We’re looking forward to a great line-up this Autumn in Belfast.
With foodie festivals, cultural delights, big gigs and big nights all on the bill, Belfast is the perfect spot for a city break.
Check out our essential Autumn Belfast guide.
Belfast Comedy Festival
23 September – 04 October
Belfast’s Comedy Festival is back and celebrating its fifth year with a programme guaranteed to leave you in fits of laughter.
This year, comedians include Ardal O’Hanlon of Father Ted fame and Time McGarry from Give My Head Peace performing at some of the city’s most interesting venues such as Crescent Arts Centre, the Ulster Hall and even The Belfast Barge.
26 – 27 September
For something a little different this year, why not head to Northern Ireland’s first ever Coffee Festival. The festival will celebrate our vibrant coffee scene with local artisan roasters, incredible independent coffee shops and demonstrations by top class baristas.
This is one festival that coffee lovers will not want to miss this autumn.
Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival
09 October – 01 November
The Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival returns with a world class programme of theatre, performance art, moving image, visual art, dance and music.
Highlights of this year’s festival include Amanda Coogan, one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists, who is debuting an exciting new work of art at the festival.
Other highlights in the chock full programme include, Hallo: Martin Zimmermann and The Kitchen. With so much happening, it is set to be the best year yet!
Belfast Fashion Week
15 October – 18 October
Showcasing some of the hottest trends for the upcoming autumn and winter season, the West Coast Cooler Fashion Week will include nightly catwalk shows and workshops. From Designer Boutique to High Street style, you’re sure to find something unique for your winter wardrobe.
The grounds of Belfast City Hall will be turned into an illuminated paradise to mark Diwali, the ancient Festival of Light.
For one incredible, never-to-be-repeated night, the art and traditions of India will cast their exotic spell over Belfast as the city hosts the vast and vibrant ‘Nine Nights‘ production inspired by age-old Indian folklore.
Sound of Belfast
06 – 14 November
Belfast’s flagship music centre – the Oh Yeah Music Centre – has teamed up with a number of leading music organisations to organise a week of live performances, workshops with music experts and development sessions for aspiring artists and much, much more as part of Sound of Belfast.
Belfast Beer & Cider Festival
19 – 21 November
If you love good quality beer and cider, then you’re in for a treat this autumn as the Belfast Beer & Cider Festival returns for its sixteenth year at the Ulster Hall.
Deemed Ireland’s biggest bar, the festival will feature 70 hand pumps, pub games, beer tastings, food stalls and live music – a weekend celebration not to be missed!
Belfast’s Top Attractions
The cultural experience doesn’t end here though – when you’re in the city, why not check out some of Belfast’s top attractions such as:
Titanic Belfast – Discover the legend of the RMS Titanic on the very ground where she was designed and built over a hundred years ago.
SS Nomadic – Known as Titanic’s little sister, the Nomadic is the only White Star Liner left in the world and was the tender ship to her big sister.
St. George Market – One of the city’s oldest attractions, visit the weekend market for fantastic Northern Ireland produce, arts and craft.
Black Taxi Tours- If you want to learn more about this vibrant city, then let the locals tell you on a guided taxi tour.
With so many eateries on offer, Belfast really is a foodie’s paradise, with such a huge range of delicious delights from local dishes to the more exotic, some of our favourites include:
St. Anne’s Square – Located in the Cathedral Quarter, the square is home to a number of fabulous restaurants including local hotspot Coppi.
Ox – Overlooking the River Lagan, Ox offers fine dining at excellent value and has recently been voted one of the top 50 restaurants in Europe.
Mourne Seafood Bar – Seafood lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to dine at one of the best seafood restaurants in Northern Ireland, located in the heart of the city centre.
The cultural experience doesn’t end when the sun goes down, whether you’re looking for a cosy spot to unwind or a big night out, Belfast has a cracking selection of bars and clubs to suit all.
Duke of York – Found along the cobbled street of Commercial Court, the Duke of York is a popular spot amongst locals and visitors with its old traditional décor.
Muriel’s Café – Gin lovers will not want to miss a stop off at Muriel’s, home to one of the most extensive drink selections within the city.
Black Box / Limelight – These two venues are perfect for those who love music and live performances.
Bert’s Bar – Located within Belfast’s famous 5* Merchant Hotel, enjoy the sweet melody of jazz as you relax in this world famous hotel.
With so much on offer in Belfast this autumn, now is the perfect time to book a getaway in this vibrant city with our fantastic #AutumnLeaves accommodation offers.