There’s plenty to get excited about over the next seven days in Manchester. From star-studded first birthday parties to football panels and more, you won’t even need to think about putting the heating on yet.

Read on for a rundown of the best free things to do in Manchester this week.

Exhibition’s 1st birthday with Jamz Supernova | Exhibition | Wed 1 Nov | 8pm – 1am

Exhibition carries on its series of free parties with a very special Wednesday bash. This week marks one whole year of Peter Street’s multi-kitchen venue and, to celebrate, radio superstar Jamz Supernova will be taking over the decks for a formidable five-hour party. Expect her usual blend of hip hop, jazz, house, RnB dancehall and more.

Exhibition, St George's House, 56 Peter St, Manchester M2 3NQ
Stockport photo walk | On The Brink Studio | Sat 4 Nov | 1pm - 3.30pm

Stockport-based photographer Elle Brotherhood is taking budding photographers around one of the most talked about northern towns this weekend. Starting at On The Brink Studios, guests are encouraged to bring a camera of their choice (analogue, digital, phone cameras) as you take an hour-long walk around the town, stopping off at some of Elle’s favourite places to photograph. She will be giving tips throughout the tour before you head over to Hat Works for a warm post-walk cup of tea.

On The Brink Studio, 6, The Courtyard, Wellington Rd N, Stockport SK4 1HT
Football Writing Festival 2023: Soft Power in Football | National Football Museum | Fri 3 Nov | 7pm - 9pm

The Football Writing Festival returns this week for its 9th year. Hosted at the National Football Museum, there are several panels and discussions taking place across the next seven days, but most notably is Friday’s ‘Soft Power in Football’ chat. Here a panel of writers and journalists will discuss the geopolitical and controversial implications of football club ownership, both domestically and further afield, and the impact it has on the game.

National Football Museum, Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG
Gorilla opening party | Gorilla | Sat 4 Nov | 11pm – 3am

Gorilla is finally back and BOY are we happy. The Whitworth Street bar, restaurant and popular gig venue has been keeping a low profile for quite some months, with much speculation around whether it would even open again. However, this Saturday night the venue is throwing a big re-opening party, and although free tickets have sadly sold out, it’ll still only cost you £1.75 plus booking fee to bag yourself a space. Expect five hours of non-stop Indie anthems, because no one does this better than Gorilla.

Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 5WW
Mon 30 Oct - Sun 5 Nov
Emma Davidson
Published on:
Mon 30 Oct 2023