Christmas is now finally less than a month away and you’ll be chuffed to know there’s still shedloads of fantastic things to do in and around the city that won’t set you back a single penny.

From exciting art exhibitions in town to a wholesome farmers market over in Fallowfield – here’s our guide for the best free things to do in Manchester this week..

Cura | Smolensky Gallery | Tues 28 Nov | 6 pm - 8 pm

Cura, presented by In Transit, marks its exciting first exhibition at the Smolensky Gallery all about asking what roles artists can play in improving access to the arts.

The exhibition spotlights the work of a handful of some fantastic artists; Arabel Lebrusan, Charlie Fitz, Latifah A. Stranack, Mira Hirtz and Naomi Harwin, bringing together paintings, prints, sculptures and installations that unpack matters of care from the personal to the collective.

ABC Buildings, 21-23 Quay Street, Manchester M3 4AE, Tel: 07799 165062
EXHBTN 360 with Nihal | Exhibition | Wed 29 Nov | 9 pm - 12 am

Break up the working week this Wednesday down at Exhibition to catch DJ Nihal, who cut his teeth on the airwaves as one half of pioneering Asian Fusion Godfathers Bobby & Nihal, spinning on the iconic 360 decks.

Set to bring all the best hip hop, electronic, bass and world music to the decks – this is a great little event to swing by if you fancy a mighty mid-week motive.

St George's House, 56 Peter St, Manchester M2 3NQ, Tel: 0161 711 0150
Salsa de Cuba | Ramona | Thurs 29 Nov | 8 pm - late

It may be winter here in Manchester but Ramona’s Salsa de Cuba will make you feel like you’re living it up on holiday with high-energy duo, Juan Sanchez and Reinier Bazán, bringing out everyone’s passion on the dance floor.

Blasting the grooviest salsa, timba and bachata bangers – these lot are a perfect little collective to support if you’re after a night of non-stop boogying and rum galore.

40 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JN, Tel: 0161 441 9020
Party Cinematique | Diecast | Thurs 30 Nov | 8 pm - late

If you can find some time after work in between the Christmas markets and festive work do’s then be sure to check out Diecast’s L.A Bang ‘Party Cinematique’ extravaganza.

Transporting unexpecting audiences to the some of the most outrageously staged scenes straight out of the Los Angeles party high life, this event promises the weirdest and wonderful raucous, live and debauched performances.

51 Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2JQ, Tel: 0161 260 0333
Farmers Market | Platt Fields Park | Sun 3 Dec | 10 am - 2 pm

End your weekend the right way over at Fallowfield’s Platt Fields Market Garden for a lovely little farmers market complete with fresh produce, artisan food and drink, street food and some cracking coffee.

The perfect place for a morning stroll with good music, good people and good vibes to match – this one’s definitely shaping up to be one hell of a good Sunday.

Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, Manchester M146LT, Tel: 07538 860488
Mon 27 Nov - Sun 3 Dec
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 27 Nov 2023