It looks like we’re set for another busy week in Greater Manchester.
Not only is there a whole host of exciting activities lined up in the events calendar this month, but there’s plenty to be getting up to across the region this week, and we’ve cherry-picked a few of the best bits for another edition of our ‘what’s on‘ guide for the city and beyond.
As always, some of the events we’re going to mention are completely free, while others will set you back a few pounds, and many will need to be booked in advance.
Here’s our top picks.
mjf Piano Trail
Manchester City Centre
Monday 16 – Sunday 29 May
13 street pianos have been dotted around popular Manchester locations, and they’re free for the public to play all month.
The annual Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf) is arriving in our city on Friday 20 – Sunday 29 May, and to properly celebrate the 2022 edition in style, festival organisers have teamed up with the beloved Forsyth Music Shop to place over a dozen pianos at well-known sites in the hunt for Manchester’s most entertaining street pianist.
You don’t even need any technical talent or formal training either, as the competition is open to everyone, and there’s some brilliant prizes to be won.
You can find out more information here.
Platt Fields Park
Saturday 21 May
Flashback Festival is finally upon us, transporting Mancs back to the 90s and 00s.
The gloriously nostalgic festival will be headlined by the likes of Example, Tinchy Stryder, Tulisa, Judge Jules, Dave Pearce, Ultrabeat, and many more.
The four stages will be hosted by brands such as Clubland, Hed Kandi, Back by Dope Demand, and Trance Anthems.
The blasts from the past will continue – quite literally – in the food and drink side of things, with a stand dedicated to Tango Ice Blasts, as well as appearances from Porky Pig, shisha and some vegan food.
Grab your tickets here.
Camelot Theme Park
Friday 20 May – onwards
Northern kids of the 80s, 90s, and 00s will truly be able to revisit their youth, as the abandoned Camelot Theme Park in Chorley goes back to its days of Arthurian legend for the new Summer Knights drive-in cinema and entertainment attraction this summer.
Kicking off on Friday 20 May with the absolute 70s classic that is Grease, some of the other film highlights in the genre-diverse lineup include Insidious, Superbad, The Greatest Showman, Anchorman, Dirty Dancing, and Disney’s newest smash-hit, Encanto, just to name a few.
There’ll also be a fully-licensed bar and a number of street food vendors on site to choose from to make it a truly magical night.
Find out more and grab tickets here.
Deansgate Mews Festival
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 May
A three-day outdoor festival full of food, drink, and live music is set to return to a hidden street in Manchester city centre this weekend.
Back by popular demand after what was a successful run in 2021, city centre dining and leisure destination, The Great Northern Warehouse, has announced that it’s hosting its three-day outdoor festival, Deansgate Mews Festival, once again in 2022 – with live music, market traders, Al Fresco dining, and so much more on the lineup.
The festival is completely free to attend, and will celebrate all the eclectic independent food and drink businesses on the street.
Over 40 different music acts are also on the lineup this year.
Find out more here.
Hacienda 40th Birthday Party
Whitworth Street West
Saturday 21 May
Legendary Manchester club The Hacienda is turning 40 this month, and to celebrate there will be a huge party in the car park beneath the apartments where the original club once stood this weekend.
Whitworth Street West might now be home to a series of neat magnolia two beds, but – if its walls could talk – they would still speak of hazy all-nighters, sweatbox dancefloors, and the thumping basslines of the early acid house scene where it all began.
Planned to mark 40 years to the day the club first opened its doors, the 40th anniversary event sees a host of the Hacienda’s finest residents return to the building with Graeme Park, DJ Paulette, Jon Dasilva, Tom Wainwright, Hewan Clarke, Aaron Mellor. K Klass live and surprise guests all coming along for the anniversary party.
You can find out more here.
Fleur Shore (All Night Long)
Saturday 21 May
City centre bar, restaurant, nightlife destination, and live music venue Joshua Brooks is welcoming acclaimed house and techno DJ / producer Fleur Shore for an all-night set this Saturday 21 May.
Tickets are now available to buy online, setting you back just £10 each, and you must be 18 or over to gain entry.
Find more information and grab tickets here.
Great Manchester Run 2022
Manchester City Centre
Sunday 22 May
The Great Manchester Run 2022 is returning this Sunday 22 May.
With exciting new features added for 2022, runners will be treated to loads more entertainment as they make their way around either a 10km or a half-marathon course, with everything from water pistol breaks to a live DJ, as organisers pull out all the stops to make it the best Great Manchester Run yet.
The action will begin before the race even starts and continue long after it ends too, with a live DJ at the start line to get the energy levels up, and then a new on-course entertainment area, and even an apres-run zone across the finish line for runners to celebrate with food and drink stalls, and music.
You can find out more about everything happening on the day here.