Autumnal nights out in Belfast

photo: Jason Murphy
photo: Jason Murphy

Summer feels like it is well and truly over now, but that doesn’t mean the end of things to do and festivals to go to in Belfast. There’s plenty going on this autumn across the city during the next couple of months.

Lunchtime in the park may be off the agenda for a while now, but there’s still plenty to do in Belfast

For nearly all of October (9 October – 1 November), the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival will take place. Featuring artists and performers from the worlds of music, theatre, dance, visual art, moving images and performance art from many different countries, this renowned annual festival promises to be as exciting as it has been in previous years.

Belfast Festival Makes a Splash – the Show Must Go On

Highlights this year include Hallo – Martin Zimmerman’s new work which premieres in the UK and Ireland at The MAC during the festival. One of the pioneers of the nouveau cirque movement that has been experienced across Europe in the last twenty years, there’s a mix of dance, comedy, theatre and acrobatics in Zimmerman’s act.


At the Grand Opera House there’s The Kitchen – a show all about how cooking has healing powers. The Kitchen is a multi-sensory experience from India, which will entrance your taste buds, your sense of smell, as well as your vision and hearing.

This Halloween, instead of going ‘trick or treating’ why not take yourself down to the Halloween Monster Mash? An evening devoted to Halloween on the slipways of Titanic Belfast, with a wide selection of street theatre and entertainment such as fire juggling, there’s also going to be plenty of live music to enjoy too. The spooky goings on will be brought to a dramatic conclusion with a massive fireworks display at the end of the night, lighting up the Belfast skyline.

Titanic Belfast, the venue for Halloween Monster Mash

Of course, if you’re going out at night, you have to ensure that you’re safe. Let other people know your plans, where you’ll be going and with whom. Wear light coloured or reflective clothing or carry glow sticks so that you’re easily visible to road traffic. Also, with Bonfire Night approaching, don’t forget about protecting your ears from loud noises. It’s unlikely that you’ll be affected by firework explosions, but it’s simple enough to pop in a pair of earplugs ward off hearing problems. Many people now also wear earplugs to music festivals and nightclubs for the same reason. If you are worried your hearing may have been affected by a particularly noisy night out, get your hearing tested straight away from specialists such as Hidden Hearing.

Going out on an autumnal night is all well and good, but if it’s raining or particularly cold, you might want an indoors option. From 9 October to 4 November, the Cinemagic festival will be taking place across Belfast in different venues and cinemas. Aimed to include families, there are plenty of film education workshops, film-making competitions and screenings to get involved with. The world premiere of Northern Ireland’s and Ireland’s first feature film about Christmas – A Christmas Star – will take place on 4 November, the closing night of the Cinemagic festival. It’s the story of Noelle, a child born under the Christmas Star who believes she can perform miracles. Perfect for getting you in the pre-Christmas spirit!

St George’s Market will be transformed into a foodie heaven and there’ll be a selection of pop up restaurants and food producers, all combined with entertaining chef demonstrations, food tastings, chef talks and live music and DJs. Make sure it’s in your diary! Date: 11 Nov 2015 Time: 6pm – 11pm

The Christmas Market returns 14th November!


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