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Chinese New Year

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

Date: 12 February 2021 - 14 February 2021
Venue: Chinatown (around Faulkner Street).


Manchester Irish Festival

Celebrate all things Irish in Manchester during a 10-day extravaganza featuring around 200 events staged throughout the city.

Date: 07 March 2021 - 17 March 2021
Venue: Various locations.

Free to spectate.

Manchester Fashion Week

Manchester Fashion Week (MCRFW) will see multiple fashion shows take place over five days showcasing collections from graduates to high-end designers.

Date: 01 May 2021 - 31 May 2021
(Date to be confirmed)


Manchester International Festival

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

Date: 01 July 2021 - 31 July 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations.

Some free; others are variously priced.

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: 01 August 2021 - 31 August 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ influences in popular culture.

Date: 27 August 2021 - 30 August 2021
Venue: Gay Village.

Free to spectate parade. Various prices for events.

BUPA Great Manchester Run

As one of the UK's most popular 10km (6 miles) races, the Great Manchester Run attracts thousands of runners each year. There is also a Junior and Mini Great Run for young runners.

Date: 26 September 2021 - 26 September 2021
Venue: Throughout the city.

Free to spectate.

Manchester European Christmas Markets

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

Date: 06 November 2021 - 22 December 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Albert Square.

Free to spectate.

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Featured Hotels


The Midland

The Midland is a Grade II-listed Edwardian building that exudes elegance and charm, but is reasonably priced. There are 312 en-suite bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style that's in keeping with the building. Rooms are dotted with polished wood furniture and each comes with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and Internet access.

Great John Street

Housed in a former Victorian schoolhouse, the Great John Street Hotel is one of Manchester's slickest new boutique hotels. Duplex suites come with flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and rainforest showers. Some even have views of the set of Coronation Street. Be sure to try out the swanky bar too.

The Light Aparthotel

If you want a place to hunker down for a longer stay, this apartment hotel is the perfect fit. It's slap bang in the middle of town and rooms are surprisingly good value considering the space offered. There's even a penthouse if you're feeling flush.


This hotel is not unlike the others in this well-established chain with contemporary bedrooms featuring in-room entertainment and eco-friendly toiletries. There are also two junior suites should you wish to upgrade. Novotel has extensive dining facilities too plus a fully-equipped gym and relaxation zone featuring a sauna steam room and heated loungers.

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Housed in the 47-storey Beetham Tower, and occupying the lower 23 floors, this contemporary hotel offers stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows featured in spacious, elegantly-furnished rooms. There is a gym, a 20m (60ft) indoor pool with underwater viewing panels, a spa, restaurant and a bar on the highest floor.

Premier Inn

This budget hotel chain has several locations in and around the city, but the stay with the best setting is at Deansgate Locks, situated close to Old Trafford. It's conveniently located close to a seven-day free city centre shuttle bus service and also offers free onsite car parking.