Spooky season is officially upon us, which means dedicating a lot of time to the spiced candle section of Homesense and binging endless series of trash TV. It’s definitely getting chillier, so if you can bring yourself to peel away from the comfort of your sofa this week – there’s plenty to get up and out for.

Salt Dog Slims are hosting their free interactive pub quiz this week, complete with impressive prizes, treasure hunts and loads of tasty hot dogs. Exhibition continues its new series of free parties, too, with an evening hosted by Ghosts of Garage. As well as this, The Blues Kitchen is bringing soul to your Sunday via cosy live performances at the end of the week.

The Salt Dog’s quiz | Salt Dog Slims | Tue 3 Oct | 7.30-10pm

Salt Dog Slims is known for being a bit of a party bar. Located on Bow Lane, it specialises in huge steins of beer and American style chilli dogs that are topped with everything from your classic Tommy K, to secret burger sauce, pickles, spicy beef chilli and more. It also hosts a killer mid-week quiz and on Tuesday, your team can battle it out to win a bunch of bonkers prizes. It’s not your typical general knowledge quiz, expect interactive games and treasure hunts as part of the rounds.

17 Bow Ln, Manchester M2 4FW
PN Review at 50 | The Portico Library | Wed 4 Oct | 6-7.30pm

Manchester-based print and online poetry magazine PN Review is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year. On Wednesday, the historic Portico Library is opening its doors to fans new and old to raise a glass to the legacy of the publication that celebrates new poetry, rediscoveries, commentary, literary essays, interviews and reviews from around the globe. Tickets are free, refreshments are provided and there’ll also be a pop-up detailing PN Review’s history using material from its archive curated by its first archivist, Stella Halkyard.

57 Mosley St, Manchester M2 3HY
Ghosts of Garage free party | Exhibition | Fri 6 Oct | 9pm- 3am

Next up in Exhibition’s new series of free parties is a 6-hour session from the brilliant Ghosts of Garage. Known for celebrating the very best of past, present and future UK garage, the collective already dominate stages at some of the busiest festivals. Expect huge tunes, a 360º DJ booth and a ticket that won’t set you back a penny.

Exhibition, St George's House, 56 Peter St, Manchester M2 3NQ
Bury vegan market | Mill Gate Square | Sat 7 Oct | 10.30am-5pm

Now that the seasons are starting to change, the colder weather makes us lean towards the warming hug of buttery pies and sickly sweet hot puddings. However, if you’re vegan curious, want to eat a little healthier or strictly follow and plant-based diet, this huge vegan market in Bury is definitely one to stick in the diary. The event will bring together street food traders, local makers, craft brewers, zero waste champions and loads more lovely stuff to rummage through.

Mill Gate Square, Bury, BL9 0QQ
Sunday Soul | The Blues Kitchen | Sun 8 Oct | 5pm

Fancy ending the week with a bit of laid-back soul? An ideal way to spend a Sunday, The Blues Kitchen is hosting an evening of performances from its talented pool of local artists. Expect gorgeous renditions of music from Etta James, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder as you sup a couple of school night cocktails and treat yourself to a platter of barbecued food.

The Blues Kitchen, 13 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HN
Mon 2 Oct - Sun 8 Oct
Emma Davidson
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Mon 2 Oct 2023