Bottomless Italian Brunch, a Maison Margiela REPLICA Pop Up and the Best Things to do in Manchester This Week

Also including IMBC Fringe Festival, a vintage fair at Manchester Cathedral and a clubbing exhibition at XLR.

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 27 September 2022

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Autumn finally feels like it’s in full swing this week, clad in cosy jumpers and buckets of steaming coffee, the absolute best time of the year. 

It’s difficult to ignore the looming threat of Winter, as energy bills continue to soar and many of Manchester’s favoured restaurants announce closures, but there’s plenty to do this week, and if you can get out and support your favourite local businesses now is the time. 

El Capo reopens its doors once again on a Monday this week, and tonight the Mexican eatery is offering 50% OFF its entire food menu and £1 tacos to celebrate, so if you’re looking for plans for this evening, you know where to go!    

There’s also a couple of brilliant exhibition launches this week across the city, as well as gigs from local legends and ferocious stage presences that will take over some of Manchester’s most-loved music institutions including Night & Day Cafe and the famed The White Hotel. 

But if the most you can do is just grab a simple pint in your local this week, every little helps and, right now, will be appreciated more than ever.  

50% OFF Food at Firefly

Until the end of September
ALL DAY Wednesday and Thursday and Friday day time, Firefly is offering 50% off its entire food menu for the final week this week. Launched to help with combatting the cost of living crisis, the restaurant, based in Salford’s New Bailey, has a huge menu that features sushi, tapas, shawarmas, Asian-style skewers and everything inbetween.

El Capo celebrates the relaunch of its Mondays with £1 tacos and 50% OFF food tonight

Monday 26th September
Swinging open its doors once again on a Monday, El Capo is back with its post weekend pick me up in the form of tacos, burritos and tequila-based tipples, and, to celebrate, is offering 50% off the whole food menu tonight and tacos for just £1! The £1 taco deal will then be available every single Monday, and you can book a table now via the link below.

Maison Margiela REPLICA Memory Box Pop Up

Wednesday 28th September – Sunday 2nd October
Immerse yourself in Maison Margiela’s REPLICA Memory Box, the new experiential pop up. At the REPLICA Memory Box that’s located on King Street, the team will bring your favourite memories back to life and create new ones, too all through the art of fragrance.

Take a multi-sensory journey through the scents, sights, and sounds your memories are made of, with interactive activities and art installations. Guests will also get a chance to experience the REPLICA fragrances and create a memory box full of keepsakes and complimentary samples, to take home and re-ignite your memories.

Samuel Kerridge at The White Hotel

Wednesday 28th September
A sonic performer with a ferocious stage presence, Samuel Kerridge hits The White Hotel this week to celebrate his latest album ‘Kick to Kill’. Approaching music with his signature strangely poetic stamp, his productions provoke a powerful response of hyper-sensory stimulation.

IMBC Fringe Festival 2022

Wednesday 28th September – Saturday 1st October
IMBC 2022, which takes place from September 29th to October 2nd, showcases and celebrates beers from across the UK and into Europe. Following a two-year hiatus, the festival is now BACK at Victoria Baths and visitors can expect craft breweries such as Bristol’s Lost and Found and Cheltenham’s Deya, whilst those heading into Manchester for the weekend can also head to a range of Fringe events taking place at the likes of Port Street Beer House, Kampus and Common.

Contact Theatre Family Honour Show

Thursday 29th September
From internationally award-winning choreographer Kwame Asafo-Adjei, witness this raw exploration of family and personal trauma. Through a brilliantly unique meeting of hip hop and theatre, Family Honour asks how far one would go to uphold family expectations and whether it’s truly honourable to do so or just another traditional taboo?

Freak Slug at Night & Day Cafe

Thursday 29th September
Freak Slug combines electronic glitched synth sounds with space and breaks, seeing every element of the music considered, crafted and curated. Their music brings in elements of the dancefloor and the morning-after sunrise snuggles in the arms of your best pals, the perfect indie-influenced pre or post party jams. You can catch them at Night & Day Cafe this Thursday!

Factory Coffee’s Afternoon Rave

Friday 30th September
Caffeine lovers should head on down to the MFDF Festival Hub at Cathedral Gardens this Friday from 12pm – 3pm to enjoy FREE COFFEE from Factory, including free espressos and flat whites. They’ve also teamed up with Rogue Artisan Ice Cream to offer you FREE AFFOGATOS – the Italian dessert where ice cream is “drowned” with a shot of hot espresso and local DJ RareBit will be spinning the decks at the rave with the perfect soundtrack for this banging Friday afternoon party.

CIBO’s Italian Bottomless Brunch

Friday 30th September
Launching this Friday, CIBO’s Italian brunch includes 3 courses and unlimited drinks every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-3pm. You get to choose from 5 starters, mains, and desserts. The Penne Reggiano is the newest addition to the bottomless menu, which you can add chicken and pancetta at an extra price, too. Deep-fried calamari, The Cibo Pizza and a 24k Gold Leaf Burrata with truffle oil are all also all available to enjoy!

Akemi Fox Meet & Greet at Bare Necessities

Friday 30th September
Taking over Manchester’s newest vintage store, Bare Necessities, Akemi Fox will pick out some of her favourite vintage piece in the heart of the city this Friday. The ‘lo-fi soul queen’ is one of the North’s most soothing alternative R&B artists. Standing out for all the right reasons, her distinctive voice and mighty 90s/00s nostalgic sound have cemented her a position in the UK music scene as a fearless and gifted songstress.

Catapult Exhibition Launch at Whitworth Locke

Saturday 1st October
This Saturday, Cotton On MCR will collaborate with Whitworth Locke to launch ‘catapult’, an exhibition representing Manchester artists with the hope of catapulting their career in the right direction. Saturday night will see art talks take place alongside the exhibition which will be showcased at Whitworth Locke for a month. There will also be a viewers vote competition and the winner will receive their own solo exhibition at Whitworth Locke!

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair at Manchester Cathedral

Saturday 1st October
This Saturday, Manchester Cathedral will host a line-up of the city’s very best vintage clothing, homeware and accessory boutiques all under one roof, for an afternoon of good old fashioned rummaging. Taking place from 11am – 5pm, you’ll find womenswear, menswear, homeware, jewellery, records and collectables all sourced from far and wide by independent traders. The pieces are always curated for the season ahead, so you can expect some great Autumn staples and one-off vintage pieces.

HIT & RUN at Hidden

Saturday 1st October
Taking over Hidden once again this weekend, HIT & RUN is back with a killer line up featuring Mefjus x Maksim, Buunshin (MCR Debut) x T-Man, Cauzer b2b Spectral x Sparkz, France’s Visages, Gyrofield, Ground b2b RUEBEN – making their Manchester debuts, alongside YAANO (Jersey) and SUB-ANTICS b2b ENERGY.

Night Shift Exhibition at XLR

Sunday 2nd October
Night Shift is an immersive exhibition looking at the culture of clubbing and raving, and what that experience means to young people. Hosted by art collective, Dilemma, the group’s aim is to make art more accessible to students and young people, creating a relaxed and inexpensive exhibition format that will encourage the public to engage with art relating to the shared experience. 

After the success of the collectives first exhibition at XLR back in April, it’s back with a new show of works submitted by a diverse selection of young artists from across the country. There’ll be a variety of mediums on display such as sculpture, textiles, paint, photography and poetry, curated within a nightclub to immerse viewers fully in this all too familiar setting.