Whether your passion is music, theatre, dance, film, comedy or experiencing something new, there's a feast of festivals on offer throughout Belfast this autumn!

Belfast International Arts Festival

16 October - 4 November 

Bringing an eclectic fusion of cutting edge performances to Belfast, covering a variety of genres including theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, literature and talks. Highlights include Italian star of stage and screen Isabella Rossellini, Africa’s premier diva and multi Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo and critically acclaimed theatre and music show Nina - A Story About Me and Nina Simone. 

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Dippy On Tour

28 September - 6 January 

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton, takes up a temporary home in Belfast's Ulster Museum. Dippy is venturing out of London for the first time since 1905 and he's on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures.

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Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People

5 - 28 October

Enjoy an action-packed film programme for 4-25 year olds showcasing the best of world cinema, presenting talent lab and creativity corner masterclasses with creative industry professionals and fun-filled family film events.

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HMS Caroline Beer and Cider Festival

6 October 

Get a taste of HMS Caroline’s Beer and Cider Festival and enjoy your favourite drink by local and international brewers. The drill hall will be alive with chatter, with demonstrations on how to pour the perfect pint and tips on how to make the best beer and cider. Unwind at the beer and cider bar as you listen to local artists and entertainers.

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Friendship Four 2018

23 - 24 November 

A unique opportunity to watch the only NCAA college ice hockey tournament to be held outside of the United States. With many of these young athletes soon to be NHL stars, it's a chance for sports fans in Europe to see them up close.

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Belfast Halloween Monster Mash

31 October 

Dust off your broomsticks and join Belfast's annual Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display. Enjoy wicked workshops, creepy crafts, monster rides, scary street performers, live music and more.

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CS Lewis Festival

3 - 7 November 

The CS Lewis Festival celebrates the legacy of Belfast-born author Clive Staples Lewis and his famous Chronicles of Narnia. Enjoy a range of talks, lectures, tours, exhibitions, workshops, theatre, poetry and film screenings.

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8 - 17 November

Belfast's annual queer art festival features ten days of theatre, film, music, literature, visual art, discussion and debate from both local and international LGBT artists and performers. 

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Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

29 November - 1 December

US college basketball returns to SSE Arena for the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic. The tournament will be broadcast live across America.

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Belfast Christmas Lights Switch On

17 November

Join the Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, and special children’s television guests as they kick off the festive season  with the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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Belfast Christmas Market

17 November – 22 December

This popular yuletide market at Belfast City Hall offers an authentic feast of international cuisine alongside a mix of handcrafted goods and bespoke artisan products.

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Fleadh Feirste: The Gaeltacht Quarter Festival

28 November - 2 December

A vibrant cultural festival full traditional Irish music, art exhibitions, poetry events and activities for children.

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Festivals Around Northern Ireland

Aspects Festival

1 September - 1 October 

Northern Ireland's literature festival returns to Bangor in County Down with poetry, music, theatre, exhibitions, interviews and a fantastic series of children’s events.

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Armagh Food and Cider Festival

20 - 23 September 

A festival brimming with fine foods, sharing plates, foraged lunches, artisan markets, art tuition, fiction and even a murder mystery set amongst the apple laden orchards.

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