Winter has gone, Spring is well under way and we’re starting to get our first tastes of Summer. May might just be the best time of year! It’s warm, for the most part dry, and it hasn’t started to get uncomfortably hot just yet.
In fact, this weather makes for the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and doing something fun. And with two bank holiday weekends, there’s no excuse not to.
Like the rest of the year, May has plenty of fun activities and events to get yourself out to! Festivals to end-of-exams celebrations, walks in the countryside to museum exhibitions. You can find the best events in Manchester in May here.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Aloha - Thursdays at Lola Lo
Lee Fields & The Expressions
90's Garage Party
#upcloseandpersonalmcr Tim Penner & The stupid Experts
ALL NEW GIRLS ON FILM
antics Clubnight x Radiohead Spezial
5ive Live & 90s Party DJ's (Manchester)
Manchester United vs Cardiff 2019-05-12
ASTROWORLD #4 - A NEW RAP NIGHT
Atura Ou Surta - Manchester - 2nd Edition
A Night of Magical Motown & Soul
Manic Street Preachers
Hugh Jackman: the Man. the Music. the Show
Marcus Miller: Laid Black Tour 2019
(Tix on sale Friday 12 noon) MVSON PRESENTS : BROOKLYN AVENUE SUMMER PARTY : PROJECTS SKATE PARK
Theatre in May
Other places to look out for theatre in Manchester include The Lowry in Salford, boasting comedy, opera, theatre and musicals. For thought-provoking, progressive pieces, Contact Theatre is your best bet!
Films to see in May
We’re heading into that Summer blockbuster season! If you’re one to bunker down some popcorn and sweets, get ready for some huge films this May.
At the end of April, we saw the MCU unleash Avengers: Endgame, guaranteed to be showing throughout the month. The Curse of La Llorona will be out May 3rd, terrifying children with the sound of the weeping woman.
Pokemon fans will be excited to know that Detective Pikachu is on the way, as well as Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway’s The Hustle where the pair form an unstoppable con-man team. Action fans can look forward to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as well as Godzilla: King of Monsters.
Top club nights, concerts and gigs in May
For students, May comes as a welcome break from the downpour of exams and revision. The perfect catharsis to hard studying is losing yourself in the music of a nightclub, surrounded by your friends. Keep your eyes peeled for the end-of-exams celebrations, or check if your favourite bands are stopping by to play a show!
Festivals, exhibitions and other events coming up
Festival season hasn’t hit just yet, but May still has a few things up its sleeves. Dot-to-Dot, a joint festival between Bristol, Nottingham and our fair Manchester. Headlining will be Crystal Fighters, Jordan Rakei, Swim Deep, The Night Cafe and Dream Wife.
If you need to do that something that entertains the kids, Geronimo Festival will be hitting Arley Hall for the bank holiday. From live stage shows to activities, workshops and even a circus, Geronimo will keep the kids giggling the whole time!
If you’re just looking for a daytime activity rather than a weekend away, Manchester has plenty of museums that can fill your bank holidays. The Manchester Museum by the University has free entry and a wide selection of exhibitions. Alternatively, the National Football Museum boasts the world’s biggest and best collection of memorabilia.
In the centre of the city you can peruse contemporary work at the Manchester Art Gallery, or dive into the Science and Industry Museum and learn about engineering, industry and technology.