury town centre.

  • Women in Comedy Festival

    Women in Comedy Festival

    20 October 2016 - 30 October 2016

    ArticleAfter three successful years producing Europe’s only Women in Comedy Festival, Dulcet Sounds, the producers of Laughing Cows Comedy established in 1998 bring the 2016 Women in Comedy Festival UK.