Music fans will of course have no shortage of events to explore in Manchester this weekend, from all night raves at clubs like the Victoria Warehouse to gentle acoustic sets at the city’s glut of independent venues. Elsewhere, Manchester’s comedy clubs will keep you laughing for the rest of the weekend.
The UK’s second city doesn’t just have Friday nightlife to offer though – the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution has plenty of daytime attractions to visit too, from the People’s History Museum and Whitworth art gallery to the modern day sporting cathedral of Old Trafford.
Gigs in Manchester This Weekend
Manchester’s musical reputation is one of the strongest in the UK as home to the country’s biggest indoor arena Manchester Arena and a wealth of independent venues. Manchester is sure to have a fantastic choice of acts performing this weekend, from global pop megastars to up-and-coming acts playing in front of intimate crowds. Catch touring sensations at the Apollo or Manchester Academy, or brush up on local gems at Gorilla, Deaf Institute and the Night and Day Cafe.
Theatre in Manchester This Weekend
Manchester has a rich theatre scene with the Palace Theatre and the Manchester Opera House being the places to go to catch the biggest touring shows. Fans of arthouse theatre should look no further than The Lowry or HOME. For something different, the Royal Exchange‘s stunning theatre-in-the-round puts audiences at the centre of the action.
Comedy in Manchester This Weekend
Manchester’s fantastic comedy venues have long been a rite of passage for many of the UK’s biggest comedians. The likes of Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas and Jason Manford all made their starts here.
You can catch up-and-coming comedians at venues like the Frog and Bucket and the Comedy Store. The country’s biggest comics often drop by the likes of the Lowry, O2 Apollo and Manchester Arena for weekend shows.
Cinema in Manchester This Weekend
Manchester always showcases the latest in film and cinema. Fans of the latest Hollywood blockbusters can start their weekend by catching a film at Odeon at the Great Northern or the Vue in the Printworks. If you have more arthouse tastes, HOME will have you covered.
Sport in Manchester This Weekend
Manchester is known the world over for its football teams as tourists visit every weekend to catch Manchester United and Manchester City. However, there’s plenty for other sports fans to enjoy at the weekend.
Just a few of Manchester’s other sporting teams include Manchester Giants (basketball), Manchester Thunder (netball), and Manchester Storm (ice hockey). Cycling fans should look no further than the National Cycling Centre. In the summer months, cricket fans can catch Lancashire County Cricket Club at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.