What: An exhibition of oversized film packaging boxes designed by artist Leo Fitzmaurice.
Why: It’s a technicolour pick-me-up.
When: Until September 5, 10am–8pm (Mon–Sat), 10am–6pm (Sun).
Where: The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ; www.thelowry.com
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
What: Bears, eats and Build-a-Bear goodie bags for the first 100 child/teddy bear duos to arrive.
Why: It’s alfresco eating at it’s most child-friendly.
When: August 8, 12–4pm.
Where: Piccadilly Gardens; www.piccadillymanchester.com
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
What: This colourful procession brings a tropical vibe to the heart of Manchester, with singing, dancing and elaborate costumes.
Why: Because there’s more to the Caribbean than pirates.
When: August 14, 15.
Where: Alexandra Park; www.manchestercarnival.co.uk