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Northern Irish Festivals and Events

January – June

 

Out to Lunch Arts Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
January
www.cqaf.com

This Irish festival is a mini festival of lunchtime and evening theatre, music and art which take over the Black Box arts venue, with literary events and comedy.

 

 

Sperrintrek Hill Walking Festival
Cookstown, Northern Ireland
January
www.sperrintrekkers.com

This Irish festival is a winter walking weekend in the Sperrin Mountains and its an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

 

Feile an Earraigh
Belfast, Northern Ireland
February
www.feilebelfast.com

This Irish festival is at Clonard Monastery, which is amonst other Belfast venues and its a traditional Irish spring festival with a programme of music, culture, literature and more.

 

 

Nashville Songwriters Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
February
www.belfastnashville.com

This Irish festival celebrates the unique link between Belfast and Nashville at this annual festival. It features top songwriters from across the globe.

 

 

Race Day at Dawn Royal Racecourse
Maze, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
February
www.downroyal.com

This Irish Event is the first fixture of the year at one of Ireland's most historic racecourses.

 

 

Binevenagh Mountain Race
Limavady, Northern Ireland
February
www.pegasusac.co.uk

This Irish Event is open to affiliated and non-affiliated runners, this race is set in the stunning peaks of Binevenagh.

 

 

Ballymoney Drama Festival
Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
March
www.ballymoneydramafestival.com

This Irish festival is the oldest drama festival in Ireland and it has top amateur companies in the region.

 

 

St Patrick's Day
Throughout Northern Ireland
March
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This Irish Event celebrated throughout the country to honour Saint Patrick.

 

 

Ballymena Arts Festival
Ballymena, Northern Ireland
March / April
www.thebraid.com

This International Irish festival features music, song, dance, theatre, visual arts and an education programme.

 

 

Belfast Film Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
March / April
www.belfastfilmfestival.org

This Irish festival will take place across the city including a series of premiere screenings and a feast of films.

 

 

North West Music and Brass Band Festival
Strabane, Northern Ireland
March / April
www.strabanedc.com

This Irish festival takes place over three days and it has thrilling brass music performances, competitions and workshops, highlighting the very best in local, national and international talent.

 

 

Derry Jazz Festival
Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
April
www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com

This Irish festival attracts thousands for the music

 

 

Traditional Easter Fun
Lough Neagh, Lurgan, Northern Ireland
April
www.oxfordisland.com

This Irish festival is a popular event with the chance to make some great Easter goodies. Includes an Easter-themed trail around the nature reserve.

 

 

Easter Monday Parade
Bangor, Northern Ireland
April
www.northdowntourism.com

This Irish festival has plenty of fun for all the family at the seafront and the fantastic Easter-themed parade.

 

 

Feis Doire Cholmcille
Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
April
www.

This Irish festival is the North West's largest celebration of Irish musical culture.

 

 

Festival of Fools
Belfast, Northern Ireland
April / May
www.foolsfestival.com

This Irish festival is a free, family festival with top class international street performers, magic and laughter.

 

 

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
May
www.cqaf.com

This Irish Festival is well established that bribgs the streets to life with cultural revelry all day and into the early hours.

 

 

Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Competition
Lough Erne, Northern Ireland
May
www.findfermanagh.com

This Irish Event takes place in and around Enniskillen and Lower Lough Erne, this is the largest course angling competition in Ireland and Britain

 

 

Medieval May Day
Holywood, Northern Ireland
May
www.

This Irish Event allows you to step back in time to medieval days with traditional maypole dancing, live shows, food fair and street entertainment.

 

 

Belfast City Marathon
Belfast, Northern Ireland
May
www.belfastcitymarathon.com

This Irish Event is an annual race through the streets of Belfast.

 

 

Danny Boy Festival
Limavady, Northern Ireland
May
www.belfastcitymarathon.com

This Irish Festival celebrates one of the most famous songs in the country. There are musical acts from a diverse range of genres and a colourful community parade.

 

 

North West 200 Race Week
Portrush, Northern Ireland
May
www.northwest200.org

This Irish Event is a week of stunt shows, cavalades, exhibitions and entertainment culminating in Ireland's most famous road race.

 

 

Banbridge Buskfest
Banbridge, Northern Ireland
June
www.buskfest.com

This Irish festival is a well established festival that features an international busking competition followed by an outdoor evening concert.

 

 

Omagh Midsummer Carnival
Omagh, Northern Ireland
June
www.omagh.gov.uk

This Irish carnival is a unique street carnival to celebrate the arrival of summer with fabulous costumes, dancing, fireworks and live music.

 

 

Open House Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
June
www.openhousefestival.com

This Irish festival is a long-running festival that celebrates the very best of Irish and American root music that features international artists.

