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Date published: January 19, 2017

Top 5 things to do in Manchester in 2017

Voted the best place to live in the UK, Manchester is home to a thriving music scene, two of the world’s biggest football clubs, a range of museums and galleries and much much more.

With gigs held across the city almost every night and major shops open until late at night, Manchester is a place where you’ll be spoilt for choice. We, however, have tried to name the city’s five most essential events in 2017. Have a gander at them below and then make the short half an hour walk to the city centre to explore more.

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY | Salford | Sunday 30 April

While Manchester is definitely the focus for this article, we could not dismiss the music festivals happening on your doorstep – the Salford Music Festival and Sounds from the Other City. The latter is a hotbed for up-and-coming artists throughout the country, with you bound to set your eyes on the next big act ahead of anyone else. Hosted in unique spaces across the city, this is a great chance to explore your new neighbourhood and indulge yourself in a flurry of new acts at a very reasonable price.

PARKLIFE | Heaton Park | 10-11 June

If this is your first time living in Manchester, then Parklife is an absolute must. Rumours about this year’s headliner are at boiling point, with vague posters of a pair of Nike Trainers raising speculation that R&B star Frank Ocean is set for the headline slot. Past headliners have included Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer, so get along to see some of the world’s biggest acts in the wonderful surroundings of Heaton Park.  

PRIDE BIG WEEKEND | Citywide | 26-29 August

An award-winning celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life, Manchester Pride is the city’s biggest party of the year, with legendary club nights and a dazzling parade through the streets of Manchester. The festival last ten days and culminates in the ‘Big Weekend’, a 72-hour party during the August bank holiday weekend. Expect arts, comedy, and tens of thousands of people coming into the city centre for this one. Do not miss out.

MANCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL | Citywide | 19-29 October

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UK’s largest science festival and it’s bound to be the best yet. Taking place across 11 days in October, past festivals have featured everything from a robot orchestra to an Arndale ‘sleep lab’, so expect to be amazed and inspired.  

CHRISTMAS MARKETS | Citywide | November-December

You cannot spend the festive period in Manchester without visiting its famous Christmas markets. With over 350 traders, you can buy everything from bonsai trees to cheese made by former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson. There’s also gluhwein on tap and plenty of Frankfurter stalls. A great festive day out.

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