Things to do this May

May on Oxford Road

Lots to do around Oxford Road this May, with new exhibitions, gigs, classical music, theatre and a special Africa Day Late at Manchester Museum.

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Horizons Festival 2024
HOME | Until 23 June 2024

Join HOME and Community Arts North West for newly commissioned theatre, performance, visual art, film, community events, family-friendly workshops, and live music.

At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | Until 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.

40 Years of the Future: Painting
Castlefield Gallery | Until 23 June 2024

40 Years of the Future: Painting welcomes back five artists who exhibited as part of Castlefield Gallery’s 1984 inaugural programme.

Matthew Bamber: Dream Home
HOME | Until 9 June 2024

Matthew Bamber explores themes of memory and trauma, greed and power, queerness, and identity in his work.

Greater Mancunians
Manchester Central Library | Until 29 July 2024

A student led photography project celebrating those who have in some way shaped the city and its surrounding boroughs.

Ayo Akingbade – Show Me The World Mister
The Whitworth | Until 20 October 2024

Show Me The World Mister is a solo exhibition by Ayo Akingbade comprising two new film commissions.

John Lyons
The Whitworth | Until 25 August 2024

The spring begins with the first major retrospective exhibition of Caribbean British artist and poet John Lyons.

SEESAW | Until 31 May 2024

Together is a group exhibition by Manchester-based artists where you can win original artworks and raise money for the Manchester Central Foodbank.

Frankie Goes to Bollywood
HOME | Until 25 May 2024

HOME is excited to announce a brand new co-production musical Frankie Goes to Bollywood, coming to Manchester in Summer 2024.

Manchester Jazz Festival
First Street | Until 26 May 2024

A spectacular opening weekender, Manchester Jazz Festival at First Street is three days of free live music, food and drink.

YES | 23 May 2024

Australian four piece hard rock and roll band C.O.F.F.I.N bring a good-times-all-the-time attitude to YES.

The Wedding Present
Manchester Academy | 24 May 2024

The Wedding Present’s latest tour sees the band performing ‘Watusi’ in full – together with other classics from their extensive repertoire.

Gary Numan
o2 Ritz Manchester | 24 May 2024

Electronic music pioneer Gary Numan celebrates the 45th anniversary of his 1979 albums Replicas and The Pleasure Principle.

Arab Strap
Gorilla | 25 May 2024

Scottish indie rock band Arab Strap returns to Manchester in May in support of their brand new album.

MJF: John Surman: Words Unspoken
Royal Northern College of Music | 25 May 2024

British composer, saxophonist and clarinettist John Surman will be 80 this year, celebrate with his latest release, Words Unspoken, live at MJF.

Part of Manchester Jazz Festival

Elephant Gym
Manchester Academy | 30 May 2024

Elephant Gym interlace various threads of jazz, electronic, and classical into a singular patchwork of contemporary math- and post-rock

YES | 30 May 2024

Coco—the project of Maia Friedman (Dirty Projectors), Oliver Hill (Pavo Pavo), and Dan Molad (Lucius) bring dreamy pop to YES.

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Food and drink

North Taproom Circle Square
North Taproom

North Taproom serves up everything from small-batch craft ale to high-end cocktails alongside a well-designed menu of Asian street food.

A plate of breakfast food at federal cafe circle square
Federal at Circle Square

Federal at Circle Square sees one of Manchester’s favourite cafes going from strength with their new branch.

Loaf Oxford St

Head to Loaf on Oxford Street for exceptional sweet treats from a retro-modern bakery adorned in tonal pinks.

Photo of an Indian dish from zouk tea bar and grill
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.

Society Manchester

Society Manchester is a glorious indoor and outdoor space in the very heart of the city, with several street food vendors to choose from and a range of high-quality drinks.

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