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Top Ten Mancunian Summer Treats

As the academic year starts to cool down it’s not just the ice-cream vans of Rusholme, Hulme, Fallowfield, Withington and other Manchester boroughs that are handing out all the cool treats this summer, there’s so much more!

Here’s ten of many Mancunian summer treats to tickle all cultural tastebuds whilst students take a well-deserved summer break.

1. Greater Mancunians Exhibition
April 29th – June 29th

An exhibition that celebrates people born and bred in Greater Manchester, or those who have made it their home and have in some way shaped the city and its surrounding boroughs, for the greater good. including musicians, sportsmen and women, entertainers, entrepreneurs, politicians, actors, academics, comedians, artists and community champions – all photographed at a poignant or significant location of their choosing, and very much a celebration of the Mancunian spirit.

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2. GASP! Horror Film Festival 2024
Until June 23rd

GASP! is a horror film festival created to celebrate the diversity we all know is present within this much-loved genre by bringing you a range of the latest short and feature length films directed, written and/or produced by people of colour, women, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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We Invented the Weekend
June 15th and 16th

Why not combine your Futureworks open day visit on the 15th June, with a two-day FREE festival which throws open MediaCity and Salford Quays’ spaces and places, to celebrate the joy of free time, taking in sports, music, comedy, theatre, dance, workshops, talks, food, charity, wellness, crafts and more?

From water sports on the canal, live music and dance performances, to getting your hands dirty with planting workshops and finding gems at vintage markets, festival-goers meet new people, try new things and make memories together.

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4. Manchester Dragon Boat Festival
June 22nd

Watch adrenaline-fueled dragon boats racing on the lake at Sale Water Park. It’s a fun-filled day out with gripping, adrenalin-fuelled dragon boat racing and landside attractions that cater for everyone.

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5. Manchester Sounds of the City
July 4th – 13th

Sounds of the City is back in July, taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts, featuring The National, The Saw Doctors, Tom Grennan, Jungle and Hacienda Classical. Sounds Of The City has established itself as a staple part of the Manchester music scene with some of the most acclaimed live artists taking to the stage.

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6. Withington Walls Paint Jam
July 13th – 14th

A two day street art festival in the heart of Withington with live painting and art by soe of Northern England’s greatest graffiti & Street Art Talent. Including workshops, music, local street vendors, merchandise, walking tours and lightning talks it’s an artistic extravaganza in one of Manchester’s most popular student boroughs.

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7. Manchester Day
July 24th

Building on the success of last year’s promenade style event that saw activities take place in a number of city centre locations, this year’s event is set to take over the whole of the city centre with even more fun-filled, free activities for to experience and enjoy.

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8. Teletech Festival
August 3rd

Taking over the BEC Arena Teletech was founded in Fallowfield, Manchester as a resident’s party aiming to offer more techno to Manchester. As time passed, the organisers began booking artists and grew a reputation as one of the wildest and most respected techno parties in the UK.

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9. Manchester Pride Festival
August 23rd – 26th

Manchester Pride Festival is a ‘party as protest.’ Part of the largest LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the world, celebrating queer people, culture and expression as loudly and publicly as possible in a refusal to hide in shame.

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10. Doki Doki Manchester Japanese Festival
September 9th – 10th

An incredible festival celebrating traditional and modern Japanese culture including cosplay, music, DJs, talks, panels, stalls and workshops covering various aspects of Japanese culture the Doki Doki Festival is a must for anyone invested and interested in one of the world’s most intense and engaging cultures .

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These are just ten treats out of hundreds and thousands on offer over the summer in Manchester and surrounding boroughs. Find more on the Visit Manchester website and treat yourself to an event-full summer in one of the UK’s most culturally diverse cities.

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