The King Street Festival

Date & Time
King Street Manchester

The BID brings together over fifty shops, restaurants and hotels to celebrate the past, present and future of Manchester’s iconic designer shopping destination King Street. The streets are filled with music, food and VIP events hosted by stores, restaurants and hotels. The 2016 inaugural event saw footfall rise by 64% over the May Bank Holiday, an additional 20,000 customers.

The event

A fashionable weekend all along Manchester’s most iconic, historic shopping street. Featuring: al fresco dining, free fizz and tastings, gifts and goodie bags, a glorious bandstand, pop-up parks and an art garden, stylish crazy golf and guided heritage tours – and exclusive events from over 50 of Manchester’s premium names in shopping, food and drink.


2017 Partners

  • Visit Manchester
  • Manchester City Council

2017 Media Partner

  • Manchester Evening News (City Life)

Event Headlines

  • Over 50 stores, restaurants and brands took part including All Bar One, Belstaff, Bravissimo, Browns, Burger & Lobster, Castle Fine Arts, Cath Kidston, Diesel, DKNY, Diverso, Framed Opticians, Fred Perry, Graphene, Hobbs, Jigsaw, King Street Townhouse, Kuoni, Hawes & Curtis, House of Fraser, Kiehls, L’Occitane, Miller & Carter, Mint Velvet, Mr Thomas’ Chop House, Patisserie Valerie, Pizza Express, Pretty Green, Rapha, Rosso, The Body Shop, Watches of Switzerland, White Stuff, Virgin Money Lounge, El Gato Negro and Suri to name a few
  • Exclusive treats and events: shopping discounts, complimentary fizz, menu tasters, special cocktails, gifts with purchase, beauty treatments, giveaways and competitions
  • The King Street Festival Cocktail Trail
  • Pop-up parklets on Upper King Street hosted by some of Manchester’s luxury food, fashion and entertainment brands
  • A glorious bandstand, home for the weekend to local blues, jazz and swing bands
  • Castle Fine Arts street art exhibition and garden, presenting London artist Alex Echo
  • Live sketching, lawn games, crazy golf and flower stalls
  • Historic Heart of Manchester guidebook and walking tour with Jonathan Schofield
  • Al fresco dining at Suri and El Gato Negro
  • See the 2017 photos

Marketing and PR Campaign

2017 Stats

Historic Heart of Manchester – Walking Guide

To celebrate the 2017 King Street Festival, we have published a printed 27-pg Walking Guide to the Historic Heart of Manchester working with Manchester tour guide and Manchester Confidential Editor Jonathan Schofield. The guide takes readers on a walk from Spring Gardens to Chethams, and handpicks shops and restaurants with a story to tell:

Click here to view the guide online.


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