As we edge our way reluctantly towards Autumn, it becomes clear that 2014’s Summer wasn’t all Pimms and BBQs as we’d hoped. But luckily we’ve found some other ways for you to enjoy your weekend, all of which are totally free!

10 x 10 exhibition at Federation House
10 x 10 is a collaborative exhibition not only launching 2014’s Design Manchester, but also showcasing some of our finest homegrown talent in the creative sphere – this year exploring the theme The Science of Imagination. Featuring unlikely partnerships across the realms of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography, 10 x 10 works as a springboard for Mancunion talent on a national and international scale. A name to look out for is Brendan Dawes, who has worked with the songs of legendary Mancunian musicians like Joy Division, Elbow and The Smiths to create stunning physical sculptures that depict the sound waves of some of their greatest songs. Read our full preview here.
Thu 18 – Sun 21 Sep, Federation House, Federation Street, M4 2AH, Launches Thu 18 with an evening view 6 – 10pm, FREE,

Spirit of Manchester Markets
During the last two weeks of September, Levy Market is teaming up with The Spirit of Manchester Festival to host a special Spirit of Manchester Markets collab. Along with the usual roster of 50 local traders, there will also be extra stalls for organisations working in the community including BHA Arise, Inspire Create Levenshulme, Jamtan Drumming, Levenshulme Youth Project, Red Cross, Saheli, Stitched Up and Woodcraft Folk, crucially allowing the groups to display their work to new audiences.
Sat 20 and Sat 27 Sep, shopper’s car park (next to Levenshulme station), M19 3PJ. 10am – 4pm, FREE,

Garden City Festival (pictured)
The 6th annual Garden City Festival is a free family event celebrating local horticulture, fresh produce, cooking and crafts, spanning across a day of live demos, interactive sessions, performances on the Imagine Fm stage and stalls. Throughout the day you’ll be able to find out more about beekeeping, floristry and organic gardening, visit a WWI kitchen, meet Tatton Park’s head gardener and her team, as well as browsing crafts from across the region. And if you’re still in the ‘hood on Sunday, Wythenshaw Hall are hosting a free open day with free guided tours between 12 – 4pm.
Sat 20 Sep, Wythenshawe Town Centre, Simonsway, Wythenshawe, M22 5RQ, 11am – 4pm, FREE,

Now Then Manchester poetry workshop at Seven Miles Out Arts Centre
This Saturday arts, culture and politics magazine Now Then presents a free event at the Seven Miles Out Arts Centre in Stockport, as part of their series of all-dayers featuring music, art and talks by local creatives. The afternoon will include a poetry workshop led by Word Life, a special talk by electronic musician Denis Jones about his equipment and production and a performance by folk singer Liz Green. Simply sign up for free by emailing ian at nowthenmagazine dot com with your name.
Sat 20 Sep, Seven Miles Out Arts Centre, 20 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EY, 2 – 7pm, FREE (email confirmation required),

Know of any upcoming free weekend events worth shouting about? Email jess at manchesterwire dot co dot uk with the deets.

Thu 18 Sep - Sun 21 Sep
Jess Hardiman
Published on:
Tue 16 Sep 2014