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Belfast 2018 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 2018 - 31 Dec 2018

What's On

NI Motorcycle Festival 2018

The 2018 NI Motorcycle Festival promises to be a fantastic show with an array of features, personalities and stands. A vast range of the latest motorcycles and scooters from all the top manufacturers will be on display and the stars of the motorcycling world will make appearances over the... Read More ›

NI Science Festival 2018

With over 180 events across over 50 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... Read More ›

Ards International Guitar Festival 2018

The Ards International Guitar Festival is back with a bang in April 2018 with a fresh new programme of guitar inspired gigs, free fringe events, guitar clinics with industry professionals and an exhibition featuring many of your guitar heroes by Steve McDowell.

Taking place at various... Read More ›

St Patrick's Day Parade and Concert 2018

The annual Belfast St Patrick's Day carnival parade will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018, bringing together sporting and cultural societies, community and voluntary associations, youth, church, and parent groups, and individual performers in one of the city's largest, most vibrant... Read More ›

Belfast Children's Festival 2018

The annual Belfast Children's Festival is back for its 20th 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... Read More ›

Orangefest - Twelfth of July Celebrations

Join thousands of people as they celebrate The Twelfth, 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 Lambeg... Read More ›

Féile an Earraigh

Féile an Earraigh presents a wide variety of arts and cultural events in the week leading up to and including St Patrick’s Day. It animates the city with activities such as Irish traditional music sessions and dancing, master-classes, school workshops, concerts, tours and walks, debates and... Read More ›

Out To Lunch Arts Festival 2018

The bespoke Belfast festival that always comes first is back! The Out To Lunch Arts Festival returns from 5-28 January, bringing much badly needed cultural bite to the longest, darkest month of the year.
Now in its 13th year, the utterly unique and totally boutique Out To Lunch... Read More ›

Lush Classical 2018

For the last two years, Lush! have produced one of the most spectacular events held in Northern Ireland.

Lush Classical is a phenomenal, breath-taking event featuring a 60-piece symphony orchestra, world-renowned DJs and live vocalists performing floor fillers from the past 20 years all... Read More ›

Belfast Burns Week 2018

The Ulster-Scots Agency has launched Belfast Burns Week 2018 to celebrate the 25 January birthday of Robert Burns.

Scotland's favourite son Robert 'Rabbie' Burns was known as the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire or simply The Bard. Burns was born on 25 January 1759 and Burns... Read More ›

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

Belfast will be alive with debate during 12-18 March 2018 as people come together to discuss and debate the big issues of our times.

The strictly non-partisan festival offers up an eclectic week of talks, workshops, theatre, comedy, music, exhibitions, film and tours to prepare everyone... Read More ›

Gilbert and George: Scapegoating Pictures for Belfast

'SCAPEGOATING PICTURES for Belfast' is the first significant presentation of work by Gilbert and George in Ireland since their attention-grabbing exhibition at Ormeau Baths Gallery in 1999.

Occupying all three of The MAC's gallery spaces, this large-scale exhibition marks the 50th... Read More ›

Belfast Film Festival 2018

Belfast Film Festival launches its 18th annual festival of premieres, unique events and the best in world cinema. Presenting a huge range of films from across the globe, the tantalising line-up includes new international cinema and documentaries, critically acclaimed television, features and... Read More ›

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2018

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is the largest sporting participatory event in Northern Ireland. Launched in 1982 with 3025 entrants, the event takes place on May Day each year, now bringing over 17,000 people to Belfast.

The event starts at Belfast City Hall and finishes at Ormeau... Read More ›

Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Music Awards

Gradam Ceoil TG4 comes to Belfast on 4 February 2018 for the first time in its 21-year history. The live concert and award ceremony features the crème de la crème of Irish music and song celebrating their talents and achievements. Gradam Ceoil is known as the Oscars of traditional music and... Read More ›

The 2018 Belfast Tattoo

The Belfast International Tattoo 2018 is coming to The SSE Arena, Belfast on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September 2018.

The Belfast Tattoo is now firmly established as an annual event for the Belfast city, and the show organisers are delighted to continually draw people from outside the... Read More ›