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01 Oct 2019

What’s on in Manchester in October?

The autumnal season is well and truly upon us, and it’s now acceptable to get into those cosy knitted jumpers, snuggle up by the fire with a hot chocolate and go for long walks in the brisk autumn air.

We round up the best activities to do in and around Manchester this month.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

The biggest food and drink festival in Manchester is back. Running until 7 October, this is the festival’s 22nd year of taking over the city with the best that Manchester has to offer.

Festival events take place in venues across the city and at the Festival Hub in Cathedral Gardens, serving up a delicious selection of international foods. Over the years, names as diverse as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, and Michel Roux have all been involved, showcasing a variety of culinary displays.

The festival is free to enter and you can read the full programme of events here.


Cocktails in the City

The UK’s biggest cocktail festival returns to Manchester for two days on 11 October. With over 18 cocktail bars, sample new and exciting cocktails from the best bars in the city, including 186 which has yet to open its doors.

Enjoy an array of street food and the market, which brings together the finest of the city’s street food to pair with your drinks, and with a number of interactive activities, including a darts competition with Flight Club, there’s something for everyone.

The Cocktails in the City festival takes place at the Viadux in Manchester. Tickets start from £12.50 per person, and can be purchased here.


Viva Viñalba 

This is definitely one for the red wine lovers out there. The popular wine festival is setting up in Manchester, bringing a taste of Argentina straight to the city. Viñalba, one of Argentina’s best wine producers showcases a variety of incredible wine, food and music and the underground bar, Daisy NQ.

Head down to the Northern Quarter and take a trip through Mendoza and Patagonia, learning about the fantastic wines along the way. Choose from 14 wines, including the classic, rich and elegant Malbec, to fresh floral Torrontes and complex Cabernet.

Viva Viñabla is on 24 October, from 6.30pm – 10pm. Tickets cost £25 and must be purchased in advance, which you can do here.


Oktoberfest Manchester

Taking place on 16 – 21 October, Oktoberfest Manchester brings a slice of the German festival to The Yards at Mayfield.

Think authentic German beer, food and entertainment at this festival. Perfect for the annual meet up with friends or a night out on the town, get dancing on the benches in the giant tent where you’ll be partying with up to 2,000 others.

Tickets to Oktoberfest Manchester start from £10. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment and you can do so here.


Experience the magical fairytale wonderland of Cinderella in ballet at The Palace Theatre.

Combining beautiful sets and exciting choreography featuring over 40 dancers, get lost in the mesmerizing tale with performances by the English National Ballet Philharmonic and a breathtaking score by Prokofiev.

Cinderella takes to the stage at The Palace Theatre on 17 – 19 October. Tickets start from £13 and can be purchased here.

Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford

With all the excitement to keep you busy, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head. The Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford is a four-star hotel at the home of Lancashire Cricket.

Boasting 150-bedrooms, 80 of which are pitch-facing with balconies, enjoy a room with a view at the hotel at the home of Lancashire Cricket. Tuck into our delicious food offering in the Garden Grille with a variety of mouth-watering dishes, unwind with a cocktail or two in the hotel bar and finish off your stay with a fresh, cooked to order breakfast.

Situated just three miles from the city centre and twenty minutes from Manchester Airport, we’re perfectly located for local, national and international visitors. And, with over 600 free parking spaces, you can make the most of exploring the UK’s second city.

And, save up to 20% with Hilton’s flash sale when booking before 7 October. To make a reservation, click here.

* Valid for stays between 4 October 2019 and 19 March 2020.