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Spring in Belfast - Events

With festivals, foodie feasts and spring fairs, visit Belfast to experience the excitement of the city.

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

20 March 2017 - 26 March 2017, Times vary - check event website | Prices vary - check event website | Various locations

Imagine! Belfast are hosting their annual Festival of Ideas and Politics, inviting all those who wish to express their opinions and ideas. The festival includes talks, conferences, exhibitions and tou... Read More »

Festival of Learning

20 March 2017 - 26 March 2017, Times vary – check event website | Various locations

The Belfast Festival of Learning aims to engage Belfast citizens in learning and to inspire interest and enjoyment through a week-long programme of interactive learning events and workshops. It also a... Read More »

The Importance of Being Earnest

24 March 2017 - 15 April 2017, 7.45pm | £12.50 - £25 | MAC

The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as one of Oscar Wilde’s finest works and one of the world’s great farcical comedies.A hilarious tale that pokes fun at Victorian society’s conv... Read More »

Light and Life art exhibition

25 March 2017 - 26 March 2017 | Free | Ulster Museum

Exploring the ways in which seventeenth-century artists used light and shadow to create a sense of immediacy and realism in their paintings, this exhibition will consider how these effects are used in... Read More »

Wonderland

27 March 2017 - 01 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £17 - £39.50 | Grand Opera House

Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland receives its UK and European première in this brand new Briti... Read More »

Russell Howard

28 March 2017, 8:00pm | £27.50 - £35.50 | SSE Arena, Belfast

Critically acclaimed 'Comedy Superstar' (Time Out), one of the best-selling acts in British stand-up, and host of the smash hit TV show Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Howard returns to the live... Read More »

Omid Djalili - Schmuck For a Night

28 March 2017, 8:00pm | £23 | Ulster Hall

Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances plays Cool FM Comedy Club. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, Omid's stand-up is a ... Read More »

Belfast Film Festival

30 March 2017 - 08 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | Prices vary - check event website | Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival launches its 17th annual festival of premieres, unique events and the best in world cinema. With over 100 films from 30 countries, the tantalising line-up includes new internatio... Read More »

Boyzlife

04 April 2017 - 05 April 2017 | £35 - £200 | La Mon Hotel & Country Club

Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, a part of the multi-platinum, record breaking bands, Westlife and Boyzone, have joined forces to create Boyzlife. After the resounding success of the sold out October 2... Read More »

Jekyll and Hyde

04 April 2017 - 08 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £15 - £29.50 | Grand Opera House

Jekyll and Hyde is an amateur production presented by Belfast Operatic Company.A classic tale of good and evil, 'Jekyll and Hyde' brings a new life to Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of romance and i... Read More »

Little Shop of Horrors

04 April 2017 - 08 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £9 - £11 | Belvoir Players Studio Theatre

If you find yourself in urban ‘skid row’ you’re a deadbeat loser, a ditsy cluts or a sadistic psychopath. For Seymour Krelborn that’s no exception. An orphan who works at the run down Mushnik... Read More »

Olly Murs

04 April 2017 - 05 April 2017 | £32.50 - £60 | SSE Arena, Belfast

Olly Murs, one of music’s biggest stars, has announced his eagerly anticipated 5th album ’24 HRS’ out November 11 2016 on RCA. The follow up to the million selling ‘Never Been Better’, ’24... Read More »

Ards International Guitar Festival

05 April 2017 - 09 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | Prices vary - check event website | Various locations

The Ards International Guitar Festival is back with a bang in April 2017 with a fresh new programme of guitar inspired gigs, free fringe events, guitar clinics with industry professionals and an exhib... Read More »

Chapoutier Wine Dinner

05 April 2017, 7:30pm | £85 | James Street South

James Street South brings you another bespoke tasting menu with the spotlight on Chapoutier, an esteemed winery nestled within the Rhone Valley region. Chapoutier is the Rhone Valley, two hundred year... Read More »

Dubshed

08 April 2017 - 09 April 2017, 12noon - 6pm | Free - £15 | Eikon Exhibition Centre

On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April, GTINI will turn the Eikon Exhibition Centre into a Volkswagen Mecca. The exhibition centre and surrounding grounds are filled with VW's from 1950's Beetles and Classi... Read More »

Elvis Does the Jailhouse Rock

08 April 2017, 8:30pm | £20 - £49.50 | Crumlin Road Gaol

Award winning Elvis Tribute Act Ciaran Houlihan brings his show to #LiveAtTheCrum this April. Watch an extraordinary tribute performance to one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th centu... Read More »

