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Gay Manchester

The UK has the biggest official death toll in Europe from COVID-19
England Locks Down Again

With a new wave of infections threatening to overwhelm health services, England has been ordered back into a national lockdown. People may only leave home for reasons of education, work, exercise, shopping for essentials and medicines or caring for the vulnerable. Pubs and restaurants will close except for takeout. All non-essential retail will close.
In association with Manbears Manchester
BRAWN - On Hold

Second Fridays, 11pm - 5:30am at Eagle Bar Manchester. New monthly social for Bears, Chubs, Cubs, Chasers and Friends. Room 1: The Eagle - Upfront House & Club Classics with DJ Rick Parker. Room 2: The Black Eagle - Streamed Hi-NRG & Euro Mixtapes from Moz Morris.
Hosted by Richmond Tea Rooms
Mad Hatters Tea Party - Event On Hold (Tearoom open)

Fridays, 7-11:30pm. Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret, All the best people are. Be transported into the wonderful world of the Mad Hatter and his friends! An 18+ adult Tea Party: Afternoon tea, entertainment and much much more! Next dates TBA.
Hosted each week by Manchester’s own Anna Phylactic & Cheddar Gorgeous

Every Saturday Night/Sunday Morning from midnight to 6am, underground at SUB101/ Cruz 101, with cutting edge sounds and pumped up music "second to none" soundtrack provided by Aftershock resident DJs Ross Homson and Jim Dusty + special guest DJs such as ADAM TURNER playing Uplifting Vocal House: High Octane, High Energy and always Uplifting! Hosted by Anna Phylactic.
The Ultimate Saturday night out in Manchester’s Gay Village.
APEX at Cruz 101 - On Hold

Saturdays 11pm-7am. DJs from Manchester and beyond w/ residents Almighty Donald + Tony Woof, joined by the best UK Pop, Dance and RnB guest DJs! AFTERSHOCK residents William Sizen Bell, Ben Hughes, Ross Homson, Jim Dusty play alongside the worlds finest House DJs at Manchester’s biggest Gay House Night at SUB101, a fresh/ uplifting/ unique soundtrack assault on clubland!
Dress Code Leather Fetish Parties
Alert! + Red Alert! + Hard On at Alert! - On Hold

First Saturdays each month, 10pm - 2am. Underwear parties/ Manchester’s biggest/ longest-running monthly gay fetish night with more sleaze. DJs include Lawerence Clarke, Jim Dusty, Pete Simpson, Brett Denning, Sam Porter + guests, A safe, inclusive environment w/ plenty of dark spaces to explore perversions.
Hosted by Manbears Manchester
Bear Bash Virtual 2021 - The ZOOM CLUB Returns - Beareoke + The Beareoke Show

April 30 - May 3, 2021, 9pm on Zoom. Back with the biggest zoom club - get that gear, get that outfit, and join the bears. Three confirmed DJs! Marking a YEAR since the start of the Beareoke Show!! To include the Beareoke Challenge and the Audience Challenge! MON The Fabulous Miss Penny + friends cabaret!
This event is part of Queer Contact Festival 2021 Online
Queer Contact 2021: RebeccaNeverBecky Closing Party Kiki!

May 1, 2021, 9:30pm online. Festival close of feelgood vibes + musical energies from RebeccaNeverBecky Manchester DJ Collective: LGBT+ talent on the decks + dancefloor. High energy + classic sounds from DJs Mix-Stress, Blackbetty, Sophie Satanique, and Sesbastian St Charles.
Hosted by MrMoodybear, Manbears Manchester
Beareoke + The Beareoke Show

May 16, 2021, 6:30-10:30pm every Sunday, on Zoom. Come sing a song with your friends on Zoom karaoke! Share your audio and sing along. Let the Big Band commence! To include the Beareoke Challenge and the Audience Challenge.
Manbears is hosting this zoom
Bear Social 20 + Quiz

May 14, 2021, Online. Bear Social + Quiz! Something a little different: first hour dedicated to the quiz. This would've been GBBB weekend - doing it the only way we can! Help with cost of the event - please donate  donate to Manbears
Hosted by Werq The World, RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The World - Manchester

May 14, 2021, 8pm, AO Arena. RPDR World Tour all-new 2021 production! Michelle Visage spirals through time with no way home. Join Asia O'Hara, Kameron Michaels, Plastique Tiara, Shea Couleé, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Yvie Oddly, and the newest stars from the latest US, UK, and Canadian Seasons, as they trip through time.
Online Event by Partisan Collective
Partisan's Events Team Meet-Up

