OK, so the weather may not be as great as last week’s mini heatwave but you’ll be happy to know there are still shedloads of things you can do around the city that won’t cost a single penny.

From a three-day weekender at Manchester Jazz Festival to a huge garage day-to-night party brought to you by the legendary Todd Edwards – here’s our rundown of the best free things to do in Manchester this week.

Design Rewind | Matt & Phreds | Tue 14 May | 8pm - 11pm

If you’re looking for something to do after work on Tuesday then look no further than Matt & Phreds which will be putting on a free gig brought to you by Design Rewind.

The British pop-rock band, who are inspired by the great songwriters of the 1970s & 80s, will be playing a mix of their own material and popular covers.

64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 273 5495
Radical women tour | People's History Museum | Thu 16 May | 12:15pm - 1pm

Swing by the People’s History Museum this Thursday for a guided tour exploring the lives of women reformists, Chartists, suffragists, suffragettes, radicals and revolutionaries throughout the years.

Explore the exhibitions while discovering exactly how women have campaigned for equality, from Peterloo to the Pankhursts to the present.

Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER, Tel: 0161 838 9190
Ruf Dug | Ōdiobā | Fri 17 May | 8pm - 2am

Dubbed ‘a coffee house by day and Audiophile Hi-Fi bar by evening’, Ōdiobā has announced the latest selector to grace their elite hand-built sound system – Ruf Dug.

The Manchester-via-Ibiza producer, DJ, NTS radio host and record store owner will be blending balearica, street soul, 16-bit and everything in between from labels like Rhythm Section, Futureboogie and his own, Ruf Kutz.

26 Lower Hillgate, Stockport SK1 1JE
Manchester Jazz Festival | First Street | Fri 17 - Sun 19 May | Various times

The eagerly-awaited return of Manchester Jazz Festival will be kicking off with a three-day party at the First Street neighbourhood. Set across three stages — the Main Stage, Ask Garden Stage and HOME Stage visitors can drop by and catch a whole load of incredible performances completely free of charge.

Various locations
Ghosts Of Garage With Todd Edwards & Rich Reason | Freight Island | Sun 19 May | 12pm - 10pm

Kicking off Freight Island’s summer-long festival series with a bang is a Ghosts Of Garage takeover with DJ legends Todd Edwards & Rich Reason. Enjoy cracking tunes spinning from the afternoon well into the evening.

Mon 13 May - Sun 19 May
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Tue 14 May 2024