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!

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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The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Wonder Women

3-17 November

A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls, this show features 16 of Thailand's most alluring and stunning ladyboys (all male Thai nationals). Expect a night of pop hits and tributes to Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Pink, Shirley Bassey, even Wonder Woman herself.

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Sound of Belfast

8-15 November

With an aim to promote and celebrate the city’s musicians, Sound of Belfast includes a mix of live gigs, talks and music awards. Check out over 70 local artists in nine venues across the city, starting with an evening in the Oh Yeah centre to honour the late jazz and blues musician Jackie Flavelle.

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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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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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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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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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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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