Want to know what's on in Manchester? Confidentials has got you covered. Here are 10 plus one things next month that are actually worth going to

Bolton Food & Drink Festival

For the 18th year running, the North's biggest food and drink festival is returning to Bolton town centre. Head down to Bolton Food & Drink Festival this August bank holiday and enjoy live music and entertainment, cooking demos from famous faces, and, of course, fantastic food and drink from across the region.  

Where: Bolton Town Hall
When: 25-28 August
Price: Free (unless booking to watch a demo)
Tickets & more info: boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com

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Gok Wan will be performing a chef demo - tickets available on the festival website. Image: Bolton Food & Drink Festival

British Weightlifting Championships

The British Weightlifting Championships is touching down in Manchester this August. You'll get to watch world-class athletes compete for mammoth titles and show you what they're really made of when it comes to lifting metal. Cheer for your favourites and be inspired.

Where: Manchester Central Convention Centre
When: 5-6 August
Price: Non-member spectator tickets from £29
Tickets & more info: britishweightlifting.org/competitions/british-championships

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Be motivated by some of Britain's strongest folks Image: British Weight Lifting

Festa Italiana Manchester

Head to Cathedral Gardens this August bank holiday weekend and join the celebration of all things Italian and Mancunian. In the heart of the city you'll find Festa Italiana: live music; delicious street food and an artisan market; bars; cookery demonstrations; masterclasses and more. There's plenty to keep the kids entertained, too.

Where: Cathedral Gardens
When: 25-27 August
Price: Free entry (unless booking to watch a demo)
Tickets & more info: festaitalianauk.com

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Expect Italian food, drink, culture and live music Image: Festa Italiana Manchester

The Little Sri Lankan x Sureshot Taproom

The Little Sri Lankan is taking over Sureshot Brewing Taproom with their delicious, authentic dishes for one evening only. Enjoy four courses for £40, or choose to add on a thirst-quenching craft beer pairing. Each dish is made from recipes created by Malanie's family and adds a modern twist to traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.

Where: Sureshot Taproom
When: 9 August
Price: From £40
Tickets & more info: www.exploretock.com/the-little-sri-lankan

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Enjoy four courses of great Sri Lankan food with the option to add a craft beer pairing Image: The Little Sri Lankan

The Luna Cinema

The UK's top outdoor cinema experience is returning to Tatton Park in Knutsford for another summer season of film favourites to watch by twilight. Films at this year's Luna Cinema include award-winning blockbusters like Top Gun: Maverick and The Great Gatsby as well as sing-along favourites like Dirty Dancing and Mamma Mia. Guests can bring their own picnics or grab food and drink from one of the onsite vendors. 

Where: Tatton Park
When: 25-28 August
Price: From £17.50
Tickets & more info: www.thelunacinema.com

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Cosy up with your loved ones and watch a film under the stars Image: The Luna Cinema

Manchester Caribbean Carnival

The Manchester Caribbean Carnival is back for its annual celebration of Caribbean flavour and revelry. Expect a weekend of culture and community through the power of music including Reggae, Calypso and Soca as the colourful and vibrant procession brings infectious rhythms to Alexandra Park.

Where: Alexandra Park
When: 12-13 August
Price: From £17.50
Tickets & more info: themanchestercarnival.com

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A festival of music, celebration and culture Image: Manchester Caribbean Carnival

Manchester Pride Festival

Manchester Pride Festival is a 'party as protest' and an opportunity to be unapologetically you. As part of the largest LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the world, Manchester Pride celebrates queer culture and expression in a public and proud manner. Expect a weekend of community in its most colourful and beautiful form as well as special guest appearances and tributes to queer icons that have paved the way for younger generations of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Where: Gay Village
When: 25-28 August
Price: Free (Village Party tickets from £37.50)
Tickets & more info: www.manchesterpride.com

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Be proud of who you are at Manchester Pride Image: Manchester Pride

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel and his birds are flying over to Wythenshawe Park for a right Manc knees-up, and we're mad fer it. Along with support from Primal Scream and Future Islands. Get your bucket hats at the ready, r'kid. 

Where: Wythenshawe Park 
When: 26 August
Price: From £60.50
Tickets & more info: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

2023 07 19 Noel Gallaghers Hfb
It's the closest you'll get to an Oasis reunion... Image: Drew de F Fawkes / Wikimedia

Our Place Supper Club at Manchester Art Gallery

Our Place are returning to Manchester Art Gallery for their renowned supper club. With a menu themed around 'Unpicking Couture', you can expect specially curated dishes consisting of local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. At least £5 from each ticket will go towards supporting Only a Pavement Away, a charity dedicated to tackling homelessness, whilst other profits will benefit the education work of the art gallery

Where: Manchester Art Gallery
When: 4 August
Price: £45 per ticket (2 ticket minimum)
Tickets & more info: ourplacemcr.com

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Enjoy delicious food in a tranquil, artistic setting Image: Our Place Manchester

Peterloo Massacre Tour

Two hundred years ago an event in Manchester defined the British struggle for democracy. 16 August 1819 was a the day that coined a phrase and stirred a nation. The tour takes in the key locations associated with the mass protest meeting in central Manchester that ended in death and mayhem. 'If you want Peterloo explained with verve, wit and real knowledge then this is the easily the best tour around.' 

Where: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, City centre, M2 3JL
When: 10.30am Saturday 19 August. 
Price: £15. 
Tickets fromhttps://www.jonathanschofieldtours.com/peterloo-massacre-the-reality--the-drama.html

The Peterloo Massacre will be discussed on the tour Image: Confidentials

Shrek the Musical

Based on the Oscar-winning film by DreamWorks, the Broadway and West End smash hit Shrek the Musical is coming to Opera House Manchester. Including huge hit songs from the movie soundtrack like I'm a Believer, you can expect 'shrektacular' performances from a cast of vibrant characters designed to bring you belly laughs aplenty. 

Where: Manchester Opera House
When: 1-12 August
Price: From £13
Tickets & more info: www.atgtickets.com/shows/shrek-the-musical

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Great fun for little ogres and big ogres alike Image: Shrek the Musical

The East Manchester Community Festival 

For the fourth year running the Royal Exchange Theatre sets up its eco-friendly mobile theatre, The Den, at The East Manchester Academy in this two week celebration of Manchester’s creative communities and the importance of access to art in the places you live. To make sure everyone can attend all tickets are free, or £1 to reserve a spot.

Where: The Den, East Manchester Academy, Beswick

When: 11-19 August 

Price: Free or £1 to reserve a spot

Tickets & more info: https://www.royalexchange.co.u...

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The Den Festival in Beswick Image: Royal Exchange Theatre

Know of anything interesting coming up? Let me know on Twitter: @Harley__Young or drop me an email: harleyy@confidentials.com

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