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Eighteen Excellent Things To Do In Manchester In September 2019

By Laura O'Neill

Can you believe it’s September already? Better fill your diaries before you blink and it’s over.

Don’t put your shorts away just yet, we reckon there’s still a little bit of sunshine left before we can all start raiding our scarf collection – after all, it’s technically not Autumn until September 23rd. With a plethora of different events happening throughout September, there’s plenty to keep you all busy and entertained!

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1. Enjoy free canal-side jazz (from September 5)

Northern Quarter back-street jazz club, Matt & Phred’s has teamed up with neighbourhood curator Get Living to launch a series of canal-side jazz sessions this September at Middlewood Locks, Salford.

The free weekly sessions will take place every Thursday evening from 6.30pm – 9pm throughout September and will give music lovers the chance to enjoy some of the jazz bar’s most popular musical acts, and there’ll be free food. Click here for more information. Middlewood Locks, Salford

2. Visit Manchester Gin’s first dedicated bar (September 5)

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Manchester Gin is moving its distillery to Watson Street in Manchester City Centre and opening a bar, Three Little Words, in the adjoining Grade II* listed arches under Manchester Central.

Owners Seb and Jen have lovingly restored the gorgeous arches, which have stood empty for more than a decade, and said the stunning red-brick architecture remains a defining feature of the arches. Only now they house something new. A place to spend an hour or an evening making memories over creative drinks and delicious food. Click here for more information. Manchester Central.

3. Enjoy bottomless drinks and popcorn at this quote-along screening of Mean Girls (September 7)

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On September 7, The Brickworks in Manchester’s Barton Arcade is giving film lovers the chance to relive one of the most iconic pieces of cinema in a totally immersive environment. Subtitles will be projected on to the big screen so guest will be able to quote along with the film (and shout-along with the Kevin G rap).

And the best part? There’ll be free drink flowing throughout the whole screening and bottomless popcorn. Guests will be treated to waiter service for the duration of the film and the drinks menu will include gin, vodka and rum with a mixer, house wines and beer. Get your tickets here. The Brickworks, Barton Arcade, M3 2BH.

4. Get in the festive spirit (September 10)

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Yes, it’s still September and yes, it’s not even Autumn but it’s also only 15 weeks until Christmas (that’s four paydays if you really want to frighten yourself). And in honour of the impending festive season, an entire channel dedicated to Christmas will launch next month.

Sony Movies Christmas (formerly True Christmas) will be beaming non-stop festive spirit into homes from today (September 10), throughout the festive season and right through to the beginning of January. The channel will air on Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 and Freesat 303.

5. Spend an evening with the director of Planet Earth II (September 10)

Planet Earth II captured the imagination of millions of viewers around the world, but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? Well, wonder no more, as Fever is hosting a fascinating talk with one of the show’s producers and directors, Dr. Chadden Hunter, and he promises to take you on a magnificent journey through the hidden secrets of Planet Earth’s production.

Chadden will share his stories of living amongst baboons in the Ethiopian highlands, scuba-diving underneath the Antarctic ice-cap, having his cabin ripped apart by grizzly bears, and working alongside Sir David Attenborough himself. Get your tickets here. Manchester Acadamy, Manchester Uni Students Union, Oxford Rd, M13 9PR.

6. See Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Raja (September 12)

Ru Paul’s Drag Race star, Raja, will host a highly entertaining evening of songs and stories that is certain to delight drag enthusiasts and royalty alike! Back in the 1600’s, the masque, an elaborately staged evening of courtly entertainment, was considered to be the highest artform in England. Following in the noble tradition of the performing courtiers, RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Raja presents a Maque for the 21st century. Don’t miss it, it’ll be Raja’s first one-woman show in the UK! Click here to get your tickets. Rebellion Manchester, 2B Whitworth St W, M1 5WZ.


7. Enjoy bottomless drinks and popcorn at this quote-along screening of Dirty Dancing (September 14)

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Grab your beige iridescent lipstick and get ready for the time of your life. A special quote-along screening of Dirty Dancing is coming to a big screen in Manchester this month. Dirty Dancing fans will be able to watch the iconic film in an immersive environment, with free drink flowing throughout the whole screening and bottomless popcorn.

