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21 Absolutely Amazing Things To Do In Manchester In August

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

21 Absolutely Amazing Things To Do In Manchester In August

There’s plenty of things to keep you occupied this month.

We’ve officially reached the final month of summer at lightning speed, meaning we have no other choice but to truly make the most of it. Sorry, bank balance. From epic events that mark our return to the dance floor to food festivals and a general sense of ‘normality’, here’s our guide of the best things to do in Manchester this August.

1. Enjoy magical movie soundtracks on beautiful rooftop

Spend summer night’s soaking up a bit of musical ambience at Fever’s brand new Candlelight show. Taking place on a secret rooftop, guests are invited to take in the views, while enjoying renditions of some of the most beautiful movie soundtracks in existence. Ahh, bliss. Get tickets here.

2. Drink natural wine by the waterside at this pop-up bar

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Le Social Wine is popping up at Kampus this month, providing the very best natural and organic wine selection, accompanied by a selection of beers, cocktails and aperitifs ‘inspired by long summer evenings on the continent’. Guests will be able to sit by the water or take up refuge within Kampus’ uber-cool bungalow, while enjoying tasty Mediterranian food and various events throughout the summer. Find out more here.

3. Bat for glory at the new Sixes Cricket Club

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Following major success in London, Sixes Cricket Club is coming to Manchester – and they’re even offering free sessions for two whole weeks to celebrate the opening. Offering simulated cricket sessions, BBQ grub and great craft beers, it’s sure to be the perfect location for a mate date. Find out more. 

4. Get locked up at Manchester’s coolest new bar

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Alcotraz is officially open, and it has to be Manchester’s most weird and wonderful bar yet. Putting guests behind bars in their very own cells (and very own orange jumpsuits!), visitors get to try out tasty cocktails made with ‘contraband’, all behind the backs of the pesky wardens that patrol the cell block. It’s seriously a fun and theatrical experience, and you can book your slot here. 

5. Check out the brand new 202 Kitchen

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202 Kitchen is officially back, this time, with a stunning new waterside location and a real Miami Vice vibe to it. Expect the brand’s iconic pink touches throughout, alongside new, Instagrammable backdrops, a stunning riverside terrace on Leftbank, and of course, plenty of trapbox inspired grub and cocktails. 202 Kitchen, 6-8 Left Bank, M3 3AN.

6. Get down at the R&B Brunch

Missed the feeling of letting loose and dancing to some of your favourite beats? Celebrate the return of freedom at the R&B Brunch – which brings bottomless rum brunch and both throwback and current tracks for guests to get down to. If that wasn’t all, there’ll also be street food on hand to keep you fuelled, and plenty of other drinks available once the 90 minutes free-flowing punch is up. Get tickets here.

7. Visit the Trafford Centre’s retro beach and fairground

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The Trafford Centre is celebrating summer with a new, family-friendly instalment – which includes its very own sandy beach (complete with deck chairs), plenty of fairground rides, and even a pink cocktail bar for the grown-ups. Located outside the food court, guests are free to turn up whenever they ch00se, however, if you do fancy booking ahead, you can find out more here. 

8. Re-visit your youth at the Emo Bottomless Brunch

Whip out the black eyeliner and the moody resting faces for this one, because the Emo Bottomless Brunch is taking us right back to our teen years. Playing absolute bangers from the 00’s (welcome back into the room, My Chemical Romance!), guests can expect some serious nostalgic vibes, as well as fantastic grub and free-flowing drinks at Manchester’s uber-fun theatrical bar, Impossible. Get tickets here. 

9. Watch Love Island with friends in your very own beach hut

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Immersed in this year’s series of Love Island? Gather your mates and book out your very own beach hut at the Great Northern Beach Club – complete with a magnum bottle of prosecco, a TV screen playing that evening’s episode live, and tons of frozen cocktails on the menu to get in the Mallorca mood. Find out more here. 

10. Immerse yourself in yummy Italian grub at Festa Italiana

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Big fan of Italian grub? Celebrate the beloved cuisine at this August Bank Holiday’s free Festa Italiana festival, which will see a number of local Italian traders take to Cathedral Gardens, serving up delicious grub, tasty aperitifs and even house a Peroni pop-up cinema. Stay tuned with the latest on the event updates here.

