A one-day event showcasing all that makes our diverse and vibrant city such a great place to live, work and play.

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Capture the spirit of a community street party for all the family. There will be table areas and plenty of room to rest. There will be bunting, face painting, children’s entertainers, food outlets and other party activities. MORE


Street food vendors will be offering a wide range of multicultural cuisine and a ‘souk’ of traders will be selling goods from across the world, including produce, arts and crafts, clothing and other eclectic items. MORE


Three performance areas will feature music and arts from Manchester’s diverse communities, including varied live acts. There will be a programme of street entertainment that interacts and engages with the audience. MORE


A light-hearted series of discussions, debates and poetry slams on topics that are important to Manchester people.  People will have the chance to come along and join in or they can just listen and learn. MORE


Have-a-go activities and professional demonstrations from a wide range of sports, including football, rugby, American football, cycling, BMX and skateboarding.
Try sports that have developed from the streets. MORE


On Saturday 1 September 2018, Platt Fields Park will host a new annual festival, for the people of Manchester, by the people of Manchester.

The Festival of Manchester (FOM) will embody all that’s great about being in Manchester.

Platt Fields Park’s beautiful lakeside area will be full of small scale performances and activities that reflect Manchester’s diverse communities, alongside mouthwatering food and drink.

Keep checking back here for updates.



Further information about the activities and performances that will help make the Festival of Manchester to become a true fiesta will be detailed on social media as the event nears. 

Keep an eye out for #festivalofmcr and remember to tag the Fesitval in any pictures you may get on the day.

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We are looking for volunteers to help out on the day. Please see the roles available.

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One of Manchester’s major outdoor event sites, Platt Fields Park has three dedicated show fields and the grounds contain Platt Hall, home to Manchester’s Costume Gallery.

The park is very well served by bus services from Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester.

Address: Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6LA

Transport for Greater Manchester can help you plan your journey from anywhere in Manchester

Official Festival of Manchester event sponsors: