As April draws to a close there are still plenty of cracking things to do in the city that won’t cost you a single quid.

From swanky new art gallery openings in town to free cinema over in Cheetham Hill – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Queer Desire | Cultplex | Mon 24 Apr | 7pm - 10.30pm

Start the week off right at Cultplex, formerly Chapeltown Picture House, to catch Superbia Cinema’s jam-packed night featuring a series of women’s short films, alongside the multi-award-winning drama, Blue Jean.

All about amplifying the work of talented LGBTQ+ creatives – this event is a great way to both celebrate queer filmmaking and catch some super good flicks for free.

50 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF, Tel: 0161 302 3084
Live Music Night | The Crafty Pig | Fri 28 Apr | 7.30pm - 10.30pm

If you’re in the mood for some sing-song this Friday night, look no further than Northern Quarter’s craft beer joint, The Crafty Pig, for a proper good live music night out.

Featuring a selection of the best musicians Manchester has to offer – audiences can expect an evening full of their favourite tunes from the cult classics all the way through to the more modern bangers.

4 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ, Tel: 0161 238 9012
Tied to Everything Else | Paradise Works | Fri 28 Apr | 6pm - 9pm

Make your way down to Salford this Friday for the opening night of Chris Alton’s latest exhibition, Tied to Everything Else, coming to Paradise Works.

The exhibition brings together an array of pieces produced by the artist over the last seven years which all seek to address the climate crisis in some way or another.

With textile banners, videos, a typeface, drawings, posters and a publication – this event is sure to be a good one.

East Philip Street, Salford M3 7LE
Unity | Smolensky Gallery | Fri 28 Apr | 6pm - 9pm

Get yourself over to the exciting opening of the brand-new über cool contemporary and urban art gallery this Friday to kick off the weekend in style.

Be the first to check out the diverse range of styles by both established and emerging artists at the highly-anticipated opening of Manchester’s latest gallery.

With an eclectic mix of 22 local, national and international artists on show, a complimentary drink on arrival and live music from John Haycock and Pablo Blanquito – what’s not to get hyped about?

Quay Street, Manchester M3 4AE, Tel: 0161 667 5433
Dandy Style Exhibition Tour | Manchester Art Gallery | Sat 29 Apr | 1pm - 2pm

Portraits of Recovery with Sober Gay Socials are inviting people to head over to the Manchester Art Gallery for a short but sweet Saturday afternoon event all about the iconic Dandy Style.

Be guided around the exhibition checking out the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen pieces which will be shown alongside heavily embroidered, floral court fashion from the 18th Century.

Also keep an eye out for paintings by artists including David Hockney, Thomas Gainsborough and Lubaina Himi.

Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888
Mon 24 Apr - Sun 30 Apr
Rhiannon Ingle
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Sun 23 Apr 2023