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 Culture Night
Now a permanent fixture in Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar, Culture Night Belfast is back on Friday 19 September.
Hundreds of events, happenings, performances, talks, tours and family fun will brighten corners and illuminate numerous spaces and places across the city. So, come along and be part of the fun as over 40,000 people aged between 8-80 take part in Belfast’s biggest mass cultural celebration.
Click the video below to watch highlights of last year’s unforgettable evening.
24 September – 5 October
Belly Laughs, Belfast’s comedy festival is celebrating its 4th year with an action packed programme that is guaranteed to leave you in fits of laughter and plenty of smiles on your faces.
The festival will see performers including Richard Herring and Hal Cruttenden perform at some of the city’s most interesting venues such as the Crescent Arts Centre, the Ulster Hall and even the Beanbag Cinema.
Belfast Restaurant Week
4 – 11 October
Declaring itself ‘a tasty celebration of local food and events in fabulous restaurants across the city’, Belfast Restaurant Week will see some of the city’s best restaurants will be serving up special dishes and hosting spectacular foodie events at unique locations through the week.
Join in the fun and try something new this year, at one of the pop-up events to enjoy the best of Northern Ireland local food and drink produce.
31 October – 18 January
Belfast’s premier arts venue, The MAC, will this autumn host a major exhibition following an international art prize competition, that offered professional artists worldwide the opportunity to exhibit their art in the venue for MAC International.
This free of charge exhibition, will offer visitors the very best in contemporary visual art including sculpture, painting, photography, film, installation and performance.
Highlights of this year’s festival will include the return of festival favourite Elvis Costello, an Irish premier performance of Israel Galvan – the world’s most decorated flamenco dancer and legendary Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne’s solo show, amongst a chock full programme.
With so much happening, it is set to be the best year yet!
In partnership with the festival, Translink are putting on a ‘Festival Express’ from Dublin to Belfast for £100 including relaxing first class travel on the train, one nights B&B in the 4* Europa Hotel and the best seats in the house at the festival.
Perhaps the world’s most renowned ballet company and opera producer, Bolshoi presents a unique exhibition – From Bolshoi to Belfast – showcasing costumes that have never been seen before outside of Russia. Part of UK Russia City of Culture, the exhibition tells the story of how the traditional costumes of the people are reimagined into the famous 20th century ballet and opera designs.
Sound of Belfast
12 – 16 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.
Highlights of the festival will include the Northern Ireland Music Prize honouring and celebrating the very best of Northern Irish musical talent, with last year’s coveted award being won by Foy Vance.
With a community festival and live music sessions for all ages throughout the city, it promises to showcase city’s bustling music scene.
Belfast’s Top Attractions
The cultural experience doesn’t end here though – 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. SS Nomadic – Known as Titanic’s little sister, the Nomadic is the only White Star Liner left in the world. St. George Market – One of the city’s oldest attractions, the weekend markets display and sell 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. Alley Cat – if you’re looking more something more relaxed, then a trip to Alley Cat is must, serving fantastic burgers and a great selection of world beers. Café Havana – For the exotic side, head to Belfast’s first Cuban styled café/bistro. Mourne Seafood Bar – Seafood lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to dine at one of the best seafood restaurants in Northern Ireland.
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. It’s also where Snow Patrol played their first every gig. Spaniard Bar – For some quirky cocktails, look no further than the Spaniard, another bar favourite for its unique style. 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.