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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 Parkland International Golf Tournament

Take the opportunity to be part of history and play in the inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament, where the most prestigious courses within the Belfast area have come together to offer this unique tournament.

You'll have the chance to play in this Titanic-esque... Read More ›

Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

The festival, organised by Belfast City Council, takes place from Friday 16 June to Sunday 18 June 2017 at Queen's Quay extending down to Titanic Belfast.

The Titanic Quarter will be awash with maritime-themed free family entertainment during the weekend. From food, live music,... Read More ›

Belfast Christmas Light Switch-On

Join the crowds, Lord Mayor and special guests at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 18 November at 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:

Lord Mayor's Day

Come along and enjoy the Lord Mayor's Day event on the lawns of Belfast City Hall. The event is all about 'putting citizens first' and designed to celebrate all that is exciting and entertaining about Belfast. From the extremely talented artists and musicians to the top class performers and... 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 ›

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 ›

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.

Opening times:... 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 ›

European Heritage Open Days

For one weekend only, you will have a chance to step into many of the local properties normally closed to the public.  Discover the built heritage as the sites and buildings come alive with living history, film screenings, literary events, theatre performances, visual arts, art... 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

Come along to the popular Spring Fair at Malone House this April to experience the flower filled grounds of Barnett Demesne, offering families the chance to see and touch farm animals including chickens, rabbits and goats. Falcons will be swooping in for aerial displays and exotic reptiles... Read More ›

Belfast Vital

The annual Vital Festival returns to Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields on Saturday 26 August. Taking to the main stage for what promises to be a phenomenal headline set will be Tiësto joined by very special guests, Clean Bandit and also on the bill:  Robin Schulz, Sigala and... 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

Join the world's very best ultra runners who will compete in the 12th International Ultra Association (IUA) World 24 Hour Running Championships.

45 nations will be represented and athletes will endure some 160 miles of running – that's six marathons back to back!

So come along... Read More ›

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

More than 100 events will take place from 27 April - 7 May in Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter. Events will include visual art, film, literature, spoken word and theatre, theatrical readings and performances.

For the full programme, visit 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 ›

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 to Saturday 29 April 2017.

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

Belsonic 2017

Belsonic celebrates it's tenth anniversary this year at a new location, the idyllic setting at Ormeau Park, Belfast. The popular music festival will bring a host of international headline acts to the heart of Belfast city centre across the month of June.

The programme includes:... 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 ›

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 ›

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017

The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, will return to Northern Ireland this summer.

Picturesque Portstewart Golf Club will provide a stunning backdrop to this prestigious tournament from 6 - 9 July. Although it will be the first time the tournament will be... Read More ›

MCE Ulster Grand Prix

Fresh from a spectacular week of racing at the 2016 event, the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club has announced that Bike Week at the 2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix will take place from the 6 to 12 August.

The key dates are practice sessions on Wednesday 9 August, the Dundrod... Read More ›

Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championship

Spend a day at the Castle Park in Bangor for a site to be seen. The Castle Park will transform with colour and the sounds of pipes for the annual Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championship which makes for a great opportunity for a day out!

With over 40 bands and 50 Drum Major's... Read More ›

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

Great beers, great music and great craic, the annual Hilden Beer and Music Festival hits all the right notes. Held in the grounds of Hilden Brewery and Hilden House the ever popular three-day ale tasting event proudly boasts all that is great in terms of craft beers and ciders from the UK and... Read More ›