Whether it’s perusing local makers at an alternative market, mouthwatering food festivals or inspiring family days out, we’ve picked out some of the best things going on across Manchester this May bank holiday.

Taco Fest at GRUB | Sun 5 May - Mon 6 May

Manchester’s beloved street food spot, GRUB, will be throwing a two-day taco fest. Running across Sunday and Monday, the team have invited down some of their favourite traders who’ll be serving up a Mexican-inspired feast in the gorgeous GRUB garden.

50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4HF
A brilliant bodies weekender at the Science and Industry Museum | Sat 5 May - Mon 6 May

Running from Sat 4 May – Mon 6 May, the Science and Industry Museum hosts an incredible lineup of talent who have trained their bodies to do extraordinary things, with visitors invited to head down and have a go themselves. Whether it’s beatboxing, Bollywood dancing or circus skills, pop over and maybe even discover an unlikely hidden talent.

Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
Sounds From the Other City takes over Salford | Sun 5 May

The fantastic Sounds From the Other City returns on Sunday, bringing a stellar lineup of live music and after parties to various venues across Salford. Names for this year’s edition include the likes of Gruff Rhys, Halo Maud, A Guy Called Gerald, C Duncan, Muva of Earth, Nightbus and Free Love, who will be gracing some of the eleven stages at this year’s event.

Various Salford venues
Common x Nell's x Queer Brewing day party | Sat 4 May

Common, Nell’s and London-based Queer Brewing have joined forces for a huge all-day party on Saturday. The London-based queer and trans-owned brewery will be taking over the taps at the Northern Quarter favourite for the day, Nell’s will be serving slices until late and we’re reassured that there will be lots of glitter. What’s not to love?

39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW
Stockport's Alternative Market | Sun 5 May

Stockport Alternative Market will be taking place this Sunday at the Masonic Guildhall. There will be over 60 incredible traders to check out ranging from jewellers and artists to artisans and creatives — head over, have a peruse and enjoy a day out in one of Greater Manchester’s most flourishing spots.

169-171 Wellington Rd S, Stockport SK1 3UA
The Roost at Fuel | Sun 5 May

Presented by The Milky Pigeons, Arran Kemp and Conor Mather will be hosting an evening of alternative comedy at Withington’s Fuel Cafe Bar, showcasing some new sketches that they’ll be bringing to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

448 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, Greater, Manchester M20 3BW
In conversation with Stephen & Gillian (New Order and The Other Two) at YES | Mon 6 May

YES hosts a very special in conversation with Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order and The Other Two — they’ll be chatting to BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkns in the Pink Room in what promises to be a fascinating evening with two of Manchester’s most important musical figures.

38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB
Bottomless Brunch Royale at Diecast | Sat 4 May

Drag Race, meets Gladiators, meets bottomless brunch at Diecast. Guests can expect a 90-minute interactive brunch, in which performers battle it out to be crowned victorious, with an array of prizes on offer for the audience, too.

51 Ducie St, Manchester M1 2JQ
Fri 3 May - Mon 6 May
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 2 May 2024