Your guide to making the most of September in Manchester.
The end of summer is nigh, and we’re so ready to make the most of it before it disappears for another year. From fun events to brand new restaurants, we’ve rounded up the very best things to do in Manchester this September. Without further ado…
1. Eat your body weight in sushi at the Manchester Sushi Festival
Rolling into town at the end of this month, the Manchester Sushi Festival is set to bring some of the freshest catches to town – with tons of food traders, pop-up bars, masterclasses and live entertainment to enjoy. Expect a massive array of sushi throughout the weekend, alongside ramen, curries and more to accompany. Get tickets here before they’re gone.
2. Enjoy an array of delicious food at the Manchester Food & Drink Festival
The Manchester Food & Drink Festival is returning with a bang, with some incredible vendors in store for 2021. Taking place 16th-27th September, guests can expect the likes of Great North Pie Co, The Spinn, Grandad’s Sausages, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium and so much more, alongside a number of fantastic events including a Wine & Fizz festival, a huge Indian banquet and more. Find out more here.
Known from generation to generation as one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time, the very best of Bond is coming to Manchester this summer – but not as you know it. Making up part of Fever’s best-selling Candlelight Concert series – which has taken up residence at the stunning Manchester Cathedral – fans will be able to immerse themselves in the famous soundtrack like never before, with a number of the movie’s biggest title tracks in store for the special concert. Get tickets here.
4. Shop locally-made gifts and grub at Cutting Room Square’s Ancoats Pop-Up
Ancoats Pop-Up market has found a new home in Cutting Room Square, taking over the popular area on September 12th for the first time ever. There, Mancs will be able to discover some incredible local talent, bringing the best homemade gifts, food, nick nacks and so much more. Find out more.
Fancy doing something special before the summer’s out? Fever’s best-selling Candlelight series is taking to the rooftops, with the sounds of some of the most iconic movie soundtracks being played as the sun goes down. Expect beautiful renditions of the likes of Beauty & The Beast, Wizard of Oz, Toy Story and more, all performed by an incredibly talented string quartet. Get tickets here.
6. Check out the new Jimmy’s
Opening just last month, Jimmy’s has finally returned – with a brand new venue in the heart of Ancoats. Keeping with the signature Jimmy’s style, guests can expect seriously cool rock ‘n’ roll inspired decor, alongside a tasty menu of BBQ-inspired dishes, cocktails, and even a seriously good Sunday lunch (giant Yorkshire pudding included, of course!). Jimmy’s, 27 Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 6AJ.
7. Chow down on Peaky Blinder’s new bottomless Sunday roast
Launching for the first time just last month, Peaky Blinders Manchester is now home to a fantastic bottomless Sunday lunch, with free-flowing booze to accompany their gorgeous roast. Expect cocktails such as Blood Orange Aperol Spritz, Our Boy Finn, Manchester Spritz 2.0 & Dead Man to wash down dinner with, alongside Peaky Blinder gin, Peaky Blinder Pale Ale, draught lager and cider, and Prosecco. Roast-wise, guests can expect a choice of roast rump of beef, crispy roast pork belly, corn-fed chicken breast or their vegan roast; puy lentil and chestnut filo pie. Find out more.
Buff Bingo is back in town, with plenty of fun antics in store this September. Bringing four whole hours of live entertainment, guests can expect 1.5 hours of bottomless bubbles, tasty brunch dishes, hilarious drag performances, live DJs and, of course, butlers in the buff. It’s the perfect way to get together with friends, and naturally, tickets are selling pretty quick. Get yours here.
Feel like getting your Gaga on this September? Celebrate the iconic artist with the world’s number one Lady Gaga impersonator, Donna Marie, with an incredibly fun bottomless brunch packed full of Gaga hits. Chow down on tasty brunch dishes alongside bottomless cocktails, dance to your favourite tracks, and enjoy fun drag performances throughout the four-hour event. Get tickets here.
