Things to do in Summer in Manchester

We all know Manchester isn’t winning awards for its blue skies and endless sunshine any time soon. In fact it’s most likely to be hailed for being overcast and a little on the grey side. But don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t enjoy the summer in the city, as Manchester has so much to give when it comes to fun things to do. From mega cultural festivals to charming seasonal markets to stimulating world-class attractions, there’s tons of ways to celebrate with friends, families or your significant other. And whether the thought of six weeks with the kids sparks tenderness or simply tiredness, Manchester has plenty of child-oriented and family-friendly activities to get you through.

Come rain or come shine, Mancunians know a thing or two about celebrating no matter the weather, and summertime in Manchester is unmistakable. The city comes alive with energy and excitement, warmed by the number of events, performances and entertainment taking place across the summer months. Discover the best things to do in Manchester this season with our helpful guide to spending summer in the city.

An Evening with Moby

An Evening with Moby

5 Jun

Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

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MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS

Gig

MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS

6 Jun

YES

From£40.00

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Mumford & Sons

Gig

Mumford & Sons

6 Jun

Manchester Arena

From£42.00

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Wallows Manchester

Gig

Wallows Manchester

7 Jun

Manchester Academy

From£0.00

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A Night of 90’s & 00’s R’n’B

Club

A Night of 90’s & 00’s R’n’B

8 Jun

Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury

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Backstreet Boys

Gig

Backstreet Boys

10 Jun

Manchester Arena

From£56.00

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Foals

Gig

Foals

11 Jun

Victoria Warehouse

From£54.00

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Blowout

Club

Blowout

11 Jun

42's

From£4.00

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Dirty Dancefloors

Club

Dirty Dancefloors

14 Jun

42's

From£5.00

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The Courteeners

Gig

The Courteeners

15 Jun

Heaton Park

From£66.00

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Eighties Night Fever

Club

Eighties Night Fever

15 Jun

Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury

From£17.00

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England vs Afghanistan (Cricket World Cup)

Sport

England vs Afghanistan (Cricket World Cup)

18 Jun

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground

From£78.00

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Desi Saturday Night - June 15th 2019

Club

Desi Saturday Night - June 15th 2019

21 Jun

Viva Club

From£9.00

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Gladys Knight

Gig

Gladys Knight

22 Jun

O2 Apollo

From£73.00

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Fancy Dress Glitterfest @ Gorilla Manchester

Club

Fancy Dress Glitterfest @ Gorilla Manchester

22 Jun

Gorilla

From£12.00

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Blossoms Special

Club

Blossoms Special

22 Jun

The Venue Nightclub

From£3.00

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A Night of Magical Motown & Soul

Club

A Night of Magical Motown & Soul

22 Jun

Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury

From£0.00

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Jane McDonald

Jane McDonald

23 Jun

The Lowry

From£40.00

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Wider Opportunities Concerts

Wider Opportunities Concerts

24 Jun

The Lowry

From£8.00

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Eagles

Gig

Eagles

26 Jun

Manchester Arena

From£103.00

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Together Trust Summer Festival

Together Trust Summer Festival

26 Jun

The Lowry

From£3.00

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Windies vs India (Cricket World Cup)

Sport

Windies vs India (Cricket World Cup)

27 Jun

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground

From£183.00

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Prime View

Gig

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Prime View

27 Jun

Manchester Arena

From£56.00

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Aloha - Thursdays at Lola Lo

Club

Aloha - Thursdays at Lola Lo

27 Jun

Lola Lo Manchester

From£0.00

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Westlife

Gig

Westlife

28 Jun

Manchester Arena

From£65.00

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Kickstart My Heart  (Manchester)

Club

Kickstart My Heart (Manchester)

28 Jun

Deaf Institute

From£6.00

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Manjester Night - UK Juggalo Weekender 2019

Club

Manjester Night - UK Juggalo Weekender 2019

29 Jun

AATMA

From£23.00

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Afrobeats Sincity Manchester

Club

Afrobeats Sincity Manchester

29 Jun

La Lounge Mcr

From£0.00

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Carrie Underwood

Gig

Carrie Underwood

3 Jul

Manchester Arena

From£44.00

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B-52s Manchester

Gig

B-52s Manchester

3 Jul

O2 Apollo

From£90.00

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Australia vs South Africa (Cricket World Cup)

Sport

Australia vs South Africa (Cricket World Cup)

6 Jul

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground

From£92.00

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2019 ICC Cricket World Cup - Semi Final 1 (1st v 4th)

Sport

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup - Semi Final 1 (1st v 4th)

