We’re finally at the end of November, which means a whole load of Christmas music, hearty food and presents to look forward to…

With even colder days, there’s still a load of great things to do in the city all for absolutely nothing. From exhibitions all about sisterhood to sustainable fashion markets to a walk around Tony Wilson’s grave—we’ve got you covered for the best free things to do in Manchester this week.

Check it out…

Future Fashion Fair | The Yard | Sat 27 Nov | 11 am - 5.30 am

Head down to Cheetham Hill’s very own cultural co-working space, The Yard, for a whole afternoon of browsing vintage and deadstock fashion galore. All about pushing the sustainable future of fashion today, check out this smashing selection of fashion vendors from all over the North-west selling just about every second-hand and upcycled gem you can think of!

With a manifesto of ‘Remember, Unite and Restore’, this is a great little hub of creativity and compassion to throw your support behind this weekend. Accompanied by engaging talks about the fashion industry alongside a whole host of hand-selected indie food vendors – this one is bound to please all the eco-conscious fashionistas out there!

11 Bent Street, Cheetham Hill M8 8NF, Tel: 07768 723724
Speakers Corner: Sisterhood | Contact Theatre | All week | 10 am - 6 pm

Check out this free exhibition at the Contact Theatre on Oxford Road Corridor. Brought to you by Speakers Corner, a politically creative collective of women with an aim to unite people and bring about positive actions, this exhibition is half a celebration of sisterhood and half a brilliant showcase of the colourful individuality amongst all women.

Working in collaboration with some amazing art directors and photographers, these lot have created a powerful and vibrant array of images that you can cast your gaze on for free!

Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA, Tel: 0161 274 0600
All-Star Jam | Matt and Phred's | Mon 22 Nov | 9 pm - 12 am

Calling all musicians, and just about anyone else who loves a good blast of spontaneous connection through music, for Matt and Phred’s legendary All-Star Jam night. Get ready for a roll of the very best Funk, Soul, and Disco bangers from across the decades lead by the house band, Dreamer.

Whether you fancy yourself a bit of a performer and don’t mind lugging your instrument to the heart of the Northern Quarter, or if you just fancy a good drink and jam to start off the week right—this one is a great way to kick off the working week and set you up for the rest of it!

64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 831 7002
Northern Publisher's Fair | Manchester Central Library | Sat 27 Nov | 11:30 am - 4 pm

For any bookworms out there – get yourself down to the Central Library this Saturday for the Christmas Northern Publisher’s Fair to be introduced to the thirteen brilliant independent northern publishers. All about celebrating the talent of the North after a hard year for the arts, this is a great way to show your support for the local literature scene as you soak in the vistas of the beautiful Manchester stalwart venue.

With appearances from Flapjack Press, Cōnfingō and many, many more—come along to find a brand new book recommendation for the holidays or just meet a load of fellow bookworms. Top tip: get there early as the first 150 people to walk in will receive a free short story pamphlet from not-for-profit Manc independent publishing house, Fly on the Wall Press.

Saint Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
Southern Cemetery Guided Walk | Southern Cemetery | Fri 26 Nov | 12 pm - 2 pm

Want to get out into the fresh outdoors this week? Not to worry as there’s a fascinating guided walk through Chorlton’s Southern Cemetry this Friday. Known as the resting place for many Manchester icons, take a stroll through history as you embark on the lives of the local legends of the city including the likes of John Rylands, Tony Wilson, Matt Busby and a whole lot more, all in one of Europe’s largest cemeteries.

Wrap up warm and be amazed by the cultural, political and social history that exists just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

212 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy M21 7GL
Mon 22 Nov - Sun 28 Nov
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 22 Nov 2021