Dance battles, circus parades, and boozy days out

Manchester is absolutely buzzing this month. You could spend every weekend dancing if you wanted, with festivals covering the musical spectrum from fast-stepping Irish jigs to glitchy, low-fi techo, to neck-destroying metal and prog rock. There's also a new festival for romance book fans at Central library, a wellness festival at Wythenshawe Park, and the street performance spectacle that is Manchester Day in the city centre. Where is everyone getting their energy from? We're exhausted just writing about it all.

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The National play Castlefield Bowl this Thursday

The National at Sounds of the City

Castlefield Bowl

4 July

There's still some tickets available for The National's outdoor show at Castlefield Bowl this week but you'll have to be quick. Support is from This is the Kit. Find out more.

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Craft beer fans head to Depot Mayfield this Friday and Saturday Image: Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Depot Mayfield

5-6 July

Over 80 breweries alongside street food, live music, DJs, talks, tastings and festival walking tours. And all your beer is included in the ticket. Find out more.

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Watch the tennis in St Ann's Square Image: Confidentials

Wimbledon on the big screen

St Ann’s Square

4-7 July

The Lawn Tennis Association is bringing its Wimbledon fan zone to St Ann's Square. Watch the tennis action live on the big screen and have a go yourself on the mini tennis courts. Find out more

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Head to Wellnergy for a day of wellness, health, fitness and music at Wythenshawe Park Image: Wellnergy


Wythenshawe Park

6 July

The healthiest festival experience you'll have this summer - it's a full day of music, food, classes, workshops, shopping and good times - all centred around the theme of wellness. Find out more.

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Watch the Euros at the fan zone at the AO Arena

Road to Victory Euros 2024 Fan Park

AO Arena

6 July

Watch England cruise to victory on Saturday (it will happen) at the UK's biggest screening of the match. The arena will be transformed into a fan park with games, penalty shoot-outs, a family zone, half time entertainment and lots more footy-orientated fun. Find out more.

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The first Love Stories etc Festival is happening at Central Library this month Photo by Eliott Reyna on Unsplash

Love Stories etc Festival

Central Library

13 July

If you like reading or writing modern romantic fiction, this new one-day festival is for you. It features loads of top authors, plus workshops for writers led by industry experts. Find out more.

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Manchester Rum festival promises a calypso-inspired, rum-fuelled day out Image: Manchester Rum Festival

Manchester Rum Festival

New Century Hall

13 July

Now in its eighth year, this rum-fuelled celebration features rum brands from all over the world, Caribbean food, calypso-inspired DJ sets, tastings, and all-round good vibes. Find out more.

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Head to the Progress Centre for a day-long Mason Collective party Image: Mvson World

Mvson World

Progress Centre, Ardwick

13 July

The third edition of the underground music festival from Manchester-based DJ and production trio Mason Collective. With two stages featuring homegrown and international names, plus a wellness space, interactive art, food vendors and a creative market, it’ll be one of the dance events of the summer. Find out more.

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This Irish and country music festival is happening on the edge of Stockport Image: Craic by the Creek festival

Craic by the Creek

Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Park

19-21 July

Imagine St Patrick's Day went on for a whole weekend - that's the vibe at this festival of Irish and country music. Go for the day or take a tent. There's only a few tickets left so act quick. Find out more.

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Beavertown Brewery bring their Collaboration Sessions party to Depot Mayfield Image: Beavertown Brewery

Beavertown Collaboration Sessions: Manchester

Depot Mayfield

20 July

Beavertown Brewery’s day party lands at Depot Mayfield on Saturday with two stages of cross-genre collaborations headlined by Anish Kumar, Leon Vynehall and Moxie, and Ruf Dug and Tia Cousins. Head down there for dancing, street food, and of course Beavertown’s finest beers on tap. Get tickets.

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Manchester Day brings free family-friendly fun and performances to the city centre Image: Manchester City Council

Manchester Day

Manchester city centre

27 July

The theme for this year's Manchester Day celebrations is 'Let the games begin!' Inspired by a summer of sport, the city centre will be filled with music, performances, dancing and have-a-go activities. Look out for the world's slowest race, a hip hop wrestling ring, a best Dad dancer competition and lots more. Find out more.

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Haken performing at last year's Radar Fest at Victoria Warehouse Image: Eleanor Hazel @eleanor__hazel/Instagram

Radar Festival

Victoria Warehouse

26-28 July

Winner of the UK's best new festival back in 2022, Radar Fest returns to Victoria Warehouse for a weekend of moshing, metal and progressive rock This year's headliners are The Midnight, TesseracT and Leprous plus there'll be prog masterclasses, afterparties, artist Q and As and more. Find out more.

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Watch some of the UK's best street dancers at Freight Island Image: Ivaylo Donchev / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Dance Your Style UK Final

Freight Island

27 July

Watch some of the UK’s best street dancers battle it out in a one-on-one competition where each track is randomly selected and unknown to the dancer - then vote for who you think should go on to represent the UK in the internationals. There’ll be dance workshops and giveaways too. Find out more.

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MegaCon Live lands at Manchester Central this month Image: Daniel Lombrana Gonzalez on Unsplash

MegaCon Live

Manchester Central

27-28 July

Cosplay kids, steampunks and anime fans will be converging on Manchester Central in the last weekend of July for this comic convention. It's a full day out with a kids mega zone, a gaming zone, special guests and lots happening throughout the weekend. Find out more.

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