11. Transport back to the 70s at the ABBA Bottomless Brunch 

Dancing Queens, get ready! Impossible is celebrating everyone’s favourite quartet with a fun, bottomless brunch – where guests will be able to dance to all of ABBA’s groovy hits, enjoy free-flowing booze, and chow down on proper tasty grub. What better way to reunite with the dancefloor? Get tickets here. 

12. Enjoy post-lockdown life at the free Deansgate Mews festival

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Great Northern Warehouse is kicking off the month of August with a fun, summer street festival – which will include tons of live music, tasty food and drink, plenty of market traders, and even BBQ grub from The Butcher’s Quarter, Deansgate Mews’ newest resident. The festival is free to attend, and is the perfect place to potter around between August 6th-8th. Find out more. 

13. Celebrate our city’s LGBTQ+ scene at Manchester Pride

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Manchester Pride is returning after its one-year hiatus, with an impressive line-up in store for the return of Manchester Pride Live. Expect the usual party antics in the village, a stunning Candlelight Vigil, live music from Zara Larsson, Annie Mac, and more, and a number of marches across the weekend. Keep up with the latest event updates here. 

14. Rediscover your love for Eminem at this unique candlelit concert

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Icon of a generation Eminem will be celebrated at Fever’s latest Candlelight tribute concert, with the incredible Kaleidoscope Orchestra taking to the stage to recreate some of the rapper’s biggest hits. Taking place at the breathtaking Manchester Cathedral, the event is set to be an incredibly unique way to enjoy Eminem’s music, and you can pick up tickets here. 

15. Celebrate the heatwave at Aperol Spritz’ pop-up beach bar

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Aperol Spritz is taking over The Oast House this month with a fun, bright orange beach bar – packed with Instagram moments throughout (including an Aperol-themed jet ski!), plenty of cabana-style seating, and of course, lots of Aperol Spritz. Take a seat at one of the bar swings, wind down with a few Spritz’ and enjoy The Oast House’s fantastic summer menu. Find out more. 

16. Check out the brand new I’m A Celebrity Jungle Challenge

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ITV’s fun new I’m A Celebrity Jungle Challenge has officially opened, giving fans of the show the IRL experience at Salford Quays. Take on your very own trials and test your nerve and agility while collecting stars as you go, before walking across the winner’s bridge to claim your crown! Find out more here. 

17. Kick off Pride weekend at this gorgeous candlelit concert

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Taking place just before Pride weekend begins, Mancs can celebrate Pride Week with a stunning Candlelight concert before the festival’s antics begin, with a number of talented musicians recreating tracks from some of the most iconic Queer soundtracks of all time. Think Rocky Horror, Hairspray, Rent and more – all within a beautiful venue completely bathed in candlelight. Get tickets here. 

18. Try the UK’s first CBD burgers on this stunning rooftop

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Ever heard of a CBD burger? Well, now you have. Taking up residence at the BrickHouse Social, Icon Burgers have created this green, Instagrammable masterpiece, infused with everyone’s new favourite health product, CBD. Take a seat on the venue’s stunning rooftop and dig in! Find out more here. 

19. Enjoy a fun game of bingo with Drag Queens and buff butlers

Ok, so it might be bingo – but it definitely isn’t like your Gran’s game. Complete with buff butlers and seriously talented Drag Queens, guests can expect free-flowing prosecco, hilarious performances, and plenty of prizes to be won throughout. Get tickets here. 

20. Check out Ancoats’ new natural wine shop

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KERB is set to open in Ancoats this month, offering plenty of lovely natural wines from small producers across the UK and Europe – with an ‘occasional’ wine bar planned to open just one weekend a month – with natty wines on tap! Find out more here. 

21. Enjoy a Sunday roast with bottomless gravy and plenty of Bloody Mary’s

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Bringing the perfect weekly event for hungover Mancs to enjoy, Three Little Words is now hosting ‘Feed The Soul Sundays’, with incredible Sunday roasts, plenty of Bloody Mary’s on offer, and bottomless gravy in store for guests to fill up on. If that wasn’t all, there’ll be some chilled, live music to enjoy, too, providing the ultimate Sunday environment to enjoy. Find out more. 

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