With a packed programme of events, it’s no revelation to say that a trip to Manchester is always going to be a great holiday. If you’re thinking of heading to the UK’s third largest city this summer read on for a look at some of the big events coming up in the near future.

There are loads of great attractions in Manchester, virtually guaranteeing that whenever you go to visit the city you’ll have a great time. From fascinating museums to excellent restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, there’s always something worth seeing and doing in the city.

In addition to these great year-round attractions, throughout the warmer months of the year Manchester is regularly invigorated by exciting events and first class festivals. From high culture to thrilling sports, there is a great range to choose from and many of the events would make the perfect basis for a weekend break in the city.

We’ve picked out some of the highlights of the 2013 calendar so book your travel, take your pick of the places to stay in central Manchester and get ready for a brilliant weekend away.

1. Foodies Festival, 17-19 May

If you’re a fan of delicious flavours you’ll be well-catered for at this festival in Tatton Park. Displays from Michelin-starred chefs and a number of first class pop up restaurants are among the many attractions that’ll be on display.

2. Great City Games/Bupa Great Manchester Run, 25/26 May

Manchester will be buzzing with sporting energy over this weekend. On the Saturday the Great City Games will bring the glitz of international athletics to Manchester’s city centre in a unique and exciting outdoor event. On Sunday the sporting emphasis will be on participation as 40,000 take to the streets for the Bupa Great Manchester Run – a 10km race through the famous city streets.

3. Manchester Day Parade, 2 June

This is the day of the year when the whole of Manchester comes alive to celebrate the fantastic city.  You’ll find that it’s all too easy to get swept up in the procession which highlights the best of Manchester’s unique character. With 2,000 participants and 50,000 spectators there is an atmosphere like none other during the event.

4. Parklife/Grillstock, 8/9 June

If you’re a music lover then you’ll be spoilt for choice over this weekend – and if you also like BBQs then you may just have found your own little piece of heaven! The Parklife weekender takes place at Heaton Park, featuring packed bills each day. Meanwhile in the city a celebration of good music and grilled food will take place at Grillstock – a fun festival that’ll fill your ears with good tunes, and your belly with delicious food.

5. Manchester International Festival, 4 Jul – 21 Jul

The city transforms into a global hub of highbrow culture for much of July when the Manchester International Festival gets underway. In venues across the city you’ll see some of the best arts in the world, including a couple of headline-grabbing performancesfrom Alex Kingston and Kenneth Branagh in a performance of Macbeth.

6. Manchester Jazz Festival, 26 Jul – 4 Aug

One of the UK’s premier jazz festivals will take over Manchester at the end of July. In a city renowned for its contribution to musical history, the cool sounds of inventive jazz will be ringing out for a full week – so if you’re a fan get yourself along.

7. England vs Australia, 2013 Ashes 3rd test, 1 – 5 Aug

The famous cricket rivals meet on England’s home turf this year and the vital third test will be played at Manchester’s Old Trafford ground. Cricket fans won’t find a more exciting atmosphere in the world during this prolonged contest.

Which event will you go to in Manchester this year?

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