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Chinese New Year

A carnival of colour with dragon dances followed by a firework display.

Date: 16 February 2018 - 18 February 2018
Venue: Chinatown (around Faulkner Street).


Manchester Irish Festival

Celebrates all things Irish in Manchester during a two-week extravaganza featuring around 200 events staged throughout the city.

Date: 04 March 2018 - 20 March 2018
Venue: Various locations.

Manchester Fashion Week

Manchester Fashion Week (MCRFW) will this year take place at The National Football Museum and will see 30 fashion shows take place over five days showcasing collections from graduates to high-end designers.

Date: 01 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: The Castlefield Rooms

BUPA Great Manchester Run

One of the UK's most popular 10km (6 miles) races, now in its 11th year, and attracting around 33,000 runners. A great fund-raising event.

Date: 20 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city.

Free to spectate. Entry fee is £44.

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester

Procession made up of steel bands, floats with DJs and colourful dance troupes, as well as stalls selling traditional Caribbean food, drink and handicrafts. Enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession winds its way through the crowds featuring carnival queens and princesses, elaborate costumes and folklore characters.

Date: 10 August 2018 - 13 August 2018
Venue: Alexandra Park, Moss Side.

Manchester Pride

Usually lasting for a week over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride is an annual festival that celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. Centred around the city's thriving Gay Village, the party includes a carnival parade as well as live music, DJs, theatre and comedy, making it an event truly celebrating gay and lesbian influences in popular culture.

Date: 24 August 2018 - 24 August 2018
Venue: Gay Village.


Manchester European Christmas Markets

Daily European markets selling a variety of unusual Christmas gifts and glühwein (hot mulled wine).

Date: 01 November 2018 - 31 December 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Albert Square.

Manchester International Festival

Biennial festival celebrating the city, its popular culture, music and the arts.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations.

Some free; others are variously priced.