1. Music and theatre take over the week with
Manchester International Festival 2023

Manchester International Festival 2023 continues with performances across the city,  including a ‘mixed-reality’ concert from composer Ryuichi Sakamoto in KAGAMI. Surround yourself with books at John Rylands Library to listen to Maxine Peake on a performance of They, enjoy an eclectic evening of music with Grammy-winning Angélique Kidjo guests with their first show in Manchester for ten years; or see AFRODEUTESCHE perform with Manchester Camerata in an exciting live experience combining contemporary classical sounds with electronic dance music.

2. Watch Tony award-winning Broadway production Titanic: The Musical

From 4 to 8 July at The Lowry, Titanic: The Musical is an emotional look into a significant and tragic event of the last century. Uncover the hopes and ambitions of the passengers, from the Third-Class immigrants to the Barons of the First Class in this celebrated production with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Tickets start from £20.

3. Lose yourself in flavour at Foodies Festival

Returning to Tatton Park from 7 to 9 July, Foodies Festival will have an incredible line-up of celebrities including Michelin-starred chefs and famous musical acts including Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Scouting for Girls. Friday kicks off with a ‘Cocktails, Cabaret and Cake’ programme, with the weekend full of activities for the whole family, including a fairground and delicacies from around the world. Prices start at £18.

4. Sit back, relax and enjoy your Movie on The Meadow

On Saturday 8 July, bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of cinema at Quarry Bank Mill with the family. With a 4pm screening of one of our favourite robots, WALL-E is sure to leave your children filled with wonder and curiosity. Alternatively, if you’re planning a more romantic evening, there will be a screening of Dirty Dancing at 9pm. Tickets for each film from £7.50.

5. Celebrate gender diversity during The Sparkle Weekend

Back for a weekend of celebration from 7 to 9 July, The Sparkle Weekend will once again take place at Sackville Gardens to welcome all gender non-conforming folks as well as families, friends, and allies. This extraordinary event, which is the largest free-to-attend celebration of gender diversity in the world, will feature live music and entertainment, as well as talks and workshops, and includes a dry non-alcohol zone, an area for youth and families, and a space for wellbeing and community. Free to attend.

New opening: DieCast

The newest creative neighbourhood in the city centre is launching its first opening phase with a Summer Party Program from 6 to 8 July. Located between Store Street and Ducie Street, the venue opens its outside space with an open-air BBQ kitchen and Pizzeria. Long-term plans for the site, which is in a former metals factory, include opening a 5,000-capacity food hall and night market. Book your free tickets here.


Manchester International Festival
Factory International

Taking place across the city as well as at Factory International, MIF23 is set to bring 18 extraordinary days of events, performances and happenings to Greater Manchester.

Foodies Festival
Food and Drink Festival
Crop unrecognizable friends clinking ice creams on street

Foodies Festival, the UK’s favourite food festival, will return to Tatton Park 7-9 July 2023!

Titanic The Musical
Titanic The Musical

Titanic The Musical is produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams, in association with Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

Movie on the Meadow - Dirty Dancing
Outdoor cinema

Enjoy an evening of 80's nostalgia with friends and family with our outdoor cinema screening of Dirty Dancing. Bring a blanket and low backed chairs and get settled in for a magical night under the stars.

Movie on the Meadow - Wall-E
Outdoor cinema

Watch a much loved family movie at the outdoor cinema on the Mill Meadow here at Quarry Bank.

The Sparkle Weekend
The Sparkle Weekend

The Sparkle Weekend, the world's largest annual free-to-attend celebration of gender identity returns.



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