9 Jul

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground

From£298.00

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The National - Sounds Of The City

Gig

The National - Sounds Of The City

10 Jul

Castlefield Bowl

From£55.00

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KISS

Gig

KISS

12 Jul

Manchester Arena

From£65.00

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KISS Manchester Afterparty with Pure Anthems Club Night

Club

KISS Manchester Afterparty with Pure Anthems Club Night

12 Jul

Zombie Shack

From£7.00

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Gorton Philharmonic Fundraising Concert

Gorton Philharmonic Fundraising Concert

13 Jul

Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

From£6.00

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Country Roads

Club

Country Roads

26 Jul

Deaf Institute

From£5.00

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Prophets of Rage

Gig

Prophets of Rage

13 Aug

Manchester Academy

From£53.00

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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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Back By Dope Demand

Club

Back By Dope Demand

25 Aug

Mint Lounge

From£7.00

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Upcoming events in Manchester this summer

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Things to do for couples in summer

Manchester isn’t just about the raves; it’s rather romantic too. In summer, the cosmopolitan city brings plenty of opportunities to cosy up in your couple, from watching the sun go down at high rise hotspots, to strolling hand in hand around the latest exhibition, to picnicking in the park at a local festival. It’s no Paris, but Manchester is dreamy and poetic in its own right.

Take a glance at our article on date ideas in Manchester.

Things to do for families in summer

Six weeks off school can be exciting for kids, but often a little daunting for parents who are desperately searching for ways to keep them entertained. But Manchester’s summer programme is bursting with family fun to be had, meaning it’s that much more enjoyable for everyone and a great chance to book in some quality family time. Tire them out at child-friendly festival, learn something new at a museum or come together at a summer cinema – your choices are endless. Discover some of the best activities and events to do in the summer holidays with the family here.

Need more inspiration? Family-iarise yourself with Manchester with our guide to family events.

Free things to do in Manchester in summer

Summer is a super sociable season meaning there’s always pending invitations to do something fun. But we know this can quickly become expensive and if you’re like us, saving money is always on the to-do list. You can still make the most of the summer in Manchester with the city’s range of free things to do, leaving you more cash to get that last round in at the next party.

Summer nights in Manchester

Yes we all enjoy the longer days and chance to get a tan alongside some day drinking, but summer nights are when Manchester’s most magical. Think balmy evenings and the ability to dress up without all the thermal layers on top, summer nights are made for going out. Dig out those summer dresses and shorts and head to a gig, festival or the club, or why not go fancy with a trip to the theatre? There’s no better time to exploit Manchester’s rich nightlife than during the summer months, so start planning your next night out now…

Outdoor activities in Manchester

Being outdoors is the best way to salute summer. There’s nothing like the feeling of fresh air hitting the lungs and breathing your troubles away. You might not expect one of the UK’s top ten rainy cities to cater to outdoor events and activities, but Manchester prominently raises a middle finger to the clouds through its selection of alfresco things to do. Cruise the city on a boat canal, go exploring on a nature trail, or get your adrenaline pumping at Go Ape or Helly Hansen Watersports Centre. It’s summer so make the most of the warm(er) weather, and head outside with Manchester’s wide variety of outdoor activities.

Parks to visit in Manchester

Despite being an urban metropolis, Manchester has a great supply of green oases dotted around the city. Each has its own characteristics, ranging from community vibes to historic halls. Venture further north to find the largest municipal park in Europe and a Grade I listed hall to unearth at Heaton Park, or travel south to Manchester’s smaller districts of Rusholme, Whalley Range, Chorlton and Didsbury to find more gardens and green spaces.  

Summer festivals in Manchester

For many reasons, summer is the ultimate festival season; long nights, dry days (usually), and great fashion. Some of the best music festivals take place during this time of year, as Manchester gears up to host Pride, Parklife, Sounds of the City and many others. But the city’s eclectic nature means you can enjoy a whole bunch of festivals, no matter what you’re interested in. So whether you’re a proud foodie, partial to upcoming theatre, or an enthusiast of all things science and technology, Manchester has something to fix you up. Check out the range of festivals happening in the city and its neighbouring areas.

And if it rains…here’s what you can do

Well we’ve tried to be optimistic, but summer in Manchester far from guarantees great weather. So on the odd (or maybe high) chance that that it does rain, there’s still lots of fun things to do and places to visit at your disposal. Find inspiration for the how to spend those rainy summer days in Manchester below.

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for what to do over the August bank holiday, discover TickX’s guide to events happening in Manchester for the last long summer weekend.

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