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What’s On In Manchester? Best Events Of 2021

After a quiet year, plenty of activities and festivals are waiting for you in Manchester.

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Mancunians had a quiet and difficult year at their home last year. With the vaccination programme, the future looks brighter now. So, what’s on Manchester?

Many festivals and events are being planned for this year. They are all organised according to the safety regulations of COVID-19. The events of 2021 expect to bring joy to Manchester again.

Here are some of the best events of 2021 in Manchester :

Manchester Histories Festival

Dates: 4 June 2021 – 8 June 2021


A long weekend of events that celebrate the rich and diverse histories of Greater Manchester is waiting for you. Inspired by the themes of protest, democracy, and freedom of speech, there are many events, exhibitions, talks, and films at Manchester Histories Festival.

Manchester’s King Street Festival 

Dates: 6 June 2021 – 7 June 2021

With the return of the Manchester Flower Show, Manchester’s King Street Festival is back with alfresco dining, VIP shopping experiences, live music, and other events.




Horizons Festival 2021 

Dates: 11 June 2021 – 18 June 2021


The theme of this year is “We Cannot Walk Alone”.The festival is presented by HOME in partnership with Community Arts North West and the festival celebrates the power of creativity and incredible international artists who have made Manchester their home.


Manchester Jazz Festival 

Dates: 11 June 2021 – 13 June 2021


Manchester Jazz Festival brings the best contemporary jazz to three stages across The Round and The Pavilion, The Ticket Hall, and The Piccadilly Venue. The cutting-edge street market and open-air bars at Escape to Freight Island will be part of the festival.


Manchester Day

 Dates: 21 June 2021


Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything about Manchester. Families, residents, and visitors can get together and celebrate the carnival on that day. 


Tatton Park Pop Up Festival

Dates:25 June 2021 – 29 Aug 2021

The festival is a 10-week outdoor boutique festival and offers 52 individual music and entertainment performances. Whether you are looking for entertainment for families, a night partying with a friend, or a chilled-out Sunday vibe, Tatton Park Pop Up Festival has something to offer you.


Manchester International Festival

Dates : 1 July 2021 – 18 July 2021


 Manchester International Festival will return with a vibrant programme that across the spectrum of visual and performing arts and music by artists from more than 20 countries. The events will take place in indoor and outdoor locations across Greater Manchester.


Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Dates:23 July 2021 – 24 July 2021


The festival is dedicated to celebrating craft beer. Craig Charles, Daddy G(Massive Attack), Django Django DJ Set will be at the festival at Depot Mayfield, Manchester.


Creamfields 2021

Dates: 26 Aug 2021 – 29 Aug 2021

Creamfields is one of the most popular electronic dance events in the UK. Creamfields 2021 are planning to welcome Mancunians this year again.




Manchester Pride Festival

Dates: 27 Aug 2021 – 30 Aug 2021

Manchester Pride Festival, a world-leading LGBTQ+ event, is waiting for Mancunians for a weekend of events around six themes: equality, arts, and culture, community, party, activism, and youth and family. This year, Gay Village Party, Manchester Pride Parade, Superbia Weekend, and Candlelit Vigil will be a part of the festival.

Parklife Festival 2021

Dates: 11 Sept 2021 – 12 Sept 2021

Manchester’s biggest music festival returns to bring music to the city. Parklife, is the largest metropolitan music festival in the UK, will take place at Heaton Park in Manchester. Multiple music genres, including hip hop, grime, pop, rock, club, house, and dance DJs are waiting for Mancunians and all visitors.



Manchester Food and Drink Festival

Dates :16 Sept 2021 – 27 Sept 2021

Manchester Food and Drink Festival is a nationally acclaimed event and in 2021, it promises a magnificent celebration of the region’s food and drink. The famous event will take place in Cathedral Gardens.





Irlam Live 2021

Dates: 17 Sept 2021 – 19 Sept 2021

This year Irlam Live returns bigger and better at Prince’s Park in Manchester. Headliners for 2021 include Sophie Ellis Bextor and Scouting For Girls. It is one of the unique festivals of the year that you won’t want to miss.



Manchester Reggae Festival 2021

Dates: 25 Sept 2021 – 26 Sept 2021

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The festival returns to Manchester for a huge celebration of all things reggae. This year, the festival includes a headline performance from iconic reggae and pop band UB40 featuring Ali & Astro.



Medieval Manchester Festival

Dates: 25 Sept 2021 – 26 Sept 2021

Unique family-friendly festival celebrating the 600th anniversary of Manchester’s oldest buildings. The two-day festival will celebrate the history of the city and the incredible story of Chetham’s.


Manchester Folk Festival

Dates:20 Oct 2021 – 22 Oct 2021

Manchester folk festival offers a range of events with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music. The visitors of the festival will enjoy with sounds of Manchester music.

Manchester Oktoberfest

Dates:21 Oct 2021 – 25 Oct 2021

Manchester’s Oktoberfest is definitely much more than German beer. Manchester Oktoberfest is ready to back with live music, full Oktoberfest decoration, and a giant outdoor beer garden.


Manchester Christmas Markets

Dates: November 2021 –

After the quiet Christmas market in 2020, Manchester Christmas Market is ready to welcome all visitors with many activities in 2021. The date and details of the Christmas market haven’t been planned, yet. But organisers are planning a bigger and better Manchester Christmas Market for 2021.












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