May 20, 2021. Bi-monthly events for the Events Working Group to get together and talk about programming, event planning & event proposals, to share ideas and collaborate in running events at Partisan!
Hosted by DragWorld, TEG MJR and Trixie Mattel
Trixie Mattel: Grown Up at Opera House, Manchester

May 23, 2021, 7-11pm. She's back! After a successful UK tour in 2018, All Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel returns for a full length theatre tour! Note: this is a rescheduled show due to the impact of Covid-19. All tickets remain valid. A 14+ event.
Ages 18+ Event Hosted by Cruz 101 Manchester and KLUB KIDS UK
Klub Kids Manchester Presents JUJUBEE

May 25, 2021, 8-11pm. Everybody is Talking About JujuBee. The Klub Kids are back, back, back again in Manchester with another sickening Drag Show starring drag icon + legend JujuBee, with her brand new show. Direct from RPDR All Stars S5. She likes long walks down the beach, big D**ks and fried chicken. VIP DOORS 7pm. GENERAL DOORS 8pm. A full 60min drag show, supporting acts TBA.
Hosted by Home on the Range, Manchester, The Carlton Club and DeRanged Nights
HotR & DeRanged Garden of delights

May 29, 2021, 1-8pm. After the success of last year's outside collaboration we'll be teaming up with our Whalley Range DJ mates for another outside fundraising shindig in the beautiful Carlton Club garden. Tables will be sold in 6's with members given priority. Tickets sale details to follow - keep an eye out. Full DJ line-up TBA.
Hosted by Throwback Events and The Deaf Institute
Friends Night - The One With The Fancy Dress - Manchester

May 29, 2021 11pm-3am. The Friends Cast reunion celebration Fancy Dress Party! Dinosaurs a passion? Hate sharing Food? Everyone is either getting married or pregnant? Ever felt like a shoe? Is the best reason to get married because you are sorry? Do you joke when uncomfortable? Get Friends together and remember... they don't know we know they know we know. DJs play 90s + early 00s.
Online Conference Hosted by queer/disrupt
Mainstreaming Queerness: The New Queer Vanguard

June 10-11, 2021, 9am. With special guest keynote speakers: Jack Halberstam - 'An Aesthetics of Collapse' + Heather Love - 'Historicizing Queer Disruption, Before and After.'  Interrogating the ways in which ‘queer’ is currently being used, we invite contributions from anyone thinking about queer in new and exciting ways.
Hosted by Home on the Range, Manchester and The Carlton Club
Home on the Range Rides Again

June 25, 2021, 8pm-1am. Back for the first post-lockdown party. HotR, the Carlton club's longest running event will be playing an eclectic mix of disco, house and everything in between to curate the friendliest dance floor in Manchester. Tickets will be sold for this event, so don't hang around!
Manchester's No. 1 Gay House Night
Aftershock - OPENING WEEK

June 25, 2021, 11pm. Back again! Full of the very best HOUSE! FRIDAY from 11pm: Ben Hughes, Ross Homson, and Piers James. SATURDAY from 10pm: Ross Homson, Ben Hughes, Piers James, and Shaun Wild. Body rockin', muscle pumpin' House in fully immersive sound system. Legendary DJs week in, week out with the BEST audio/ visual spectacular that you simply cannnot experience elsewhere!
"The beating cultural heart of Britain"
Manchester International Festival

July 1-18, 2021. The world‘s first city festival, biennial, original, new work & special events. Wide-ranging original work: music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food; indoor & out; internationally-acclaimed artists & co-producers; established venues & public spaces. See year-round online presentations.
Hosted by JOCK, MJ Events and Clonezone Manchester

July 9, 2021, 10pm-4am. JOCK is the UK's hottest mens underwear and sports kit party, with dancing superheros, giveaways and lots of nakedness...what more could you want. JOCK - Born in Manchester/ now in Birmingham and London. Strict Dresscode - see details:
The 1st event of 2021!
Qwerk - Unrestricted

July 9, 2021, 11pm-5am. Monthly FRI party passionately provided by two Manchester clubbers, playing feel good house/ nu disco/ indie dance. Safe inclusive space for all genders/ sexualities, with community, freedom, fun and friendship. DJs Dave Cooper + F&M. Developing new DJ talents from our dance floor crowd. We are more than ready to dance!
18+ Show Hosted by Holy T Europe and Cruz 101 Manchester
Jaida Essence Hall (S12) - Manchester

July 18, 2021, 5pm-12am. The essence of beauty is coming… Don’t miss RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 current reigning winner JAIDA ESSENCE HALL as she tours the UK and Ireland this February. Expect the gowns, the face and tons of booty.
Hosted by Gay Gordons Manchester
Village People Weekend

