With spring now faded we can finally embrace the first official month of summer with plenty of cracking free things to do around the city.

From wholesome nights out at Aunty Ji’s, Levenshulme’s hub of all things community and cool, to a full evening affair down at Ramona putting on some of the best blends of future beats out there – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Ear Food | Aunty Ji's | Wed 7 Jun | 7pm - 10pm

Head to one of Levenshulme’s coolest spots this Wednesday to shake up the working week a tad with Ear Food – a short and sweet night meshing together new genres, new tastes and new people under one cosy roof.

Enjoy a night showcasing Aunty Ji’s delicious food offerings alongside the talented up-and-coming musicians of Manchester.

987 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 2SY, Tel: 07508 428979
Of Song and Speech | John Rylands Research Institute and Library | Thu 8 Jun | 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Be sure to swing by the John Rylands Research Institute and Library to catch a fascinating evening event delving into the culture of the 19th-century working classes.

All about exploring rich collections detailing Lancashire working-class culture alongside the songs of workers with folk singer Jennifer Reid – this is a history lesson like none you’ve ever had before.

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, Tel: 0161 306 0555
Left and Right | Ramona | Sat 10 June | 6 pm - 12 am

Make your way over to the home of frozen margs and killer Detroit-style ‘za to catch Left + Right – a collective of Manchester based DJs and producers – put on a beat-driven full evening affair down at Ramona.

They’ll be spinning all night with their signature sound which blends future beats, house, garage and RnB so make sure you add this to your list for weekend plans.

40 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JG, Tel: 0161 441 9020
The XX Rave | YES | Sat 10 Jun | 11pm - 3.30am

Calling all those in need of an injection of nostalgia – the iconic Pink Room at YES is throwing a bash blasting tunes by The XX, LCD Soundsystem, Peggy Gou, The Chemical Brothers, Shygirl and many more.

Running from late until the early hours – this is definitely a great spot to end your Saturday night shenanigans.

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7BD, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Gnawa Music Workshop | Yoga Cafe | Sun 11 Jun | 4pm - 7pm

Potter on over to the suburbs this Sunday to end the week by learning African Gnawa rhythms with the karkaba, a handheld cymbal-type instrument, over in Chorlton’s Yoga Cafe.

Led by master musician, Zakarayae, guests will learn all about the origins of the powerful instrument, the genre and have the chance to be taken on a mystical cosmic journey.

286 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8HA, Tel: 07766 218582
Mon 5 Jun - Sun 11 Jun
Rhiannon Ingle
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Tue 6 Jun 2023