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The nights are getting longer, the days brighter, and we’re getting excited about a fun and busy summer.

It’s a time for getting social, heading out for after-work drinks in the sunshine, trying different foodie delights, or going to events and festivals at the weekend. We don’t know about you, but summertime feels like a really positive time to be out and about in the city, especially those of us based just around the corner from Stevenson Square. 

City centre Manchester isn’t the only place buzzing with activity this summer; the surrounding towns and neighbourhoods around Greater Manchester also have plenty to offer – some of the best events are happening in Stockport, Bolton, Rochdale, or Ancoats.

Always a fan of ‘promoting local’, we’ve collated Team Tempt’s favourite events taking place this summer in Greater Manchester. If you’re after the ‘buzz’, and a reason to get out and about, to experience something different, how about heading to … 

Manchester Jazz Festival

Taking place: 17th – 26th May
Location: Various locations across Manchester 

Manchester Jazz Festival (a.k.a mjf2024) takes place across different venues and sites in Manchester. It includes a spectacular opening weekender at the neighbourhood of First Street, with live music, street food, and drinks. There are also gigs at Matt & Phreds, RNCM, The Stoller Hall,  St Ann’s Church, and The Carlton Club, plus an extended weekend-long party at Band on the Wall. Even if you’re not a big jazz lover, we know it’s a great spot to go and soak up the atmosphere. 

We Invented The Weekend

Taking place: 15th – 16th June
Location: MediaCity and Salford Quays

This two-day (free to attend) festival held at MediaCity and Salford Quays’, We Invented The Weekend celebrates the ‘joy of free time’ taking in sports, music, comedy, theatre, dance, workshops, talks, food, charity, wellness, crafts and more. From water sports on the canal, live music and dance performances, to planting workshops and finding gems at vintage markets. 

Sounds of the City

Taking place: 3rd – 13th July
Location: Castlefield

Sounds Of The City has established itself as a staple part of the Manchester music scene, once again it takes over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts. This year they feature Avril Lavigne, The National, The Saw Doctors, Tom Grennan, Jungle and Hacienda Classical.

Image: The Manc Group

Craic by the Creek

Taking place: 19th – 21st July
Location: Whitebottom Farm, Stockport

As the only festival of its kind, Craic By The Creek brings the biggest lovers of country and Irish music to sunny Stockport. The festival is a three-day, long ‘St Patrick’s Day style’ celebration with top music acts and a wonderful variety of food and drink to enjoy. This year, B*Witched will be headlining the show!

Manchester Day

Taking place: 27th July
Location: City Centre Manchester

This year’s Manchester Day is set to take over the whole of the city centre with more fun-filled, free activities for all the family. Go along to be entertained by vibrant performers, musicians, and a menagerie of surprising animals. Marvel as the city’s streets come alive with entertainment, tunes, dance moves, and wonderful shows. While you’re in the city, why not stop for lunch at one of the many bars, cafés and restaurants in Manchester? 

Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Taking place: 10th August
Location: Rochdale Town Centre

​​​​​Rochdale Feel Good Festival ignites the local area for a showcase of top-class entertainment, food and culture. Most of the musical entertainment across the festival venues is free, aside from the main stage which sees Heather Small, Ocean Colour Scene and The Lottery Winners. 

Manchester Caribbean Carnival

Taking place: 10th & 11th August
Location: Alexandra Park, Manchester 

Manchester Caribbean Carnival is a colourful and lively celebration of Caribbean culture. It features a parade, live music, dance performances, and delicious Caribbean food. The two-day free event is a family-friendly celebration of community, heritage, and music in the heart of the community at Alexandra Park. This year’s carnival holds special significance as it commemorates 75 years since the arrival of the Windrush generation.

Image: The Manc Group

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Taking place: 23rd – 26th August
Location: Bolton Town Centre

One of the largest food festivals in the North West, Bolton Food and Drink Festival features celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, food stalls, and entertainment. With over half a million visitors last year, Bolton Food and Drink Festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever before, with plenty of fun for the whole family – it’s worth a visit. 

Manchester Pride Festival

Taking place: 24th – 26th August
Location: Various locations across Manchester

Manchester Pride Festival is a ‘party as protest.’ Manchester Pride is a part of the largest LGBTQ+ movement in the world, celebrating queer people, culture and expression as loudly and publicly as possible. Taking place across the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride Festival involves the famous Pride Parade which sees thousands line the streets and watch the spectacular parade of colours from brands, groups and celebrities. The hugely popular Gay Village Party features performances by Jessie J, Katy B and Loreen. And to finish off the weekend, there’s a Candlelit Vigil to provide a moment of reflection to remember those we have lost to HIV. 

Stockport’s Foodie Friday

Takes place: On the last Friday of every month
Location: Stockport Market Place

Foodie Friday has become almost a revolution for Stockport. This award-winning evening event brings thousands of people to Stockport Market Hall to eat, drink and tune into eclectic sounds from local bands and singers while soaking up a lively and merry atmosphere. From Oysters prosecco to pies and pints, there’s a real mix of quality food and drink to enjoy for multiple vendors.   

Image: Stockport Foodie Friday

Ancoats Pop-Up Market

Takes place: On the first Sunday of every month
Location: Cutting Room Square, Ancoats 

Ancoats Pop-Up Market features local artisans, foodie traders, and live music. It’s a great place to find unique products and enjoy the vibrant community atmosphere.


And there you have it—a list of the fun and quirky events Team Tempt is hoping to attend this summer. Have we missed something you’re going along to? 

Tempt is a marketing and PR agency in Manchester. We continually help various brands with marketing strategy, content creation, and social media. If you’re interested in finding out how we can help you, ping us a message!

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