Tomorrow is Good Friday – and most of us are off work.
So, let’s be honest. If I write a blog post for tomorrow, the likelihood is that most of you will miss it due to a little overindulgence tonight. Especially given it’s World Malbec Day.
Like we need an excuse?
So instead, I’m posting today and it’s a few lovely things to do this weekend. Everything from vintage to ducks, barbecue to catwalk shows.
Beer, beer and more beer. Love Beer Festivals and Dulcimer in Chorlton have joined up to create the Beer House Project. Beers, ales, ciders and perries on offer from today, all the way through to the end of Bank Holiday Monday. I suspect I know where Mr GFB is planning on going this weekend.
Beat Street is back from 5pm – with lots of goodies from the usual suspects – SoLita, Diamond Dogs, Honest Crust and Lucha Libre. It also includes the blooming lovely Andy Annat from Crackerjack BBQ. One not to be missed.
It also marks the annual charity Duck Race at Spinningfields, where you can watch the race, with lots of larger corporate ducks dressed to quack. The fun kicks off at 11am with the duck race itself at 2pm.
There’s also The Quays Duck Race in Media City raising money for MedEquip4Kids – so if you missed out on buying a duck for the Spinningfields race, you can always snaffle one for this race. The festivities kick off at 12:30pm.
If ducks aren’t for you, maybe fashion is. Manchester Fashion Week kicks off this weekend too, with all the glamour you’d expect. Mancunian fashion lovelies such as Gin & Tonic, OMG Fashion and Horsebird are among the array of other designers on site over the event. Well worth a ticket or two.
And if that’s not enough, perhaps your need a show of strength? As part of their POWER exhibition, MOSI have strong man and head balancer extraordinaire, John Evans showing off his skills on the Museum’s Upper Yard at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. You have to ask… What’s the heaviest thing he can carry on his head?
BITE is on at the Granada Studios site, with a vast selection of gourmet food stalls – local stars such as Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, Terra Gourmet, Granny Mary’s and Cupcake and Company will be there to tempt the pennies from your pocket.
Levenshulme Market is also on again with it’s Fashion Flea market – lots of vintage and handmade loveliness, alongside food and drink stalls to keep those tummies from rumbling too hard. And if you need to keep the kids (or big kids) entertained there’s an Easter Egg Hunt from 10am to 12pm.
The Printworks Vintage Swing Festival is back! Live music, dance, vintage cars and market stalls offering vintage clothing and crafts, from 12pm in The Pumpyard.
And whilst I might not have been on a motorbike since I was 4 (it was my uncle’s and my mum was not best pleased) there’s also the Classic Bike Rally at Bury Transport Museum.
If you haven’t exhausted yourself with any of the above and still fancy a blowout, I’ve heard Missoula have an Easter party not to be missed. Stilt walkers, dwarves, bouncy castles and DJ sets. What could possibly go wrong?
If you’re still going on Monday, you have more stamina than I do. Personally, if I can crawl out of bed, I might make it to the local pub for lunch.