34 fun things to do in Manchester this March
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What with the Manchester International Film Festival, International Women’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter, there’s plenty to keep Mancunians busy this March.

From the adorable annual Manchester Duck Race to comedy, cool club nights and gigs including The Stranglers and Adele, here’s what’s happening in Manchester this month.

1 March – 7 April: CRIME: Hong Kong Style – From noir-tinged thrillers and tales of hardnosed gangsters to entertainingly comic capers, CRIME: Hong Kong Style offers stone-cold classics, cult movies, forgotten gems and the latest releases from some of the world’s most revered and stylish directors as part of HOME’s season of crime films from Hong Kong. (Until 7 April, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

2 March: Cards Against Humanity Championship – For all you sick and twisted folk out there, head over to Hold Fast Bar in the Northern Quarter for their Cards Against Humanity Championship every Wednesday, with a £50 bar tab for the winning team. They do great cocktails, too. (Wed 2 Mar, 8pm, Hold Fast Bar, 50 Newton St, M1 2EA – more info)

Cards Against Humanity by tom bullock CC via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: tom_bullock / CC via Wikimedia Commons

3 March: NT Live: Hangmen – Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Martin McDonagh returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. In his small pub in Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey) is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? (Thurs 3 March, 6.45pm, cinemas across Manchester – more info)

3 March: Endgame and post-show talk – Languishing between life and death, the chair-bound tyrant Hamm (David Neilson, best known as Coronation Street’s Roy Cropper) and his dutiful but resentful companion Clov (Chris Gascoyne, Coronation Street’s Peter Barlow) are irrevocably bound to one another in Beckett’s absurd play. Followed by a post-show talk with members of the cast. (Thurs 3 Mar, 7.30pm, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

3 – 6 March: Manchester International Film Festival – With films including several world premieres across the AMC, Odeon Printworks and HOME, there are several must-see strands to this year’s MANIFF including Surprise Friday, Music Saturday, Sports Super Sunday and inspiring women in film. (Thurs 3 – Sun 6 Mar, various venues – more info)

4 March: Hail, Caesar! – Joel and Ethan Coen’s all-star comedy is set during the latter years of Hollywood”s Golden Age, and follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill. (Fri 4 Mar, cinemas across Manchester – more info)

4 – 6 March: Women in Media Conference – The first Women in Media Conference aims to celebrate successful women in the media industries and empower young journalists, writers, filmmakers, photographers and others who may see their chosen industry as particularly male-dominated or difficult to enter. (Fri 4 – Sun 6 Mar, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY – more info)

4 – 20 March: Manchester Irish Festival – There’s plenty going on during the Manchester Irish Festival this year, including Sham-Rock n Roll Karaoke Parties, dancing, fiddle lessons, and the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. (Fri 4 – Sun 20 Mar, various venues – more info)

5 March: International Women’s Day meet-up – This year the theme for International Women’s Day is Women’s Voices – Changing Manchester. The key event is the Manchester women’s meet-up on Sat 5 March in Central Library – a chance for Manchester women to get their voices heard and help shape the future. (Sat 5 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Central Library, Saint Peter’s Square, M2 5PD – more info)

5 March: Mr Scruff: Keep It Unreal – The original Manchester residency in its 16th year! Scruff will be rolling up his sleeves serving up a 5 hour DJ session of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, afrobeat, latin, electro, techno, new wave and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category. (Sat 5 Mar, 10pm, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, M4 5JZ – more info)

5 – 17 March: Chris Petit: Reversing Into Tomorrow – Since his astounding road movie debut Radio On, Chris Petit has been one of the most consistently innovative and experimental voices in contemporary British cinema. HOME’s Reversing Into Tomorrow season aims to provide a fitting reminder of an unjustly neglected talent. (Screenings running Sat 5 – Thurs 17 Mar, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

6 March: Mother’s Day at Beef & Pudding – Treat your Mum to a special set menu at Beef & Pudding with two courses for £22.95, including treacle, honey and mustard roast ham or a roast topside of British beef, followed by triple chocolate brownie with Chantilly cream. (Sun 6 Mar, Beef & Pudding, 37 Booth St, M2 4AA – more info)

6 March: Mother’s Day at Tattu – Spend Mother’s Day at elegant Tattu and you can enjoy a special selection of dim sum and desserts, served with a loose leaf tea and bespoke cocktail for £25 per person – and there will also be a special pampering gift for each Mum. (Sun 6 Mar, 12pm – 5pm, Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, M3 3EB. Booking essential – more info)

Tattu Manchester Mothers Day

6 March: Badass Women on the Walls – Radical women have never been particularly popular and have always been more likely to be silenced than profiled. This workshop aims to bring some of our most badass women back to life. (Sun 6 Mar, 1 – 3pm, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER – more info)

7 – 11 March: Adele – She dominated the 2016 Brit Awards, and Adele makes her Manchester Arena debut this month, marking her first shows in the city in five years. (Mon 7 – Fri 11 Mar, 6pm, Manchester Arena, M3 1AR – more info)

8 March: That’s what she said – This event is a full day of live radio broadcasts from the historic Old Granada Studios by young women as part of International Women’s Day, highlighting influential and inspirational women and looking at how in Manchester can lead change. (Tues 8 Mar, 10am – 6pm, Old Granada Studios, 2 Atherton Street, M3 3GS – more info)

8 March: Rob Delaney: Meat Tour – Star of hit comedy Catastrophe and a regular at top US comedy venues, Rob Delaney brings his critically acclaimed Meat tour to The Lowry. (Tues 8 Mar, 8pm, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info)

