As we brace ourselves for even chillier weather and wetter days, it’ll be good news that there are still stacks of fantastic things to do that won’t hurt your wallet one bit.

From exhibition launches at The Portico to record fairs at The Carlton Club, we have most definitely got you covered for the best free things to in Manchester this week…

James McQueen New Collection | Castle Fine Art | Wed 5 Oct | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Head to Castle Fine Art this Wednesday for a midweek culture injection with British artist James McQueen’s all-new collection launch.

Best known for reimagining vintage Penguin classics covers with his book-themed ‘Non-Fiction’ collection, this exhibition is sure to be a page-turner.

Stroll over, have a flute of bubbly, check out the works and marvel over the absurdity and hilarity of McQueen’s poignant pieces.

12-14 King Street, Manchester M2 6AG, Tel: 0161 414 0002
Friday Night Live | Hard Rock Cafe | Fri 7 Oct | 9 pm - 11 pm

If you’re in the mood for some live rock music this Friday then look no further than the Hard Rock Cafe.

All about celebrating the talent of local musicians, this is a great way to take a trip down memory lane and surround yourself with all the rocker memorabilia of decades past.

Partnered with a happy hour that runs from the start of the event until close, you’ll be singing along to the anthems in no time.

Exchange Square, Manchester M4 2BS, Tel: 0161 831 6700
Brick by Brick | The Portico Library | Sat 8 Oct | 12 pm - 3 pm

Get yourself over to the launch of The Portico Library’s incredible new Brick by Brick exhibition all about the history of architecture and the future of accessible, inclusive, environmental design at the Library.

With an emphasis on giving artists, architects, and researchers a place to share their creativity and challenge traditional forms – this exhibition invites the community to get involved and imagine the future of the Portico Library.

57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY, Tel: 0161 236 6785
The Carlton Record Fair + Food by 'A Spice Of Trinidad & Tobago' | The Carlton Club | Sun 9 Oct | From 1 pm

Take it easy this Saturday down at Whalley Range’s community hotspot – The Carlton Club. Browse through some killer LPs, dive into some hearty food, and wash it all with a craft beer.

Perfect for crate diggers who love a good hunt through boxes of vinyl or just music lovers who fancy some cracking Trinidad and Tobago food amidst the backdrop of even better tunes

Offering a cracking free afternoon complete with records, food, craft beers and more – what’s not to love?

113 Carlton Road, 
Whalley Range
, Manchester 
M16 8BE, Tel: 07858 712745
Tunde Adekoya | Station South | Fri 7 Oct | 8 pm - close

Putting on a live DJ night to make people ‘feel all the feels’ – be sure to check out the buzzing Levenshulme joint, Station South, this Saturday for an amazing evening of tunes brought to you by Manchester local Tunde Adekoya.

Playing all the best tracks that will leave you excited and ready for the next week ahead, go and support the incredible community work that Station South is doing and, who knows, you may even find a new go-to spot in South Manchester.

975- 977 Stockport Road Off Crayfield Road Manchester M19 3NP
Mon 3 Oct - Sun 9 Oct
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sat 1 Oct 2022