Things to do in Manchester this weekend and beyond: 17-26 June 2022

There are lots of fun events from live music to comedy - here are some of our favourites this weekend into next week.

Friday Barrel of Laughs

Frog & Bucket, Friday 17 June

Join your compere for a night of belly laughs and see-them-first comedians - with many of the Frog alumni ending up on popular TV panel shows having cut their teeth on the circuit. On the bill this Friday is Mick Ferry, Adam Staunton and Ignacio Lopez.

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    Ted X Talk

    University of Salford, Saturday 18 June

    Fans of the mega-popular video and podcast chats can grab a chance to see one in action. It’s the second time Salford Uni has hosted a TedX event and this one’s theme is rejuvenation. Expect to inspired and surprised by the 10 guest speakers.

    It runs from 10am to 4pm and you can get tickets at Eventbrite.

    Daanya Isa, 16, from the Youth Parliament and her friends check out the Manchester Day parade preview

    Manchester Day

    City centre, Sunday 19 June

    The colourful free annual parade celebrating everything great about Manchester returns after an absence.

    Community groups have been busy decorating costumes and floats for the family friendly procession which kicks off at 1pm from the Beetham Tower. Full details here.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Emirates Old Trafford, Wednesday 22 June

    Manchester’s stonking month of live music continues into next week when the home of Lancashire cricket will become the home of the Californian rock legends RHCP for the night. The Chilis kicked off the tour in Spain, with the set list a mix of their best hits from over the years, including five selections from their new LP Unlimited Love, and are rocking Manchester for one night only. There are a number of tickets left at Ticketmaster.

    Sheba Festival

    Manchester, Salford and Oldham, 18-25 June

    Several locations will play host to Sheba Festival in the fourth edition of the arts event which, this year, carries the themes migration and climate change.

    It’s organised by Sheba Arts, a female-led organisation founded to counter issues of misrepresentation of people from migrant backgrounds and to promote artists from refugee communities. Expect to see plenty of music, dancing, food and workshops across the dates.

    The Sheba Festival is taking place in June in Manchester, Salford and Oldham

    Oti Mabuse: I Am Here

    The Lowry, Salford, 22-23 June

    Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer reigning champion Oti Mabuse is creating a show like no other. Prepare for a night of electrifying choreography as Oti is joined by some of the world’s greatest dancers and the West End’s finest singers and musicians.

    From mesmerising Jives to pumping Sambas, this event is dubbed an explosive night of dance and music that will set your heart racing. Find ticket info here at Quay Tickets.

    Sarah Millican

    O2 Apollo Manchester, 23, 24 and 26 June

    The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with Bobby Dazzler, a brand new stand-up show. Famed for her appearances on telly shows like Live at the Apollo and 8 out of 10 Cats, the South Shields native’s sixth international tour is coming to the city.

    Find ticket info on Sarah’s website.