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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 Science Festival 2018

With over 180 events across 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 Northern Ireland and beyond to discuss their... 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

Come celebrate the 20th birthday of Belfast Children's Festival and enjoy the very best international and local arts experiences for children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Dive into the packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks,... 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 ›

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 ›

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 in Imagine Belfast Festival of Politics and Ideas.

This year, Imagine boasts its biggest ever programme, with over 80 free events in over 30 venues across... 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 ›

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 ›