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Outdoor Events in Manchester Summer 2021


Outdoor Events in Manchester Summer 2021

After over a year of lockdown restrictions and cancellations, we all deserve some fun-filled days and nights out this summer. As social distancing measures and COVID regulations will still be in place, many events will now be held outside or in purpose built outdoor venues across Manchester over the coming months. 


The city centre has a lot to offer this summer, providing so many fun and exciting opportunities for meeting up with family, friends and colleagues, as well as providing a stunning backdrop for a romantic day trip or evening out. To help you find the best things to do outdoors in Manchester this summer, we’ve rounded up the top 5 outdoor events in store for you this year.  


See the City in Blossom at Manchester Flower Show 

Date: 29th May-  6th June 

Location: Various locations in the city centre 

A breath of fresh air is set to come over the city centre this year as the seasons change from Spring to Summer at the beauty that is Manchester Flower Show. The event will take place from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June across some of the city’s most idyllic spots including Manchester Cathedral, Whitworth Art Gallery, Spinningfields and Kings Street.


Bright blooms and floral displays will be on show around the city, from grand water fountain features to intricate pieces on lampposts and window sills, all to celebrate the vibrant heart of our city. Dotted throughout the trail of bold bouquets and dainty petals will be an array of alfresco dining areas and entertainment acts will also be performing during the 9 day event. 

Take a Stand at Manchester Pride Festival 

Date: 27th - 30th August 

Location: Canal Street area and Mayfield

Price: Parade: Free, Gay Village Party: From £15, Manchester Pride Live: TBC. 


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The Manchester Pride annual festival celebrates LGBTQ+ members of the community, marking and pursuing the right to live and love freely, without prejudice. This year, Manchester’s community Pride celebrations are set to include the ever successful Gay Village party, Youth Pride event and of course, the Manchester Pride Parade. 


This year marks 30 years since the launch of Manchester’s first major gay club night back in 1991. Since then, Manchester’s very own Canal Street has become the heart of the city’s gay village and annual Pride event, with 2019’s parade seeing over 14,000 people marching and tens of thousands of spectators coming to join the celebrations and show their support. As ever, this year’s celebrations will be sure to bring oodles of fun, colour and entertainment along with the all-important sense of solidarity and pride. 

Dance the Night Away at Parklife Festival 

Date: 11th-12th September 

Location: Heaton Park 

Price: From £84.50


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After being locked down for so long, I think it’s safe to say that many of us could do with a couple of nights out with friends to have a dance and enjoy some good music, laughter and fun. Parklife 2021 will be held on the 11th and 12th September this year and host a range of impressive artists, such as Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Skepta and AJ Tracey.


Parklife is located just a 20 minute drive from CitySuites aparthotel, which is the perfect place to chill out, shower and recover from a day at the festival. What could be better than a glorious king size bed and luxury spa facilities to help you wind down after an action packed day!

Dine and Shop in Style at King Street Festival 

Date: 6th - 7th June

Location: King Street, Manchester 

Price: Free

Alfresco dining, cocktails and live music.. What could be better? VIP shopping experiences and exclusive offers too? Okay, sign us up! This year King Street Festival is definitely one for the diary, especially for fashion, food and drink fans alike. Throughout the weekend, King Street will host over 50 of the biggest names in retail, food and drinks, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy what’s on offer on Manchester’s most historic high street.  

Set Sail On Board Salford Quays Mini Cruise

Date: All summer 

Location: Salford Quays 

Price: £10 for 1 60 minute cruise  


You can discover the city from a whole new perspective at Manchester River Cruises’ Salford Quays Mini Cruise. Step aboard Princess Katherine for an hour of serene adventure and enjoy unique views across Manchester whilst learning about the rich history of our wonderful city. Whether you’re a solo traveller, thinking of planning a romantic break or even a family getaway, a ride aboard this charming dutch style boat is an absolute must. 

By the looks of things, Manchester’s outdoor events this year are set to be bigger and better than ever! We hope you have a fantastic summer and get to enjoy some of these fantastic opportunities Manchester has to offer this year.

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