As we enter the month of October and with it the much-anticipated ‘Spooky Season’ – there are still bucketloads of cracking things to do around the city that’ll save you some dosh for Halloween parties.

From festivals down at the über Stretford Mall to some proper feel-good swing dancing over at Manchester Central Library – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Bunker Talk | The Salutation Pub | Tues 27 Sept | 5 pm - 7 pm

Liven up your Tuesday over at The Salutation Pub – a building that impressively dates back to the 1840s – to see the weird and wonderful performance work the Reckless Sleepers do.

Curated by the Performance Research Group at Manchester School of Art, Bunker Talks is centred around creating physical space for individuals to really get into the nitty-gritty of who they are and what they do – a brilliant opportunity to see live exactly how local artists think and see the world today.

12 Higher Chatham Street, Manchester M15 6ED, Tel: 0161 247 6465
Words with Friends | Aunty Ji's | Tues 27 Sept | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Get yourself over to the cool new neighborhood on the block, Levenshulme, for one of Aunty Ji’s regular Words with Friends spoken word nights.

A brilliant opportunity to get up on the mic or sit back and soak in all things words – be prepared to be cosied up against the crowd there as you hang out in the laid-back settings with fantastic wordsmiths and even better vibes to match.

987 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 2SY, Tel: 07508 428979
NFT Public Relations X Gabriel "GG" Gimenez | Ducie Street Warehouse | Wed 28 Sept | 6:45 pm - 9 pm

The popular Northern Quarter hang-out will be showcasing multi-disciplinary artist Gabriel “GG” Gimenez’s latest project, NFT Public Relations, this Wednesday.

Check out GG’s latest short documentary alongside a panel with the filmmaker and expert NFT guest speakers. A brilliant opportunity to take a peek into the future of technology, the docu-project is excitingly one of the first short films to use NFT technology as a means of independent film distribution.

Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 503 9460
Reset 2022 | Stretford Mall | Fri 30 Sept | 10 am - 4 pm

If you’ve not yet checked out the revamped Stretford Mall then make Reset 2022 the top of your list for this Friday.

An impressive blending together of charitable work for mental health alongside artistic expression – Reset 2022 seeks to showcase the voices of young people, parents and carers from across Trafford and Greater Manchester in their ‘100 Voices’ exhibition.

Meet the local community, check out the Mall and support an admirable cause all at the same time.

Chester Road, Stretford M32 9BD, Tel: 0161 865 1243
Rat Pack Party | Manchester Central Library | Fri 30 Sept | 2 pm - 4 pm

Start your Friday night early with this cracking free event hosted by the historic hotspot, Manchester Central Library, with a Rat Pack Party.

Join Mr. Andy Bayley, dubbed the ‘King of Swing’, for an easy-going afternoon of Rat Pack and Buble classics that’ll be sure to dust off those dancing shoes.

With free tea and cake to pair – you’ll be flying to the moon in no time.

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
Mon 26 Sep - Sun 2 Oct
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sun 25 Sep 2022