The event will take place at The Brickworks in Barton Arcade, which will be transformed into a holiday resort-inspired paradise. And each guest will be treated to a private table with waiter service for the duration of the film, while they shout out famous lines from the film and belt out hits from the iconic soundtrack. Get your tickets here. The Brickworks, Barton Arcade, M3 2BH.

8. United Kweens presents: Pride and no prejudice (September 14)

Whip out your glitter, rainbows and sequins for a fabulous night! United Kweens features some of the UK’s best drag performers. The first show is honouring the theme of Pride. This cool venue has an upstairs and downstairs (where the show will take place). You are welcome to access the upstairs area and mingle or have drinks when the venue opens. Seven queens will be putting on a camp night for you to remember. Don’t miss out, get your tickets here. Tribeca Bar, 50 Sackville Street, M1 3WF.

9. Take a wine discovery course (September 19)

Whether you are a wine tasting beginner or enthusiast, you will love this expert-led tasting session. Of all the host’s Manchester wine tasting evenings, this is their most popular. Enjoy tasting six carefully selected wines and learning about flavours and aromas. You’ll find out where to buy great wine and get the best bottles for your money, too. Book your course here.  The Castlefield Hotel Liverpool Road, M3 4JR.

10. Take a red carpet ride through your favourite movie soundtracks at this classical concert (September 20)

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film lovers will be invited to join the world-renowned London Concertante for a glorious red carpet ride through iconic movie soundtracks. From aliens and spies to dinosaurs and war heroes – this evening promises to be an exciting exploration of the power of film music, packed with all of your family favourites made famous by Hollywood!

Guests can expect to hear to some of the most evocative music created for cinema, including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, ET, Mission: Impossible, Skyfall, The Godfather and many more, in a totally unique way. Get your tickets here. The Brickworks, Barton Arcade, M3 2BH.

11. Enjoy bottomless drinks and popcorn at this quote-along screening of Bohemian Rhapsody (September 28)

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Queen fans will be able to watch the hit film in an immersive environment, with free drink flowing throughout the whole screening and bottomless popcorn.

The event will take place in The Brickworks in Barton Arcade, which will be transformed into a Freddie Mercury-inspired paradise (minus the naked waiters and blokes biting the heads off live chickens). And each guest will be treated to a private table with waiter service for the duration of the film, while they belt out those iconic Queen classics. Click here to get your tickets. The Brickworks, Barton Arcade, M3 2BH.

12. Book your tickets for Cirque du So Gay before they sell out

Cirque Du So Gay, the circus with some extra spunk, is coming to town. You’re invited into a world of fantasy and fun for a night of spellbinding performances at Tribeca Bar in Sackville Street. Expect everything from singers to fire breathers, who’ll be performing dangerous and exciting acts for your entertainment. With unmissable shows from some of Manchester’s top acts including Xander Helsby and Ophelia there’ll be everything to keep audience members on their toes and howling with laughter. The September date has already sold out, but there are still tickets available for October. Get yours here. Tribeca Bar, 50 Sackville Street, M1 3WF.

13 – 18. Go to the pictures

Universe-spanning blockbusters, tense thrillers, and a grand country estate – September on film has got it all…

🤡 It: Chapter Two (Sept 6): we aren’t prepared for Pennywise’s terrifying return
🧐 Downton Abbey (Sept 13): time for the long-awaited return to Grantham
👨‍🚀 Ad Astra (Sept 18): Brad Pitt solves daddy issues in space
💵 The Kitchen (Sept 20): 70s-set crime drama where the ladies rule Hell’s Kitchen
🐤 The Goldfinch (Sept 27): Donna Tartt’s novel gets a star-studded adaptation
🇮🇳 Hotel Mumbai (Sept 27): gripping, terrifying account of the 2008 Mumbai hotel attacks

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Also published on Medium.