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Halloween in Belfast

Enjoy frightful fun in Belfast this Halloween! There are plenty of activities for all the family, so draculas pop your collars, witches dust off your broomsticks and discover ghoulish events near you!

Autumn Events

  • Kerri ní Dochartaigh & Cal Flyn
    Kerri ní Dochartaigh & Cal Flyn
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Kerri ní Dochartaigh & Cal Flyn

    3.57 KM
    Sat, 06 Nov 2021, 1:00pm

    The interaction between people and nature is the subject of two new books by two highly-praised writers, Kerri…

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  • Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut

    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 8:00pm

    Colm Tóibín and Damon Galgut, two of the greatest novelists in the English language, talk about their highly-anticipated…

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  • Far Caspian
    Far Caspian
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Far Caspian

    0.68 KM
    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    Far Caspian is the project of singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Joel Johnston. A blend of chiming guitars, harmonic…

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  • A Fright to Remember For NICHS
    A Fright to Remember For NICHS
    2021 Highlights

    A Fright to Remember For NICHS

    10.05 KM
    Mon, 25 Oct 2021, 10:00am

    Be one of the first in Northern Ireland to take on the Double-Dare Ultimate Zipline Challenge at Colin…

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  • Build a Utopian City for Belfast
    Build a Utopian City for Belfast
    Art and Exhibitions

    Build a Utopian City for Belfast

    23 Oct - 06 Nov 2021

    Build a Utopian City for Belfast is a one-hour workshop perfect for 6 - 10 year olds to…

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  • Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences
    Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences
    Taste of Ards and North Down

    Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences

    0.19 KM
    Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

    Enjoy unique autumn experiences celebrating seasonal tide and turf produce and showcasing some of Ards & North Down's finest local food and…

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  • Jail of Horror
    Jail of Horror
    Halloween

    Jail of Horror

    1.82 KM
    21 - 31 Oct 2021

    The Jail of Horror, described as one of Belfast’s most fearsome scare attractions, is returning for Halloween 2021.

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  • Department Story
    Department Story
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Department Story

    20 - 31 Oct 2021

    Theatre mavericks Big Telly present Department Story - a new production for physical and remote audiences by Jack…

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  • Halloween Gruffalo Guided Walk
    Halloween Gruffalo Guided Walk
    Children's Events

    Halloween Gruffalo Guided Walk

    10.05 KM
    23 - 31 Oct 2021

    Eager ears are invited to enjoy the classic Gruffalo tale with a twist on Ireland’s only official Gruffalo…

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  • Anne Tallentire – But This Material…
    Anne Tallentire – But This Material…
    Art and Exhibitions

    Anne Tallentire – But This Material…

    20 Oct - 21 Nov 2021

    Anne Tallentire’s exhibition But this material... brings together key works from the last decade as well as work…

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Belfast International Arts Festival 2021

  • Paul Seawright in Conversation with Colin Davidson
    Paul Seawright in Conversation with Colin Davidson
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Paul Seawright in Conversation with Colin Davidson

    0.6 KM
    Thu, 04 Nov 2021, 6:00pm

    As part of the Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast Exposed hosts a conversation between Paul Seawright OBE and…

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  • The Staves
    The Staves
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    The Staves

    0.97 KM
    Fri, 25 Mar 2022, 7:00pm

    The Staves blend the wistful cadences of classic British folk with breezy, Laurel Canyon-era pop. You can see them…

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  • Street Statues, Sculptures & Architecture Walking Tour 2021
    Street Statues, Sculptures & Architecture Walking Tour 2021
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Street Statues, Sculptures & Architecture Walking Tour 2021

    0.08 KM
    Tue, 26 Oct 2021, 11:00am

    Belfast has an abundance of art scattered around the city and this tour will help you understand and…

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  • Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse
    Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse

    Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 4:00pm

    BIAF showcase Dominique Barbéris and Gaëlle Josse - two established names in France who are publishing in English…

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  • Host – 8 Artists, 2 Cities, 1 Theme
    Host – 8 Artists, 2 Cities, 1 Theme
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Host – 8 Artists, 2 Cities, 1 Theme

    18 - 23 Oct 2021

    Can art provide a conversation about our future as an island nation in a time of uncertain political,…

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  • Department Story
    Department Story
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Department Story

    20 - 31 Oct 2021

    Theatre mavericks Big Telly present Department Story - a new production for physical and remote audiences by Jack…

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  • Sestina – In Guilty Night Dialogues of a Distracted Mind
    Sestina – In Guilty Night Dialogues of a Distracted Mind
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Sestina – In Guilty Night Dialogues of a Distracted Mind

    Wed, 27 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

    Sestina is a dynamic young vocal ensemble based in Belfast with a reputation for excellence and innovation in…

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  • Belfast International Arts Festival 2021
    Belfast International Arts Festival 2021
    Festivals

    Belfast International Arts Festival 2021

    0.19 KM
    19 Oct - 07 Nov 2021

    Belfast International Arts Festival returns for our 59th edition from 6 October to 7 November with an extensive…

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  • Paul Seawright – Beasts of Burden
    Paul Seawright – Beasts of Burden
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Paul Seawright – Beasts of Burden

    0.6 KM
    19 Oct - 06 Nov 2021

    Belfast Exposed presents a solo photographic exhibition ‘Beasts of Burden’ which showcases new photographic works by Paul Seawright.

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  • John Rainey Exhibition
    John Rainey Exhibition
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    John Rainey Exhibition

    24 Oct - 05 Dec 2021

    The Naughton Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by John Rainey exploring portals, post-internet worlds, and…

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Food and Drink Events

  • Blues Afternoon at Granny Annies
    Blues Afternoon at Granny Annies
    Food and Drink

    Blues Afternoon at Granny Annies

    0.59 KM
    07 - 28 Nov 2021

    Book your table for Sunday brunch and enjoy an afternoon of Blues with the fantastic Ken Haddock, Ronnie…

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  • Taste Ards and North Down: Autumn Food Celebration
    Taste Ards and North Down: Autumn Food Celebration
    2021 Highlights

    Taste Ards and North Down: Autumn Food Celebration

    0.19 KM
    04 Sep - 21 Oct 2021

    Ards and North Down is gearing up for an autumnal celebration of local food and drink across the…

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  • Talk, Walk & Tipple: 500 Years in Five Famous Pubs
    Talk, Walk & Tipple: 500 Years in Five Famous Pubs
    Food and Drink

    Talk, Walk & Tipple: 500 Years in Five Famous Pubs

    0.56 KM
    Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 2:00pm

    Join historian Francis Higgins for a short introduction to the history of Belfast before going on a tour…

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  • Shortcross Gin Tasting Experience
    Shortcross Gin Tasting Experience
    Food and Drink

    Shortcross Gin Tasting Experience

    27.98 KM
    21 Oct - 26 Nov 2021

    Discover Shortcross Gin and Shortcross Irish Whiskey. Enjoy a guided gin tasting experience at this beautiful distillery and…

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  • Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences
    Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences
    Taste of Ards and North Down

    Autumn Food Festival Foodie Experiences

    0.19 KM
    Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

    Enjoy unique autumn experiences celebrating seasonal tide and turf produce and showcasing some of Ards & North Down's finest local food and…

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  • Shortcross Gin Discovery Experience
    Shortcross Gin Discovery Experience
    Food and Drink

    Shortcross Gin Discovery Experience

    27.98 KM
    22 Oct - 27 Nov 2021

    Discover Shortcross Gin and Shortcross Irish Whiskey. Enjoy a guided gin tasting experience at this beautiful distillery and…

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  • Hillsborough Farmers Market
    Hillsborough Farmers Market
    Belfast Plus

    Hillsborough Farmers Market

    Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 10:00am

    The popular Hillsborough Farmers Market returns for an autumn series of markets in the historic village of Hillsborough,…

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  • Gin School
    Gin School
    Food and Drink

    Gin School

    Sat, 27 Nov 2021, 2:00pm

    Belfast Gin and Spirits School next gin school is on 2nd October 2021. Experience making your own recipe…

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  • Belfast Christmas Market 2021
    Belfast Christmas Market 2021
    Food and Drink

    Belfast Christmas Market 2021

    0.08 KM
    20 Nov - 23 Dec 2021

    Come and visit Belfast's much loved Christmas Market! Whether you go for a bit of shopping, or to…

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Festivals

  • Walking With Beckett
    Walking With Beckett
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Walking With Beckett

    19 Oct - 07 Nov 2021

    Inspired by Jane Coyle’s play Both Sides, this self-guided audio walking tour winds through Belfast’s university quarter, in…

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  • Benyounes Quartet
    Benyounes Quartet
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Benyounes Quartet

    Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 3:00pm

    The Benyounes Quartet, one of the UK’s most successful young professional ensembles, will open Belfast Music Society’s annual…

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  • Cinemagic: The Crossing
    Cinemagic: The Crossing
    Films

    Cinemagic: The Crossing

    1.31 KM
    Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 12:45pm

    The Crossing is showing at the Queen’s Film Theatre as part of the Cinemagic Film Festival ’21.

