Manchester’s King Street Festival returns this weekend

Live music and a bandstand, tapas, art and artisan ices, a history trail, pocket parks and a clutch of events and offers from Manchester’s most fashionable stores: it can only be the King Street Festival.

Our city-centre fest returns this weekend (Sat 3 and Sun 4 June) for two days of indoor and outdoor events that include:

An art garden, free urban sketching workshops (sign up here), lawn games, crazy golf and, new for this year, the Parking Bay Parklets – which turn parking bays along King Street into mini gardens. Each hosts its own events, from shoe shining and a show garden to pizza making (with a little help from pizza maestros, Pizza Express).

The King Street Bandstand hosts live music, with the gospel glory of Voices Beyond, 1940s-style girl group, Bobbysocks, festival favourites Dr. Butler’s Medicine Hatstand Band and folk, hot jazz, speakeasy and blues a-plenty. Nearby, the cutest ice-cream van in Manchester, Ice-Cream Creations, brings on summer with its artisan ices (and ice-cream cupcakes).

Historian and tour guide, Jonathan Schofield leads a specially-commissioned walking tour – and tells tales of when the city’s streets ran with wine, how King Street got its name, and how two very old pubs were walked 300 metres down the road. If you can’t make it, keep an eye out for our new history book, a walking guide around the heart of Manchester, available free in Virgin Money Lounge during the festival.

Talking of historic, House of Fraser stakes its claim as Europe’s oldest department store with an interactive window display that marks its illustrious past. Elsewhere, retailers throughout the city centre are staging in-store events and very special offers – check the latest on our website – while restaurants and bars such as El Gato Negro, Suri, Rapha and Mr. Thomas’ Chop House all have festival dishes and drinks on the menu.

All in all, it looks set to be a memorable weekend.

No mention of Manchester can be made, however, without reference to the Manchester Arena attack. While as a city it is very much business as usual – while we carry on living and working in the city we are proud to call home – our hearts and our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected, we’ll be collecting for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund during the festival.

Everywhere we walk are flowers, candles, the Manchester bee, pink balloons and messages of love, support and defiance, and rightly so. So, we send this email with our love, and wish you a good weekend whatever you decide to do. We stand together.

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