Live music, dance, comedy, sport and drinking events are all in the line up and there's an arts based programme too which includes exhibitions, cookery and more. The emphasis is on a party atmosphere but it's very inclusive and families can enjoy the festival as much as the hardened pub-crawlers.
Various Manchester venues
!VIVA! SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL!
Viva! was 20 years old in 2014, making it one of the longest running of all of the festivals happening in the city. Thanks to the ongoing commitment of Cornerhouse, Institute Cervantes and other partners, this celebration of Spanish and Latin American cinema has gone from strength to strength.
GREAT MANCHESTER RUN
Europe's biggest 10k running event has so far seen quarter of a million people take to the streets of Manchester to raise money for charity. Like so many good things in the city, the run is a legacy of the Commonwealth Games in 2002, the first run happening the following year and, since then, over £22 million has been raised. In fact it's now so popular that it's almost a race in itself to try to get a place.
Through the streets of Manchester
Manchester Day was created in 2010 as a way of celebrating the great things about the city, particularly its creativity and diversity. It brings together artists, the public and local businesses in a day long event designed to make you feel proud. And so it does! It's produced by Salford based company Walk the Plank, well-known and well-loved local creators of the first ever theatre ship and originators of astonishingly crafted events for decades. The centrepiece of the event is a huge, mile long parade through the city which creates such a lovely carnival atmosphere with its huge puppets and colourful costumes.
The city centre
THE PARKLIFE WEEKENDER
The Parklife Weekender used to be at Platt Fields Park but now attracts over 70,000 people a day, so it had to find a new home in larger Heaton Park. Organised in association with the Warehouse Project, Parklife has ambitions to celebrate more than just music, so theatre events and other art forms raise it above some of its rivals. There's no camping, but there's no need, Heaton Park being on the tram route.