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Manchester's summer events

Check out our pick of the events taking place in Manchester in the summer

Rob Martin

Summer in Manchester is just about as good as it gets, with a whole host of events on offer to welcome in the warmer weather in suitably marvellous Mancunian style. From supping cocktails while gazing out at the sun-speckled city to hitting attractions, dancing at world-renowned music festivals, diving into street food parties or shaking your tailfeathers at the world's very best Pride celebration (it's where it all started, after all), there's certainly a lot to keep you busy. Make hay while the sun shines - it's the best hay in the land.

Summer events in Manchester

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival

As well as championing the regions best jazz musicians, the Manchester Jazz Festival welcomes people from all over the world, its reputation now international. Most of the music is original too, which means that there's literally something new to see at every visit.
Date July (TBC)
Various Manchester venues
www.manchesterjazz.com

Tatton RHS Flower Show

Tatton RHS Flower Show

Not only is Tatton Park one of the must see attractions in the Manchester area, about a thirty minute drive from the city centre near Knutsford, it plays host each year to the RHS Flower Show, giving you no excuse but to visit this wonderful house and gardens. Each July, this celebration of the very best in gardens occupies a huge amount of the Tatton parkland, where designers, landscape architects, gardeners and people who love plants and flowers come together to rejoice in all things horticultural.
Date July (TBC)
Tatton Park
www.rhs.org.uk/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park

24:7 Theatre Festival

24:7 Theatre Festival

Inspired by the excitement and new talent on display at the Edinburgh Fringe, the originator of the 24:7 Theatre Festival, David Slack, has spent over a decade getting this innovative event to the healthy state it's in today. A fantastic nurturing ground for fresh talent, 24:7 offers new writers, directors and actors some amazing opportunities whilst keeping a tight grip on quality to ensure that this is a great experience for the public too. 
Date July (TBC)
New Century House, Corporation Street
www.247theatrefestival.co.uk

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Sparkle

Sparkle

It's a decade or so since Sparkle took its first stilettoed foot into the world and in that time it has become one of the largest celebrations of and for transgender people in the world. This is thanks in part to the warm openness of the event, welcoming not only anyone who considers themselves transgender in any way, including those who simply like to dress up of a weekend, but also to their families, friends and colleagues. 
Date July (TBC)
The Gay Village and surrounding areas
www.sparkle.org.uk

Dig The City

Dig The City

The city centre's urban garden festival may not be very old but it has taken root firmly in the annual events calendar, attracting large numbers of visitors to its gardens, events and presentations. Events have included kids classes in making mud pies, advice on getting a bee hive started as well as info on urban allotments. 
Date August (TBC)
Manchester's shopping district
www.digthecity.co.uk

Pride

Pride

What started off as a few tombola stalls down Canal Street many years ago has become one of the biggest and most beloved celebrations of LGBT life in Europe. It's a major tourism event for the city too, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each August bank holiday.
Date Fri 29 Aug - Mon 31 Aug
The Gay Village and nearby areas
www.manchesterpride.com

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Manchester Picnic

Manchester Picnic

Now over five years old, the Manchester Picnic welcomes over 25,000 visitors to Piccadilly Gardens over three days, where a veritable smörgåsbord of delights greets you with exotic flavours and entrancing aromas. Gourmet street traders serve the tasty treats whilst entertainment for all the family is laid on in the form of live music, fun games, storytelling and a teddy bears picnic for the tots. The range of food on offer is fabulous. Mexican, barbecues, fish and chips, sushi and the quite wonderful Ginger's Comfort Emporium for ice creams with a difference. 
Date August (TBC)
Piccadilly Gardens

Manchester events calendar

Manchester events calendar

There's always a lot going on in Manchester, with every year dishing up a diverse selection of festivals, fairs, celebrations, concerts, community bits and bobs, seasonal stuff and special events at museums, galleries and attractions

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