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  • Cinemagic: Girls On Film – Live Podcast Recording With Anna Smith & Guests
    Cinemagic: Girls On Film – Live Podcast Recording With Anna Smith & Guests
    Festivals

    Cinemagic: Girls On Film – Live Podcast Recording With Anna Smith & Guests

    1.31 KM
    Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 1:00pm

    Girls On Film - Live Podcast Recording With Anna Smith & Guests is showing at the Queen’s Film…

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  • The Great Irish Songbook
    The Great Irish Songbook
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    The Great Irish Songbook

    0.66 KM
    Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 6:45pm

    The Great Irish Songbook Featuring Dervish. With special guests Eddi Reader, Cara Dillon, Brian Kennedy, Karen Matheson, The…

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  • Street Statues, Sculptures & Architecture Walking Tour 2021
    Street Statues, Sculptures & Architecture Walking Tour 2021
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Street Statues, Sculptures & Architecture Walking Tour 2021

    0.08 KM
    Tue, 26 Oct 2021, 11:00am

    Belfast has an abundance of art scattered around the city and this tour will help you understand and…

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  • Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu
    Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu

    Sun, 31 Oct 2021, 3:00pm

    his special event closes the Northern Lights Mini-fest for 2021. Violist Nathan Sherman and percussionist Alex Petcu will…

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  • Far Caspian
    Far Caspian
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Far Caspian

    0.68 KM
    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    Far Caspian is the project of singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Joel Johnston. A blend of chiming guitars, harmonic…

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  • Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021
    Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Quirky Cultural Walking Tour 2021

    0.08 KM
    21 Oct - 02 Nov 2021

    Discover the hidden ‘quirky’ gems that you may have walked past many times but never really noticed on…

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  • Cinemagic: The Film Review – A Masterclass With Ali Plumb
    Cinemagic: The Film Review – A Masterclass With Ali Plumb
    Festivals

    Cinemagic: The Film Review – A Masterclass With Ali Plumb

    1.31 KM
    Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 11:00am

    The Film Review - A Masterclass With Ali Plumb is showing at the Queen’s Film Theatre as part…

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2021 Highlights

Virtual Events

  • A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes With Gerald Dawe
    A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes With Gerald Dawe
    Lecture And Talks

    A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes With Gerald Dawe

    Mon, 22 Nov 2021, 7:00pm

    Written in his highly regarded wry and lyrical style, Gerald Dawe’s memoir sketches the outlines of his life.

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  • On Blueberry Hill
    On Blueberry Hill
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    On Blueberry Hill

    01 - 07 Nov 2021

    A very special online screening of Sebastian Barry’s latest play, On Blueberry Hill which was critically acclaimed during…

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  • Seamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan
    Seamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Seamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan

    Sun, 24 Oct 2021, 6:00pm

    In their writing, Seamás O'Reilly and Lucy Mangan offer two striking takes on family life, told with humour…

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  • Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse
    Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse

    Sat, 23 Oct 2021, 4:00pm

    BIAF showcase Dominique Barbéris and Gaëlle Josse - two established names in France who are publishing in English…

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  • Distortion
    Distortion
    Theatre

    Distortion

    18 - 24 Oct 2021

    Watch Distortion online - a fictional take on PR spin, sexuality, and the personalities jockeying for position in…

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  • Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Colm Toibin & Damon Galgut

    Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 8:00pm

    Colm Tóibín and Damon Galgut, two of the greatest novelists in the English language, talk about their highly-anticipated…

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  • The Short Story as Witness
    The Short Story as Witness
    Learning Experiences

    The Short Story as Witness

    Mon, 13 Dec 2021, 7:00pm

    Angela Graham considers the potential of the short story as witness statement. How does it drive towards implication,…

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  • Linen Hall Library October Events
    Linen Hall Library October Events
    History And Heritage

    Linen Hall Library October Events

    0.27 KM
    20 - 28 Oct 2021

    In October the Linen Hall revisits and reinterprets the 1921 partition of Ireland in an insightful, new exhibition…

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  • Telling the Story of the Troubles
    Telling the Story of the Troubles
    Lecture And Talks

    Telling the Story of the Troubles

    Mon, 29 Nov 2021, 7:00pm

    Telling the Story of the Troubles: Prison Handicrafts and Heritage Construction with Dr. Erin Hinson

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  • Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection
    Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection
    Lecture And Talks

    Exploring the Northern Ireland Political Collection

    Mon, 13 Dec 2021, 7:00pm

    Explore the Northern Ireland Political Collection with Dr. Kris Brown and Dr. Gordon Gillespie at this live online…

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