With the weather picking up and the Euros to look forward to, most of us are probably keen to save those pennies where possible.

To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up five of the best free things to do in Manchester this week from full-evening funk affairs at Band on the Wall to readings at Manchester Poetry Library.

Poetry Reading Series: Luke Kennard | Manchester Poetry Library | Thu 20 Jun | 6pm - 7pm

If you’re after a slice of culture this week, check out award-winning British poet, critic, novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham, Luke Kennard, as he takes to the stage at the Manchester Poetry Library this Thursday.

Perfect if you’re after a break from the post-work pub routine and fancy something a little different, Luke will be reading from a selection of his poetry, followed by a conversation on poetry and writing with Nikolai Duffy.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor East Building, Cavendish Street Off All Saints Park, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
International Yoga Day Celebration | MediaCity | Fri 21 Jun | 12.15pm - 12.55pm

Get yourself down to MediaCity this Friday afternoon to celebrate International Yoga Day with a short and sweet yoga session that is perfect for all levels.

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a curious beginner, this is a great little opportunity to stretch out, take some deep breaths and find your inner zen in the fresh outdoor air.

Be sure to bring your own mat and, of course, positive vibes.

MediaCity UK, Salford M50 2EQ
Hold Tight - GARAGE x BASS x HOUSE x TECHNO | YES | Fri 21 Jun | 11pm - 3am

If you’re after a cheap night out on Friday look no further than YES for a full-evening affair that’ll keep you bopping until the early hours with all the best Garage, Bass, Techno and House filling the Pink Room.

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7BD, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Funk Street! | Band on the Wall | Sat 22 Jun | 9 pm - 3 am

Swing by Northern Quarter’s Band on the Wall this Saturday for a banging night grooving out to the finest in funk, soul, disco, house and more.

Attendees can look forward to soul-heavy beats, infectious rhythm, and free-flowing dancefloor magic as resident Band on the Wall DJs spin a whole mix of sounds and styles, seamlessly blending between past and future.

27 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786
Shi Karim | Ōdiobā | Sat 22 Jun | 8pm - 2am

Stockport’s newly-opened Ōdiobā will be putting on a special night hosted by Manchester DJ, Shi Karin.

Collecting and mixing vinyl since the 90s, Shi Karin has promoted and DJ’d at a whole bunch of iconic venues around the UK and, this Saturday, he’ll be bringing all the best Hip-Pop and Soul, broken beat, rare groove, disco and low tempo house to the cobbled Underbanks.

26 Lower Hillgate, Stockport SK1 1JE
Mon 17 Jun - Sun 23 Jun
Rhiannon Ingle
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Tue 18 Jun 2024