July 30-31, 2021, SUN 1-10pm. A wide variety of events across Manchester Gay Village venues with the weekend highlight in Sackville Gardens on Sunday - the RETURN of Victoria Secret as your host at a live outdoor concert: Party in The Park - Welcome Back, featuring a variety of local and international headliner acts gracing the main stage: B'Witched, Adore Delano, Lolly ....
Hosted by God Save The Tea and Kitty Tray UK
Crystal Methyd's Wonderland - Nottingham

August 6, 2021, 5:30-10pm at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham. A 14-plus event with RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 fan favourite, a unique crazy cookie queen, plus support act lineup. Time to get weird and wonderland this winter. VIP meet and greet includes entry to the pre-show meet and greet for a photograph opportunity plus chance to purchase official merchandise.
It's a Free Event For All
The Manchester Caribbean Carnival

August 7-8, 2021, at Alexandra Park. Past year: J'ouvert Morning 6am Saturday. Mas bands from around the UK in the parade/ on stage; live Caribbean music, Irish folk musicians, African music, Soca and Calypso Stage both days, Black HUDU in the soul tent, Bajan Village music and culture tent, vendor stalls, Eastern Caribbean jerk food, Zorb Pool, costume making workshops... and more.
Drag Fest UK - Manchester - New Date

August 15, 2021, 1-8pm at Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Rd. HEADLINER Todrick Hall, w/ RO-LASKA-TOX. Klub Kids bring the first ever drag festival to the UK - not a convention - not just a show..... A drag festival. Over 50 drag performers from all around the world on 3 major stages. Free Goodie bag. Meet+greet w/ performers. Food stalls. Drag market merchandise. Photo ops.
After the year that time forgot WE ARE BACK!
Your Disco Needs You - THE RETURN!

August 21, 2021, 8pm-1am. Special guest for August - back for his 2nd YDNY appearance: the fantastic David Dunne - a Manchester legend, playing House, Disco and everything in between. Great tunes, Cheap Booze and one hell of a party. What's not to love... Join in the fun and make the party go with a bang... and YES YOUR DISCO really does NEED YOU!
A carnival atmosphere will fill the streets of Manchester
Manchester Pride 2021 - The Big Weekend

August 27-30, 2021, with Saturday noon Parade. Tens of thousands descend on Manchester's Gay Village for the 4-day Gay Village Party. Parade from Liverpool Rd, typically with over 100 floats, to the Gay Village market stalls, food, performers, theatre, film, exhibitions, sports, bars/ clubs events. See year-round events details, and previous years' media:
Hosted by Essential Superclub
Essential & Mornin' Glory: Bank Holiday Monday

August 29, 2021, 10pm-4am at Impossible - MCR, 36 Peter St. They can’t stop us anymore, it’s time to PARTY! Essential and Mornin’ Glory will now both take place on Bank Holiday weekend 2021!
Hosted by O2 Apollo Manchester
Heels of Hell 2021 - RESCHEDULED

October 30, 2021 at 7-11pm. Rescheduled from Oct 2020. The Ultimate Halloween Tour RETURNS 2021. Voted one of the Top 15 UK tours to been seen. Bringing some of the best Drag Entertainment its the Halloween spooktacular not to be missed!
PRESENTED by AEG - Hosted by Manchester Academy and Sink The Pink
Sink The Pink | Manchester

November 27, 2021, 10pm-3am. SINK THE PINK plus MNEK, Jodie Harsh, and Jungle Kitty at Manchester Academy. The largest UK LGBTQ+ collective and club night. Continuously challenging the status quo around nightlife culture/ celebrating freedom of self expression with legendary parties, live performances and immersive productions.
Get ready for a Season 11 reunion
Vanjie & Silky BF's Tour - Manchester (18+)

December 5, 2021, 7:30pm. Two best friends get together for their first ever joint tour. Get these cookies baby and expect mayhem as Vanessa Vanjie Matteo returns to the UK + Ireland with her inseparable season sister and the queen of the Sharpie, Miss Silky Nutmeg Ganache. Dec 7, SHEFFIELD. Dec 8, CARDIFF. Dec 9, LONDON. Dec 10, DUBLIN at DRAGGED UP. Dec 11, GLASGOW. Dec 12, BIRMINGHAM.
The 7th Annual - fully virtual
MANIFF 2022 | Manchester Film Festival

March 5-13, 2022. After a fully virtual 2021 edition, a return to an in-person and in-cinema celebration of independent film in 2022. The best independent film from around the world. Over 130 films typically screen: narrative feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, experimental and animated films.
England's biggest annual bear event!
Great British Bear Bash

Early May, 2022 (TBC). Five days of bear events. GBBB23 2020 and 2021 were cancelled - look for rescheduling in 2022 at: