The four-day-long bank holiday weekend has come and gone. To perk you back up, we’ve rounded up a handful of the best events to cure those post-day-off blues that won’t cost you a single penny.

Check out our guide to the finest free things to do in Manchester this week…

The Poet A.N. Stencl and the Friends of Yiddish | Manchester Poetry Library | Mon 6 June | 10 am – 4.30 pm

Head over to the launch of Manchester Poetry Library’s latest exhibition that investigates one of Britain’s foremost but now largely forgotten Yiddish poets; Avram Nachum Stencl.

Taking a deep look into Stencl’s amazing life story and his unique contribution to the cannon of Yiddish literature, we can all better examine and understand his poignant connection to Manchester.

Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, Manchester M15 6BH, Tel: 0161 247 2000
OpenBeat Summer Sessions | HATCH | Wed 8 June | 6 pm - 11 pm

Returning back to the legendary venue on the Oxford Road corridor is the OpenBeat Summer Sessions, in collaboration with Hatch & BIMM.

For live music, wicked DJs, indie food & drink vendors and pop-up shops galore – this mid-week motive is sure to introduce you to some of Manchester’s best-emerging artists whilst providing you with a mini-festival right in the heart of the city.

07586 111640, Tel: 103 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7ED
Sweet Vibrations Radio Takeover | Ducie Street Warehouse | Thurs 9 June | 5 pm - 11 pm

Coming to the Northern Quarter hotspot, Ducie Street Warehouse, is a whole evening of cracking tunes. The Manchester-based internet radio station is all about those feel-good vibrations that you do not want to miss out on.

Including Alternative R&B, Neo Soul, Hip-Hop, Classics, Beats & Disco, to name a few, the Sweet Vibrations Radio Takeover is sure to liven up your Thursday.

Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 503 9460
Lotus | NAM | Thurs 9 June | 6 pm - 11 pm

Coming to Manchester’s go-to audiophile destination is the launch of Lotus, an entire night dedicated to womxn DJs from the city and beyond.

Presented in collaboration with size?, Lotus will see a whole host of superb selectors, a panel discussion and nail art all night long.

With the likes of Pops Roberts, Akemi Fox, DJ Andrea Trout, SCAPA, P-Ro Jones, Egg On Toast and Jess Rose performing through the evening – this is definitely shaping up to be a good one.

Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AJ, Tel: 0161 637 2720
Preface with DJ Jumbled | Whitworth Locke | Fri 10 June | 5 pm - 9 pm

Another free DJ event this week, Preface is all about closing your laptop and commencing the weekend – and what better place to switch up the gears than the beautiful Whitworth Locke.

A self-aware pre-game event, start off your Friday with a few hours of DJ Jumbled’s killer mixes. Hailing all the way from the Isle of Man, his experimental twists and alternative turns are sure to get you pumped for the rest of your well-earned Friday night.

74 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6JD, Tel: 0161 823 0530
Lay Down Comedy | The Dulcimer | Sun 12 June | 7 pm - 9:30 pm

Not a fan of poetry or DJ sets? Look no further than Chorlton’s very own beer-filled-walled venue, The Dulcimer.

All about bringing some cracking emerging comedy to the suburbs, Lay Down Comedy is all about hanging out with your pals, sipping on a craft beer and having a good old giggle. Hosted by Alex Camp, prepare yourself for the likes of James Heath, Andrew Grogan, Charlotte Cropped and many more to be announced…

567 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 860 0044
Mon 6 Jun - Sun 12 Jun
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sun 5 Jun 2022