Best Events in May in Manchester

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

Gig

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

1 May

The Lowry

From£29.00

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Aloha - Thursdays at Lola Lo

Club

Aloha - Thursdays at Lola Lo

2 May

Lola Lo Manchester

From£0.00

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Sticky Fingers

Gig

Sticky Fingers

3 May

O2 Ritz

From£0.00

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Lee Fields & The Expressions

Gig

Lee Fields & The Expressions

3 May

Manchester Academy

From£0.00

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90's Garage Party

Club

90's Garage Party

3 May

Hidden

From£0.00

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#upcloseandpersonalmcr Tim Penner & The stupid Experts

Club

#upcloseandpersonalmcr Tim Penner & The stupid Experts

3 May

Bar 21

From£0.00

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ALL NEW GIRLS ON FILM

Club

ALL NEW GIRLS ON FILM

4 May

Deaf Institute

From£0.00

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ABBA Special

Club

ABBA Special

5 May

The Venue Nightclub

From£0.00

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Dermot Kennedy

Gig

Dermot Kennedy

11 May

Albert Hall

From£0.00

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antics Clubnight x Radiohead Spezial

Club

antics Clubnight x Radiohead Spezial

11 May

YES

From£0.00

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5ive Live & 90s Party DJ's (Manchester)

Club

5ive Live & 90s Party DJ's (Manchester)

11 May

O2 Ritz

From£0.00

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Manchester United vs Cardiff 2019-05-12

Sport

Manchester United vs Cardiff 2019-05-12

12 May

Old Trafford

From£382.00

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Disturbed

Gig

Disturbed

14 May

O2 Apollo

From£0.00

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Allysha Joy

Club

Allysha Joy

15 May

YES

From£0.00

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ASTROWORLD #4 - A NEW RAP NIGHT

Club

ASTROWORLD #4 - A NEW RAP NIGHT

17 May

YES

From£0.00

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Atura Ou Surta - Manchester - 2nd Edition

Club

Atura Ou Surta - Manchester - 2nd Edition

17 May

Bliss club

From£0.00

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LP

Gig

LP

18 May

O2 Ritz

From£0.00

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Secret Affair

Gig

Secret Affair

18 May

Gorilla

From£0.00

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A Night of Magical Motown & Soul

Club

A Night of Magical Motown & Soul

18 May

Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury

From£0.00

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Manic Street Preachers

Gig

Manic Street Preachers

20 May

O2 Ritz

From£0.00

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Blackpink

Gig

Blackpink

21 May

Manchester Arena

From£86.00

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Hugh Jackman: the Man. the Music. the Show

Theatre

Hugh Jackman: the Man. the Music. the Show

24 May

Manchester Arena

From£0.00

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Marcus Miller: Laid Black Tour 2019

Marcus Miller: Laid Black Tour 2019

24 May

Bridgewater Hall

From£22.00

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Michael Bublé

Gig

Michael Bublé

26 May

Manchester Arena

From£79.00

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Bry

Gig

Bry

26 May

Deaf Institute

From£11.00

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(Tix on sale Friday 12 noon) MVSON PRESENTS : BROOKLYN AVENUE SUMMER PARTY : PROJECTS SKATE PARK

Club

(Tix on sale Friday 12 noon) MVSON PRESENTS : BROOKLYN AVENUE SUMMER PARTY : PROJECTS SKATE PARK

26 May

Projekts MCR

From£25.00

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Malija

Malija

27 May

The Whiskey Jar

From£9.00

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Dido

Gig

Dido

29 May

Albert Hall

From£31.00

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Spice Girls

Gig

Spice Girls

29 May

Etihad Stadium

From£49.00

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Jack Savoretti

Gig

Jack Savoretti

29 May

O2 Apollo

From£43.00

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Theatre in May

Between the Palace Theatre and the Manchester Opera House, a huge variety of touring theatre shows come through the city. If arthouse film and cinema is more your thing, HOME is the place to be.

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.

The kids can look forward to A Dog’s Journey andThe Secret Life of Pets 2. Aladdin will also come out in May, although that may turn out to be more for the adults.

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.

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