Autumn is here and there are loads of great things to do in Manchester this month.
Summer is over, it’s all getting very autumnal out there and, as much as we love the warm colours and crunchy leaves, it is a touch chilly. With that in mind, we’ve searched high and low for the best things to do in Manchester this month to keep you out of the cold.
1. Grab a free coffee (October 1)
Today (October 1) coffee-enthusiasts will be able to serve themselves a perfect barista-quality, machine crafted cup of their favourite drink, all day long on, for FREE from Costa express machines. Coffee lovers will be able to choose from classics including Americano, Latte, Espresso or Cappuccino. Hot chocolate and delicious syrups are also on the menu so consumers can personalise their drinks to their tastes. Click here to find your nearest Costa Express. Free drinks are only available from Costa express machines.
2. Head to this Intergalactic Disco (October 4)
After years of hosting out of this world events, from boat parties and rooftops to spaceship-themed secret festival stages and open-air day time raves with the likes of Marquis Hawkes, the group will celebrate its birthday in the most appropriate way, with an intergalactic disco.
On October 4 Gorilla in Manchester’s Whitworth Street will be transformed into an Intergalactic Disco dream, complete with out of this world decorations and extraterrestrial beings. The event will be headlined by famous disco magician Late Nite Tuff Guy, a superhero of soul, a destroyer of dance floors and a purveyor of the smoothest sounds this side of 1977, along with Surco resident. Click here to get your tickets. 54-56 Whitworth St, M1 5WW.
3. Support Breast Cancer Awareness month and treat yourself to a ‘Boobtini’
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Slug & Lettuce has partnered up with the breast cancer charity, Coppafeel! which is on a mission to encourage and empower young people to check their boobs and pecs.
The Slug & Lettuce in Manchester’s Spinningfields will also host its very own ‘Boob Brunch’ on October 5 where, for just £6.00 (£2.50 donation to CoppaFeel!), guests will be able to enjoy a brunch dish, a Boobtini, hot drinks, a Boobette talk and a craft activity. Click here for more information.
4. Sample drinks from some of Manchester’s best bars at this epic two-day cocktail festival (October 11 and 12)
Cocktail lovers are invited to Viadux in Manchester’s Albion Street on October 11 and 12 for a festival like no other. Perfect for aficionados and the cocktail curious, Cocktails in the City will give guests the opportunity to discover some of the city’s most exciting and exclusive bars, where Manchester’s most creative bartenders will be serving the finest drinks, all under one roof.
Guests will be able to sip their way through show-stopping cocktails, discover hidden rooms, and witness Manchester’s cocktail making elite in action as each bar competes to be crowned best bar. Click here to book your tickets. Viadux, Park Avenue at Bauer Millett, 8 Albion Street, M1 5NZ.
5. Try Crazy Pedro’s latest creation in partnership with Camden Town Brewery (from October 11)
Crazy Pedro’s has teamed up with Camden Town Brewery to create its very own beer, Pedro’s Party Brew. Made to be the perfect easy-drinker, Pedro’s Party Brew is brewed with pale ale malt and citrusy hops for a lager ale mash-up (oh, my). And it will be available from all Pedro’s sites from October 11. To celebrate its launch, Pedro has put together a special line-up for fans to get a taste of the ultimate party beer. For more information click here.
6 – 10. Enjoy bottomless drinks and unlimited popcorn at these immersive film screenings (October 12 – October 26)
Film fans will be able to watch these iconic movies, with free drink flowing throughout the whole screening and bottomless popcorn.
🤩 Rocketman: October 12 – Brickworks, Barton Arcade
🎸 School of Rock:October 12 – Brickworks, Barton Arcade
💪 Bring It On: October 12: Brickworks, Barton Arcade
✨ Mamma Mia: October 19 – Brickworks, Barton Arcade
🎉 Moulin Rouge vs Chicago: October 26 – Brickworks, Barton Arcade
11. Celebrate Oktoberfest in Manchester (October 16)
Experience the real Oktoberfest atmosphere in Manchester! Mayfield Depot will be transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest with live music, an amazing atmosphere and great drinks and food. There’ll be special offers for your Sunday Lunch for you to enjoy with friends and family. Come along and experience Bavarian culture for a day with this iconic festival! Book your tickets here. Mayfield Depot Manchester, Fairfield Street, Manchester, M1 2QF.
12. See the naughtiest puppet show in town (October 21 – October 26)
comedy musical Avenue Q will return to the Palace Theatre from October 21 – 26 with all of your favourite fuzzy friends. The Tony Award-winning musical, created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, Co-creator of Book of Mormon and songwriter for Disney’s Frozen, is an irresistibly charming tale of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues.
Hilarious, cheeky and uproariously entertaining, with a cast of 11 hugely talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is the musical like no other. Click here for more information.
13. Embrace your inner child at the Big Kid Circus (October 24)
Big Kid Circus is the inspiration of Kiril Kirilov and his wife Biliana, who, as the respected artists Duo Jordanov, worked for many years as professional Circus Artists. Kiril is also an experienced Circus Manager, while Bili has a wealth of knowledge as a designer and choreographer. This combination of talent brings you an exciting and highly professional show, with laughter and thrills to bring you to the edge of your seats! Get your tickets here. Boundary Park, Oldham, Furtherwood Road, OL1 2PA.
14. Treat yourself to some jazz by candlelight in this beautiful monastery (October 29)
A bespoke live jazz experience showcasing some of the UK’s best up-and-coming jazz bands is coming to a beautiful Manchester monastery. The Monastery, famous for its stunning architecture and historical importance, will be bathed in candlelight, providing the perfect ambience to enjoy some of the UK’s top jazz talent.
Naturally, the bar will be open throughout the event, food and drink will be available to purchase throughout the evening with vegan and gluten-free options available. Click here for tickets. The Monastery, 89 Gorton Ln, M12 5WF.
15 – 26. Go to the pictures
Joker (Oct 4): Joaquin Phoenix is winning rave reviews for his portrayal of Batman’s nemesis
Pain & Glory (Oct 4): Pedro Almovodar and Antonio Banderas team up once more
Lucy in the Sky (Oct 4): the world just ain’t big enough for astronaut Natalie Portman
Gemini Man (Oct 11): Will Smith vs Will Smith. I’m sold already!
The Addams Family (Oct 11): animated family dysfunction awaits
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Oct 18): more malevolence to be done in this Disney sequel
Zombieland: Double Tap (Oct 18): another sequel, this time with zombies
Jojo Rabbit (Oct 18): offbeat comedy, featuring an imaginary best friend called… Adolf Hitler
The Lighthouse (Oct 18): moody, mystifying drama with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson
Black and Blue (Oct 25): gritty cop drama sees Naomie Harris caught between two worlds
The Aeronauts (Oct 25): Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite for aerial adventures
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