The big day is drawing closer and closer but not to worry as there’s still plenty of banging things to do in and around the city that won’t set you back a thing.

From community-led jam night over in Chorlton’s gem of a theatre to a day to night Christmas terrace party down at YES – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Colectivo | Saan1 | Fri 15 Dec | 6pm - 10pm

Artist Harrison Edwards’ solo exhibition launch Colectivo, inspired by the crafts and culture from travelling in Mexico, will open its doors at Saan1 this Friday.

Harrison has been working on the project for the past 12 months and is delighted to finally showcase the collection. There’s also free wine on the night if you’re quick, so be sure to get down there early.

5 Kelvin St, Manchester M4 1ET
All Day Terrace Party: Christmas Special | YES | Sat 16 Dec | 4pm - 12am

Bring on that festive spirit in style up on the Terrace at YES this weekend with the likes of teepee h, KD22Lr, Nothing Special and Inness Hallam spinning all the best electro and breakbeat bangers into the early hours.

All about bringing the heat whatever the weather with some extra special guests appearing on the night too – this sure to be a good one.

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7BD, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Do as You Please X MainRoom with Stream GM | Ramona | Sat 16 Dec | 6pm - 12am

Closing the 2023 Ramona MOT streak will be award-winning StreamGM to present Do as You Please to the world.

After a pretty killer year hosting a whole bunch of top selectors alongside all the talented residents and local guests – the home of the frozen marg will be shutting it down with another family affair showcasing some of Manchester’s most exciting prospects including the likes of Shimrise & Joe Roche B2B Blehrin, Not Bad for a Girl, Alps 2 and Egg On Toast.

40 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JG, Tel: 0161 441 9020
Hook screening | HOME | Sun 17 Dec | From 1pm

Whether you’ve got little ones or are just a big kid yourself, you’ll be happy to know HOME is hosting a screening of the hit 1991 adventure-fantasy flick, Hook, this Sunday afternoon.

Presented by Change Grow Live Manchester, this is a great way to kick off all those festive film marathons I’m sure we’re all buzzing to get started with.

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Jam Night | The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre | Sun 17 Dec | From 8pm

End your week the right way with The Dressing Room’s Jam Night hosted by buzzing Chorlton hotspot, The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre.

With an ethos of bringing together musicians of all backgrounds and abilities whilst offering a space for emerging artists to perform and connect with others, this is a great event to throw your support behind.

Get ready for a night of festive, inclusive music with the house band. Whether you join some local Mancunian musical talent on stage or sit back with a mulled wine and enjoy, this is sure to liven up your Sunday evening.

Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9JG, Tel: 0161 282 9776
Mon 11 Dec - Sun 17 Dec
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 11 Dec 2023