Now that we’re in the full stride of Autumn, there’s still plenty of stuff to get stuck into that won’t cost you a thing!

From exhibitions at The Whitworth to a cracking pub quiz at The Beagle – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Quiz Night | The Beagle | Tues 20th Sept | From 8 pm

Kick off the start of your week with a good old-fashioned pub quiz night over at one of Chorlton’s buzziest hotspots – The Beagle, home of Nell’s Pizza and frozen margs.

Hosted by Nanny Banton, dust off that general knowledge, bond over weird and wonderful prizes and even see the potential to win a whopping £100 bar tab.

Where is Home? x Open House | The Whitworth | Thurs 22 Sept | 6 pm - 9 pm

Get yourself over to The Whitworth this Thursday for an exciting artistic collab between the art gallery and Open House.

All about marking the 75th anniversary of Partition and Independence and the 50th anniversary of Asian Ugandan migration in 2022 – the exhibition is set to tell an incredible global story of Indian migration to the UK.

Multi-faceted, prepare yourself for an evening of film screenings, poetry readings and artist panel discussion alongside the powerful visual art of display.

Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450
Alpha: Opening Night | AIR Gallery | Fri 23 Sept | 6 pm - 10 pm

Push the boat out a little further this Friday and head over to Altrincham’s very own gallery for the grand opening of AIR’s newest exhibition, Alpha.

Centred around various artists’ responses to the theme of masculinity, the exhibition will include work from the likes of Alexander Glass, Annabel O’ Hara, Connor Shields, Corbin Shaw, Daniel Fountain, Jack Tazier, Kai Edwards, Sean Doran, Thomas Griffiths, Tom Avery and Yui Ozaki.

Even better? There will be a pop-up bar on site who will be accepting donations.

30 Grosvenor Road, Altrincham WA14 1LD, Tel: 0161 941 1129
Family Fun Festival | New Century | Sat 24 Sept | 12 pm - 6 pm

Head to the all-new and refurbished New Century for a jam-packed afternoon of family fun. Explore the entirety of the New Century space, including the gorgeous events hall and Sadler’s Yard.

The family-friendly festival will feature a whole host of activities and entertainment including bouncy castles and nature workshops to live wrestling and acid brass music.

Prepare yourself for a full day of events featuring the likes of ‘family rock ‘n’ roll party specialists’ Born To Be Wild Child, kid-friendly DJs and a cracking fusion extravaganza between the Williams Fairey Brass Band and Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller for an unlikely but immensely exciting blend of acid house, traditional brass and Detroit techno.

New Century, 34 Hanover Street, Manchester M4 4AH
Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi | Castlefield Gallery | Sat 24 Sept | From 12 pm

Have a gander over at the Castlefield Gallery this Saturday to check out the latest exhibition brought to you by Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi.

The two artists in question present new work with a focus on exploring various how images, objects and bodies hold memories of both personal and social histories.

A poignant blend between the large-scale sculptural works working in tandem with the gallery’s unique architecture framing digital collage – this exhibition is sure to be a good one.

2 Hewitt Street, Manchester M15 4GB, Tel: 0161 832 8034
Post-Roast Swing Social | Station South | Sun 25 Sept | 7 pm - 10 pm

End the week in proper cosy autumnal style down at Levensulme’s Station South for a cracking post-roast swing social brought to you by the lovely lot from Swing North – a volunteer-run swing dance community, based in Manchester.

Using the dancing style to unite, educate and pay tribute to the various swing dancers throughout the years, Swing North also seeks to celebrate the black dancers who started and popularised the feel-good dance.

A great cause to through your support behind, we’ll see you there after the  Yorkshire puds and roasties…


975- 977, Stockport Road, Off Crayfield Road, Manchester M19 3NP
Mon 19 Sep - Sun 25 Sep
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 19 Sep 2022