With lockdown restrictions set to ease, we understand that people want to experience the best that Manchester has to offer! That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the top things to do in Manchester this summer so you can make the most of your time in this vibrant city.
1. Manchester Jazz Festival
Date: June 11th - June 13th
Location: Escape to Freight Island
Get immersed in the Manchester Jazz Festival this summer as it comes to one of the cities most exciting new venues, ‘Escape to Freight Island’ which is also home to the world renown Manchester Warehouse Project. This completely free event will provide you with three different stages of contemporary Jazz, open-air bars and a second to none street market, leading to an intimate vibe across the Piccadilly venue. This event is set to take place prior to the easing of all restrictions in the UK, therefore, the event will be seated with table bookings made in advance. With 22 acts and 5 DJs set to perform, this is an event not to be missed!
2. The Hundred (Cricket)
Date: July 21st - August 21st (July 25th, 28th, August 5th, 10th)
Location: Emirates Old Trafford
Price: Adult Tickets from £10
If you love live sport, you will love this. The Hundred is an action packed new cricket event that will be taking place all across the country this summer with one of the host cities being Manchester. This exciting concept will form eight new teams from seven cities across the UK, with each team having both a mens and a womens side. Each team simply has 100 balls to face each, the team with the most runs wins. This thrilling spin on Cricket is likely to keep you on the edge of your seat!
3. Giants Live 2021 (World open and deadlift championships)
Date: 14th August
Location: AO Arena
Price: £29.45 - £271.30
Strongmen from across the globe will be competing in this year's The Giants, taking part in a variety of events to earn the titles of the World Deadlift Championship and the newly created, World Open Title. The event will be aired on Channel Five, but witnessing this live will likely be an intense and exciting affair, with potential records being broken as the contendants battle to show their strength. Back in 2016, The Giants hosted Eddie Hall, who at the event deadlifted a world record 500kg, destroying his own personal best by a mammoth 35kg. With VIP tickets available to meet the athletes in person, this unmissable power event is one to get in your diary this summer.
4. Manchester Wing Fest 2021
Date: August 14th - August 15th
Location: First Street, South
Price: £17.50 - £95.00
The world's largest Chicken Wing Festival comes to Manchester this summer, providing all the Wings, Beer and Bourbon you need to satisfy your taste buds. It is expected that at the festival, over 70,000 Chicken Wings will be served by 20 different vendors, bringing together the best Wings in the country which ultimately will be judged by the scrutinous judging panel. This event is likely to get you licking your lips in anticipation. There will also be attractions to keep you entertained throughout the weekend, including axe throwing, festival rides and live music from a range of performers and DJs.
5. Festival of Libraries (celebrating the cities libraries)
Date: June 9th - June 13th
Location: Manchester Central Library
If literature is more your thing, this one's for you. The Manchester Festival of Libraries celebrates the city's broad scope and variety of its 133 libraries, showcasing everything that they have on offer. From culture and creativity, to digital services and of course, reading, Manchester Libraries are at the forefront of the city's diverse cultural identity of which this festival pays homage to and celebrates. The partnered libraries will host performances, exhibitions, concerts, art, film, writing classes, and public debates. This is a fantastic event to get anyone from any background interested in library services and utilise them to better themselves, learn more and be inspired.
6. Manchester Food & Drink Festival
Date: September 16th - September 27th
Location: Cathedral Gardens and Across the City
The annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival is set to take place again towards the end of this summer, showcasing the best that the Manchester dining experience has to offer. The festival takes place across the city inspiring new cuisine with the exciting and bold attitude that the vendors take. Festival events in the past have hosted celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey which exemplifies the quality of the food and drink that will be available. Attendees will also have access to live music, cocktail and wine bars and live cooking shows. With the event taking place over the course of 11 days, there is plenty of time to check this one out and try new exciting and delicious food.
As you can see, there are some great events and attractions to enjoy in Manchester this summer and we encourage you to immerse yourself in the culture and events available. We hope that this article has added some items to your diary and got you excited for the coming months.