What’s on in Manchester this weekend & beyond: 24-30 June

We’ve picked out some fun things to do in Manchester for people of all ages this weekend and into next week.

Alanis Morissette

AO Arena, Manchester, Saturday 25 June

The godmother of 90s quirky rock is back on tour and in Manchester for one night only. The Canadian icon will be at the AO arena to celebrate 25 years of her bestselling Jagged Little Pill album. The UK & Ireland tour had to be rescheduled during the pandemic but there are still a small number of tickets left from £52 at Ticketmaster. Support comes from Beth Orton.

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    The Százlabú ensemble


    Cathedral Gardens and Exchange Square, Friday 24-Sunday 26 June

    The city centre will host this annual spectacular celebration of Eastern European heritage and culture as a popular free festival returns.

    Stages in Cathedral Gardens and Exchange Square will play host to an array of bands, choirs, ensembles, orchestras, dance groups and solo performers. Find out more with our event preview here.

    Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and Igglepiggle are coming to the Embassy Theatre, in Skegness. EMN-191007-103545001

    In the Night Garden

    The Lowry, Salford, Saturday 25 June

    Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and all your children’s favourite CBeebies characters return for a lovely family-friendly performance.

    Expect full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music, in a show which lasts just under an hour - perfect for wee ones.

    Tickets for each of the four showings are £19 from the Lowry.

    Lewis Capaldi

    Sounds of the City: Lewis Calpadi

    Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, from Wednesday 29 June

    It’s back for another summer of great music - and it’s star studded once again. Sounds of the City takes up residence in Castlefield Bowl for a series of gigs from 29 June to 8 July.

    Kicking off proceedings in fine fashion is Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi on Wednesday. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster from £44.

    Ladyboys of Bangkok

    Ladyboys of Bangkok

    Trafford Centre, outside Great Hall, Friday 24 June to Saturday 9 July

    The Lady Boys of Bangkok is now officially the largest and longest continuous touring cabaret show in the UK and it’s easy to see why it’s bowled over fans with its colourful shows.

    The show will take place in a purpose-built pink Sabai theatre tent and foyer outside the Great Hall, with cabaret style seating and Thai street food to set the atmosphere for a memorable show. Over 18s only. Book your tickets at Quay Tickets.

    Comedy Store

    Escape to Freight Island, Manchester, Wednesday 29 June

    Get ready for some big laughs as the Comedy Store night returns to the Plant Room, for a weekly residency with Comedy Store favourites and a few famous faces to boot.

    Book your £15 tickets at Freight Island’s website.