As we near the end of July, you’ll be chuffed to know there are still shedloads of fantastic things to get involved with in and around Manchester that won’t set you back a single penny.

From a night championing community and creativity within the city’s music scene over at YES to Stocky P’s legendary outdoor market – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Open Mic Night | Thirsty Scholar | Tues 25 July | 7 pm - 10 pm

Get yourself over to Thirsty Scholar’s arches this Tuesday for a cracking open mic night seeing musicians, comedians, poets and all kinds of wonderful entertainers take to the stage.

Head upstairs to the Zombie Shack for some side-splitting stand-up comedy or just hang about downstairs to catch some music, poetry and even magic to get the working week off to a proper good start.

50 New Wakefield Street, Manchester M1 5NP, Tel: 0161 236 6071
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi | Manchester Museum | Wed 26 July | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As part of the South Asian Film Club collection, Manchester Museum is hosting a brilliant screening of The Warrior Queen of Jhansi which tells the true story of the 1857 Indian Rebellion against the British East India Company.

With a focus on telling the stories of strong female rulers in South Asian history, the film club is sure to showcase different narratives and show you parts of South Asia that you may not have seen before.

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
Youth Music NextGen Community Event | YES | Wed 26 July | 7 pm - 10:30 pm

Calling anyone aged between 18-30 and looking to meet with other young creatives – head to YES this Wednesday for a exciting event designed to connect like-minded individuals starting out in the music scene.

The event will include a panel talk from BBC Radio 1xtra producer Jasmine Rowland, Manchester-based music producer, vocalist, performer and artist, Is33n and Martha Bolton, marketing guru for Defected Records and Glitterbox Ibiza alongside some banging live performances by talented local artists; B!tez, Hot Minute, Meduulla, and Superlative., as well as a DJ set from PERiiSU.

YES, 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Vino & Vinyl | Provence | Thurs 27 July | 6 pm - 10 pm

Stroll down to Spinningfields this Thursday for a short and sweet evening of vino and vinyl at Provence. All about the tunes, and the perfect tipple to pair, the weekly event showcases different DJs and wines each week so expect good vibes, incredible wine and plenty of grooving.

Whether you go along to simply bask in the atmosphere or fancy splashing out a fiver on the house’s pick of the night – this sure is shaping up to be a good one.

#Unit G21 Provence, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF, Tel: 0161 513 0401
Stockport Outdoor Market | Market Hall | Sat 29 July | From 9 am

Swing by Stockport this weekend for a wholesome Saturday morning of perusing, wandering and soaking in the vistas of the amazing Victorian Market Hall home to more than 30 independent businesses.

With the opportunity to check out the produce of butchers, bakers, candlestick makers and just about everything else in between – there will most definitely be something for everyone to have a gander over.

Market Hall, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES, Tel: 0161 474 2500
Mon 24 Jul - Sun 30 Jul
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 24 Jul 2023