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24 Wonderful Things To Do In Manchester This October

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor

24 Wonderful Things To Do In Manchester This October

October means that Autumn is officially here, but it’s not all about Halloween. There are a whole host of excellent events taking place in Manchester this month.

The weather may have started to turn, but nothing’s keeping us indoors this October – especially given that we spent our entire Autumn in lockdown last year. From fun Halloween events, to brand new bottomless brunches – we’ve rounded up the very best things to do in Manchester this October.

1. Fall down the rabbit hole to the Mad Hatter’s Gin (& Tea) Party

The sell-out Mad Hatter’s Gin (& Tea) party is back, with plenty of mad shenanigans for Mancs to enjoy. Fall down the rabbit hole into a curious space where guests will get to try a number of (non-size altering) potions, a few tasty treats, and an incredible immersive performance by the Mad Hatter and his many friends. Taking place at Whitworth Locke, tickets are on sale now and you can get yours here. 

2. Enjoy a Blackout Dinner at 20 Stories

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20 Stories blackout dinner is back, with a special event in collaboration with Belvedere this Halloween. Enjoy dinner with only the light from the city and a thousand candles providing the ambience, with a very special menu in store for the night. The events have previously sold out pretty quickly, so if you want in, you’ll have to act fast. Find out more here. 

3. Get weird at the Go Gaga bottomless brunch

Step into a world amplified by all things Gaga, as Donna Marie – the world’s number 1 Lady Gaga impersonator – takes to the stage to perform some of the star’s biggest hits. Accompanied by a delicious brunch, guests can enjoy music, dancing, and free-flowing booze, alongside a number of fun drag performances, too. Get tickets here. 

4. Try Ducie Street’s new Sunday roast with its own cauli-cheese menu

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Launching just last month, Ducie Street Warehouse has introduced a brand new Sunday roast menu – and it’s sent from the cauliflower cheese heavens. Boasting a whole menu of the tasty side dish, guests can enjoy an array of different cauliflower cheeses, as well as a choice of plenty of meat for your roast, huge Yorkshire puddings, and tons of sides and sharers. Find out more here. 

5. Enjoy a haunted evening of classical compositions at this special candlelit concert 

Halloween candlelight concert

Get into the Halloween spirit this October with this stunning candlelight concert, where talented performers will perform their own renditions to some of the most haunting tracks of all time. Think Thriller by Michael Jackson, Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, and even This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Get tickets here. 

6. Spot hidden monsters around the city centre

Halloween in the City is back for 2021, with a number of fantastic inflatable monsters popping up on top of some of Manchester’s most recognisable buildings. From three-eyed monsters to giant dragons, there’s plenty to spot, and they’ll all be dotted around all corners of the city, too! Find out more here. 

7. Hear scary film scores like never before at a candlelit concert

As part of Fever’s Candlelight Concert series, music fans will be able to enjoy a special Halloween edition, which will see tracks from famous movies performed within the spooky, candlelit setting. Expect to hear the scores of Jaws, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, The Shining and so much more at the special concert, but this time, as you’ve never heard them before. Get tickets here. 

8. Celebrate Oktoberfest with Doner Haus

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Oktoberfest 2021 might be cancelled, but Doner Haus is still getting into the spirit of the festival, with plenty of Oktoberfest-inspired food and drink to try for two whole weeks. Taking place now and ending on October 3rd, guests can enjoy kebabs, Currywurst, Bratwurst and German beers in steins, with a huge Berlin-inspired menu on offer. Find out more. 

9. Catch a horror flick at Manchester’s epic ScareCity experience 

ScareCity is back with a brand new theme, bringing more frights and thrills to Trafford. Drive through a tunnel of horrors, where you’ll be greeted by some seriously spooky beings, before heading into the belly of the beast: the al fresco cinema. Complete with a number of creepy areas (that are perfect for photo-opps) – including a graveyard, an abandoned gas station, a ritual area and more – as well as a fantastic bar where guests can enjoy food and drink. Get tickets and check out the full list of films showing here. 

10. Party at Albert’s Schloss for Oktoberfest

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In true Albert’s Schloss-style, the fun German-inspired bar is celebrating Oktoberfest, with nightly shows and entertainment, delicious steins of German beer and plenty of Oktoberfest-inspired grub. Dance, sing, drink and eat up until October 4th, when the party will be officially closing for the year. Find out more here. 

11. Celebrate the best of Bond at this candlelit concert

Taking place on 20th October, Bond fans will get to experience the movie soundtrack in a way like no other – and with all the No Time To Die hype, it’s perfectly timed. Enjoy some of the most iconic Bond theme songs in a stunning venue drenched in candlelight, bringing an atmosphere like no other to Manchester. Get tickets here.

12. Drink steins and enjoy live music at Manctoberfest

Oktoberfest is getting a Mancunian spin this weekend, with the arrival of Manctoberfest at the BEC. Drink German lagers from steins, fill up on tasty German treats, and enjoy some of the finest music to come from Manchester (performed by tribute bands, rather than the actual Gallagher brothers, of course). Impersonating Oasis, The Stone Roses, New Order, Happy Mondays, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, there’ll be plenty to enjoy, with a few tickets remaining here. 

