There are plenty of terraces and beer gardens to enjoy outdoor drinks in the sunshine around Oxford Road.
August brings Pride to Manchester alongside a massive art festival at the Whitworth and new food and drink spaces to explore.
Late summer around Oxford Road can feel a bit like the quiet before the storm, with the arrival of tens of thousands of students just weeks away, but it’s a great time to escape the strain of the city centre and explore Manchester’s knowledge quarter. There are fresh retailers at HATCH, First Street remains the best spot in the city for views of the Deansgate towers, and Circle Square has brought Manchester the summer’s most exciting new eateries. All in all, there are plenty of things to do in August, and we’ve not even got to what’s on.
August is of course Pride here in Manchester. While Canal Street is unquestionably the place to be, The Refuge’s Come As You Are weekender has become something of an essential overspill, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the Together As One – A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Community exhibition. If you fancy something a bit leftfield, YES host Tears For Queers and Big Hands are throwing their trademark alt-Pride, weekend-long party.
Things are generally a little quieter in the cultural spaces on the Corridor but there’s still lots to do. Black Gold Arts take over the Whitworth with a two-day outdoor music and arts festival with live music, DJs, dance, performance and there’s even a catwalk. Also at the Whitworth and galleries across the area, it’s your last chance to catch British Art Show 9 which closes on the first week of September. SIGNALS is a short-run exhibition at The Holden Gallery that opens this month and it’s worth making a trip around the corner to SODA’s Modal Gallery for Slip.Stream.Slip.
Elsewhere, HOME’s Young Company are taking to the stage once again with the brand-new play The Lost World, there’s also a cracking season of Taiwanese cinema to enjoy alongside a new animated film about Anne Frank from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman.
Finally, the gig of the month is absolutely Zamrock legends WITCH who stop by YES for a special performance and film screening.
Oxford Road Corridor has a number of historic parks and contemporary green spaces to enjoy.
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.
Hatch is Manchester’s pop-up retail, food and drink destination on Oxford Road with something for just about everyone. It is a place to shop, eat and drink, 7 days a week at over 30 independent traders.
First Street is a vibrant neighbourhood home to a number of businesses and is a popular spot for food, drink and culture.
Some of the best Galleries & Museums in Manchester are here on Oxford Road Corridor. Explore a diverse programme for all cultural enthusiasts.
The transformation of the Pankhurst Centre exhibition space is incredible thanks to its new permanent exhibition, At Home with the Pankhurst Family.
Still Parents is the first exhibition of its kind, creating a platform to share personal stories open conversations and break the wall of silence that continues to surround baby loss.
Wallpapers began arriving at the Whitworth in 1967, this exhibition delves into the galley’s collection of around 10,000 examples.
Exchanges sets art and artist together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.
Fairy Tales is Z-arts latest exhibition, an interactive world of play and storytelling for children up to 8-years old and their grown-ups.
Fayre Share Fayre is a group show that brings together over 40 artists with a connection to Greater Manchester.
In response to Russia’s invasion of its sovereign neighbour, Collins and Radynski transform Engels into a mouthpiece, amplifying the voices of Ukrainian writers and activists
British Art Show 9 explores three overarching themes – healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. Each of the four exhibitions will also adapt to local contexts. In Manchester the exhibition will engage with the evolving nature of work and the ongoing struggle to shape a new social contract.
Alongside partners across the city, the Whitworth will host the forthcoming British Art Show 9, the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK
Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition British Art Show 9 is at Castlefield Gallery until 4 September.
Heading to HOME, The British Art Show is recognised as the most pertinent recurring exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK.
Castlefield Gallery presents an exhibition of affordable editioned work you can buy and own from five North West-based artists.
Slip.Stream.Slip celebrates game engine culture and how our relationship to images, sounds and interactivity has been transformed by technologies such as the Unity and Unreal engines.
An exhibition featuring the work of 8 women artists who have been collaborating for the last 4 years through Global Arts Manchester.
Forget Me Not is a free exhibition exploring the relationship between poetry and pictures on greeting cards printed between 1840 and 1920.
British Culture Archive Presents: Together As One – A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Community at The Refuge at The Kimpton Clocktower.
‘Every Plant that Peeps up is a Treasure’ wrote Elizabeth Gaskell about her garden in Manchester and this summer we are taking families out into the garden to discover these treasures for themselves.
Random Acts of Kindness presents a wide range of mixed media work across a range of artistic focus, from the concrete to the abstract.
HOME presents a film season of sword-wielding warriors and epic wuxia action with Flying Fighters of Taiwan.
The World Reimagined sees trails of large globe sculptures in cities across the UK. In Manhcester you can find one at HOME.
Steve Oliver and Jonathan Whitter use photography and augmented reality to explore how we consume information in the modern age.
Dive in at the deep end of the spectacular Victoria Baths for a summer evening screening of 80’s classic Dirty Dancing.
Join Village Screen Pop-Up Cinema at Victoria Baths for The Grand Budapest Hotel alongside food stalls, drinks and DJs.
Covet is a band characterized by complex song structures and guitarist Yvette Young’s unique finger-tapping style. See them in action at Deaf Institute this August.
The Proud Place run a number of workshops for Manchester Pride ahead of the event and over the weekend celebrations.
Top Manchester street food operators GRUB bring the last regional heat of the British Street Food Awards to Circle Square.
Come As You Are is The Refuge’s annual August Bank Holiday weekend feast of love, music and food.
The Most Depressing Pride of Your Life presents Tears for Queers, an emotional and uplifting power ballad and love song disco at YES.
Everything’s Gone Green at YES this August Bank Holiday Weekend is a plant-powered two-day festival of food and music.
Ichiko Aoba is a Japanese folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her acoustic sound and songwriting inspired by her dreams.
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.
Hyatt Regency Manchester is an elegant, modern hotel set in the heart of Oxford Road Corridor.
The Midland Hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Manchester, and one of Oxford Road Corridor’s most lavishly decorated hotels.
The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.
Hotel ibis on Princess Street offers 126 value for money rooms in a central Manchester location near Oxford Road.