We’re over halfway through the year, summer has officially landed and Manchester’s events calendar is really heating up.
From Wimbledon to Comic Con, our pick of events you won’t want to miss in Manchester in July 2018.
1) Get Caught Up In World Cup Fever At A Screening In Manchester, July 7 – 15
Fans are daring to believe that it could actually be coming home, so best make the most of it and soak up the magic at one of these World Cup screenings before the spirit of the nation, and the weather, turns.
2) Or, Trade The World Cup for Wimbledon, July 2 – 15
Tennis lovers will be able to watch Wimbledon on the big screen in Manchester’s First Street estate. The screen will be up in Tony Wilson Place where fans will be able to catch all the tennis action from July 2 through to the finals on July 15. Viewers will be able to pull up a deck chair and enjoy a glass a Pimms, while younger fans will be able to enjoy the games scattered across the estate include giant Jenga and table tennis. More info.
First St, M15 4GU.
3) Get Your Fancy Food Fix At Manchester Eats, July 7 – 8
Only July 7 and 8 Heaton Park will transform into an outdoor, artisan festival. Featuring international cuisine, distillates and celebrity chef demonstrations that organisers guarantee will send northerners of all ages into a hysterical, foot-stomping food dance. More info.
Middleton Rd, M25 2SW
4) Toast The Nice Weather At Manchester Beer Week Festival, June 29 – July 8
Organisers have managed to squeeze more than 100 events into the 10-day festval which kicked off on June 29 and will run until July 8. The festival is set close with a massive street party on July 7, on Temperance Street. The party will be hosted by bars featuring 15 different breweries, music and street food as well as child-friendly games and a small-batch soda bar. More info.
5) Visit The Sausage Dog Cafe, July 8
Whether you’re a proud owner or just an admirer, all sausage dog-lovers will be welcome at the pop-up sausage dog café on Sunday, July 8. Hosted by Northern Quarter-based chicken shop legends Yard and Coop, organisers promise a dedicated doggy menu including bark-scotti, pupcakes and dognuts. And the puns don’t stop there, every dachshund will also receive a free Pupuccino, while humans will be able to enjoy the restaurant’s famous buttermilk fried chicken. More info.
37 Edge St, M4 1HW
6) Feast On Italian Food At Festa Italiana, July 13 – 15
Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into Little Italy for a Festa Italiana, a free-to-attend festival celebrating the wonder that is Italian food, drink and culture. Inspired by Manchester’s Italian heritage, organisers have promised an abundance of food, booze and live music, with traditional Italian street food and a bottomless pizza and prosecco buffet. More info.
7) Grab A Bargain At Manchester’s Record Fair, July 14
You can’t beat a bit of old-fashioned record hunting. Meet the sellers face to face and examine the condition of the records yourself at Manchester Record Fair on July 14. With No misdescribed items or long waits for the post to arrive, you can haggle to get that bargain and enjoy the buzz of being among fellow vinyl lovers. More info.
Sachas Hotel, 12 Tib Street, M4 1SH
8) Take On The ObstaColour Run, July 15
Start in white, end up bright! The St Anns Hospice ObstaColour Run will see participants showered with multi-coloured paint as they tackle a 5km route and navigate the inflatable obstacles in Stockport’s Woodbank Park. The run will take place on July 15 and all participants will receive a ribbon, which can be tied to the ‘Tree of Dedication’ on crossing the finish line. More info.
Middleton Rd, Manchester M25 2SW
9) Learn To See Things Differently At Refract Festival, July 19 – 29
The annual summer arts festival at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale kicks off on July 19 with the first of ten jam-packed days that organisers promise will bursting with experiential performance, live music, comedy, theatre and family events that will invite audience members to see things differently. More info.
1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
10) Find All The Giant Bees In Manchester, July 23 – September 23
More than 100 giant bee sculptures will be winging their way across the city in July as part of a public art event celebrating Manchester’s heritage. The statues will be displayed across streets, parks and public spaces throughout Manchester from July 23 – September 23. More info.
11) Watch A Play In The Park, July 25 – August 12
12) Comic Con, July 28 – 29
MCM Comic Con, the UK’s largest organiser of pop culture events is gearing up for the return of the pop culture weekend extravaganza that is Manchester Comic Con. Organisers promise bigger guests, a new Community Zone, exclusive products and more explosive and interactive content this year. Stars of The Walking Dead, Stargate and Overwatch will be headlining the convention which will take place at Manchester Central conference centre on July 28 and 29. More info.
Manchester Central, Windmill Street, M2 3GX.
13) Learn To Make Pizza Like A Pro With Crazy Pedro, July 29
The folks at Crazy Pedro’s Part Time Pizza Parlour will be holding a masterclass in Pizza production on the last Saturday of each month. As well as learning the fine art of pizza making, participants will also receive two drinks, sharing nachos, a sixteen-inch pizza between two as well as prizes for best pizza. More info.
1 Short Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1AA
14) Enjoy Bottomless Prosecco At Gorilla’s Disco Brunch, July 29
Every month Gorilla invites brunch lovers to enjoy a day filled with glitter, disco, happiness, roasts and bottomless Prosecco. This month’s event will take place on July 29 with a ‘disco’ soundtrack provided by house and techno DJs Zuketh. More info.
54-56 Whitworth St, M1 5WW
15) Watch A Pawsome Film At The Cat Cafe, July 13
Film fans are invited to cuddle up with a kitty at Manchester’s Cat Cafe. Tickets are still available for their screening of Beauty and The Beast on July 13, tickets will include drinks, popcorn and a blanket to snuggle up with. More info.
103 High St, M4 1HQ.
16) See Hollywood’s next big releases
If the summer sun should fail, there are plenty of options to glue your eyes to the silver screen instead. We’ve patiently waited 14 years, and finally the moment is here: Incredibles 2 hits UK cinemas on July 13th. The arrival of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (20th) will satisfy you with probably every ABBA song they didn’t cram into the first one. Tom Cruise goes a little rogue in Mission Impossible: Fallout on the 26th, and The First Purge (4th) reveals the origins of the pesky Purge night. Meanwhile, a whole host of new content is arriving on Netflix this July – see it all here.