Come and join Manchester Pride's Big Weekend - one of the biggest parties in the UK. From Friday 26 to Monday 29 August, tens of thousands of people descend upon Manchester's world-renowned Gay Village to celebrate the climax of the Manchester Pride’s ten-day festival.
By day, there's three stages packed full of world-class entertainment as well as hundreds of Market & Lifestyle Expo stalls.
By night, Manchester's exciting gay bars and clubs take you through to the early hours of the morning with events that will make you wish the Big Weekend never came to an end.
GAYDAR MAIN ARENA This year will see some big names and fantastic entertainment including Pixie Lott, Pan Amm and Blue headlining the Gaydar Main Arena. Located on Sackville & Bloom Street, right in the heart of the Gay Village, you'll be sure to have an amazing time in the company of some of the world's most-loved artists. Check out who we've got lined-up so far...
SACKVILLE GARDENS A visit to the Sackville Gardens stage is a great chance to socialise with people who share a common interest while being surrounded by local bands, local groups and local entertainment. It’s your community, and this is your stage. On Sunday, the stage plays host to the very popular Women's Stage from 4PM. Find out what you can expect to see over the weekend.
VILLAGE SQUARE Fancy relaxing over the Big Weekend but not shying away from having a drink with some fantastic entertainment? The Village Square is the perfect area for you. We have some fantastic up-and-coming musicians from the LGBT community lined up as well as comedy, drag and activities from dancing to basketball from some of Manchester’s much loved community groups. Have a look at the full programme for the weekend.
LIFESTYLE EXPO The Lifestyle Expo is an undercover outdoor exhibition space designed for you to access resources and information about community groups, your health, sports clubs, legal advice, travel and much more. There are usually over 55 exhibitors so make sure you put aside some time to visit the area. Pride Angel will be holding a stall at the lifestyle expo, so why not have a chat about gay parenting options.
VILLAGE MARKETS Looking to pick up a souvenir to remind you of your Manchester Pride visit? There's over 40 traders on site at the Village Markets selling everything from the latest fashions to rainbow flags. You're sure to find something there to take home with you. Find out who'll be there over the weekend...
OUT IN THE PAST HERITAGE TRAIL Manchester Pride will be running the Out in the Past Hertiage Trail tours again this year. The trail, running since 2003, charts over 200 years of Manchester LGBT history.
BARS & CLUBS Manchester's Gay Village is known worldwide for it's fantastic atmosphere and diverse bar and club scene. Many venues host specific events over the Big Weekend to keep you entertained. Check out what they've got on offer this Manchester Pride.
For more information about Manchester Pride visit www.manchesterpride.com
Read more about gay parenting options at www.prideangel.com