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Belfast 2017 Highlights


Belfast has a great choice of festivals and events all year round. From music and food, to history and culture there's something for everyone in Belfast and the surrounding areas. Events will be featured below as and when they're announced.


1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017

What's On

Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have announced the field of teams for the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, Rory McIlroy’s Foundation, the Rory... Read More ›

Culture Night Belfast 2017

The biggest evening in Belfast's cultural calendar returns to transform the spaces and places of the city centre and beyond on Friday 22 September with a packed programme of events including tasters, tours, talks, trails, demonstrations, activities and gigs.

All Culture Night events are... Read More ›

Belfast Christmas Light Switch-On

Join the crowds, Lord Mayor and special guests at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 18 November as they light up the city for Christmas.

Enjoy a hive of family entertainment including performances, music and a special appearance from Father Christmas.

More information will be... Read More ›

Belfast Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display

Belfast's biggest and best Halloween event and fireworks display is promising guests plenty of weird and wonderful action on Sunday 29 October at The Slipways, Titanic Belfast with a cast of thousands!

The entertainment line-up will feature:

BBC Good Food Show Northern Ireland

Live entertainment, cooking inspiration, shopping and tasting are at the heart of the UK-wide Good Food Shows – every show has its own unique flavour, but all include the fantastic line-up of the UK’s best chefs and experts cooking live, great brands, exciting new flavours, the latest trends... Read More ›

Belfast Comedy Festival 2017

Belfast Comedy Festival 2017 is taking place during 2 - 8 October in venues across the city. Celebrating its sixth year, the festival is not limited to stand-up comedy and aims to entertain, challenge, and inspire through a diverse programme of theatre, workshops, seminars, circus, film,... Read More ›

Winterfell Festival

The National Trust invites you to step into the world of the Stark family at Castle Ward on Sunday 24 September 2017 for Northern Ireland's very own Winterfell Festival.

This one day festival is not to be missed. It's an opportunity to discover the setting of the Stark family home, see... Read More ›

Belfast Christmas Market

The Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall on Saturday 18 November from 12 noon. With even more variety for all Christmas Market lovers, this year’s market is set to be the best yet!

Find an exciting selection of hand-painted pottery, continental food, decorations, and a... Read More ›

Lush Classical 2017

October 2016 saw one of the most spectacular dance events ever held in Northern Ireland.
A phenomenal, first-of-its-kind event featuring a 60-piece classical orchestra, world-renowned DJs and live vocalists playing floor fillers from the past 20 years all produced in conjunction... Read More ›

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival

The annual Cinemagic Film and Television Festival programme returns for a jam-packed season in October and November (6 October - 8 November) with over 200 films and diverse creative opportunities to inspire young people.

Audiences can travel the world from their cinema seats and... Read More ›

Weeping Window by Paul Cummins

The Ulster Museum will present Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies. The installation will be at the Ulster Museum from 14 October to 3 December 2017, following a joint proposal by National Museums Northern... Read More ›

Belfast International Arts Festival 2017

Featuring artists and performers from across the globe, enjoy world-class theatre, music and visual arts.

Soul sensation and singer-songwriter Paul Carrack will hit the stage at the Grand Opera House on Saturday 21 October.

The festival will also see the Irish Premiere of Celui... Read More ›

CS Lewis Festival

Born and bred in east Belfast, CS Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international... Read More ›