 

 

Celtronic Festival
Londonderry, Northern Ireland
June
www.celtronicfestival.com

This Irish festival is Ireland's leading electronic music festival that features international DJs and live acts.

 

 

Belfast City Carnival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
June
www.belfastcity.gov.uk

This Irish carnival is a colourful through the city centre celebrating the end of the Lord Mayor's term in office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July – December



Fiddlers Green
Co Down
July
www.fiddlersgreenfestival.com

The best of Irish and International music, arts and culture. With up to 200 events, the festival caters for music fans, families and anyone looking to enjoy the scenery and a great atmosphere.

 

 

Willowstone Arts and Music Festival
Killyleagh, Northern Ireland
July
www.willowstonefestival.com

This Irish festival is an innovative festival that has an array of top bands, interactive art and games and local food.

 

 

Celtic Fusion International Festival
Killyleagh, Northern Ireland
July
www.willowstonefestival.com

This Irish festival is a celebration of musical diversity promises a fantastic line-up of local amd international acts plus outdoor entertainment.

 

 

Glasgowbury Music Festival
Draperstown, Northern Ireland
July
www.glasgowbury.com

This Irish festival is Northern Ireland's premier, independent, outdoor festival that showcases a wealth of musical talent from across Ireland, in the spectacular setting of the Sperrin Mountains. It was winner of four Irish Festival Awards, 2009 and runner up as Best Small Festival, 2010 UK Festival Awards.

 

 

Irish Walled Towns Day
Londonderry, Northern Ireland
August
www.derryvisitor.com

This Irish festival is a series of exciting events that take place around the Walled City.

 

 

Maiden City Festival
Londonderry, Northern Ireland
August
www.maidencityfestival.co.uk

This Irish festival is a celebration of diversity and openness and a tribute to the Apprentice Boys.

 

 

Belsonic Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
August
www.belsonic.com

This Irish festival is at Belfast's atmospheric Custom House Square with a range of world-class acts.

 

 

Hilden Beer Festival
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
August
www.hildenbrewery.com

This Irish festival has live entertainment and a fantastic range of world beers to taste. This is an extremely popular festival set in the Hilden Brewery.

 

 

Homely Planet
Co Down
September
www.homelyplanet.org

 

 

NI International Airshow
Portrush, Northern Ireland
September
www.niinternationalairshow.co.uk

This Irish festival is Ireland's largest and most spectacular two day airshow that features up to 20 displays each day.

 

 

Hillsborough International Oyster Festival
Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
September
www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com

This Irish festival is a long running festival that features the World Oyster Eating Championships along with fun and entertainment for all.

 

 

Big Tickle Comedy Festival
Londonderry, Northern Ireland
September
www.thebigtickle.com

This Irish festival is Northern Ireland's largest comedy festival that hosts loads of comedy stars from around the world.

 

 

Belfast Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
October
www.belfastfestival.com

This Irish festival is one of the events that people in Belfast look forward to every year. There are performances and music from local musicians and artists.

 

 

Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival
Belfast, Northern Ireland
October
www.

This Irish Event is the original and best Hallowe'en festival that features four days of events including a top class carnival parade and fireworks display.

 

 

Belfast Fashion Week
Belfast, Northern Ireland
October
www.belfastfashionweek.com

This Irish festival is the ultimate in high street fashion and designer luxury.

 

 

Roe Valley Folk Festival
Limavady, Northern Ireland
October
www.roevalleyfolkfestival.com

This popular Irish festival that features folk music, dance, song and verse with outdoor activites.

 

 

William Kennedy International Piping Festival
Armagh, Northern Ireland
November
www.wkpf.org

This Irish festival is full of world class piping, with concerts, performances and workshops taking place in venues across the city.

 

 

Dickens' Day Annual Christmas Extravaganza
Kilkeel, Northern Ireland
November
www.

This Irish Event is a horse-drawn carriage parade, children's entertainment, Christmas lights switch-on and a special visit from Santa.

 

 

Georgian Day
Armagh, Northern Ireland
November
www.

This Irish Event features craft and food stalls, street theatre, Georgian lantern parade, carols and a special visit from Santa.

 

 

Foyle Film Festival
Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
November / December
www.foylefilmfestival.com

This Irish Festival is the largest film festival celebrating national and international cinematic excellence features screenings, workshops and competitions.

 

 

St. George's Christmas Fair and Market
Belfast, Northern Ireland
December
www.

This Irish Event has a wide range of gourmet foods and festive crafts.

 

 

Christmas Race Meeting
Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
December
www.downpatrickracecourse.com

This Irish Event gives you a chance for a great night at one of Ireland's premier and oldest racecourses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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