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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

NI Science Festival 2017

With over 100 events across 25+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge... Read More ›

Lord Mayor's Day

Come along and enjoy The Lord Mayor's day event, on the lawns of City Hall, which is all about 'putting citizens first'. Designed to celebrate all that is exciting and entertaining about Belfast; from the extremely talented artists and musicians to the top class performers and well-known... Read More ›

Rose Week 2017

The International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast is famous for its annual Rose Week event and International Rose Trials. The flower spectacular, which attracts thousands of visitors to Belfast, runs every July. It's the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience... Read More ›

Féile an Earraigh

Belfast’s traditional spring festival returns on Monday 13 March to Sunday 19 March with a feast of music, talks, tours, live entertainment and St Patrick's Day festivities celebrating the best of Irish arts and culture.

This year, the festival is partnering with the Respect Human Rights... Read More ›

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 Mela

Belfast Mela (meaning 'meet') returns in August 2017 to Botanic Gardens with a high energy, vivid and vibrant day out for all the family. The event celebrates Northern Ireland’s increasing cultural diversity with a range of music, dance and food. 

For more information, visit Read More ›

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland

The Giro d'Italia Big Start legacy event returns to Northern Ireland on Sunday 4 June 2017.

Like 2015 and 2016, the 2017 event will be a special experience with fully closed, policed roads, two challenging routes and a post ride party with Italian cuisine, beer and wine.

The... Read More ›

World Book Day

To mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, join local authors David Park and Sophia Hillan as they read from their latest books, Gods and Angels and The Way We Danced.

There's limited availability, and advance booking is recommended at Read More ›

Balmoral Show

Ireland’s largest agri-food event, the Balmoral Show, is back at Eikon and Balmoral Park and this time it will be for four days. The show will be bigger and better than ever before with fantastic arena and livestock attractions including fun for all the family.

For more information,... Read More ›

Antiques Roadshow

The Antiques Roadshow will visit Northern Ireland's Parliament Buildings and Stormont Estate in 2017 as it celebrates its 40th series.

The show will begin recording its anniversary series four decades on from the date of its first recording at Minehead Railway Station, home of the West... Read More ›

Hillsborough Oyster Festival

The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 September 2017.

Considered one of Northern Ireland’s premier events, the festival attracts thousands of visitors from across the world.

Set in the... Read More ›

Belfast Pride Festival

Belfast Pride 2017 will light up the city from Friday 28 July to Sunday 6 August with Pride Day on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The parade is the biggest single parade in Belfast and the biggest cross-community parade. It brings a rainbow of colour to the city centre and the whole of the... Read More ›

Autumn Fair

Come along to the annual Autumn Fair and enjoy a fun-filled weekend of food, flowers and family entertainment.

Enter the tented village and be amazed at the colourful prize blooms on display, including spectacular prize-winning exhibits of enormous vegetables and other wonders from... Read More ›

Twelfth of July Celebrations

Join thousands of people as they celebrate the Twelfth, in the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland. The celebrations showcase aspects of Ulster's rich heritage and culture such as Orange Lodges, marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster's unique... Read More ›

Spring Fair

Barnett Demesne will be filled with more than just flowers during Belfast’s Spring Fair which is taking place during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 29-30 April 2017.

There will also be children’s entertainment, music, dance, plant and craft stalls, and environmental... Read More ›

Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival launches its 17th annual festival of premieres, unique events and the best in world cinema. With over 100 films from 30 countries, the tantalising line-up includes new international cinema and documentaries, critically acclaimed television, features and shorts from local... Read More ›

Festival of Fools

This May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the Festival of Fools promises a packed programme of dare devil feats, fast paced acrobatics, heart-stopping Hip Hop, mesmerising object manipulation, and laugh out loud comedy. Belfast's favourite family friendly festival returns for its 14th edition from... Read More ›

St Patrick's Day Parade and Concert

Belfast will mark St Patrick's Day with a colourful carnival parade and free concert on Friday 17 March 2017.

