August, the height of Summer and the best time to get out there and do something! Schools are out, students are home and everyone is heading on holiday. It’s great if you’re vacationing in the North or are just looking for things to do from home! Check out all the best events in August in Manchester here:
Stand Up Thursday - Three of the Finest Comedians Plus an Open Spot
Thursday Night Live
Friday Barrel of Laughs
Haus22 presents Techno at the Skate Park
Saturday Barrel of Laughs
King Gong (Manchester)
Animals As Leaders
Beat the Frog
Stand Up Thursday
Basshunter LIVE in Manchester
A JAMES Club Night - The Gathering Sound - Zombie Shack, Manchester
Prophets of Rage
Trance Anthems - Manchester
Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Tramell
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul
Horse Meat Disco Pride Party
Kanda Bongo Man
Ding Dong & Teejay
Hidden Courtyard - Day & Night Pt 3
Back By Dope Demand
Machine Gun Kelly
Cate Le Bon
Manchester Psych Festival
The James Taylor Quartet
Laughing Cows Comedy Night, Manchester
Star Shaped Festival 2019
Toto - Africa Party 2019 - Manchester
Theatre in Manchester
Plenty of great theatre shows will be taking place in Manchester this August, beginning with a stage adaptation of Amélie! The beautiful and moving story of a young woman living quietly in Paris, told onstage at the Manchester Opera House from August 6th!
For the intellectuals out there, Stephen Fry will be visiting The Lowry with his new book Mythos: A Retelling of Myths of Ancient Greece. In his trilogy of Gods, Heroes and Men, Fry explores humanity in Greek Mythology in a series of plays.
Films to see this month
There’s still some time before the end of the Summer blockbuster season! Catch up with Hobbs & Shaw as they reunite to take down a genetically enhanced villain in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Or, follow the teenage Dora as she uncovers a forgotten city in Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
Top club nights, concerts and gigs in August
Manchester is one of the centres of music in the UK. It has a huge selection of great bands, DJs and world-wide superstars who come to play almost every night.
Music fans will often find themselves in the Manchester Academy, O2 Ritz or O2 Apollo for diverse programmes of local and international talent. The Manchester Arena and Etihad Stadium on the other hand welcome huge global stars.
Those with a taste for the classical will enjoy Stoller Hall‘s season of recitals from musicians from across the globe, including the Chetham International Piano Series!
Best comedy events in August in Manchester
For touring comedians, Palace Theatre, Manchester Arena and the Albert Hall, will be your best bet! Coming up this month are some incredible performers, including the legendary Nick Offerman from Parks & Recreation.
Festivals, exhibitions and other events coming up
Perhaps the best events in Manchester this August are its huge of selection of festivals. This month has everything from music festivals to child-friendly days out and more!
First and foremostly, Pride Festival. It’s one of the longest running LGBTQ+ celebrations in the UK and certainly one of the most iconic. Every August Bank Holiday Weekend, events cluster around the city’s Gay Village putting on music, stalls, workshops, a huge parade. This year, Ariana Grande is headlining the festival proper, accompanied by Bananarama and Years & Years.
Just outside of Manchester are Creamfields – an electronic music festival in Daresbury – and Leeds Festival,headlined by The 1975, Foo Fighters and Twenty One Pilots. But if that brand of rock music is a little be too modern for you, Star Shaped Festival will be taking place this month to celebrate iconic Britpop history.
Monicas, Rachels and Friends fans can rejoice as FriendsFest returns to Heaton Park once again this year! Take a seat in a Monica’s Apartment, hang out in the corridor or play foosball at Joey and Chandler’s.
Elsewhere, go head to head at the Crystal Maze, or learn about the histories of banners used throughout campaigns, protests and more at the People’s History Museum.
August Bank Holiday Weekend in Manchester
Of course, we can’t forget about the last (proper) bank holiday weekend of the year. Pride will be taking over the city, but there are plenty of things to do in and around the city still!
Check out our guide to August Bank Holiday in Manchester here.