Festival Of Manchester

Festival Of Manchester

What, When, Where

A one-day festival of entertainment, activities, music, sport and food to celebrate this great city.

When Saturday 31 August 2019
Where Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield
Time 12 noon to 9.30pm

Music & Dance

Groove around the globe with stonking music, dance and extraordinary performances.

The soundtrack to the Festival includes music from break-through bands and emerging singer-songwriters from across Manchester’s communities. Let them entertain you!

From the main stage Feel the beat from an amazing mix of sounds including indie and rock, beatboxing and afro beat. Chill out to soul, singer-songwriters and a choir. Get grooving in a dance off and to a finale of funky jazz dancefloor crackers!

There’s breath-taking action from the dance and music stage courtesy of the colourful whirl of Mexican folk dance, Brazilian carnival dance and percussion, Bollywood Bhangra, urban, and much more.


Play & Explore

Explore one of Manchester’s loveliest lakeside parks, on foot with our interactive app, or by bike. Dare to go on a dinosaur walk or the bug hunt’s mission to track down giant mutant insects!

Watch demos by elite sports pros, then put what you’ve learnt to the test. Cool skills and thrills from the BMX and skateboard pros provide jaw-dropping entertainment.

On the new try-out fields, sports, games, a traditional Fun Fair, challenges and even competitions await. Make some noise African drumming; go Bollywood; and try tricky circus skills. If you fancy a tug of war, game of dodgeball, or quick cricket, here’s your chance. Go for it!


Laugh & Learn

Laugh, listen and learn through the amazing power of written and spoken words!

Take some time out and relax in our tranquil space in the Big Top, with chilled interludes from Smooth Radio.

Ezine authors perform their work. Young deaf people teach basic signs and communication tips, whilst kids comedy and a Bee Gees inspired drama will have you chuckling. A lyrical, acoustic rock storybook tells the tale of Jasper’s Riddle.

Timeless themes, like motherhood and aging, and hot topics of today are imaginatively explored through poetry.


Create & Make

We’re bringing a world of creating, crafting and having a go to this year’s Festival.

With nuggets of knowledge for beginners, to more advanced skills-sharing - local experts will be leading workshops and showing you how.

From designing tote bags, to fabric printing, Arabic calligraphy and Manchester skyline crowns, nothing beats making and taking away something made by yours truly!

Manchester is a city of firsts and innovation. The Festival wouldn’t be complete without shining a spotlight on science. Enjoy discovering the latest research and technology through hands-on investigation.

Outdoor arts company Walk the Plank (who wowed the crowds last year with their Swan and Peacock) return for 2019 with the ‘Manchester Music Box’, an enchanting evening spectacle on the lake. This year the lake has a new visitor…a lighthouse! But this is no ordinary lighthouse: it’s a magical Manchester Music Box lighthouse.  By day it can play music and at night it comes to life as the light turns, and we discover what’s inside.   

Throughout the day festival goers will be invited to make cogs to help make this music box finally spring back to life in the evening.  


Eat & Drink

Take your pick from a tasty line-up of street food stalls serving up international flavours, or bring your own picnic. There’s plenty of seating for dining alfresco with friends and family.

Whatever the weather, we’ve got the drinks menu covered with warming freshly-ground coffees and quality teas; treat-yourself milk shakes, ice-creams and hot chocolate; thirst-quenching juices and waters (you’re welcome to refill your own drink containers at our water station).

Help us to look after the park and do our bit for the environment; please use the recycling bins provided.