Let’s face it, Manchester is a big city; there’s a hell of a lot going on. Keeping up with the latest events and activities going on in the city is nearly impossible, so wouldn’t it just be dandy if someone gave you a list of the best events going on that month?
Trust me, all of the coolest people will be going to these. Book your tickets now, thank me later.
Date: 5th– 8th October
Price: £30 day ticket- £75 festival pass
If you’ve got a soft spot for horror and cult films, then Manchester’s Grimmfest is right up your street. Come down to Vue at the Printworks from Thursday 5th October and sink your teeth into some of the newest and best horror and cult movies so far this year. And guess what? There will be plenty of surprise celebrity guests, directors and actors for you to meet too. This sounds scarily good!
Manchester Literature Festival
Date: 6th-22 October
Price Range- Free-£30 per ticket
Following Tony Walsh’s tear-jerking ode to the victims of the Manchester arena attacks at this year’s vigil, it’s easy to see why the written word holds a deep place within the hearts of Mancunians far and wide. From the 6th to the 22nd this month, Manchester be will host to a gathering of poets, storytellers, pioneers, writers, thinkers, activists and radicals during a series of inspiring live shows, reading’s and talks. But be quick, tickets are selling out fast!
Date: 7th October
Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean festival season has to end too! Manchester’s very own Neighbourhood festival will take over 10 venues across Manchester city centre, and will see over 100 incredible artists perform on Saturday the 7th October. From Rat Boy to The View, there really is something for everyone- so what are you waiting for? Make your Saturday a little special!
Dinosaurs in the Wild
Date: 7th October- 2nd January
Price: Adults- £25-£33, Children- £22- £28.50
Let’s clear something us- Dinosaurs are super cool. There is nothing nerdy about being obsessed with them, at all… So for all of you super cool dinosaur fans, be transported back 67 million ago and walk with your giant friends during a mind-blowing blend of theatre, live action, theme park fun and science. Think less documentary, more Jurassic park. Sold!
Manchester Half Marathon
Date: 15th October
Price: Competing- £39, Spectating- Free
If you’re a runner looking to smash your PB, now’s your chance! Manchester’s award winning run in Trafford is known as one of the fastest and high profile half marathons in the country. Whether you want to challenge yourself and compete or want to cheer on from the stands, it’s a great day out with family and friends. So get involved!
Date: 18th– 22nd October
It’s that time of year again… It’s Oktoberfest, which means far too much drinking, plenty of good food and some terrible dancing. If you haven’t already snapped up your ticket, make sure you do it fast. They’re selling out super quick, and you don’t want to miss out on the German beer, live music and German sausage (read that how you will). There’s also going to be loads of hot waiters and waitresses dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen, just so you know…
Date: 21st– 22nd October
If you’re one of those people that’s attempted parkour a few times and thinks they’re a ninja, you’ll bloody love Manchester’s very own Rough Runner challenge. The outdoor obstacles, each inspired by well-known TV shows such as Total Wipeout, Takeshi’s Castle and Gladiators, are designed to make you laugh, cry, sweat and laugh some more. What more do you want? Whether you’re running 5 or 15K solo or as part of a team, you’ll be sure to get your hands dirty in the UK’s toughest, yet funniest obstacle around. To be honest, it’s worth going just to see your mates fall flat on their faces- and that bit is free.
Halloween Pop-up Cinema
Date: 27th– 28th October
Price: £10- £15
Wanna get spooky in one of Manchester’s creepiest buildings? Erm, of course we do! Tune in for some of your favourite Halloween classics- including Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family and BeetleJuice at Victoria Baths in Chorlton, from the 27th October. Please take note that the day time screenings are appropriate for children, but the evening showings are limited to 16+. That’s when the really scary stuff happens!
Big Fish Little Fish
Date: 29th October
Haven’t you always wanted to go raving with your kids? I mean, who wouldn’t? But on a serious note, this is now a thing- thanks to event holders, Big Fish Little Fish. On the 29th October, get your dancing shoes on and head to The Birdcage in Manchester city centre for a family friendly disco with DJ’s, balloons, glitter, play dough tables, tents, tunnels, a baby chill area and- wait for it- a licenced bar (phew). So don’t worry, you can leave you kids to do their own thing while you tear up the dance floor with your other mum and dad friends. Whilst fancy dress is optional, please bear in mind that you’ll be in a room full of children. No slutty nurses this year, ladies, and no Borat thongs, lads- keep it PG.
Bongo’s Bingo Special Edition with Fatman Scoop
Date: 31st October
This is not a drill- repeat- this is not a drill. Fatman Scoop is going to be performing at Bongo’s Bingo this Halloween. Oh em gee. If you’ve never been to Albert Hall’s wildest event, then you’re certainly in for a treat. Think normal bingo, except everyone is wasted, there’s interlude raves, crazy prizes and a shed load of mischief. In that case, I’d advise you not to bring your nan. But be sure to buy your tickets soon and really hit the jackpot!
Now that sounds like one hell of an October if you ask me!