Come to Belfast as the city becomes awash with colour, music and performers as the carnival parade snakes its way through the streets en route to Custom House Square where... Read More ›

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon

The fifth Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 17 September 2017, starting at 9am from Ormeau Park and finishing at the same location.

Over 3,000 participants took part in the 2016 event.

Mencap is the official nominated charity for this... Read More ›

Belfast International Photo Festival

This major photographic event attracts over 80,000 visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest national and international contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public venues.

The festival includes exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings,... Read More ›

24 Hour World Championships

The very best ultra runners from around the globe representing some 45 nations are on their way to Belfast for the twelfth IAU World 24-Hour Running Championships.

It’s all happening in Victoria Park beside the George Best City Airport on Saturday 1 of July 2017 starting at... Read More ›

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Throughout the course of the festival, which runs from 27 April to 7 May, there will be more than 100 events in Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter and beyond.

There’s also an abundance of visual art, film, literature, spoken word and theatre, a number of theatrical readings and... Read More ›

UK Pipe Band Championship

Belfast is tuning up to host the UK Pipe Band Championships at Stormont Estate with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

Over a 100 of the finest pipe and drum bands from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland will be competing for the coveted title of UK Champions on Saturday 10... Read More ›

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo is now confirmed and will take place on Thursday 31 August, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September.

The Belfast Tattoo is now firmly established as an annual event for the city, and the SSE Arena are delighted that they are continually drawing people from outside the... 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 ›

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

Imagine! Belfast are hosting their annual Festival of Ideas and Politics, inviting all those who wish to express their opinions and ideas. The festival includes talks, conferences, exhibitions and tours.

The festival encourages participation from people not normally involved in... Read More ›

Belfast Children's Festival

The annual Belfast Children's Festival is back for the 19th year to light up the city with a colourful array of art and performance to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

From tiny babies to teenagers, there is something for everyone at this year's Belfast Children's Festival from the... Read More ›

2017 Ice Hockey World Championship

The World Championship will be hosted by Ice-Hockey UK for the first time in 25 years when the international ice hockey tournament takes place at The SSE Arena, Belfast from Sunday 23 April 2017 to Saturday 29 April 2017.

Team GB are the host nation and will be joined by Japan,... Read More ›

Festival of Learning

The Belfast Festival of Learning aims to engage Belfast citizens in learning and to inspire interest and enjoyment through a week-long programme of interactive learning events and workshops. It also aims to showcase the range of learning opportunities that exist in the city.

For more... Read More ›

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

The 36th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will take place on May Day Bank Holiday, 1 May 2017.

The marathon is the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland and over 17,500 runners are expected to hit the streets of north, south, east and west of the... Read More ›

UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship 2017

Northern Ireland will play host to the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championships.

Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the prestigious 16 day tournament at venues across the country.


8... Read More ›

Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

Belfast will play host to the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, with the semi-finals and finals taking place in the city from 22 - 26 August.

12 teams will compete across 30 matches to determine the world champions of women's rugby. The 18 pool games will be played at University College... Read More ›


The Sunflowerfest is delighted to announce their 2017 festival theme. Think sci-fi and space, string theory and the multiverse, a place like no other yet oddly the same, a massive upgrade of the status quo... join in at Sunflowerfest - A Parallel Universe!

All the stops will be pulled... Read More ›

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival

The best in new world cinema, action packed with talent lab and creativity corner masterclasses with television and film professionals, fun-filled family film events, young filmmaker showcases and the annual 'CineSeekers' and 'CineFocus' film juries which offer participants to act as official... Read More ›

Brilliant Corners – A Festival of Jazz in Belfast

Hello and welcome to Brilliant Corners number five.

There are five candles on the Brilliant Comers birthday cake this year! Where does time go? The festival is back with another incredible line-up featuring some of the most varied, exciting, and interesting music around.

This... 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 ›