A Day Of The Dead party, 50% OFF Burgerism and the best things to do in Manchester this week

Also including Halloween weekend, Fat Out Festival and the launch of SEEN magazine at The Whitworth.

By Emma Davidson | 25 October 2022

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In the run up to Halloween, which falls next Monday, Manchester is hosting a huge line-up of frighteningly fun events from fancy dress parties to pumpkin workshops, bottomless brunches and more! 

However, if you’re looking for an alternative way to spend Halloween, or if you’re just looking to fill your diary with something a little different this week – you’ve come to the right place!

There’s a brand-new music magazine launch at The Whitworth this weekend, as well as an exhibition at Saan1 in Northern Quarter from artist, FNTSYWRLD. And if you’re looking for a mid-week dine-out treat, WOOD’s cheese and wine haven, Homage is offering 50% off your entire bill this Thursday! The perfect evening for indulging this cosy season.

They Come in Threes at Saan1

Exhibiting at the new three-storey art space, Saan1 Manchester on Kelvin Street, They Come in Threes is the debut solo exhibition by artist, FNTSYWRLD aka Ben van de Wouw. The bottom floor of the exhibition showcases a number of acrylic paintings Ben produced to raise money and awareness for the homeless community in Manchester. The first floor explores paintings born out of Ben’s struggle with his mental health, and the second floor exhibition explores the male gaze through grayscale pencil illustrations.

Things Hidden Since The Foundation Of The World at HOME

In 1992 Iranian popstar and refugee Fereydoun Farrokhzad was found brutally murdered.  The case was never solved.  This new work by Javaad Alipoor explores violence, digital culture and the post-colonial world. An investigation into this iconic murder and an investigation into the nature of investigation. In a world of murder mystery podcasts, Wikipedia and an Internet that presents everything in the world as knowable we need to understand that some worlds never collide. 

Let The Right One In at The Royal Exchange

Enchanting and brutal, chilling and beautiful, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s cult novel LET THE RIGHT ONE IN finds a new home on the unique stage of the Royal Exchange Theatre this week. In a world where adults are failing them, two teenage outsiders are drawn to each other. One a bullied, isolated teenage boy, the other a feral, lonely and dangerous vampire. And so begins a chilling and unlikely friendship. Separated by centuries and rejected by society they find salvation in each other.

50% OFF at Burgerism

Monday 24th – Thursday 27th October
Popular burger take-out, Burgerism is back with another exceptional deal this week! From Monday – Thursday customers can get 50% off the restaurant’s Baconed burger and BBQ wings on UberEats. This means that the burger comes in at a mere £4.48 and the wings can be added for just £3.48 extra!

Venture Arts Launch at The Whitworth

Thursday 27th October
Venture Arts is proud to launch a series of limited-edition prints this week at The Whitworth. This stunning collection of prints has been created by Venture Arts artists, Darren Bates, Michael Beard, Amy Ellison, Barry Finan, Andrew Johnstone, Ahmed Mohammed and Leslie Thompson. The organisation supports people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential through visual arts and culture. Its vision is a world in which people with learning disabilities are empowered, celebrated, included and valued in the arts, culture and society.

Pumpkin Flower Arrangement Workshop at Northern Flower

Thursday 27th October
Taking place from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday, this Halloween-themed workshop will see guests carve their very own pumpkin that will then be filled with a beautiful bouquet of Autumnal flowers (both fresh and dried). All tools and materials will be provided by Northern Flower, including the pumpkin. No experience necessary, just a warm jumper and the desire to get stuck in!

50% OFF Homage at WOOD

Thursday 27th October
Hidden away atop Simon Wood’s flagship fine-dining restaurant WOOD, Homage offers guests an exclusive cheese and wine evening, perfect for the arrival of the chillier months. From this Thursday you can get 50% off your entire bill when dining in Homage, something that will then be extended across every Thursday in November.

The Black Blues Brothers at The Lowry

Thursday 27th October
The Black Blues Brothers have wowed audiences worldwide with their astonishingly brilliant high-octane energy-packed live stage spectacle! This is THE award-winning tribute to the legendary and much-loved film, The Blues Brothers giving you soul and circus! Experience jaw-dropping balancing acts, fiery acrobatics and even human pyramids performed with athletic strength and stamina.

Neon Tiger’s Day of the Dead Party

Friday 28th October
Neon Tiger, the Bridge Street restaurant that takes influence from the North of Thailand, has announced a Day Of The Dead themed party to celebrate Halloween this week. Kicking off at 8pm on Friday and running until late, the evening will feature entertainment from Manchester’s local DJs and selectors, as well as fire walkers, 500 FREE tacos and £5 Margaritas all evening long! 

Girls on Film Halloween Special

Friday 28th October
Hattie Pearson will be spinning all of the very best 80s hits alongside local legends and Feel Good Club wife duo, Aimie and Kiera. Demonic drag divas Bailey J Mills and Barbs will be hosting Halloween lip sync sing-a-longs whilst hosts Adam Ali and Jaylin will also be providing all the tricks and treats. And if that wasn’t enough, 80s icon Denise Pearson (Five Star) and a Madonna tribute will also be touching down at the Albert Hall for LIVE performances.

The Lowry Life Night at The Lowry Hotel

Friday 28th October
The Lowry Hotel has announced a new monthly live music series – ‘The Lowry Life Nights’ with a whole host of DJs, local live acts and specially curated cocktails. The free-to-attend event series will kick off this Friday from 6pm – 11pm in celebration of the 80s and 90s, with club classics, a bespoke retro cocktail menu and a touch of nostalgia.

Halloween Weekend in Manchester

Friday 28th – Monday 31st October
Ok, so I’m aware Halloween is technically NEXT Monday, but all of the very best events are taking place across this weekend, and I wouldn’t want you to miss out. Kicking off on Friday, there’s a 80s themed extravaganza and the Albert Hall, across the weekend the likes of Tattu, Zouk and Firefly are all hosting spooky themed bottomless brunches AND there’s parties at Hidden, The Loft, Victoria Baths and more. Check out our top picks for across the weekend here.

Fat Out Fest at Islington Mill

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th October
This year’s ever morphing Fat Out Fest will take the form of a series of shows across some of Salford’s best loved cultural venues, celebrating the queer underground through intense, experimental and downright rowdy music and performance art. There’ll be drag acts, art shows, music, as well as karaoke dungeons and a three-course cabaret meal…

SEEN Magazine Launch

Saturday 29th October
Brand-new Manchester-based music publication, SEEN magazine is hosting a launch party at The Whitworth’s Bound Art Book Fair. Created by global majority and marginalised communities, the magazine was born in 2021 with a bold anti-racist manifesto. Founded to counter the London-centric narrative that often dominates music journalism, SEEN magazine aims to celebrate unheard voices, allowing communities to narrate their own stories and heritage, while connecting with global scenes linked to Britain’s colonial history. 

Tattu’s Halloween Skullduggery Brunch

Saturday 29th October
Renowned for delivering unique experiential dining, Tattu’s exclusive Skullduggery Brunch will take place between 12-3pm this Saturday serving up a four-wave menu of unique Asian-fusion dishes with terrifyingly good cocktail specials. For just £45 per person, diners can sit back and soak in the mystic atmosphere as spectacularly crafted dishes arrive in timely waves.

Media City Makers Market

Sunday 30th October
This weekend, Media City will host one of its biggest ever Makers Markets showcasing a huge line-up of the North West’s best independent businesses. Expect street food, drinks, DJs, plants, prints and everything in-between with a somewhat spookier theme than usual to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve…