As we hurtle head first into winter, this weekend in Manchester throws up the usual mix of inspiring events to cheer our souls and warm our cockles. Here's our pick of the top three events taking place in Manchester this weekend. Enjoy!

A Carefully Planned Festival

Returning for its third year (thanks to the careful planning of the previous two years, we assume), ACPF is an inner city music festival taking over several venus in the Northern Quarter for two days and nights. Johnny Foreigner, Bastions, The Physics, This Many Boyfriends and Crash of Rhinos are just some of the 100+ acts set to perform at Soup Kitchen, Night and Day, Kraak, The Castle, Gullivers and Bakerie over the weekend.

A Carefully Planned Festival

19th-20th October, Northern Quarter, £7/£8 day, £12.50/£15.00 wknd.

North West Food Lovers Festival 

The largest indoor food and drink festival in the North West takes place at Event City in Trafford this weekend, relocating to the city after outgrowing its former rural location of Tatton Park. Over 150 local producers will be peddling their wares to over 20,000 food lovers of all ages across the weekend - and look out for special appearances from North West TV chefs including Simon Rimmer, Andrew Nutter and River Cottage's Tim Maddams.

Simon Rimmer North West Food Lovers Festival

18th-20th October, Event City, £6 adults, under 12s go free. 

Norman Jay MBE Good Times at 2022NQ

So good they gave him an MBE, nobody is better equipped to bring the party than Sir Norman Jay. Following his roadblock party at 2022NQ earlier this year, the legendary British DJ and King of the Carnival returns to the Northern Quarter basement club for another instalment of Good Times. There are just a few tickets left, so go get 'em!

Norman Jay 2022NQ

2022NQ, 19th October, 10-4am, £10