Food & Drink in Hillsborough

Oyster Festival

Around 10,000 people per day – plus more than 8000 oysters from Dundrum Bay – converge on Hillsborough for the three-day Oyster Festival. This celebration of local food, drink and general good fun includes an intern…
Sports in Portstewart

North West 200 Motorcycle Race

Ireland’s biggest outdoor sporting event is run on a road circuit taking in Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine; you can see the starting grid painted on the main road at Portstewart's eastern edge. It attracts up t…
Cultural in Belfast

Féile An Phobail

Said to be the largest community festival in Ireland, the Féile takes place in West Belfast over 10 days. Events include an opening carnival parade, street parties, theatre performances, concerts and historical tour…
Food & Drink in Armagh City

Apple Blossom Fair

Held at Loughgall Manor Estate (10km northeast of Armagh) in the heart of orchard country, the one-day Apple Blossom Fair includes orchard tours, a farmers' market, cookery demonstrations and stalls selling all kind…
Cultural in Ballycastle

Ould Lammas Fair

Ballycastle's Ould Lammas Fair dates back to 1606. Thousands of people descend on the town for the market stalls and fairground rides, and to sample 'yellowman' (a hard chewy toffee-like honeycomb) and dulse (dried …
Music in Derry (Londonderry)

City of Derry Guitar Festival

Over three days, the grounds of the University of Ulster's Magee College host performances and master classes from guitar greats around the world, including classical, acoustic, electric, flamenco and bass.
Street Theatre in Belfast

Festival of Fools

This five-day festival of street entertainment has events concentrated in the Cathedral Quarter and city centre. The fun continues on Sunday afternoons in July and August.
LGBT in Belfast

Belfast Pride

Ireland's largest celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture, culminating in a huge city-centre parade; takes place over a week.
Literature in Belfast

Belfast Book Festival

A week of all things book-related, from films and readings to workshops and meet-the-author events, at venues throughout the city.
Sports in Belfast

Belfast Marathon

Avid runners from across the globe come to compete in the marathon; it's also a people's event, with a walk and fun run as well.