The Manchester Flower Festival

Date & Time
Manchester City Centre

Manchester’s floral takeover. Watch the city centre bloom with colour to mark the start of summer.

Friday 26th May – Monday 29th May 2023: Featuring, floral displays, themed decorations, green installations, live music, entertainment, alfresco food and drink, talks, demonstrations and workshops.

Now in its fifth year, event attracts tens of thousands of additional visitors to the city centre and launches the summer event season in the city.

The Manchester Flower Festival is an event by Manchester Business Improvement District.

Our annual promotional campaign is delivered by Manchester BID/CityCo. We work with Echo PR, Modern Designers, Marketing Manchester, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester on the media campaign.

The Manchester Flower Festival 2023

Festival Zone: Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square and King Street

  • ‘Manchester in Flowers’ Floral Display and Garden Trail
  • Green installations and garden displays from local community groups, gardeners and florists
  • Floral-themed installations from city centre shops, bars, restaurants, and businesses
  • Al fresco dining; street food and outdoor bars
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Talks, demonstrations and workshops
  • Flower, art and craft market stalls

City Wide Fringe: Floral displays and installations across the city centre

We annually welcome numerous participants, suppliers, CityCo/BID and wider city businesses as part of the show. To get involved, please email

2022 Headlines

  • 70,000 additional visitors to Manchester city centre during the 2022 Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend
  • Footfall exceeded the pre-pandemic May Bank Holiday figures of 2019
  • King Street saw a 50% increase in footfall, compared to 2019
  • 2022 Press Coverage 109 pieces of local and national press coverage including the I Paper, Guardian, Metro, BBC Radio Manchester, Manchester Evening News and The Manc. AVE of £630,000 (Advertising Value Equivalent)
  • 2022 Event Images
  • 2022 Event Video

Image Credits: Matt Eachus, Carl Sudonik