This week takes a charitable turn as the majority of our picks raise money for a good cause. With the feel-good, Good Samaritan factor so high, you’ll also be able to party hard on Friday with some free nightlife. Good times all round.

The Duchess of Pork vs. Drunk at Vogue at Twenty Twenty Two
Our weekly roundup of free events rarely sees even a sniff of nightlife – and it’s not fair for all you party animals. But we’ve not forgotten you. Whilst it’s difficult to scope out genuinely free clubbing bashes (ones that differ from a night in some bar pumping out their Spotify playlist), Fridays at Twenty Twenty Two have upped their game, employing the likes of Manc legend Martin Brew and The Ping Pong Club to commandeer the decks – and this week’s shindig looks especially nice. Alongside your usual doses of pals, drinks, art and ping pong, Friday sees a super special head-to-head between The Duchess of Pork and Drunk at Vogue – who we feature on the Wire quite a lot. Looks fun.
Fri 15 Aug, Twenty Twenty Two, The Basement, Little Lever St, M1 1EZ, 4pm (After Work Social) – 3am, FREE all night,

Soul Seeker Soul Fest at The Horse and Jockey (pictured)
The Horse and Jockey have teamed up with the pretty fantastic Christie Charity, and have devoted the month of August to raising money for this great cause. On Saturday this means a whole day of soulful vibes over on the Green, with tunes, activities and an outdoor bar all taking over the space. Live music kicks off at 12pm, and continues throughout the afternoon with the likes of Karl Faulkner, Thea Kate, The Hart Room and Adisa Allen, before Northern Soul DJ Jack Cooper eases us into the night. Entry is free, but you’re just asked to make a donation to the charity. So not technically a bona fide freebie, but c’mon, it’s for charity. Don’t be a tight arse.
Sat 16 Aug, The Horse and Jockey, 9 The Green, Chorlton, M21 9HS, 12pm ‘til late, FREE but donation required,

The Great Village BakeOff ft. Howard Middleton
August in Manchester means Pride, and all of the weird and wonderful events and celebrations that come with it. After checking out Canadian artist Maurice Vellekoop’s Cockadoodle exhibition, head over to the annual Village Baker’s Great Village Bake Off, where you’ll find a mix of sweet and savoury goods raising money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund. This year’s judging panel will be led by the loveable Howard Middleton, contestant from 2013’s BBC series who bravely emerged from that custard drama. Entry is free, but if you fancy your chances it costs just £5 to enter.
Sun 17 Aug, The Molly House, 26 Richmond St, M1 3NB, 1pm – 4pm,

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

Jess Hardiman
Published on:
Thu 14 Aug 2014