The Wedding Singer

11 April 2017 - 15 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £15.50 - £38.50 | Grand Opera House

It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns: Avenue Q, Legally Blonde) is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar... Read More »

Newtownards Easter Spring Street Carnival and Family Day

14 April 2017, 12pm - 5pm | Ards and North Down

Come to Conway Square for fantastic family fun afternoon from 12noon to 5pm. At 3pm Newtownards will showcase a super carnival parade celebrating springtime. The parade will travel to Bangor on Easter... Read More »

The Great MAC Easter Egg Hunt

15 April 2017 - 16 April 2017, 10am - 7pm | MAC

For an Eggstra-ordinary day out, pop by this Easter weekend for the Great MAC Easter Egg Hunt, happening around The MAC building.Begin your journey in the Family Room and hop around the MAC looking fo... Read More »

The King is Back (15 Apr)

15 April 2017, 8:00pm | £27.50 | SSE Arena, Belfast

Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musica... Read More »

Easter Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

16 April 2017, 11am - 5pm | Cockle Row Cottages

Come along to Cockle Row Cottages for free family fun, including a plant and play garden workshop, Easter crafts, archery and 'Tales of the wild' animal roadshow. The cottages will be open from 11am t... Read More »

Easter Petting Zoo

17 April 2017 - 18 April 2017, 10am - 2.30pm | MAC

The  fluffy friends are back and they can’t wait to meet you!Get up close to all your favourite farm animals at the petting zoo. With lambs, chicks, bunnies and lots more, cuddle, feed and stro... Read More »

Hats off to Spring

17 April 2017 - 18 April 2017, 10.30am | £7 | MAC

In a mad hatter egg-stravaganza, explore colour, texture and shape and create your own Easter bonnets and top hats.Age guidance: this workshop is perfect for one to three year old children.... Read More »

A Fat Lot of Good

17 April 2017 - 19 April 2017, 7.30pm | £9 - £11 | Belvoir Players Studio Theatre

Belvoir Players presents an original comedy written, directed and performed by local talent.... Read More »

Easter Eggspress Steam Train

17 April 2017 - 18 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £13 | Steam Trains Ireland

All aboard the Easter Eggspress steaming along to Whitehead from Belfast Central station. There might even be an 'eggstra' special passenger on board with a special surprise for the best behaved child... Read More »

Easter Monday Spring Street Carnival and Fun Day

17 April 2017, 12pm - 5pm | Bangor Visitor Information Centre

Bangor town centre will be bustling with activity! The organisers are especially excited to announce that they will be hosting a Spring Street Carnival in the town celebrating the spring awakening in ... Read More »

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

18 April 2017 - 22 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £15.50 - £36.50 | Grand Opera House

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion...Winner of seven Ol... Read More »

The Train

19 April 2017 - 23 April 2017, 3pm and 7.45pm | £12.50 - £25 | MAC

It’s the story of the remarkable media coup orchestrated by the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in 1971 that changed the social landscape of Ireland.This watershed moment is joyously captured by... Read More »

2017 Ice Hockey World Championship

23 April 2017 - 29 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £9 - £44 | SSE Arena, Belfast

The World Championship will be hosted by Ice-Hockey UK for the first time in 25 years when the international ice hockey tournament takes place at the SSE Arena, Belfast from Sunday 23 April to Saturda... Read More »

Million Dollar Quartet

25 April 2017 - 29 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | £19.50 - £38.50 | Grand Opera House

Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Belfast! This worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought... Read More »

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

27 April 2017 - 07 May 2017, Times vary – check event website | Prices vary - check event website | Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Throughout the course of the festival, which runs from 27 April to 7 May, there will be more than 100 events in Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter and beyond.There’s also an abundance of visual ... Read More »

Festival of Fools

28 April 2017 - 01 May 2017, Times vary – check event website | Festival of Fools

This May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the Festival of Fools promises a packed programme of dare devil feats, fast paced acrobatics, heart-stopping Hip Hop, mesmerising object manipulation, and laugh out ... Read More »

Spring Fair

29 April 2017 - 30 April 2017, Times vary – check event website | TBC | Barnett Demesne

Barnett Demesne will be filled with more than just flowers during Belfast’s Spring Fair which is taking place during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 29-30 April 2017.There will also be children... Read More »

