One Big Summer Weekend 2017: What’s On

10th Jul 2017

The Manchester Picnic, manchester jazz festival, Clownfest Manchester and the city’s retailers come together to host One Big Summer Weekend.

School’s out, and to celebrate, Manchester BID is bringing together the best of the city’s summer festivals for a weekend filled with food, music, entertainment and shopping. From Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July the events will take over Exchange Square and St Ann’s Square.

The Manchester Picnic, returning for its seventh year, will be serving a selection of the city’s finest street food alongside tastings and demos from 10am-6pm each day. Kick back and relax in a deckchair and soak up music from the main stage courtesy of manchester jazz festival.

Check out Flourish’s flower market and bring the kids to The Welcoming Picnic – immersive children’s theatre and summer fete by Z-Arts, inspired by their recent Manchester International Festival show, The Welcoming Party.

Clownfest Manchester, fresh from London and with many acts en route to the Edinburgh Festival, will see some of the UK’s top clown influenced performers spread mirth and laughter across the city. The festival will take place in a unique Omnitorium – a 100 seat vaudevillian tent – erected in Exchange Square outside Selfridges. In and around will be performances for all, including family shows, activities and walkabout street theatre and shows for adult audiences in the evening.

St Ann’s Square and neighbouring retailers including Rapha, Lululemon, Paperchase, Lunya and The Whisky Shop will also be celebrating summer in the city, with a pop-up coffee cart, al fresco deli stand, special tastings and in-store events.

For full programme go to Follow @visit_MCR.

One Big Summer Weekend is part of Manchester Business Improvement District’s 2017 programme of public events – with Halloween in the City, Chinese New Year, MCR Student Night Out (spring and autumn) and The King Street Festival.

Download our 2017 Events Calendar, which includes the city’s other major festivals and civic dates (PDF).