Following the good spirits after England’s Euros performance over the weekend and the sunnier spells we’re set to enjoy this week – I’m sure all of us are eager to get up and out to bring on that summer feeling.

However, don’t fret if you’re keen to save your bucks on flight tickets and other holiday excursions as we’ve rounded up a selection of cracking events to get involved with that won’t cost you a thing.

From a banging day party in Hulme’s historical Niamos to the MUBI FEST celebrations at Factory International – here’s our guide to the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

John Ross exhibition | Electrik | Thurs 11 July | From 7 pm

Swing by Electrik in Chorlton this Thursday to check out a captivating exhibition by local artist John Ross.

On display will be a series of canvases illustrating the breadth of John’s artistic expression. The evening will also feature a live DJ set with Joey T, fresh from his performance at the legendary Pike’s Ibiza, accompanied by his DJ partner Thomas Swallow.

Expect a night of good tunes, great art, and uplifting vibes.

559 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 881 3315
RAMONA LIVE: The Zawose Queens | Ramona | Thurs 11 July | 8 pm - 10 pm

Swing by Ramona this Thursday after work to check out The Zawose Queens take to the stage and perform music from their East African roots.

Pendo and Leah Zawose will be showcasing the fluid polyrhythms and rapturous polyphonic singing of the Gogo (aka Wagogo) people of the arid, hilly Dodoma region of central Tanzania.

40 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JG, Tel: 0161 441 9020
Ōdiobā presents: Ruf Dug | Ōdiobā | Fri 12 July | 8 pm - 2 am

Dubbed ‘a coffee house by day and Audiophile Hi-Fi bar by evening’, Ōdiobā is set to welcome Ruf Dug, a Manchester-via-Ibiza producer, DJ, label boss, NTS radio host and record store owner this Friday night.

The vinyl digger will be melding Balearica, street soul, 16-bit and everything in between to kick off the weekend the right way.

26 Lower Hillgate, Stockport SK1 1JE
MUBI FEST | Factory International | Sat 13 July | 11 am - 12 am

MUBI, which is personally my favourite-ever streamer, is throwing a jam-packed film festival this Friday and Saturday, totally free for all who attend.

Whether you drop into the purpose-built MUBI Screen to enjoy a curation of short films from the likes of Sofia Coppola, Yorgos Lanthimos and grime legend Skepta’s directorial debut or dance until late with an incredible music line-up of DJs including Tarzsa, Chandé and Fastlove – it’s clear that MUBI FEST isn’t one to be missed.

Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ
New Animals Collective | Niamos | Sat 13 July | 2 pm - 11 pm

After some rave reviews following their amazing debut event a few months back, New Animals is back to bring you the best of what Manchester’s creative community has to offer this Saturday – this time with free beer.

Promised to be ‘bigger, better and more creative’ than ever, New Animals will be serving up art from some of the city’s newest and most exciting artists, music from incredible local DJs performance art, spoken word, local photography exhibitions and live rap performances.

Be sure to get there before 5 pm for the free ticket and thank us later.

Warwick St, Manchester M15 5EU
Withington Walls Paint Jam | Withington Baths & Leisure Centre | Sun 14 July | 12 pm - 7 pm

Get yourself over to Withington this weekend to celebrate this two-day street art festival brought to you by Withington Walls culminating in an incredible legacy piece.

Founded in 2020, Withington Walls has transformed the South Manchester neighbourhood with over 100 artworks, including the Marcus Rashford mural by AkseP19, so swing by and support their efforts while enjoying live street art, music, tasty food and beers from local vendors, street art walking tours and family-friendly workshops.

30 Burton Road, Withington, Manchester M20 3EB, Tel: 0161 478 1181
Mon 8 Jul - Sun 14 Jul
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 8 Jul 2024