Lord Mayor's Day

29 April 2017, 12noon - 5pm | Free | Belfast City Hall

Come along and enjoy the Lord Mayor's Day event on the lawns of Belfast City Hall. The event is all about 'putting citizens first' and designed to celebrate all that is exciting and entertaining about... Read More »

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

01 May 2017, 9am | £13 - £100 | Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon

The 36th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will take place on May Day Bank Holiday, 1 May 2017. The marathon is the biggest single participatory sporting event in Northern Ireland and over 17,500 r... Read More »

Scorch

02 May 2017 - 07 May 2017, 3pm and 8pm | £12.50 - £18 | MAC

For those who don’t feel like they’re in the right life, the web is a place to be yourself.Out in the real world though, things can be very different. A story of first love through the eyes of a g... Read More »

My Fathers Chair

05 May 2017 - 07 May 2017, 2pm, 6pm and 7pm | £6 - £9 | MAC

What is it like to have a Dad? What’s it like to be a Dad? What makes the relationship between Dads and children unique and special? A premiere, part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. A performanc... Read More »

WWE Live

06 May 2017, 7:30pm | £25 - £132 | SSE Arena, Belfast

TWWE Live returns to Belfast in May 2017! See your favourite WWE Superstars live in action.The line-up includes Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, The New Day, Sasha Banks, Sheamus, Charlotte, G... Read More »

The Vamps

10 May 2017, 7:30pm | £14.50 - £54.40 | SSE Arena, Belfast

The Vamps bring their World Tour to The SSE Arena Belfast on 10 May 2017. Tickets on sale from 19 November 2016 at 10am. Please note parents with small children are advised to book tiered seating... Read More »

Balmoral Show

10 May 2017 - 13 May 2017, Times vary – check event website | £2 - £15 | Balmoral Park

Ireland’s largest agri-food event, the Balmoral Show, is back at Eikon and Balmoral Park and this time it will be for four days. The show will be bigger and better than ever before with fantastic ar... Read More »

Russell Kane - Right Man, Wrong Age

10 May 2017, 8:00pm | £17 | Belfast Waterfront

The multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter unleashes a blisteringly funny stand-up performance about growing up and growing down.Are you 16 years old, yet feel 21? Are... Read More »

The Beach Boys

20 May 2017, 8:00pm | £44 - £50 | SSE Arena, Belfast

You can capsulise most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they have had and how many millions of albums they have sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you are assessing the ... Read More »

Brian Cox

23 May 2017, 8:00pm | £42 - £44 | SSE Arena, Belfast

Coming to The SSE Arena, Belfast on 23 May 2017, it’s the hotly anticipated tour by the acclaimed Professor Brian Cox, OBE. The show will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time,... Read More »

Micky Flanagan

24 May 2017 - 25 May 2017 | £30 - £35.50 | SSE Arena, Belfast

An' Another Fing Tour. One of UK Comedy’s biggest names, Micky Flanagan announced his ‘An’ Another Fing…’ 2017 tour. This follows his record breaking 'Back In The Game' tour of 2013 which to... Read More »

Belfast International Photo Festival

01 June 2017 - 30 June 2017, Times vary – check event website | Belfast Photo Festival

This major photographic event attracts over 80,000 visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest national and international contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public venues.Th... Read More »

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland

03 June 2017 - 04 June 2017 | £55 - £75 | Titanic Belfast

The Giro d'Italia Big Start legacy event returns to Northern Ireland on Sunday 4 June 2017. Like 2015 and 2016, the 2017 event will be a special experience with fully closed, policed roads, two challe... Read More »

UK Pipe Band Championship

10 June 2017, Time to be confirmed | Free | Stormont Estate

Belfast is tuning up to host the UK Pipe Band Championships at Stormont Estate with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.Over a 100 of the finest pipe and drum bands from all over the United Kingd... Read More »

24 Hour World Championships

01 July 2017 - 02 July 2017, From 12 noon | Free | Victoria Park

Join the world's very best ultra runners who will compete in the 12th International Ultra Association (IUA) World 24 Hour Running Championships.45 nations will be represented and athletes will endure ... Read More »

Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament

03 July 2017 - 05 July 2017, Times vary – check event website | £99 | Malone Golf Club

Take the opportunity to be part of history and play in the inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament, where the most prestigious courses within the Belfast area have come together to of... Read More »