Things to do this August

The Mancorialist

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.

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People laughing on University Green one of the many parks and green spaces on Oxford Road
Green Spaces

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.


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.

Back of Engels statue at First Street Manchester
First Street

First Street is a vibrant neighbourhood home to a number of businesses and is a popular spot for food, drink and culture.

External shot of The Whitworth Where you will find The Whitworth Café
Galleries & Museums

Some of the best Galleries & Museums in Manchester are here on Oxford Road Corridor. Explore a diverse programme for all cultural enthusiasts.

More things to do in August

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

The transformation of the Pankhurst Centre exhibition space is incredible thanks to its new permanent exhibition, At Home with the Pankhurst Family.

exhibition Still Parents Life after Baby Loss
The Whitworth | 24 September 2021 – 4 September 2022

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.

exhibition Open House
The Whitworth | 26 November 2021 – 10 December 2022

Wallpapers began arriving at the Whitworth in 1967, this exhibition delves into the galley’s collection of around 10,000 examples.

exhibition Exchanges
The Whitworth | 19 February 2022 – 10 February 2023

Exchanges sets art and artist together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.

families Fairy Tales
Z-arts | 5 April 2022 – 26 February 2023

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.

exhibition Fayre Share Fayre
The Whitworth | 20 May – 4 September 2022

Fayre Share Fayre is a group show that brings together over 40 artists with a connection to Greater Manchester.

exhibition Intervention by Phil Collins and Oleksiy Radynski
HOME | 25 May – 22 August 2022

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

exhibition British Art Show 9
HOME, Castlefield Gallery & the Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

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.

exhibition British Art Show 9
The Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

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

exhibition British Art Show 9
Castlefield Gallery | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition British Art Show 9 is at Castlefield Gallery until 4 September.

exhibition British Art Show 9
HOME | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Heading to HOME, The British Art Show is recognised as the most pertinent recurring exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK.

exhibition PIVOT: Editions
Castlefield Gallery | 27 May – 4 September 2022

Castlefield Gallery presents an exhibition of affordable editioned work you can buy and own from five North West-based artists.

exhibition Slip.Stream.Slip
Modal Gallery | 24 June – 18 September 2022

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.

exhibition Global Arts Manchester
The Whitworth | 7 July – 30 September 2022

An exhibition featuring the work of 8 women artists who have been collaborating for the last 4 years through Global Arts Manchester.

exhibition Forget Me Not: Poetry and pictures in Victorian and Edwardian greetings cards
Manchester Poetry Library | 11 July – 17 September 2022

Forget Me Not is a free exhibition exploring the relationship between poetry and pictures on greeting cards printed between 1840 and 1920.

exhibition Together As One: A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQIA+ Community
The Refuge | 28 July – 30 September 2022

British Culture Archive Presents: Together As One – A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Community at The Refuge at The Kimpton Clocktower.

families Summer Fun in the Garden
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | 28 July – 4 September 2022

‘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.

exhibition Pool Arts: Random Acts of Kindness
HOME | 29 July – 24 September 2022

Random Acts of Kindness presents a wide range of mixed media work across a range of artistic focus, from the concrete to the abstract.

festival Flying Fighters of Taiwan
HOME | 5 – 30 August 2022

HOME presents a film season of sword-wielding warriors and epic wuxia action with Flying Fighters of Taiwan.

exhibition The World Reimagined
HOME | 12 August – 31 October 2022

The World Reimagined sees trails of large globe sculptures in cities across the UK. In Manhcester you can find one at HOME.

exhibition SIGNALS
The Holden Gallery | 18 – 26 August 2022

Steve Oliver and Jonathan Whitter use photography and augmented reality to explore how we consume information in the modern age.

cinema Dirty Dancing pop-up cinema
Victoria Baths | 19 August 2022

Dive in at the deep end of the spectacular Victoria Baths for a summer evening screening of 80’s classic Dirty Dancing. 

cinema The Grand Budapest Hotel at Victoria Baths
Victoria Baths | 20 August 2022

Join Village Screen Pop-Up Cinema at Victoria Baths for The Grand Budapest Hotel alongside food stalls, drinks and DJs.

music Covet
The Deaf Institute | 23 August 2022

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.

activity Pride Events
The Proud Place | 24 – 28 August 2022

The Proud Place run a number of workshops for Manchester Pride ahead of the event and over the weekend celebrations.

festival British Street Food Awards
Circle Square | 27 – 28 August 2022

Top Manchester street food operators GRUB bring the last regional heat of the British Street Food Awards to Circle Square.

music Come As You Are
The Refuge | 27 – 28 August 2022

Come As You Are is The Refuge’s annual August Bank Holiday weekend feast of love, music and food.

music Tears For Queers
YES | 27 August 2022

The Most Depressing Pride of Your Life presents Tears for Queers, an emotional and uplifting power ballad and love song disco at YES.

music Everything’s Gone Green
YES | 28 – 29 August 2022

Everything’s Gone Green at YES this August Bank Holiday Weekend is a plant-powered two-day festival of food and music.

music Ichiko Aoba
Royal Northern College of Music | 30 August 2022

Ichiko Aoba is a Japanese folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her acoustic sound and songwriting inspired by her dreams.

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Where to stay

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Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

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The Midland Hotel

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Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.