I’m sure many of us are feeling the post-Bank holiday blues, alongside our wallets, so we’ve got you sorted and rounded up the best things to do around the city that’ll help you save those pennies.

From Mediterranean-themed community parties over in Salford to a banging open decks party in the heart of the Northern Quarter – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Something New | Saan1 | Wed 3 Apr | 12pm - 6pm

Saan1 has just launched its brand-new group exhibition, Something New, and you’ve got until Sunday to go check it out.

In collaboration with West Art Collective and HappeningInMCR, the exhibition spotlights the incredible work of 27 artists from around town.

Swing by and support the local art scene and check out the array of lino prints, interactive work, sculptures, paintings and even fuzzy laptops on view.

Pub Quiz | The Beagle | Thu 5 Apr | 7pm - 10pm

If you simply can’t wait until Friday to start your weekend motives then why not check out The Beagle nestled in the heart of Chorlton for their famous pub quiz hosted by Nanny Banton.

Test yourselves with five rounds of general knowledge, current affairs and music with the top prize being a cushty £100 Nell’s voucher.

456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0BQ, Tel: 0161 881 8596
Not Bad For A Girl (Open Decks Party) | Band on the Wall | Fri 5 Apr | 10pm - 3am

Bring on the weekend with Not Bad For A Girl’s open decks party over at Band on the Wall.

Hosted by the cracking collective of female, non-binary and trans DJs based in Manchester and London who always bring 100% energy to every set.

To celebrate their 4th birthday, Not Bad for a Girl is inviting DJs who have little to no experience playing out live to take part in their open-deck event and spin some bangers.

Open to female, non-binary and trans participants only.

25 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786
A River Runs Through It | People's History Museum | Sat 6 Apr | 2pm - 4pm

The People’s History Museum is putting on a fantastic cut-and-paste ‘make your own manifesto’ session all about saying what you feel about water and its place in your life.

The free and friendly session is part of PeopleFest, a festival from the Association of Social Anthropologists that seeks to encourage playfulness and creative thought.

So go along, cut up some magazines, add in your own art and leave with a lovely little folded book or small poster.

Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER, Tel: 0161 838 9190
Sounds of Kargo | Kargo MKT | Sat 6 Apr | 1pm - late

If you’re looking for a spot to spend your entire Saturday afternoon through to the evening then look no further than Kargo MKT in MediaCity for their second session of Sounds of Kargo.

This Mediterranean-themed event will bring together good music, good drinks and good people so round up a posse and get yourself down to Salford to celebrate culture, community and wholesome times.

Unit 32, Quays, Quayside Media City, Kargo MKT, Central Bay, Salford M50 3AG
Mon 1 Apr - Sun 7 Apr
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Wed 3 Apr 2024