Soup Kitchen’s 6th Birthday (pictured)
Soup Kitchen is one of them bars that feels like it’s always been there, so it’s a surprise to discover this is only their 6th birthday. But they’re ringing it in style, handing over the main bar to Aldous RH, Mother and Akranes for a seven-hour free party. It’s not a party without a bit of boozing though, so they’re offering a limited supply of free drinks to earlycomers.
Fri 19 Aug, Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester, M1 1DF. 8pm – 3am,

Spinningfields and Chorlton Makers Markets
There’s not one but two Makers Markets this weekend, with dozens of stalls featuring artisan arts and crafts and crazy brilliant street food. On Saturday, The Makers Market are hostign their very first market in Chorlton,  just outside the library, and on Saturday and Sunday you can catch also them at their regular spot in Spinningfields.
Sat 20 Aug, Chorlton Makers Market, Chorlton Library, Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PN. 10am – 4pm
Sat 20 – Sun 21 Aug, Spinningfields Makers Market, Spinningfields Square, Manchester, M3 3EA. 11am – 5pm,

Kosmonaut Summer Street Party
Another Northern Quarter staple is having a party this weekend, as Kosmonaut on Tariff Street throws their Summer Street Party, with food, art and music spilling out of the venue’s flung-open doors. Kosmonaut’s kitchen has been opened up to Holy Crab, who’ll be whipping up a range of seafood and sea-themed food, including seaweed popcorn. From 6pm, there’ll be an Illustration Showdown, where artists and MCs go head-to-head. Musical accompaniment for the day comes from the Kosmonaut regulars as well as guest DJs such as Cosmic Baggy, Jamie Groovement and Joy Social.
Sat 20 Aug, Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF. 12pm – 2am,

Poor Pals Club at Fuel Café Bar
If you’re weren’t busy enough this Saturday, then you could head down to Fuel in Withington, who are hosting this afternoon/evening market-cum-gig. From 2pm to 6pm, they’ll have stalls set up selling prints, zines and affordable vintage clothing, and then in the evening they’ll be switching it up with zine readings and live slam poetry. Line-ups yet to be confirmed, but whatever the bill, it’s likely to be a boon for the Withington creative community.
Sat 20 Aug, Fuel Café Bar, 448 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 3BW. 2pm – 12am,

Fri 19 Aug - Sun 21 Aug
Jon Whiteley
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Thu 18 Aug 2016