N. IRELAND FREE EVENTS
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Your easy guide to all free events and festivals in Northern Ireland. Get planning! 

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  • All events are either completely free or in cases where there is a schedule of events (e.g. a festival) they are mostly free.

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Lead image: UK Pipe Band Championships, Stormont (image credit: Belfast Live)


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July  |  August  |  September  |  October  |  November  |  December


 
 ^ Pirates Off Portrush ^

^ Pirates Off Portrush ^

 

20 Jun  | Lisburn Coca Cola Half Marathon  |  Lisburn 

21 Jun  |  Photography Masterclass with Ronan O'Dornan  |  Belfast  

23 Jun  |  Buskfest (music festival)  |  Banbridge 

23 Jun  |  Mini-Beast and Moth Hunt  |  Marble Arch Caves, Fermanagh 

23 Jun  |  Comber Earlies Food Festival  |  Comber

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29 Jun  |  Lunchtime Jazz In The Park |  Belfast

29-30 Jun  |  Enniskillen Road Races  |  Enniskillen

29 Jun-01 Jul 10th Annual Belfast City Blues Festival |  Belfast

30 Jun-01 Jul  |  Pirates Off Portrush & Heritage Fair  |  Portrush


 
 ^ Wife Carrying Championships, Dalriada Festival ^

^ Wife Carrying Championships, Dalriada Festival ^

 

02 July-06 Aug | Summer Park Fun Days (various dates/venues)  |  Belfast  

05 Jul  |  Late Night Art  |  Various Belfast galleries

05-08 Jul  |  Bangor Town Regatta  |  Bangor

07 Jul  |  Smile Festival  |  Millisle (link opens in Facebook)

08 Jul Ballycastle Seafront Artisan Market  |  Ballycastle

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12 Jul  |  Orangefest – Twelfth of July Celebrations  |  Belfast

13-22 Jul Lady of the Lake Festival  |  Irvinestown

14 Jul  |  Causeway Speciality Market  |  Coleraine

14-20 Jul  |  Dalriada Festival  | Glenarm  

14-20 Jul Portaferry Gala Week Festival  |  Portaferry 

14-22 Jul Foyle Maritime Festival  |  Derry~Londonderry 

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16-22 Jul  |  Rose Week – Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park  |  Belfast  

21 Jul Stripey Socks – Curious World |  Newcastle 

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22-27 Jul  |  SuperCupNI (football)  |  North Antrim & L~Derry locations 

22-28 Jul  | Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival  |  Portstewart

23-29 Jul  |  Ulster Fleadh  |  Castlewellan 

27 Jul Lunchtime Jazz In The Park  |  Belfast 

27 Jul-05 Aug Belfast Pride Festival  |  Belfast 

28 Jul-12 Aug | Donaghadee Summer Festival  |  Donaghadee  

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31 Jul –01 Aug  |  St George’s Summer Twilight Market  |  Belfast


 
 ^ Foyle Pride Festival ^

^ Foyle Pride Festival ^

 

01-31 Aug  |  Open House Festival  |  Bangor  

02 Aug  |  Late Night Art  |  Various Belfast galleries 

02-19 Aug  |  Happy Days Enniskillen International Becket Festival  |  Various locations  

04 Aug  |  The Wickerman Gathering  |  Armagh  

04 Aug  |  Teddy Bear’s Hospital  |  Limavady  

04-12 Aug Heart of the Glens Festival  |  Cushendall

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05 Aug  |  Naturally North Coast & Glens Artisan Market  |  Ballycastle  

11 Aug  |  Festival of Flight  |  Newcastle  |  (Facebook link)

11 Aug Portavogie Seafood Festival  |  Portavogie 

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16-19 Aug  |  Northern Irish Open (Golf)  |  Ballymena  

18 Aug  |  Groomsport Music and Fireworks  |  Groomsport  |  (Facebook)

18 Aug  Portaferry Triathlon  |  Portaferry  

18-26 Aug  |  Foyle Pride Festival  |  Derry~L’derry 

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22 Aug Bring Your Grandparents To The Park  |  Belfast 

25 Aug  |  NI Children's Hospice Family Fun Day  |  Limavady

25 Aug Maiden City Motor Club, Eagles Rock Hillclimb  |  Derry~L’derry 

26 Aug  |  Park Walks 2018 ‘Down in the Hollow’  |  Belfast 

26-28 Aug  |  The Auld Lammas Fair |  Ballycastle 


 
 ^ Culture Night - Belfast ^

^ Culture Night - Belfast ^

 

XX Sept |  (To be confirmed) Hillsborough Oyster Festival  |  Hillsborough  

01-02 Sept Air Waves (International Air Show)  |  Portrush  

02 Sept  |  Waterside Half Marathon  |  Derry~Londonderry  

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07 Sept Bats of Cave Hill  |  Belfast  

08 Sept Donaghadee ‘Lights Up’ Fireworks night  |  Donaghadee  

08 Sept Dragon Boat Challenge  |  Ballymoney  

08-09 Sept  |  European Heritage Open Days NI  |  Nationwide  |  (Facebook link)

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20-23 Sept  |  Food & Cider Festival  |  Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon

21 Sept  |  Culture Night  |  Derry~Londonderry  

21 Sept Culture Night  |  Belfast  

22-23 Sept Festival Lough Erne  |  Enniskillen  

23 Sept Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon  |  Belfast  

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29 Sept FEARmanagh (cycle/run/kayak event)  |  Derrygonnelly  


 
 ^ Halloween, Derry~Londonderry ^

^ Halloween, Derry~Londonderry ^

 

09 Oct  |  Cave Hill by Night  |  Belfast  

12-13 Oct  |  Northern Ireland Potato Festival  |  Bushmills

13 Oct Squirrel Walk & Talk  | Cushendall   

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26 Oct-03 NovDerry Halloween festivities  |  Derry~Londonderry   

27 Oct Seapark Fireworks Night  |  Holywood 

27-31 Oct | Halloween Festivities | Nationwide (detailed listings will be added soon)

28 Oct Ballycastle Halloween Artisan Market  |  Ballycastle


 
 ^ Christmas Markets, Belfast ^

^ Christmas Markets, Belfast ^

 

06-07 Nov  |  St George's Autumn Twilight Market  |  Belfast

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15-18 Nov  |  Atlantic Sessions (music festival)  |  Portrush, Portstewart, Portballintrae  

17 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On |  Bangor  

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23 Nov  | Christmas Lights Switch On  |  Newtownards    

24 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On  |  Holywood     

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30 Nov Northern Ireland Farm Toy & Model Show  |  Portrush  


 
 ^ Carol Ship, Strangford/Portaferry  (Image: Adam Black Photography) ^

^ Carol Ship, Strangford/Portaferry (Image: Adam Black Photography) ^

 

02 Dec | Ballycastle Christmas Artisan Market  |  Ballycastle   

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07 Dec  |  Ballymoney Artisan Market  |  Ballymoney   

07-08 Dec  |  Carol Ship on Strangford Lough  |  Portaferry    

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11-12 Dec  |  St George's Christmas Twilight Market  |  Belfast

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