8 March: No Good Beatniks – No Good Beatniks’ are a collective of like-minded musicians who operate as a jam band with the focus on dirty grooves and distorted jazz. They play broken beats with a dancefloor vibe on vintage/analogue equipment and classic instruments. (Tues 8 Mar, 9pm, Matt and Phreds, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW – more info)

9 March: #BurgervsLobster Tank Talk – Learn about lobsters and become a burger guru at one of Burger & Lobster’s new-look Tank Talks, and then pick your winner: Burger vs Lobster – you decide. The £20 ticket includes a cocktail, wine and beer pairing. Call 0161 832 0222 or email: greig.fenwick@burgerandlobster.com to book. (Every Wednesday in March, 7pm, Burger & Lobster, Ship Canal House, King Street, M2 4WU – more info)

11 March: Michael Jackson vs Prince – Head to The Deaf Institute for a night of originals, remixes and edits from two of the greatest artists of our time. Will you be The Purple One or The King of Pop? Choose your free face mask on entry and party like it’s 1999. (Fri 11 Mar, The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE – more info)

12 March: Mean Girls immersive screening – Expect pop-up performances, a quiz, Girl Gang’s trademark party bags and a danceathon at this immersive screening of the 2004 cult classic Mean Girls. North Shore’s Spring Fling is transposed to Manchester, with a fully decorated venue and interactive elements from the film such as a Reclaim Your Shame Anti-Burn Book and share the love candy cane post box. (Sat 12 Mar, Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard Street, M4 7JB – more info)

12 – 13 March: Manchester Sausage, Cider, Beer & BBQ Music Festival – Expect a huge selection of sausages and BBQ, ciders and beers, plus music tribute acts including The Stoned Roses, Noasis, The Happy Mondaze and lots more over this two-day festival. (Sat 12 – Sun 13 Mar, 11am – 11pm, Bowlers Exhibition Centre, M17 1SN – more info)

14 March: Psycho – If you’ve never seen this classic 1960 American psychological thriller-horror film starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins and directed by Alfred Hitchcock on the big screen, then check out this special one-off screening at The Printworks. (Mon 14 Mar, 8pm, The Printworks, 7 Withy Grove, M4 2BS – more info)

17 March: Reef – Since the arrival of Jesse Wood on guitar in April 2014, Reef are back stronger and better than ever. Catch them live at Manchester Academy, with support from Hidden Charms. (Thurs 17 Mar, 6.30pm, Manchester Academy, Oxford Road, M13 9PR – more info)

18 March: High-Rise – Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control in Ben Wheatley’s shocking new film, based on the novel by J G Ballard and starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. (Fri 18 Mar, cinemas across Manchester – more info)

19 March: Indiependence – All the best from the world of Indie and Dance to keep you dancing all night long. Tunes from Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Daft Punk, Courteeners, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Prodigy and more, plus drinks promos. (Sat 19 Mar, 10.30pm – 3am, the Venue, 29 Jacksons Row, M2 5WD – more info)

20 March: Jurassic Park and Jurassic World at Manchester Museum – A chance to see Steven Spielberg’s massive 1993 blockbuster (11am) as well as 2015’s Jurassic World (2pm) for free as part of the Greater Manchester On Film Festival (GMOFF) at Manchester Museum – which incidentally holds one of only two full Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the UK. (Sun 20 Mar, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13 9PL – more info)

20 March: Mark Watson: I’m Not Here – Mark Watson – multi-award-winning star of numerous TV shows including Dave’s Road to Rio, BBC’s We Need Answers, Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, and his own cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better – returns with I’m Not Here, the follow-up show to his highly celebrated and successful Flaws. (Sun 20 Mar, 8pm, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info)

22 March: Made in the 90s – Expect 90s indie, rock n roll, hip hop, dance and more at this themed club night at Fifth, along with 90p vodka mixers, beers and shots. Entry is just 90p too. (Every Tuesday, 10.30pm – 3.30am, Fifth, 121 Princess Street, M1 7AG – more info)

25 March: The Manchester Duck Race – Taking place at its home at Leftbank, Spinningfields, the Manchester Duck Race is back for its seventh year on Good Friday. Expect craft workshops, fairground rides and street food from some of Manchester’s favourite street food traders at The Kitchens before the rubber ducks swim their little hearts out at 2pm. (Fri 25 Mar, 11am – 4pm, Leftbank, Spinningfields – more info)

25 March: Bump! – Mof Gimmers and Mat Lake play the best in R&B, hip hop, New Jack Swing, neo soul, and all manner of party records from Mariah to Usher, Janet to Kendrick, D’Angelo to Beyoncé and more. (Fri 25 Mar, The Blue Pig, 69 High Street, M4 1FS – more info)

26 March: Track & SQUAWK’s Easter Brewtap – Join Manchester-based breweries SQUAWK and Brewtap for their Easter brewtap, with the launch of a mystery beer, DJs, and food from Mac Daddies. (Sat 26 Mar, from 1pm, Track Brewery, 5 Sheffield Street, M1 2ND – more info)

26 March: The Stranglers – This English rock band boast 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career which spans four decades. Catch them live at the O2 Apollo. (Sat 26 Mar, 7pm, O2 Apollo, Stockport Road, M12 6AP – more info)

29 March: Gold Teeth – Write off your Wednesday morning and expect the biggest party tunes from the Gold Teeth boys, from genres such as hip hop, garage, house, grime, funk and Motown. (Tues 29 Mar, 10pm – 3am, The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE – more info)

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