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Belfast Children’s Festival

This arts festival for kids of all ages has been running for 15 years and aims "to bring artistic brilliance and adventure to children today" – a noble venture indeed. It runs for a week and includes a full programme of performances and exhibitions.

Date: 08 March 2017 - 15 March 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout Belfast.
Website: http://www.belfastchildrensfestival.com
Cost:

Ticket prices vary.


St Patrick’s Day

The biggest party of the year hits the island of Ireland every March 17th, with an array of side-celebrations and festivities marking both the run-up and the day itself. Most cities and towns organise parades and concerts, and you can expect plenty in the way of thirst-quenching revelry.

Date: 17 March 2017 - 17 March 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Cost:

Free.


St Patrick's Day Carnival and Concert

Parade from City Hall to Custom House Square and concert in the square.

Date: 17 March 2017 - 17 March 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: City Centre and Custom House Square.

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

People from all over the city converge in the vibrant Cathedral Quarter for this popular arts festival which lays on an exciting programme of events covering live music, theatre, art, comedy and a raft of family-friendly entertainment. The event embraces a very hands-on attitude and positively encourages audience participation through a wide range of workshops covering everything from drumming to digital filmmaking. With its alternative leanings, this festival is popular with less mainstream audiences and the city's large student population. First held in 2000, it proved such a success that it has been a regular fixture ever since and continues to attract big-name artists with past performers including Germaine Greer, Rob Newman and Bill Drummond.

Date: 30 April 2017 - 10 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations around Belfast.
Website: http://www.cqaf.com/2013
Cost:

Adults £14; senior citizens £10; youth (12-18 years) £8; accompanied children under 12 free.


Festival of Fools

Delivering five days of nonsense, merriment and madcap outdoor antics, Festival of Fools brings together street performers from around the world. Ingeniously, performers are paid a set amount, with money collected from crowds at the end of each show going towards next year's event.

Date: 02 May 2017 - 06 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.
Website: http://www.foolsfestival.com
Cost:

Voluntary donation.


Belfast Marathon

Starting at the City Hall in the heart of Belfast, professional runners from around the world and enthusiastic amateurs compete in the annual Belfast Marathon - one of the most popular sporting events in Northern Ireland. Those who do not fancy the full 42km (26.2 miles) circuit can opt for a less gruelling 16km (10 miles) or 26km (16 miles) course or Fun Run instead, and there is also an option to walk the course. Like all good marathons, there is a great spirit to the event with many competitors dressed in fancy dress raising money for their chosen charity. After the hard work of the race, competitors celebrate with their friends and family at the post-race Pasta Party held at the City Hall, at which there are displays of traditional Irish music and dancing.

Date: 05 May 2017 - 05 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Belfast city centre.
Website: http://www.belfastcitymarathon.com
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Balmoral Show

The Balmoral Show is Ireland's largest agriculturala and food show with fun and entertainment for all the family. Attractions include international show jumping competitions, falconry displays, sheep shearing demonstrations and a craft village. There is plenty on offer for younger visitors too in the Kids' Zone where there is a climbing wall and baby animal farm. With over 370 trade stands in attendance offering everything from handmade leather goods to organic produce fresh from the farm, this a great place to do some shopping and browse for some bargains. The show also has a serious side with exhibiting companies selling goods ranging from industrial farming equipment to the latest 4x4 vehicles. Over 70,000 visitors attend this popular three-day show.

Date: 11 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Balmoral Showgrounds.
Website: http://www.balmoralshow.co.uk
Cost:

Adults £14; senior citizens £10; youth (12-18 years) £8; accompanied children under 12 free.


Music in the Parks

A range of musical styles and bands, including jazz, blues and classical taking place in various venues across the city.

Date: 12 May 2017 - 08 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: City parks.

Belfast Titantic Maritime Festival

The festival will celebrate the city's unique maritime heritage alongside Titanic activities that will include tours, talks, exhibitions and drama as well as family friendly entertainment and music throughout the three days. Ships on display include Pelican of London and the Gulden Leeuw, which will dock in Belfast for the first time.

Date: 25 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Queen's Quay and Clarendon Dock.
Cost:

Free.


Belfast Carnival

A spectacular and colourful event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast to celebrate their election. Entertainment includes live music, arts and crafts and costumed revellry.

Date: 19 June 2017 - 19 June 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: City centre

Belfast City Blues Festival

Now in it's 5th year, the Belfast City Blues Festival offers over 40 local and international artists. The three day event this year will pay tribute to Irish soul legend Sam Mahood.

Date: 28 June 2017 - 30 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Cost:

Various.


Belfast Pride

Belfast Pride is Ireland's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans festival attracting more than 15,000 people each summer, with the colourful pride parade meandering through the streets on the last day.

Date: 28 June 2017 - 06 July 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.belfastpride.com

Belfast Orangefest

Belfast Orangefest celebrates Ulster's rich heritage and culture with marching bands, flute music and the sound of Ulster's unique Lambeg drum. The event is a significant spectacle of tradition, colour and music, running between 10am and 5pm. The event includes a large scale parade, cookery demonstrations and street circus entertainment.

Date: 12 July 2017 - 12 July 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations around Belfast.
Cost:

Free.


Féile an Phobail

A celebration of Celtic art and culture set up by a collective in the 1980s, whose stated aim remains to highlight the positive side of local community in the face of social troubles. It's now Ireland's biggest community arts festival, with music, family events, readings, drama and more and celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013.

Date: 01 August 2017 - 11 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout Belfast.
Website: http://www.feilebelfast.com
Cost:

Ticket prices vary.


Belfast Festival

The largest event of its kind in Ireland, each year the Belfast Festival lays on a spectacular fortnight of entertainment, bringing together talented local and international artists and performers. The breadth of this festival really is astonishing and includes theatre, dance, classical music, literature, jazz, comedy, visual arts, folk and popular music. The eclectic programme attracts over 50,000 visitors each year. The festival dates back to the 1970s and over the years has provided a stage for some of the very best performers across many different genres, ranging from musicians such as Ravi Shankar and Jimi Hendrix to comedians such as Rowan Atkinson and Billy Connolly. And with each successive year seeming to somehow get bigger and better than the last, this is a great festival that is not to be missed.

Date: 15 October 2017 - 30 October 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations around Belfast.
Cost:

Various.