Performing Arts in Belfast

Belfast International Arts Festival

One of the largest arts festival in the UK and Ireland stretches over three weeks and features theatre, music, dance and talks.
Carnival in Derry (Londonderry)

Halloween Carnival

The city dresses up for Ireland's biggest street party, which features fireworks, a haunted house, Freaky Fun Fair and more.
Film in Derry (Londonderry)

Foyle Film Festival

This weeklong event is the North's biggest film festival.
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 Glenarm

Dalriada Festival

This family-friendly three-day festival at Glenarm Castle features Highland games events, strongman competitions, a wife-carrying championship and pipe bands as well as evening concerts. Camping and caravan pitches …
Music in Warrenpoint

Blues on the Bay

The Spring bank-holiday weekend sees some of the world's leading blues musicians descend on Warrenpoint for the six-day Blues on the Bay festival. As well as 90 different gigs in mostly small, intimate venues, there…
Cultural in Belfast

Féile An Phobail

Said to be the largest community festival in Ireland, the August Féile takes place in West Belfast over 10 days. Events include an opening carnival parade, street parties, theatre performances, concerts and historic…
Cultural in Ballycastle

Auld Lammas Fair

Ballycastle's Auld 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 North West Regional College host performances and master classes from guitarists from around the world, including the genres classical, acoustic, electric, flamenco and bass.
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 in late July/early August.