Our top tips for making the most of the week ahead, with brilliant things to do across the whole of Greater Manchester… For even more ideas, visit our What’s On page. 

1. Celebrate the city with Manchester Day

One of the city’s favourite days of the year, Manchester Day is a celebration of Manchester, its people, and all things Mancunian with a kaleidoscope of colour, sound and culture weaving its way through the cities streets in a Parade that follows along Deansgate. 

Starting at 1pm on Sunday 19 June , this year the parade will feature a special guest in the form of Little Amal, a 3.5 metre refugee puppet who has travelled 8,000km to reach Manchester. Events are taking place across the city centre, including live entertainment, free family activities, youth markets and street food, and is free to attend. 

2. Festival of Libraries returns with events across Greater Manchester 

Following the success of its inaugural event last year, Manchester City of Literature’s Festival of Libraries returns to celebrate all things literature with 80 events taking place across Greater Manchester. From Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 June, events include crafting, exhibitions, talks, music, activism and more You can expect talks from notable faces including; poet Lemn Sissay, Repair Shop’s Jay Blades, and actor Julie Hesmondhalgh. Find out what is happening across the region here

3. Vintage market, DJs, and disco’s take over the rooftops of St John’s 

Celebrating the opening of ABC Building’s new Roofdeck & Dome, this weekend (Friday 17 – Sunday 19 June), The ABC Weekender will feature DJ’s and a silent disco, a vintage flea market, food trucks, and a Northern Soul takeover, as well as stand-up comedy, morning yoga, plus a family rave. Throughout the weekend, ABC Gallery’s debut show, 70 The Exhibition, will also open showcasing 30 unique pieces of art curated to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  

4. Re-discover Salford with music, food and performances across its green spaces 

On Thursday 16 June, Salford Re-Discovered celebrates the city with events at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park and the University of Salford campus. Music, films, tours, and performances will come from the likes of legendary local drag queen Cheddar Gorgeous, food from street food gurus GRUB, and original commissions from the Lowry. Plus, from 7pm onwards, Salford Crescent will come alive with ‘growing party vibes’ – view the full listings and find out more here

5. Get inspired to celebrate Father’s Day across Greater Manchester 

If you’re celebrating the father figure in your life, we have 13 ideas for you on how to spend Father’s Day across the region this Sunday 19 June. From delicious roast dinners and coffee masterclasses, to music tours, football stadium experiences and gin cruises, our guide rounds up the best of the major events happening this weekend. Be sure to check it out for ideas and inspiration here.  

NEW OPENING OF THE WEEK: East Lancashire Railway’s pub reopens following renovation 

Heritage train line East Lancashire Railway have reopened their award-winning pub following a significant renovation. The Trackside, located on the platforms of the historic railway station in Bury is welcoming visitors back to grab a drink or bite to eat from their new menu, or sample craft beer, real ale or their new cocktails – the first fifty visitors on selected days will also get a free beer, wine or prosecco!  

BOOK NOW: Manchester Science Festival returns in October with world premiere music exhibition  

The Science and Industry Museum has announced the return of the Manchester Science Festival, which returns for the first time since 2018 with a programme of live, interactive events, and world premieres set to take place from 21-30 October 2022. As part of the festival, a brand new exhibition, Turn It Up: The power of music will open with a hands-on experience that includes an out of this world dance experience to explore what it might be like to dance outside of Earth’s atmosphere! Find out more about the festival and prebook tickets here




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