This week’s roundup of free events should get tongues wagging about just how much skill we have here in Manchester. From jewellery makers and illustrators to dancers and DJs, we’ve got it all to brag about – and all to enjoy this weekend.

Gin and Tonic Vintage Market at Terrace
The girls of Gin and Tonic Vintage recently gave their website a bit of TLC, which in its snazzy new form makes for some seriously contented online shopping. However, if you’re hankering after some good old-fashion browsing – touching things, trying them on, talking to real humans and whatnot – head down to the Northern Quarter’s Terrace bar this Saturday to rifle through some rails and get your hands on some killer vintage stock. Throughout the afternoon you’ll find lovingly selected pieces, playful prints and genuinely decent prices – all rounded off with a well-stocked bar to grab some of the hard stuff.
Sat 7 Jun, Terrace, 43 Thomas Street, M4 1NA, 1pm – 5pm, FREE,

SMS presents: Tasty Morsels Showcase at Common (pictured)
We mentioned last week that Common turned 10 this year, and luckily for us they’re totally milking it with a series of events running throughout 2014. As part of the celebrations, this Saturday sees Common staples Stop Making Sense host a super special all-dayer, promising plenty of action from artists on the Tasty Morsels label with live performances and DJ sets from Sad Eyes, Obsidian Pond, Aldous RH and Laurie Holiday. If the web-based label’s famed mixtapes are anything to go by, you can expect a wonderfully woozy, slightly oddball taster of dreamy pop and local flair from the North West.
Sat 7 Jun, Common, 39-41 Edge Street, M4 1HW, 4pm – 2am, FREE (£2 after 10pm),

Your RNCM Craft Fair
This Sunday the Royal Northern College of Music opens its doors for a creative day of arts, craft and music. With an army of 40 local makers featuring the likes of Alan Birch, Hanny Creative, Bee Morrison, Jon Turner, Sumi Senthi, SKG Designs and Yee Ting Kuit, the fair looks set to showcase just how much talent we have here in the North with a range of jewellery, ceramics, illustration and more – making it all the more important for you to hop on down and show some support. You’ll be rewarded with a free percussion workshop at 1pm, brews and treats from the café, before the day climaxes with a performance from Project Jam Sandwich, a world music outfit of five award-winning musicians currently studying at RNCM.
Sun 8 Jun, Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, M13 9RD, 11am – 4pm, FREE,

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

Thu 5 Jun - Sun 8 Jun
Jess Hardiman
Published on:
Wed 4 Jun 2014