This week started with a bumper bank holiday bang and the rest of the days will be no different. From food art exhibitions to jazz nights – there are still stacks of stellar things to do that won’t hurt your wallet.

Check our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Food of the Gods | DEZ REZ | Wed 31 Aug | 6pm - 8pm

Head to Deansgate this Wednesday for an exhibition like you’ve never seen before. A simulated fine-dining experience using live streamed green-screen technology, Food of the Gods is presented by Manchester/Glasgow collective TV Babies.

Focusing on hospitality, dining and food within the art world – this isn’t your average art show.

285 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EW
Punk & Disorderly | The Deaf Institute | Fri 2 Sept | 11pm - 3am

Fancy a blast from the past? Look no further than The Deaf Institute this Friday for a proper injection of 90s punk nostalgia.

Featuring all the bands of our angsty teen years, prepare your ears for a night of Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and all the rest…

135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE, Tel: 0161 276 9350
Henry Botham | Matt & Phred's | Sat 3 Sept | 5.30pm - 6.30pm

If you’re after a more sophisticated pre-gamer to your Saturday night, head to Tib Street’s favourite jazz bar for a short and sweet early evening gig at Matt & Phred’s.

Drawing from eclectic influences of Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Rhumba, Ragtime, and even Classical music and Rock – Henry Botham are sure to transport you to New Orleans in an instant.

64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 273 5495
Stories we Share Drawing | Manchester Art Gallery | Fri 2 Sept | 12pm - 2pm

Try something a little different this Friday over at the Manchester Art Gallery and try your hand at drawing and chatting in the beautiful Trading Station exhibition.

A great opportunity to slow things down and let those creativity skills shine, take a seat and have a go at drawing teapots and mugs while sharing your thoughts on the world.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888
My Utopia | Electrik | Until Fri 9 Sept | 7pm - late

Be sure to check out the latest exhibition over at one of Chorlton’s favorite pizza bars, Electrik. A joint exhibition by artists Emma Evans and Richard Kelly, you’re going to want to check out their whole series of cracking art adorning the much-loved walls.

Have a browse, grab a drink, and feast on some stellar Four Side pizza.

559 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 881 3315
Mon 29 Aug - Sun 4 Sep
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 29 Aug 2022