As we swiftly move through the month of May there are still bucketloads of cracking things to do around the city that won’t blow the bank one bit.

From Private Eye exhibitions down in Chorlton’s very own indie theatre to old-school thrift markets over at Freight Island – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Glimpse | Jam Street Cafe | Tue 23 May | 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Be sure to swing by Whalley Range’s Jam Street Cafe this evening for tales and songs brought to you by the Black British Speculative Fiction anthology.

Featuring the incredible work of creatives including Pete Kalu, Naomi Kalu, Chantal Oakes and Judith Bryan – this Chorlton Arts Festival event is a great way to kick off the week with a short and sweet injection of performance.

209 Upper Chorlton Road, Manchester M16 0BH, Tel: 0161 881 1013
Tony Husband 38 Years of Private Eye | The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre | Thu 25 May | 6.30pm - 9pm

Renowned cartoonist Tony Husband is set to launch his latest exhibition South Manchester’s gem of a theatre, The Edge, also as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival.

Known for his ability to capture the absurdities and ironies of everyday life with his distinctive style, visitors will be able to see Tony’s collection of iconic cartoons from Private Eye – the iconic magazine he has contributed to since 1985.

Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG, Tel: 0161 282 9776
Screen Time | Saan1 | Fri 26 May | From 4pm - 9pm

Head to Northern Quarter’s Saan1 gallery this Friday to check out the launch party of Screen Time, an artistic analysis of the effects of technology and its impact on society by Welsh artist Morys Davies.

Davies uses technology as his canvas to create a poignant message about the value we place on these devices and the time they unwillingly take from us.

There will also be wine poured courtesy of KERB wines alongside a DJ set from Nothing Special.

5 Kelvin Street, Manchester M4 1ET
Envirolution | Platt Fields Park | Sat 27 May | From 1pm - 9pm

Potter over to Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield this Sunday for a full day of family-friendly festivities all about celebrating creative and alternative approaches to reducing our impact on the environment.

Offering a day jam-packed full of cracking things to do whether that’s checking out the World Music Solar Stage, getting involved in interactive workshops and wellbeing sessions or just having a peruse through the market stalls – this is sure to be a good one.

Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6LA
Rare Finds Flea Market | Freight Island | Sun 28 May | From 12pm - 5pm

End your week the right way down at Freight Island’s monthly flea market to check out the all the weirdest and wonderful goods from traders selling second-hand homeware, clothing, and just about everything else.

Enjoy the venue’s wide array of food, drink, and music during your visit championing a classic car-boot vibe where you’ll be sure to snatch up a bargain or two.

11 Baring Street, Manchester M1 2PZ
Mon 22 May - Sun 28 May
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 22 May 2023