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Manchester is hosting its very-own ‘Lass Fest’ to celebrate International Women’s Day next month

There's something for literally everyone to get involved with over the four-day event.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th February 2024

Manchester is hosting its very-own ‘Lass Fest’ with loads of special events to celebrate International Women’s Day next month.

International Women’s Day is coming up in a couple of weeks time on Friday 8 March, and in a bid to mark the annual occasion and properly celebrate all the brilliant women and girls from Greater Manchester and beyond, GRUB will be hosting a special ‘Lass Fest’ – with four days of special events and activities planned.

It’ll be returning for another year, and taking over three Manchester venues, Cultplex, the newly-returned Fairfield Social Club, and GRUB itself – all tucked away down in the Green Quarter part of the city centre.

And this year’s festival is gearing up to be the biggest one yet, so there’s lots to look forward to.

Festivalgoers can expect food, drinks, music, art, shopping, comedy, cabaret, games, films, and more, all to celebrate amazing women in our region.


Themed charity quizzes and raffles, crafting and painting workshops, sip and paint classes, live music and burlesque shows, comedy nights, a music video watch party, screenings of both classics and alternative ‘girl movies’, an inclusive chance to explore the world of Dungeons & Dragons, ‘Speed Mateing’ events, and so much more is on the exciting lineup across the four days.

Not only that, but throughout the festival, you’ll also be able to grab grub from local female-owned street food businesses – including No Meat No Cry, Desert Island Dumplings, Rio Mex, Tiny Beast Bakes, and Munchie Mummy’s.

GRUB is hosting its very-own ‘Lass Fest’ to celebrate International Women’s Day next month / Credit: GRUB

Of course, International Women’s Day on the Friday of the four-day event is a stand-out day on the lineup.

On the all-important day itself, there’s an interactive macrame workshop, guided wine and spirit tasting session, Ember Travixen’s IWD-themed female empowerment cabaret show, and a special ‘Girl Power’ edition of GRUB’s popular Disco Bingo all set to take place.

Sunday also brings more event highlights, as it also happens to be Mother’s Day as well, and there’ll be the return of the third annual ‘Feminist Market’ to celebrate.


Here, there’ll be the chance to shop unique creations from independent local makers and artists who’ll be showcasing handcrafted items and designs embodying empowerment and creativity, and support them as they share their one-of-a-kind pieces that each carry the spirit of feminism.

With a lineup this jam-packed, there absolutely is something for everyone of all ages, genders, sexualities, races, and backgrounds to get involved with.

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Find out more and grab tickets from the GRUB website here.

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