It is finally the time when we make our way into the year’s penultimate month and as we enter November, there are still truckloads of killer free things to do in the city.

Whether that’s stumbling upon a beautifully-curated poetry exhibition or celebrating the icons of contemporary culture over at Castle Fine Arts – we have most definitely got you covered for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Poetic Womxn | Manchester Poetry Library | Mon 31 Oct | 10am - 4.30pm

Be sure to catch this pop-up poetry exhibition on its final day over at the Manchester Poetry Library all about showcasing an exploration of Polish Female Poets with the juxtaposition of the Polish and English languages.

Featuring the work of Maria Korusiewicz, Marzanna Kielar and Kamila Janiak just to name a few – this event is a great way to support the community of writers far and wide.

Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, Manchester M15 6BH, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Absolute Spooners Comedy | The Spoon Inn | Tue 1 Nov | 8pm - 10.30pm

Gear up for a night of laughs and lunacy over in one of Manchester’s more bohemian neighbourhoods to catch the Absolute Spooners Comedy show down at The Spoon Inn in Chorlton.

Dubbed as “legit acts working out bits with no filter,” this comedy gig is sure to be like no other and with a promise of some of the weirdest and most wonderful comics on the circuit – this is a great way to bring on the new month and banish those Monday blues.

364 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AZ
Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Horror | Manchester Metropolitan University | Wed 3 Nov | 5pm - 7pm

If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to spooky season yet then don’t you worry – Man Met has you covered with a cracking seminar all to do with the creepiest of tales from centuries past.

Drawing on ecocritical, postcolonial, and theological approaches – key academic speakers will delve into the representation of horror and haunting in relation to slavery, monstrosity and sustainability in both non-fiction and fiction from the 1820s to the 1880s.

(Halloween costume optional…)

Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Trans Vegas | New Union Hotel | Wed 3 Nov | 7pm - 10pm

Get yourself over to Canal Street this Wednesday for a fabulous evening brought to you by the lovely lot over at The Pervert’s Podcast – a queer podcast from Milk Presents and She Wants A Dog, in partnership with Trans Creative.

Calling all hopeless romantics and queer revolutionaries, rock up to enjoy a lovely evening of discussion, audio cabaret and a deep dive into “perverted” artifacts of history…

111 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6JB, Tel: 0161 870 0031
Icons Exhibition | Castle Fine Art | Thur 3 Nov | 6.30pm - 10pm

Head to Castle Fine Art this Thursday to break up the working week with a cracking free exhibition paying tribute to a whole array of pop culture icons and their work.

With work from Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Eve Arnold, Paul Stephenson, and Scarlet Raven – be sure to swing by, have a peruse and enjoy a glass (or two) of bubbly as you look back at the talent of legends past.

12-14 King Street, Manchester M2 6AG, Tel: 0161 414 0002
Mon 31 Oct - Sun 6 Nov
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Thu 27 Oct 2022