Five fun things to do in Manchester this weekend: 24-26 September

From top-class food to live music and open-air cinema, check out these five ideas to keep you entertained this weekend.

Medieval Manchester Festival will include Horrible Histories shows from The Stoller Hall at Chetham’s. Photo: Mark Douet

The summer may have wound slowly to a close but there is still plenty going on, from live gigs to family-friendly events this weekend. Here is our pick of five favourites.

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Castlefield Bowl, Friday-Sunday

The good musical vibes continue over the weekend with three more gigs, with The Streets on Friday night, Hacienda Classical performing orchestral renditions of much loved club classics on Saturday, and indie rockers Snow Patrol on Sunday. There are still some resale tickets knocking about via Ticketmaster.

Mike Skinner of The Streets Credit: JPI

Manchester Mediaeval Festival

Chetham’s, Saturday & Sunday, from 10am

A family-friendly festival featuring live music, food, drink and medieval entertainment to mark 600 years of the historic venue. You can explore the stunning Chetham’s Library, the world’s oldest public collection of books, get a guided tour or enjoy a performance by the Horrible Histories crew. Tickets cost £3 or £10 for groups of up to five people from Stoller Hall’s website here.

Eat Well MCR Street Food Kitchen Takeover

Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, Friday to Sunday

With the Manchester Food and Drink Festival drawing to a close over the weekend, here’s a last chance to enjoy some great street food and help raise cash for a worthy cause to boot. Eat Well Mcr provide meals made by chefs and hospitality professionals to people sidelined by poverty and the organisation will be serving up a fine selection of street food with all profits raised put back into their charitable efforts.

Mezze at Manchester food and drink festival

Film & Food Fest Manchester

Heaton Park, Thursday to Sunday

Open air cinema, street food and live comedy are all in the mix - with a Greatest Showman singalong and a screening of cult classic Pulp Fiction among the highlights - plus Sonic the Hedgehog movie for the (big) kids. Book your tickets at the Film and Food Fest website here.

Make your own vegan cheese

The Vegetarian Society, Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham, Saturday from 4pm

A half-day class for aspiring vegan cooks who want to make a series of tasty non-dairy alternatives, from vegan mozzarella to soft almond cheese - and get to eat the results, of course! Tickets must be booked in advance from the Vegetarian Society website here.