Things to do this October

Oxford Road is feeling busier than it has done in the past few years and there are loads of things happening here this October to keep the buzzing crowds busy.

October gets off to a flyer with Neighbourhood Festival returning to Oxford Road stages, bringing us indie titans The Snuts, local heroes Everything Everything and alternative quartet Sundara Karma alongside a quality line-up of eighty-plus other acts. Also on this first weekend is Emergency, Manchester’s twenty-second micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold and the beautiful in the world of performance art.

Manchester Literature Festival takes place at spaces across Oxford Road this month, celebrating imagination, ideas, stories, and voices from around the world. It is part of Manchester’s rich literary tapestry and we’re delighted to have a preview introduction from the festival’s organisers.

October is Black History Month and it remains as important as ever. This is reflected in the programming of spaces across Oxford Road, both celebrating the achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK and around the world, and ensuring Black history is represented and celebrated.

A blockbuster arrives at Palace Theatre this month as The Lion King begins a two-month run in Manchester. On a slightly smaller stage, we’re very excited to see Keisha Thompson team up with Contact Young Company to bring us Halo, a new show inspired by the Halo Code, a campaign fighting for the protection and celebration of Black hair and hairstyles, Halo explores young people’s experiences in schools and workplaces in regards to their hair.

There are new exhibitions at Castlefield Gallery, the Whitworth and HOME as well as another superb month of gigs including Sampa The Great (now postponed), Manchester Folk Festival, GZA, Gilla Band and many many more.

There’s so much to do this October around Oxford Road, here are just a few of the best bits…

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Bars and Pubs on Oxford Road

Oxford Road is packed with a great range of bars and pubs where you can get your fill of cocktails, spirits and any other liquor you can think of. 

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Oxford Road Corridor has a number of historic parks and contemporary green spaces to enjoy.

Food and Drink on Oxford Road

The food and drink in Manchester is some of the best in the UK with many of the finest offerings found here on the Oxford Road Corridor.

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exhibition At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | 29 August 2021 – 31 August 2025

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