From powerful exhibitions over at Manchester Art Gallery to a proper good night out at YES – we have most definitely got you sorted for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

New Orleans Jam | Matt and Phreds | Mon 16 Jan | 9pm - 12am

Start the week off right with Manchester’s favourite jazz venue, Matt and Phreds. Head over this Monday for their legendary New Orleans Jam – all about bringing the big brassy sounds of Louisiana to Manchester.

Led by their house band, The Nightcreatures, this evening is sure to be full to the brim with the talent of local musicians, foot-tapping and horns aplenty.

64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 273 5495
Out of the Crate | Manchester Art Gallery | Tue 17 Jan | 10am - 5pm

If you’ve not yet had a chance to check out Manchester Art Gallery’s exhibition, Out of the Crate, then be sure to head over this week and see for yourself the poignant sculpture collection.

Part exhibition, part research space – this exhibition contains dozens of sculptures across three beautifully-curated rooms all geared around delving into the untapped history of Manchester’s publicly owned sculpture collection.

Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888
The Revolution Show | Science and Industry Museum | Wed 18 Jan | From 10.30am

Head to the Science and Industry Museum this week to check out an action-packed show all about the history behind science and industry in the city of Manchester.

Led by the museum’s expert Explainers, the show will detail how this pivotal relationship between science and industry has helped build and shape the city as we know it today.

From cutting-edge scientific research to the Industrial Revolution and Cottonopolis – this immersive show is a great way to find out more about the city’s colourful past.

Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP, Tel: 0330 058 0058
Into Tomorrow | Night & Day | Fri 20 Jan | From 11pm

Get yourself over to the Northern Quarter stalwart that is Night & Day for a fantastic free night presented by local DJ Tom Hoy & musician Olly Davis.

Keeping it totally old-school, this vinyl-only double-decking DJ set will put on blast the best of 60s, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and everything in between!

Expect some well-known classics and some rarer grooves…

26 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN, Tel: 26 Oldham St Manchester M1 1JN 0161 236 1822
Antics X Four Tet Spezial | YES | Sat 21 Jan | 11pm - 4am

Coming to the famed Pink Room at YES this Saturday is a night you definitely do not want to miss. An all-nighter, this Antics and Four Tet Spezial collab is sure to kickstart your weekend the right way.

Get ready to be grooving into the early hours as resident DJs spin the hottest alternative and electronic bangers including the likes of Peggy Gou, LCD Soundsystem and Bicep just to name a few.

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Mon 16 Jan - Sun 22 Jan
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 16 Jan 2023