It definitely feels like summer is finally on its way over as the weather cranks up a few more degrees this week and, keeping up the good news, there are heaps of cracking things to do in the city that’ll help you save those pennies.

From open mic nights in the heart of the Northern Quarter to all-night parties at one of Ancoats’ favourite pizza houses – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Just Stories | Castle Hotel | Wed 19 Apr | 7pm - 9.15pm

Head to one of NQ’s favourite boozers, Castle Hotel, this Wednesday for a proper weird yet wonderful storytelling night hosted by Ilaria Passeri.

From comedians and actors to poets and musicians – all are welcome to take the stage and tell a story but if listening is more your thing then do not worry as you can sit back and relax as the delightful chaos unfolds.

66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE, Tel: 0161 237 9485
Good Stuff | Ramona | Fri 21 Apr | 6pm - late

Start your weekend the right way over at Ramona with DJ Sam Redmore heading to Manchester to debut Good Stuff – a night of House, Disco, Afro and everything in between.

Sam will also be joined by Warehouse Project residents, Joe Motion and Sharples, to get everyone on the dance floor grooving all night long.

40 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JG, Tel: 0161 441 9020
Not Bad For A Girl Open Decks Party | Band on the Wall | Fri 21 Apr | 9pm - 3.30am

The cracking collective of female, non-binary and trans DJs, Not Bad for a Girl, turns four this weekend and is inviting female, non-binary and trans participants to get their celebration on.

All about equal opportunity, equal pay and equal parts spirit and mixer – this open deck event will see some of the city’s newest up-and-coming talent spin all through the evening at one of Manchester’s most loved venues.

25 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786
Art with Heart's Earth Day Campaign Workshop | Manchester Museum | Sat 22 Apr | 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Oxford Road’s Manchester Museum is inviting families to hang out for an hour on Earth Day to create a people-powered campaign focusing on sustainability.

Geared around turning slogans into action, this afternoon event will provide a relaxed atmosphere with conversations and activities for little ones aged 7-11 to learn all about the environment, climate change and activism.

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
The Carlton Social Karaoke Night | Carlton Club | Sat 22 Apr | 8pm - 1am

Be sure to swing by Whalley Range’s Carlton Club this Saturday for their legendary karaoke bash making its return once again.

Inviting the crowd play and sing whatever they desire – this is a great way to either show off your set of pipes or just have a proper good laugh and enjoy yourself.

And, with the Hip Hop Chip Shop making an appearance to serve up some delicious grub if you get peckish, this one is sure to be a banger.

113 Carlton Road, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8BE, Tel: 0161 881 3042
Mon 17 Apr - Sun 23 Apr
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sun 16 Apr 2023