The perfect ways to celebrate Pride in Manchester this month.
A landmark event in Manchester’s annual calendar, Manchester Pride rolls into town every August – bringing incredibly fun and unmatched vibes along with it. It’s a time to truly celebrate exactly who you are – no matter how you identify – with epic tributes to our thriving LGBTQ+ community taking place in all corners of the city. And back with a bang for 2021, Mancs can expect huge parties and shows over the long weekend, including hilarious drag shows, bustling dancefloors, and of course, the big festival itself. Here’s our guide to the very best Pride events taking place in Manchester this month.
Taking place at the stunning Manchester Cathedral on August 23rd, Candlelight Pride is the perfect way to kick off the Pride celebrations in Manchester, with a talented group of LGBTQ+ musicians performing pieces from some of the best-known queer musicals of all time. Think Rocky Horror, Hairspray and more, all performed in a beautiful setting bathed in candlelight. Get tickets here.
2. Pooches of Pride
Fancy getting your pooches in on the action? Ex-Paw will be returning to Angel Meadow Park this month for a special Pooches of Pride dog show – with a fun Pride-themed competition packed with categories for our dogs to take part in such as ‘Fabulous Fella’, ‘Loveliest Lady‘ ‘Most Alike Pair’, and ‘Best Dressed’, as well as plenty of street food on the go for humans to enjoy, a Pride photo booth, and so much more. Find out more here.
3. Come As You Are at The Refuge
Taking place over Pride weekend, The Refuge is bringing back its beloved Come As You Are celebration, which will see events taking place that celebrates music, love and inclusivity all weekend long. Think DJ sets from Manchester’s very own DJ Paulette, Queer Latifa, Studio Honey and more, as well as drag performances from The Family Gorgeous and recitals from The Sunday Boys. Come As You Are is free to attend, and is operating on a walk-in basis only. Visit anytime between Friday 27th August through to Monday 30th August, and stay up to date with events here.
Cara Melle is taking to the stage this August to bring the very best of Beyonce to Manchester, with a host of some of London and Manchester’s best drag queens in tow. Expect all the hits, plenty of dancing, and, of course, tasty brunch dishes and free-flowing booze. There’ll be games, competitions, dance-offs and immersive performances for four whole hours, making for the perfect day out with friends. Get tickets here.
5. Pride Weekend at The Great Northern Beach Club
Kicking off Pride celebrations on Thursday 26th August, Great Northern Beach Club is hosting a number of events over the weekend – including a Great British seaside-themed drag show, plenty of LGBTQ+ anthems, drag bingo, a disco, and a night of interactive games with Ginger Hunter. Lip sync for your life, enjoy tasty slushies, and even nab a complimentary cocktail upon arrival. Find out more here.
6. Pride Weekend at Ducie Street Warehouse
Ducie Street Warehouse is hosting ‘Something for Everyone’ this upcoming Pride weekend, with the help of Sink the Pink DJs – part of the largest LGBTQ+ collective and club night in the UK – Gina Breeze, Kiss Me Again and more. The weekend will include a fun drag brunch boasting legendary drag queens and DJs, a The House of 1,000 Moira’s party (inspired by Schitt’s Creek), and a number of DJ takeovers, as well as great food and drinks from head chef Andrew Green and Magic Rock Brewing. Find out more.
7. Pride Weekend at Escape to Freight Island
Like any normal weekend at Escape to Freight Island isn’t fun enough already, the venue has big plans for Pride weekend, with tons of parties to enjoy over three whole days. Expect live music and entertainment from some of the best artists and DJs, plenty of dancing, fantastic food and drink from the venue’s many traders, and even a film screening of Paris Is Burning. Find out more here.
8. Manchester Pride
Manchester Pride is back after a year hiatus, bringing back popular aspects such as Manchester Pride Live, the Candelight Vigil and a number of smaller marches in place of the much-loved parade. Kicking off on August 27th, the event will take place throughout the Gay Village and at First Street for the first time ever, with acts such as Sigala, Zara Larsson, Annie Mac and more announced for the big show. Get tickets here.
9. Manchester Pride Festival Special at Peru Perdu
Announcing a ‘glittering’ array of events throughout the August bank holiday weekend, Peru Perdu is kicking off Pride weekend with a Disco Dinner – where guests will be able to enjoy a number of gorgeous South American dishes accompanied by great tunes and funky sounds from their resident DJ. If that wasn’t all, on Friday, guests will be treated to a Pisco Disco, with frozen Pisco sours on offer and tons of new menu options to try. Saturday 28th August will see the return of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch Pride Special, taking place between 12pm – 4pm, and on Sunday, there’ll be a bottomless Sunday roast – complete with unlimited cocktails in the fun, pink surroundings. Find out more here.
10. RuPaul’s Drag Race bottomless brunch at Impossible MCR
Bringing a number of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK legends along for the fun, guests can enjoy appearances from the likes of Tayce, Bagga Chipz, Ginny Lemon and Donna Trump, alongside free-flowing drinks, a tasty brunch (with a menu boasting burgers and flatbreads!), and a whole lot of tongue-in-cheek fun. Find out more.
11. Affleck’s Garden of Freedom party
Manchester institution Afflecks is celebrating Pride weekend with an epic Garden-themed party, which nods to the famous (and now cancelled) Parade that takes place at Manchester Pride every single year. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion, with plenty of prizes in store for the best dressed. Expect DJs, plenty of glitter, Drag queens, and plenty of Pride-themed items from Affleck’s many traders throughout the weekend. The Afflecks Garden Party takes place on Saturday 28th August from 10am – 6pm.
12. Pride weekend at Hatch
Getting in on the Pride celebrations, Hatch is hosting a weekend full of fantastic events – including drag shows, DJs, cabaret, and so much more. Expect plenty of Queer talent, celebratory Pride-themed cocktails, and some fantastic food and drink from the complex’s incredible independent traders. Find out more here.