The Folktown Market is a farmers and artisan market with the best of our local produce, hot food and crafts. A fantastic new destination in one of the oldest and most unique parts of the city. Open on Thursdays from 11am to 4pm. A vibrant place to meet, eat and have fun. Conveniently located in the city centre, close to parking and public transport.
The Folktown Market, nestled in the shadow of two of the oldest churches in Belfast, Berry Street Presbyterian Church and St Mary’s Chapel, is only a few hundred yards from Royal Avenue. The area is rich in heritage and a lively place with its renowned folk music tradition, which can be found in its authentic bars.
Folktown is a vibrant area with its own authentic and distinctive character; comprised of small independent shops, authentic pubs, some of the city’s best restaurants, beautiful old churches and home to many art studios and galleries of contemporary art. Folk and traditional music is flourishing in the area, attracting people from across the world.
Folktown is one of the oldest areas of Belfast and steeped in rich history and heritage. The Folktown Market is built on an old market trading tradition in the area where the ‘Fadgies’ from Omeath sold fish, oyster and honey in the 19th century. The area is also home to the first Catholic church in Belfast city. It was funded by its neighbouring Presbyterian churches. They have co-existed in this fascinating place for over 230 years.
The Folktown Market project is a social enterprise and part of a community regeneration initiative. All profits from the market goes back into the local community to carry on their revitalisation and re-imaging work.
2016 Market Dates:4 February to 10 March: Farmers market, open from 9am - 4pm
14 March: Start of Oral History Project - Collecting memories from the Folktown Area
17 March: St. Patrick's Day celebrations - farmers market & art bus for young people
24 March: Launch of Spring Variety Market
26 May: End of the Oral History Project Exhibition
23 June: Midsummer Market
September: Heritage booklet launch
16 September: Culture Night Belfast
27 October: Harvest / Halloween Market
1 to 22 December: Christmas Market
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Directions to Folktown Market
Off Royal Avenue, Behind Primark and Tesco. In front of Kelly’s Cellars and Mourne Seafood.