10. Enjoy delicious Indian-inspired breakfasts at Delhi House Cafe’s new bottomless brunch
Brand new to the Corn Exchange – and perfect for the cooler months ahead – Delhi House Cafe has launched an Indian-infused bottomless brunch, featuring a number of innovative brunch dishes to enjoy. Accompanied by 90 minutes of bottomless drinks, guests can enjoy a number of fusion dishes, including Masala Chicken Scrambled Eggs, Kathi Rolls and even tandoori chicken tikka served in a naan, alongside cocktails, fizz and Delhi House lager. Find out more.
All the single ladies (and not so single ladies!), it’s time to get into formation. Celebrating all things Beyonce this month, Cara Melle and a collective of London and Manchester’s best drag artists will be taking over On Bar, in Manchester’s Gay Village, with tons of performances and Beyonce hits to enjoy. Expect four hours of fun, alongside free-flowing booze, tasty brunch dishes and tons of opportunities to dance the day (or night) away. Get tickets here.
12. Celebrate the return of festivals at Parklife 2021
Parklife is back after two years, with a few tickets still remaining for those who want to celebrate the return of festivals. Expect an epic line-up packed full of huge names such as Dave, Annie Mac, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, Skepta, and so many more. Find out more.
Ending the month on a high, the R&B Brunch is returning to Manchester Bierkeller, providing the very best R&B tracks to dance to for five whole hours. Sup on bottomless rum punch, enjoy yummy street food, and dance the day away with your mates. Tickets are on sale here.
14. Enjoy live music again at Sounds of the City
Sounds of the City is returning this month, with a line-up including The Street, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight and Haçienda Classical in store for music fans to enjoy. Taking place at Castlefield Bowl, event-goers will be able to dance and enjoy the festival just like old times. Get tickets here.
Combining the very best of hip-hop and R&B for the ultimate bottomless brunch, Impossible Manchester is throwing an uber-fun party this month, with three whole hours of dancing in store. Enjoy a menu of Impossible burgers for brunch, alongside free-flowing cocktails and great music. Grab your mates and get tickets here.
16. Laugh out loud at The Comedy Store’s Escape to Freight Island takeover
Joining Escape to Freight Island’s incredible roster of events this September, The Comedy Store will providing endless laughs this month, with a ‘Best In Stand Up’ show featuring funny folk Mick Ferry, Justin Moorhouse, Danny McLoughlin and Bethany Black. Expect hilarious sets on The Platform, alongside great food and drink from the venue’s many exciting traders. Find out more here.
17. Venture out of town to the Neighbourhood Weekender
Neighbourhood Festival is returning for the first time since the pandemic hit, with a huge weekender in Warrington. Headlining this year is Gerry Cinnamon, The Coral, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Miles Kane and more, with throwback bands such as The Pigeon Detectives, The Wombats, and an impressive array of newer indie bands joining the line-up. Find out more here.
18. The Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project is making its grand return this month, and there’s a stellar line-up for fans to enjoy throughout the season. We’re talking Megan Thee Stallion, Sub Focus, Skream, Mike Skinner, Chase & Status and Rudimental, to name a few, with a huge roster released right up until January. Find out more here.
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Returning after a successful show this summer, Queen by Candlelight is set to bring more Queen-themed fun to the city, taking over The Monastery and decking it out in flickering candlelight. Expect all the hits performed by a talented cast of West End singers, with a fantastic five-piece rock band providing the music. Tickets are almost sold out, but you can get yours here.
20. Potter around the Northern Quarter’s lovely Makers Market
Before the bad weather sets in, it’s well worth a potter around Stevenson Square’s lovely Makers Market, which pops up on the second Sunday of every month. Find bakers, artists and local gifts makers all in one square, with a huge variety of things to have a browse at on the day. Find out more.
21. Enjoy the last of the Manchester summer
Most importantly, if there’s one thing we should all do this month – its make the most of any sunshine we’re blessed with before it’s gone for another year!
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