Entering the final summer month of the year, we’re saying goodbye to July and welcoming the month of August with open arms.

Kicking things off in style, we’ve rounded up a whole host of things to do that won’t throw off your bank balance one bit!

From indie market takeovers down by Cheetham Hill to a Manchester X Berlin collaboration of art over at SOUP — we’ve most definitely got you covered for the best free things to do in Manchester this week.

Jokes at the Oaks | The Seven Oaks | Tue 2 Aug | 8pm - 10pm

Potter over to the edge of China Town and check out The Seven Oaks this Tuesday for a cracking evening of free stand-up comedy.

Hosted by Jordan Ducharme and Dan Tiernan, the lineup is sure to be good featuring talent that’s appeared on the likes of Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and 8 out of 10 cats along with some of the scene’s finest up and comers.

5 Nicholas Street, Manchester M1 4HL, Tel: 0161 237 1233
Female, Fifty and Fighting | HOME | Thu 4 Aug | 10.30am - 12pm

A perfect way to break up the week, get yourself over to Manchester’s centre of all things artsy, HOME, for an incredible free feature screening documentary.

The short film, Bam Bam, follows Sandra – a 50-year-old female boxer who has been professionally fighting for over 18 years. Taking a more introspective dive into the world of sports, this documentary seeks to show how brutally beautiful boxing can be and how you can do whatever you want, no matter what age you are.

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
A Modest Evening with Ruby Tingle | SOUP | Fri 5 Aug | 6.30pm - 10pm

Check out one of Stevenson Square’s coolest spots this Friday for A Modest Evening with Ruby Tingle, taking place at SOUP.

A perfect way to kick off the first weekend of August, the evening promises an eclectic mix of visual art, stellar scran, music performances all to be washed down with DJ sets by Dirty Freud.

Presented by No Such Thing & PAPER Gallery, the evening will showcase, celebrate and welcome artists from the Axel Obiger Gallery in Berlin and start off the amazing collaborative exhibition between two artist-led galleries from Manchester and Berlin.

Even better? Specially designed complimentary cocktails will be available on arrival on a first-come-first-served basis.

31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF
Closer to My Dreams | The Whitworth | Sat 6 Aug | 5pm - 5.30pm

Start off your Saturday evening down at The Whitworth to see a powerful story unravel between two brothers pursuing their dream of being professional dancers.

The tale follows the siblings, from inner-city Hulme, and details the things they experience throughout their journey. Seamlessly weaving together the mediums of poetry, rap and Hip Hop choreography – the story is a beautiful piece of immersive expression.

The event is part of the Black Gold Arts Festival.

Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450
The Matriarch Market | GRUB | Sun 7 Aug | 12pm - 5pm

Presented by Not Your Babe Manchester and hosted at the very cool Cheetham Hill hub of all things independent, GRUB, is The Matriarch Market this Sunday.

All about supporting the work and craft of female-founded brands, makers and artists around the city – go along to check out all the amazing jewellery, homeware, clothing and just about any other wacky creation you can think of.

50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill M4 4HF, Tel: 0161 302 3084
Mon 1 Aug - Sun 7 Aug
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 1 Aug 2022