Things to do in Manchester this weekend (whether you’re watching the football or not)

Walk in spots for the Euros, the Manchester International Festival, and more...

It properly feels like summer at the moment. It’s sunny (for now), we’re allowed to do things and – crucially – there are actually things to do.

It’s been a long time since it felt worth doing a weekend round up for events in Manchester, but this week, the city is absolutely buzzing.

Of course, there’s the football tomorrow, but whether you’re into that or not, there’s plenty to get up to over the next few days. Here are a few highlights for this weekend.

England v Ukraine

The Crown and Kettle is accepting walk ins for the Euros

It’s coming home, guys. If you haven’t heard, England has made it through to the quarter final of the Euros, taking on Ukraine this Saturday evening.

You’re going to be hard pressed to find a booking for anywhere showing the game but there are still a few places doing walk ins where you might be able to grab a table.

Places doing walk ins include Crown and Kettle, Bunny Jacksons, Lost Cat, Tib Street Tavern, Dive Bar and Stage and Radio.

Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

MIF is now underway with various arts, music and theatre performances as well as other cultural events during the 18 days of the festival.

As well as the programme of ticketed events, the free-to-enter Festival Square on Cathedral Gardens is open from today with live music, food and drink.

Food traders include Honest Crust, Stellar, Heathcote&Co and Eat Well MCR.

More info here.

Summer Beer Thing

Summer Beer Thing at Kampus

Summer Beer Thing returns this summer for a month-long, canal side pop up.

The event is hosted by Common & Co, the guys behind Common, The Beagle, Port Street Beer House and Nell’s Pizza, which will soon open their permanent space at Kampus alongside new pub Cornerstone.

There will be plenty of beers, DJs on weekends, fried chicken from Kongs and Nell’s ice cream sandwiches, as well as natural wines, cocktails, softs and snacks.

Open Thursday to Sunday, walk ins only.

Manchester Union Brewery 2nd birthday

Manchester Union Brewery birthday party

Manchester Union Brewery throwing a belated birthday party this Saturday 3 July – six month after it was due. The brewery missed the opportunity to celebrate at the time due to lockdown restrictions.

Visitors can drink their award winning lager and their black lager After Dusk right next to where it is brewed, and there will be Verdant See Food and Dance IPA on tap for the occasion.

There will be snacks from Beehive serving Manchester Eggs and freshly baked pretzels from Pretzel & Spelt, which will be free to anyone spending over £10 at the bar.

No bookings required. More info here.

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