As we climb further into the month of July, you’ll be happy to know we’ve still got a bunch of incredible things to fill your week with that won’t cost you a thing!

From a cracking exhibition and DJ set at Manchester Museum to an extra special shindig on Saturday night over at Nell’s – read on to check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

New Orleans Jam | Matt and Phreds | Mon 17 July | 9 pm - 12 am

Bring on the week with a bang at Tib Street’s favourite jazz bar, Matt and Phreds, hosted by the mighty house band The Nightcreatures.

Prepare for the space to be filled to the ceilings with blaring bass, funky grooves, street beats and be transported to the buzzing atmosphere of New Orleans nestled right in the heart of the Northern Quarter.

64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 273 5495
The Portico Library and the Streets Around | Manchester Art Gallery | Wed 19 July | 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Join official Manchester tour guide Ed Glinert on a super unique tour of the Portico Library and the surrounding Chinatown streets.

Learn all about the history of the area including the legacy of Manchester’s first great scientist, the Literary and Philosophical Society and much more until finally making your way to the ornate facade of Central Library.

Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888
Mindset Revolution Party | Bonded Warehouse | Wed 19 July | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Be sure to spice up the working week with Reform Radio’s Mindset Revolution Party on Wednesday – a fun-packed evening all about celebrating the power of youth-led democracy to change mental health support.

A great opportunity to throw your support behind a great project and check out the local creative youth scene complete with free pizza and cake – what’s not to love?

18 Lower Byrom Street, Manchester M3 4AP, Tel: 0161 694 7400
True Form Projects presents Request Line | Manchester Museum | Wed 19 July | 6 pm - 9 pm

Swing by the exciting new launch of the True Form Projects ‘Request Line’ installation in the South Asia Gallery at the Manchester Museum this week.

Whether you check out the video installation in the Performance Space, listen to a talk all about the collection, have a look at some of the archive or simply vibe out to DJs Rizmi & Chandé soundtracking the evening with complimentary house chai provided by Dishoom – this one is shaping up to be proper good.

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
Summer Shindig | Nell's New York Pizza & Bar | Sat 22 July | 7 pm - 1 am

Get your frolic on this Saturday night for a full-evening affair at Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar at their legendary Summer Shindig party.

Be sure to sign up for a SR wristband to get 25% off all food and a very generous bespoke happy hour all night from 7pm which includes £4 house pints, £6 cocktails and £2.50 shots.

And the best part? All proceeds from the £4 Snappy Slice Pizza will go to local charity, Coffee4Craig. So feast up, get your groove on and enjoy your weekend the right way.

22 Minshull Street, Manchester M1 3EF, Tel: 0161 806 0516
Mon 17 Jul - Sun 23 Jul
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 17 Jul 2023