With the festivities of Bonfire Night behind us, there are still shedloads of cracking things to do around the city that’ll help you save a few quid for all your soon-approaching Christmas shopping.

From a fantastic new landmark exhibition over at the People’s History Museum to a delightful early afternoon gig over at Retro Bar – we’ve most definitely got you covered for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Nothing About Us Without Us | People's History Museum | From Wed 16 Nov | 10am - 5pm

Get yourself over to the People’s History Museum to see an exciting new landmark exhibition that’s been in the works since 2018!

Nothing About Us Without Us explores how disabled people’s rights have been fought for over centuries and the activism that has led this march forward.

Featuring a diverse array of curated artefacts including protest materials and objects, such as banners and t-shirts; this exhibition is sure to get you thinking.

Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER , Tel: 0161 838 9190
A View From The North | The Carlton Club | Thu 17 Nov | 7pm - 11pm

Head to the Carlton Club this Thursday for an entire evening of photography, journalism and general community good vibes.

Check out the launch night of award-winning Guardian photojournalist, Denis Thorpe, and have a look at the immense range of images from his career.

Whether that’s early shots of Mansfield in 1950, the Stockport Air Disaster of 1967, the miner’s strike of 1984, or right through to the Strangeways Riots – this exhibition is sure to show you Manchester in a way you’ve never seen before.

113 Carlton Rd, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8BE, Tel: 0161 881 3042
42Beatz | Niamos Centre | Fri 18 Nov | 6pm - 10pm

Take a stroll down to Hulme this Friday for an exciting showcase of art, poetry and music over at the Niamos Centre for a cracking community celebration of 42nd Street’s 42nd birthday.

Check out the performance showcase of young people and previous 42nd users including the likes of lady Ice, DJ Silva, DJ Rosh, Rose Bud and plenty more local talent.

Chichester Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5EU
More Than Existing | Feel Good Club | Sat 19 Nov | 6.30pm - 9pm

To celebrate Trans Awareness Week, Feel Good Club are hosting an amazing photography exhibition dedicated to depicting Trans love.

Through portraits and personal stories, this exhibition seeks to emphasise the love and admiration that trans and non-binary people hold for themselves and one another.

Curated by trans people for trans people, this jam-packed event features trans art, performers, charities, a photography exhibition plus some very special live performances.

26-28 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 2EH
Alex Cornish Gig | Retro Bar | Sun 20 Nov | 3pm - 5.30pm

Wander down Sackville Street this Sunday for a wholesome early afternoon gig over at Retro Bar.

Bliss out to some double bass, violin and piano from Alex Cornish, Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter, who holds a heap of accolades including The Sunday Times’ dubbing his latest album the “hottest download of the week”.

Sit back, sip up and enjoy the sounds of some fantastic live music.

18 Sackville Street, Manchester M13NJ, Tel: 0161 274 4892
Mon 14 Nov - Sun 20 Nov
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 14 Nov 2022