With up and down weather and the Queen’s jubilee just around the corner—there are plenty of wallet-friendly things to get stuck into around Manchester.

From free Jam Nights to stunning exhibitions—check out our roundup for the best free things to do in the city this week.

Jam Night | The Edge | Mon 16 May | 8pm-11pm

Start off your week right with Garden Looks Greener’s incredible jam night hosted by über cool Chorlton hotspot The Edge Theatre.

With an ethos of bringing together musicians of all backgrounds and abilities whilst offering a space for emerging artists to perform and connect with others, this is a great initiative to get behind.

Whether you join some local Mancunian musical talent on stage or sit back and enjoy, this is sure to liven up your Monday evening.

Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG, Tel: 0161 282 9776
Your Own Light Exhibition | Waterside Arts | Tue 17 May | From 11am

Head to Sale’s beautiful art centre, Waterside, this Tuesday to see award-winning photographer Allie Crewe’s moving and poignant exhibition Your Own Light.

Featuring a fantastic selection of striking portraits of trans/non-binary subjects, this event hosted by Pride in Trafford beautifully celebrates the lives of LGBTQ+ people living in Greater Manchester.

Compelling, compassionate and incredibly constructed, Allie’s series of works brilliantly captures the portraits of people who desire transformation and explore the stories of those who grow.

1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF, Tel: 0161 912 5616
The Renaissance of Recipes | The John Rylands Library | Tue 17 May | 4pm-6 pm

Part of the John Rylands’ Affective Artefacts series, this mid-week event seeks to explore the binding connections between emotions and material culture.

A deep dive into recent culinary trends, key speakers Amanda Herbert, Elaine Leong and Alisha Rankin will be talking all things food like you’ve never heard before.

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, Tel: 0161 306 0555
Bee Walk | Birchfields Park | Thu 19 May | From 1.45pm

Whack on those trainers as the Greater Manchester Walking Festival has arrived! With over 200 walks to get the region active, why not kick off the festival with a wholesome walk that pays homage to the city’s mascot, the Manchester bee?

Perfect for those interested in wild/honey bees, pollinator-friendly plants and gardening with nature—this is a great way to get moving in the city.

Birchfields Rd, Longsight, Manchester M14 5JU, Tel: 0161 223 1002
Bruce Asbestos A/W 2022 Catwalk | The Holden Gallery | Thu 19 May | 7pm-9pm

With pop culture iconography, folklore references and inflatable sculptures—artist Bruce Asbestos’ work is unlike any other.

Head over to the Holden Gallery for a crazy catwalk-stroke exhibition. Playing between mediums, experimenting with a whole array of references and drawing inspiration from a huge pool of icons—this intersecting display of work seamlessly blends art, fashion, performance and pop culture.

Think amazing absurdity…

Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BR, Tel: 0161 247 1705
Mon 16 May - Sun 22 May
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 16 May 2022