13. Let your hair down at Surco’s ‘Boogie in a Brewery’

There’s nowhere quite cooler than a brewery for a party, and luckily for us Mancs, we’ve got an epic ‘Boogie in a Brewery’ coming up this October. Hosted by the DJs that make up Surco, guests will be able to enjoy Seven Bro7hers like never before, alongside some of the best 90s, deep house, disco, house and tech-house. Kicking off at 3pm til midnight this weekend, it’s the perfect way to party with everyone’s favourite Honeycomb beer. Get tickets here before it’s too late. 

14. Check out Manchester’s first-ever LGBTQ+ bookshop

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Opening just this September, Queer Lit is not only new in town – but pretty historic, too. Marking the city’s first-ever LGBTQ+ book store, the new shop offers a safe place for the community to browse, with tons of queer stories, biographies and more on offer. Each and every book is categorised – from gender stories, gay stories and lesbian stories, the team has made it super easy to find a book for you. Find out more here. 

15. Unleash your inner Sasha Fierce at the Beyonce bottomless brunch

Beyoncé fans, it’s time to get in formation. Taking place at Impossible MCR this October, guests will be able to sing and dance alongside the UK’s biggest Beyoncé tribute act, alongside brunch, free-flowing drinks and some seriously big Queen B hits. Better get practising the moves to Single LadiesGet tickets here. 

16. Check out the new Bundobust brewery

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Opening just a matter of weeks ago, Bundobust’s brand new brewery is the perfect chance to enjoy the beloved Indian spot in a whole new way, with plenty of beers on offer brewed right here in Manchester. Expect plenty of their Indian street food (classic faves included), as well as a brew for every beer lover to try. Find out more. 

17. Get the squad together for a game of Buff Bingo

Sure, it might be bingo – but this is definitely nothing like your Nan’s typical Tuesday nights down the community centre. Hosted by the Boy Toy butlers and some of London and Manchester’s best drag queens, guests will get to enjoy their choice of brunch dish, alongside bottomless fizz for an hour and a half. If that wasn’t all, there’ll be plenty of games and performances to enjoy, too, with four whole hours of fun in store. Get tickets here before they’re gone. 

18. Enjoy killer drag performances at this Beyonce-themed bottomless brunch

Another fantastic event for Beyoncé fans to enjoy, the highly popular Queen B bottomless brunch is back this month, with drag queen Cara Melle bringing the Sasha Fierce vibes. Enjoy a menu of pizzas for brunch, alongside bottomless booze, fun Beyoncé-themed performances, plenty of singing, and plenty of dancing. Get tickets here. 

19. Enjoy a roast and an afternoon of comedy at PKB’s Sunday Service

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Opening their brand new venue just recently, Pot Kettle Black is introducing a brand new Sunday Service, where guests will be able to enjoy performances alongside a delicious Sunday roast and bottomless drinks. This month, guests will get to enjoy an afternoon hosted by the hilarious drag queen, Lady Bushra, who’ll be bringing a number of other fantastic performers along for the ride. Find out more here. 

20. Catch a show of the brand new Bedknobs & Broomsticks stage adaptation

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Disney’s beloved Bedknobs & Broomsticks has finally received the theatre treatment, and it’s coming to Manchester this October. Showing at the Palace Theatre, those who remember the film will be able to relive the nostalgia, with Wigan-born West End actress Dianne Pilkington taking to the stage for the tour. Find out more. 

21. Unleash your inner 90’s baby at this fun bottomless brunch

90’s babies, it’s time to time travel back to our favourite era! Coming to Impossible MCR this month, fans of the 90’s will be able to reminisce on what really was a fantastic decade for music and pop culture, with three whole hours of hits to dance along to. If that wasn’t all, each ticket includes brunch and bottomless drinks, with a number of delicious pizzas on the menu and endless cocktails, lager and Prosecco to sip on. Get tickets here. 

22. Potter around the lovely new Ancoats Pop-Up market

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Ancoats Pop-Up will return to Cutting Room Square this month for the second time ever, bringing along with it a ton of wonderful local traders who’ll be selling food, bakes, gifts and more. The popular square has become the markets brand new home, and shoppers will find it there every second weekend of the month.

23. Glide into Halloween at the fun new Scare Skate

Skate Manchester is returning for 2021, but rather than waiting until Christmas, organisers have given the event a spooky twist for Halloween. Opening on October 22nd, Mancs will be able to enjoy the spooky ice rink, with guests encouraged to dress up for the occasion. The ice rink will be set within the wonderful Cathedral Gardens, where guests will also be able to see the annual Jack-O-Lanterns in the trees, and the fantastic Halloween in the City monsters that pop up on our city’s buildings every year. Find out more. 

24. Curl up with a scary movie at home

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Fancy staying in now that the weather has turned? The cooler forecast for October is the perfect excuse to snuggle up at home in front of Netflix – with tons of brand new horrors to enjoy in the spirit of Halloween. Check out our streaming guide for Halloween here. 

Read more: 7 Places To Enjoy Warming Pub Grub In Manchester Now Autumn Is Here

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