Scarves are officially back in, and after an unbearably warm September it’s nice to finally get into the full swing of cosy season. Before you retire to your favourite pub with the fire on and a pint of fluffy Guinness for the rest of the year, there’s actually a lot of great things to get to in Manchester this week that are all completely free.

Local bar and brewery Northern Monk is celebrating 10 years with a huge party and even a few freebies for its most loyal punters, and there’s another party this week that’ll cost you nothing, over near Manchester Metropolitan University. Read on for our complete list of the best free things to do in Manchester this week.

A Fine Toothed Comb | HOME | All week | 10am – 12am

A new exhibition by Turner Prize-award winning artist Lubaina Himid is peeling back Manchester’s layers to unveil never seen before parts of the city. Through four unique installations that span paintings, moving image, drawing and sound compositions, the artists unveil geological, historical, environmental and political undertones of the north – inviting the viewer to look closer at and engage with what’s around them.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN
Say Less | The Deaf Institute | Tuesday 17 October | 11pm – 3am

This is definitely one for the students, unless Tuesday night parties are suddenly back in? For those not tucked up in bed before 10pm, The Deaf Institute are throwing a three-floor party soundtracked by its spectacular roster of DJs. Expect bargain drink deals and a different genre of each floor, spanning hip-hop, indie, alternative, drum and bass, jungle and more.

The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HE
Northern Monk’s 10th anniversary birthday bash | Friday 20 October | 7-11.30pm

Legendary bar and brewery Northern Monk is celebrating 10 whole years of beer at its Tariff Street home this Friday. The free party will feature free limited-edition glasses, which the bar staff will fill with your Northern Monk tipple of choice. There’ll also be a DJ, birthday cake and a couple of not to be missed surprises as you make your way through the brewery’s excellent line-up of IPAs, stouts and session beers.

Northern Monk, 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
The Private White VC sample sale | Private White | Friday 20 October – Saturday 21 October | 12-5pm

It has been over five years since Private White opened its doors for a sample sale, so if you’re after a fancy new winter coat stick this in your diary. Purveyors of fine outerwear since 1853, the brand handcrafts its garments right here in Manchester and this Friday Private White will be offering a treasure trove of items with up to 80% off. There’ll be classic pieces alongside never seen before designs, and Pollen Bakery will provide pastries and coffees to hungry shoppers across the afternoon.

Private White, 1 Cottenham Lane Salford M3 7LJ
Mon 16 Oct - Sun 22 Oct
Emma Davidson
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Mon 16 Oct 2023