As we begin nearing the end of the final summer month, there are still tons of great free events this week and during the long-awaited Bank Holiday Weekend. Here’s the rundown of the best things to do in Manchester featuring jam-packed Oxford Road Corridor celebrations, Pride celebrations and many more…

FREE Party | Joshua Brooks | Fri 27 Aug | 11 pm - 4 am

With free entry before midnight and a groovy house lineup of Lewraz, Vales, Mandalo and Curtis James – where else is better to kick off the Bank Holiday Weekend spirit than at the iconic nightclub of Joshua Brooks? Enjoy a night of dancing, letting loose and soaking up the last few days of August as you party all night long!

106 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG
Club Orchestra Presents | Escape to Freight Island | Thurs 26 Aug | 5 pm & 8:30 pm
This Thursday, the iconic venue of Escape to Freight Island at the Mayfield Depot is proud to host a brilliant night of Pride celebrations, anthems and icons. With a DJ set from The Niallist and a live show from Club Orchestra, expect anthems from generations of allies and figureheads from the LGBTQ+ community. This is a great mid-week show not to be missed!
11 Baring St, Manchester, M1 2PZ
Oxford Road Corridor Celebrations | Various Locations | Various Dates | Various Times

The Oxford Road Corridor is Manchester’s innovation district and a destination home to a unique mix of knowledge, business and culture and a huge August bank holiday weekend is set to arrive there!. Including the likes of the Manchester Museum’s closing celebrations, Manchester Pride parties, live theatre at Palace Theatre & Opera House alongside a whole host of other gigs, club nights and food & drink aplenty – this is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on!

Oxford Road Corridor, Citylabs 1.0, Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9NQ
Open Doors | Manchester Art Gallery | Tues 24 Aug | 10 am - 12 pm

Open Doors is a series of creative sessions designed especially for children on the autism spectrum, their families and carers. Each month, Open Doors explores different artworks and ideas with its artists and volunteers. You can get hands-on with a variety of making activities, explore the art gallery or just spend time together in the new children’s space, The Lion’s Den. This event is a brilliant example of some of the great work going on in Manchester right now, all about creating access to cultural venues for people with autism and other social communication issues. A quiet room is also available.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
The Science & Industry Museum x Summer at Media City / Terrific Towers | Media City | Wed 25 Aug | 10 am - 3:30 pm
Join the Science and Industry Museum’s free workshop this week on Terrific Towers. Media City has come together with a range of partners to pledge support to the national #SummerOfPlay campaign; giving children the space, time and freedom to play across MediaCityUK and counteract the disruption and challenges they’ve faced over the course of the pandemic. Get stuck into the world of construction as you create towers designed to stand the test of time and, who knows, you might find out you have a brand new interest after this great event!
Media City UK, The Open Centre, Salford, M50 2HQ
Mon 23 Aug - Sun 29 Aug
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 23 Aug 2021