From inflatable monsters to bowling alleys and beer - time to fill that diary
INDY MAN BEER MONTH | Various | October
TENPIN BOWLING | Printworks | Now open
here.With twelve lanes of interactive bowling, the entertainment centre - which launched in September - also boasts two bars and a ‘state-of-the-art arcade’ alongside table tennis, American pool tables, beer pong, shuffleboard tables and a karaoke room. And if one new bowling alley wasn’t enough, Manchester is set to welcome two more this autumn; find out more
BADLY DRAWN PETS | Online | Ongoing
A GOOD MARKET | Sadler’s Yard | Fridays until 18th December
A Good Market focuses on B-Corp brands (those that balance profit with people and the planet), making it the first of its kind in the UK. Hosted by Old Bank NOMA and the Pilcrow Pub, the market takes place every Friday until December; promising seasonal food, sustainable products, free workshops, engaging talks, live music and great local beers. More.
FRESHERS GOES VIRTUAL | Online | Thursday 1st October
With physical revelling largely out of bounds this year, students nationwide will be able to tune in to a three-hour nationwide show like no other on 1st October; featuring the likes of Bongo’s Bingo, Joel Corry and Clean Bandit. One party not enough? October also sees the postponed Headstock Festival (10th - 11th); Unseen, a streamed series of major concerts in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust; and the continuation of Social Avenue's socially distanced shindigs at Trafford Park.
UNTOLD | Online | Thursday 1st October
Also on Thursday 1st October at 8pm, Manchester Camerata (‘Britain’s most adventurous orchestra,’ The Times) broadcasts the first of a new online film series on United We Stream. Commissioned and curated especially by the orchestra during these unprecedented times, Untold tells the remarkable and intimate personal stories of real people in the community through film, storytelling, prose and of course stunning music performed from The Monastery in Gorton.
THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL | Nationwide | 1st - 31st October
This nationwide drawing festival - which comprises thousands of creative events, activities and workshops every October - is going green for 2020, as a #ClimateOfChange theme highlights our bittersweet relationship with nature.
It isn’t the only drawing initiative raising awareness for vital causes. Ahead of World Mental Health Day (10th October),has launched to drive more conversation around mental health and suicide in the young. Buy exclusive and diverse artworks from international artists available as affordable prints (from only £25), with all profits from sales of prints split equally between the artist and leading suicide prevention charity .
GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL | Regionwide | 1st October - 30th November
Now something of an institution, this inclusive festival - postponed from July - traverses comedy, drama and everything in between. With profits crippled by indoor social distancing rules, be sure to give the Fringe and its host venues (all of which have worked hard to be COVID-safe) some support. The more recently establishedhas also been deferred to this month, 22nd - 31st October.
HEART OF THE HEATONS | Online | 2nd - 12th October
‘An annual local festival of inspiration and connectivity, spreading collective joy through arts, music and culture,’ HOTH takes place across the four Heatons. LGBTQ+ Festival of Happiness and supported by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and delivered by organisations including MancSpirit.
AID WORKERS: ETHICS UNDER FIRE | IWM North | 2nd October - 31st May 2021
Around the world, every day, aid organisations help vulnerable populations forced to flee their homes because of conflict. But how do they choose who to help or which risks to take - and can their presence do more harm than good? These are just some of the challenges that will be explored in this new exhibition, which forms part of IWM’s Refugees season.
CHORLTON ARTS FESTIVAL | Online | 3rd - 4th October
Visual art, music, performance, creative writing, crafts, film…Chorlton Arts Festival brings together all this and more, last year spanning over 100 artists and 39 venues across Chorlton. Organisers are hosting a digital version of the May festival this autumn, featuring everything from local bands to 3D artwork.
DAY FOR DANA | Various | Sunday 4th October
Studios across Manchester have joined together to offer a day of donation-only yoga classes, raising money for the family of much-loved yoga teacher Dana Baniel; who recently passed away. There are many classes to choose from, both virtual and physical, across four locations: The Life Centre North, One Yoga, Yoga Soul and Hero.
GRIMMFEST | Online | 7th - 11th October
The UK’s leading festivals of horror, sci-fi, extreme fantasy and cult film, Grimmfest has gone online for 2020 and is invading homes with a wicked programme indeed… Other virtual film fests this month include(various dates) and (16th - 25th), while the London Film Festival - nationwide this year - will be from 7th - 17th October.
| Online | 12th - 25th October
Greater Manchester Walking Festival usually sees hundreds of free walks across all ten districts in spring. Instead of hosting the event in its usual format, organisers are encouraging residents to set their own activities and targets with a virtual 'Let's Walk' fortnight this month. If running is more your bag, October also sees a virtual Running Bee in support of Gorton's HideOut Youth Zone.
MANCHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL | Online | 23rd - 25th October
It’s been cancelled in its physical format but MLF is still going ahead digitally with a series of events spanning poet and performer Kate Tempest to novelists Tayari Jones and Brit Bennett. Fancy being the wordsmith yourself? Then consider Comma Press’ Creative Writing Industry Day conference.
RECORD STORE DAY | Various | Saturday 24th October
Involving thousands of people and small businesses, Record Store Day sees vinyl shops host special events across the world. While cancelled in its normal format, it will now take place via RSD 'drop' dates; including this month, Saturday 24th October.
HALLOWEEN IN THE CITY | Citywide | 26th October - 1st November
Plenty of tricks, plenty more treats…the city’s favourite Halloween happening is back this October, with everything from a drive-in cinema to the return of the inflatable monsters. For more ways to celebrate this All Hallows, check out our roundup here.
From music to theatre and comedy, there’s loads happening on the performing arts front this month too - see our article for more...