Best Events in August in Manchester

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

Comedy

Stand Up Thursday - Three of the Finest Comedians Plus an Open Spot

1 Aug

The Comedy Store

From£15.00

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Thursday Night Live

Comedy

Thursday Night Live

1 Aug

Frog And Bucket

From£12.00

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Friday Barrel of Laughs

Comedy

Friday Barrel of Laughs

2 Aug

Frog And Bucket

From£21.00

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Haus22 presents Techno at the Skate Park

Club

Haus22 presents Techno at the Skate Park

3 Aug

Projekts MCR

From£18.00

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Saturday Barrel of Laughs

Comedy

Saturday Barrel of Laughs

3 Aug

Frog And Bucket

From£24.00

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King Gong (Manchester)

Comedy

King Gong (Manchester)

4 Aug

The Comedy Store

From£8.00

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Animals As Leaders

Gig

Animals As Leaders

5 Aug

Manchester Academy

From£28.00

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Beat the Frog

Comedy

Beat the Frog

5 Aug

Frog And Bucket

From£6.00

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Stand Up Thursday

Comedy

Stand Up Thursday

8 Aug

The Comedy Store

From£15.00

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Basshunter LIVE in Manchester

Club

Basshunter LIVE in Manchester

9 Aug

Gorilla

From£15.00

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A JAMES Club Night - The Gathering Sound - Zombie Shack, Manchester

Club

A JAMES Club Night - The Gathering Sound - Zombie Shack, Manchester

9 Aug

Zombie Shack

From£7.00

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Prophets of Rage

Gig

Prophets of Rage

13 Aug

Manchester Academy

From£53.00

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Trance Anthems - Manchester

Club

Trance Anthems - Manchester

17 Aug

Fifth Nightclub Manchester

From£15.00

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Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Tramell

Gig

Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Tramell

20 Aug

Band On The Wall

From£21.00

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Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul

Gig

Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul

21 Aug

O2 Ritz

From£43.00

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Horse Meat Disco Pride Party

Club

Horse Meat Disco Pride Party

23 Aug

The Refuge

From£12.00

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Kanda Bongo Man

Gig

Kanda Bongo Man

24 Aug

Band On The Wall

From£19.00

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Ding Dong & Teejay

Club

Ding Dong & Teejay

25 Aug

Manchester Academy

From£23.00

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Hidden Courtyard - Day & Night Pt 3

Club

Hidden Courtyard - Day & Night Pt 3

25 Aug

Hidden

From£9.00

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Back By Dope Demand

Club

Back By Dope Demand

25 Aug

Mint Lounge

From£7.00

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Machine Gun Kelly

Gig

Machine Gun Kelly

27 Aug

O2 Ritz

From£35.00

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Cate Le Bon

Gig

Cate Le Bon

27 Aug

Gorilla

From£17.00

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Pink Sweat$

Gig

Pink Sweat$

29 Aug

Deaf Institute

From£11.00

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Ocean Alley

Gig

Ocean Alley

29 Aug

Gorilla

From£0.00

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Manchester Psych Festival

Gig

Manchester Psych Festival

30 Aug

Gorilla

From£39.00

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The James Taylor Quartet

Gig

The James Taylor Quartet

30 Aug

Band On The Wall

From£19.00

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Laughing Cows Comedy Night, Manchester

Comedy

Laughing Cows Comedy Night, Manchester

30 Aug

Tribeca

From£12.00

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Star Shaped Festival 2019

Gig

Star Shaped Festival 2019

31 Aug

O2 Ritz

From£38.00

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The Beths

Gig

The Beths

31 Aug

Gorilla

From£11.00

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Toto - Africa Party 2019 - Manchester

Club

Toto - Africa Party 2019 - Manchester

31 Aug

Zombie Shack

From£7.00

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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!

Alongside Amélie comes a variety of great shows perfect children, including We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at The Lowry and In The Night Garden Live at the Palace Theatre.

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.

Elsewhere, flightless birds and scheming pigs take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2. And Artemis Fowl hunts down his missing father and family fortune.

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.

Club fans will find themselves heading towards the likes of Hidden, Deaf Institute, and Tiger Tiger for nights of thumping bass and dance-worthy bangers.

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

Manchester keeps the laughter going with their collection of five-star comedy venues including the Frog & Bucket and The Comedy Store.

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.

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