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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 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:

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 ›

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 exhibitions and... 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 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 ›

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 ›

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 August... 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 ›

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 ›

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

Great beers, great music and great craic, the annual Hilden Beer and Music Festival hits all the right notes. Now in its 35th year, the ever popular three-day ale tasting event is held at Ireland's oldest independent brewery, Hilden Brewery and Hilden House, and proudly boasts all that is... 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 ›