One Big Summer Weekend
- Date & Time
- City centre shopping district
The BID hosts an annual summer event in the shopping district. We’ve transformed the streets with Show Gardens at Dig the City and now bring together the best festivals at the start of the school holidays, over one long weekend.
On 28th – 30th July 2017, The Manchester Picnic, manchester jazz festival and Clownfest Manchester take over Exchange Square and St Ann’s Square, alongside garden bars and street entertainment across the area.
School’s (almost) out for the summer, and to mark the start of the holidays we’re delighted to welcome One Big Summer Weekend into Manchester. For three days (28 Jul to 30 Jul), the city centre will be awash with summer fun, thanks to a rather fabulous mash-up of the Manchester Picnic, manchester jazz festival, and, for the first time ever, Clownfest.
Let’s start with our stomachs: returning for its seventh year, the Manchester Picnic takes over St. Ann’s Square for three days, with daily tastings, demos and street food from the likes of I Knead Pizza (for wood-fired eats), Lunya (authentic Spanish tapas) and surely the best purveyors of ice-cream in the city, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium.
Fancy taking the weight off while you eat? There are deckchairs a-plenty in the square. Find the perfect spot and listen to live music laid on by manchester jazz festival, whose Picnic Music Stage plays host to jazz-hop (that’s a fusion of jazz and hip-hop, in case you were wondering), neo-soul, the Hilary Step Quartet, vocalist Mali Hayes and many others.
There is more to enjoy in and around St. Ann’s Square, as everyone from Rapha, Lulelemon and Lunya celebrate the summer, courtesy of a pop-up coffee cart, al fresco deli stand and special events in-store. Nearby, our favourite florist, Flourish, provides a floral welcome to the picnic, and will sell all manner of plants and flowers, too.
Z-Arts, meanwhile, stages The Welcoming Picnic. It’s an adaptation of their critically acclaimed children’s performance at Manchester International Festival which, for one weekend only, becomes a gorgeous, multicultural take on the traditional English fête. Expect flags and flowers, a treasure trail and craft activities for kids – all free, of course.
Fancy something completely different? Head to Exchange Square for Manchester’s first ever Clownfest – a two-day spectacular that features the Omnitorium (a 100-seater vaudevillian tent) and performances from award-winning acts more usually seen at the Edinburgh Festival. With performers such as the Billy Button Kazoo Orchestra entertaining families during the day, and the likes of Clownfest Bestest Cabaret in the North West ripping it up for the grown-ups after hours, there really is something for everyone at this one-off event.
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2017 Press Coverage
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Click here to download more information including the event site plan and images and video from last year’s event.
- The Manchester Picnic
- The CoOp Summer Road Show
- Manchester Jazz Festival stage and summer garden
- ESOF Science Festival interactive allotment and kid’s play zone
- Summer food markets, live music and entertainment
- See the photos
- Footfall +5% vs. same weekend in 2015
- 8,000 attendees at The Manchester Picnic
- Local & regional press audience: 1,444,426
- Radio listeners: 4,174,000 impacts
- 59,097 page views to visitmanchester.com/summer
- Outdoor activity: opportunity to see in excess of 5 million
- £95,6000 AVE of press coverage