With hundreds of things happening in Belfast every month, it can be hard to choose what to go to. To help you decide, here's our list of the biggest and best events and festivals in 2019.

April Events

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Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition

11 April - 31 August 

The exhibition will give fans the experience of a lifetime, dropping you into the centre of the Seven Kingdoms for an up-close and personal look at the artistry and craftmanship behind the Emmy award-winning series.

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Belfast Film Festival
Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival

11 - 20 April 

Belfast Film Festival launches its 19th annual festival of premieres, unique events and the best in world cinema.

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Madagascar The Musical

23-27 April

Join Alex the Lion (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

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The Lord Mayor's Day

13 April 

Join Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, as she hosts a free family fun day to celebrate both her year in office and our amazing city.

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Tim Peake Spacecraft and VR Experience

Until 12 May

Tim Peake’s Spacecraft, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, is touring the UK and has land at the Ulster Transport Museum.

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May Events

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AVA Festival 2019

31 May - 1 June 

AVA is an Audio Visual Arts Festival & Conference that celebrates, amplifies and develops the strong current of electronic music and digital visual arts.

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Festival Of Fools

4 - 6 May 

This May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the Festival of Fools brings a jam-packed programme of circus, acrobatics, comedy and juggling to the streets.

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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018
Various locations

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

6 - 12 May 

A staggering programme of live music, comedy, spoken word, theatre, literature, film and art with over 150 events for all ages taking place across 20 venues in the city.

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Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

Belfast City Marathon

5 May 

The 2019 event will be held on Sunday 5 May 2019 with a full line up of events to suit all levels of fitness including the Marathon and Wheelchair Race, the Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run, all with brand new improved routes. 

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Malone Golf Club

Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament

29-31 May

The most prestigious courses within the Belfast area have come together for the third year to offer this unique tournament.

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Balmoral Show

15-18 May

Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank is Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, promising a fun-filled day out for all the family.

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June Events

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Live at Botanic Gardens - Picture This

21 -22 June 

Picture This have been announced as the first act to play a brand new festival for Belfast in 2019.

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Rock of Ages

18-22 June

Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 Classic Rock Anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as BIG as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

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July Events

Belfast Pride Parade

Belfast Pride

July (TBC)

Belfast Pride Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast and runs over 100 events across 10 days in a celebration of the LGBTQA+ community.

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Royal Portrush Golf Club

The Open

14  -21 July 

The Open makes a historic return to Northern Ireland in 2019. Golf’s oldest and most international championship returns after 68 years with the world's greatest players competing for the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush.

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Rose Week in Dixon Park

Rose Week 2019

16 - 22 July 

Rose Week is a celebration of the international Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. It's one of the world’s leading rose gardens, attracting thousands of visitors each year with its magnificent blooms.

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Orangefest
Various locations

Orangefest

12 July 

Join thousands of people as they celebrate The Twelfth, the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland.

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August Events

Ulster Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix

Ulster Grand Prix 2019

5 -10 August 

The Ulster Grand Prix returns in August 2019 with a number of fast paced exciting races.

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CS Lewis Square

Eastside Arts Festival

August (TBC)

The EastSide Arts Festival showcases the talent of east Belfast and serves up a sizzling feast of events.

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CHSq 2019

August (TBC) 

CHSq returns to the historic surroundings of Belfast's iconic Custom House, bringing a series of headline shows by international musical artists.

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Belfast Mela

August (TBC) 

Belfast Mela is the city's annual celebration of global cultures, when tens of thousands of visitors come together to celebrate people and diversity.

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Féile an Phobail

Féile an Phobail

August (TBC) 

Féile an Phobail is Ireland's Biggest Community Arts Festival, showcasing a love for the arts and cultural events in Belfast.

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September Events

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Culture Night

September (TBC) 

Enjoy over 250 family friendly free events, happenings, exhibitions and performances in the spaces and places throughout the city.

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Autumn Fair

September (TBC)

Enjoy a weekend of food, flowers and free family fun as the annual Autumn Fair returns to Belfast's stunning Botanic Gardens.

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Bounce!

September (TBC)

The annual arts festival, produced by University of Atypical, showcases outstanding new work by deaf and disabled writers, producers, actors, dancers, musicians, and directors.

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Mount Stewart House and Garden

European Heritage Open Days

September (TBC)

Each year, hundreds of properties open their doors and many organisations put on events for free across Northern Ireland as part of European Heritage Open Days.

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Belfast Tattoo performers

The Belfast International Tattoo 2019

6 - 7 September 

The Belfast Tattoo features an international line-up of over 600 performers building up to the Grand Finale of the Massed Pipe And Drums.

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Belfast Half Marathon

22 September 

The largest half marathon event in Northern Ireland.  Entrants will take on the popular flat and fast 13.1 mile route, which weaves its way throughout the four corners of the city.

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October Events

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Belfast International Arts Festival

October (TBC)

The annual Belfast International Arts Festival features theatre, performance and visual art, music and more.

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Cinemagic Festival

October (TBC) 

Enjoy an action-packed film programme for 4-25 year olds, showcasing the best of world cinema.

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Little Mix

13 October

Little Mix are back in Belfast with their brand new LM5 Tour. The shows will see Little Mix perform songs from their brand new album LM5, alongside their greatest hits including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex', ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Wings'.

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Halloween Monster Mash

31 October 

Enjoy the annual Belfast's Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display at The Slipways, Titanic Quarter. 

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Annie

29 October – 2 November

The smash-hit production of Annie comes to Belfast for 1 week only direct from London’s West End.

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November Events

Aslan at CS Lewis Square

C.S Lewis Festival

November (TBC)

The CS Lewis Festival celebrates the legacy of Belfast-born author Clive Staples Lewis, famous for creating The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Outburst Queer Arts Festival Showcases Great Local and International Queer Work

Outburst Queer Arts Festival

November (TBC) 

Belfast's annual queer art festival features ten days of theatre, film, music, literature and much more. 

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Christmas Light Switch-On

November (TBC)

An evening of fun awaits as Belfast will light up for Christmas in front of Belfast City Hall 

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Christmas Market

December (TBC)

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

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December Events

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Twilight Market

December (TBC)

Wrap up warm for the Christmas Twilight in  December at St George's Market.

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