Bit by bit, the days are getting longer and the weather hotter as we enter April and all the springtime festivities that come with it.

From funky parties over at Band on the Wall to a whole-day affair down at Sadler’s Yard – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Children's Creative Art Club | Quayside MediaCityUK | Tue 4 Apr | 10am - 11.30am

Take the little ones down to MediaCityUK this Tuesday morning for a fantastic Children’s Creative Art Club.

Start the Easter holiday right with a session of drawing, painting and getting crafty led by local Machester-based artists.

The sessions will be open to all abilities from ages 5 and children must be supervised by a guardian at all times in the session.

The Quays, Salford M50 3AH, Tel: 0161 848 1850
Ear Food | Aunty Ji's | Wed 5 Apr | 7pm - 10pm

Liven up your Wednesday down at Aunty Ji’s for their cracking Ear Food event – a night where new genres, new tastes and new people all come together under one cosy roof.

Be sure to nibble on their bespoke dishes bringing flavours of the East blended with a Western palate – hearty but healthy feels all the way – alongside sitting back and chilling out to the talented sounds of the city.

987 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 2SY, Tel: 07508 428979
Green Island pre-party | Band on the Wall | Wed 5 Apr | 7.30pm - 11pm

The lovely lot behind the legendary Green Island bashes are throwing a free party this week over at Band on the Wall to coincide with tickets going on sale for the main event set to grace Hulme Garden Centre in June.

All about amplifying the grooves of the motherland, the pre-party will be sure to give you a taste of what the three summer dates have in store for you!

Afrodisia and special guests will have no issue bringing to the dance floor with their incredible, blended, styles of classic Afrobeat, highlife, Afro-psychedelic rock and contemporary Latin and jazz.

25 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786
Spring Planting Workshop | Stamford Quarter | Thu 6 Apr | 10am - 12pm

The Stamford Quarter is hosting a spring planting workshop this Thursday, inviting families to take part in a fun-filled morning of getting their fingers green and sprucing up George Street.

In collaboration with I Want Plants, the event will also allow people learn a bit more about springtime flora from expert and, with all tools provided, all you need is your enthusiasm.

Be sure to stick around and pick up some refreshments at Stutter & Twitch too.

George Street, Altrincham WA14 1RH, Tel: 0161 941 3110
Music on the Terrace | Station South | Fri 7 Apr | 5pm - 11pm

Join Station South this Friday for a daytime DJ event and welcome Easter in style.

They’ve got a brilliant line-up of local selectors coming to spin their groovy tunes to really kick off Good Friday the right way. Expect sunshine, dancing and some killer tunes at the ultimate terrace party.

975- 977 Stockport Road, Off Crayfield Road, Manchester M19 3NP
The Big Spring Thing | Sadler's Yard | Sun 9 Apr | 11am - 5pm

Sadler’s Yard is where you want to be this Sunday for a free full-day celebration of food, drink, music and things to make and do.

The family-friendly Easter day out has something in mind for everyone, including delicious food and drink from New Century Hall, Sadler’s Cat and Mira.

Whether you get creative with their seed bomb and kite-making workshops, join in with the Easter egg hunt or get your boogie on to live music from a couple of their favourite local musicians – this is shaping up to be a proper good way to end the week.

Redfern Street, Manchester M60 0AB
Mon 3 Apr - Sun 9 Apr
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 3 Apr 2023