About Northern Ireland

Events and Festivals.

There are many exciting festivals and events each year in N.Ireland that showcase each individual city for Arts and Culture.

Here is your guide to Northern Ireland’s best festivals.

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October 2019

09 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019

Slow Food Festival

The best of local, clean, fair food is on the menu as the Slow Food Festival returns.

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation that promotes true enjoyment of good food with the commitment to community and the environment – this FREE major two-day celebration showcases the best of local, clean, fair food from across the North West.

The Festival features a Slow Food Harvest Market, talks & demos, tours and tastings, street food, family fun and much more! More details to be released in the run up to the event.

12 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019

Slow Food Harvest Market

The North West’s best producers will be on hand at the Slow Food Harvest Market, where they’ll be showcasing their produce – straight from ‘Foyle to fork’, ‘plot to plate’ and ‘grain to glass’.

Butchers, bakers and even beeswax candlestick makers will be rubbing shoulders serving fabulous fayre which can be relished on site or off.

28 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2019

Drawing on the Walls

Drawing on the walls is a project by artist Robin Price that turns the City into a sketch pad. Using CCA’s white façade as a blank canvas, Robin invites you to transform your drawing into a large-scale laser light spectacle.

31 Oct 2019

Hallowe’en Carnival Parade

On Halloween night, the annual street carnival parade is an illuminated moving performance which weaves its way through the city streets featuring costumed performers, illuminated sculpture, large scale lanterns, music, movement, dance, circus and street performers. Over 1000 local and international participants come together to create a bespoke work which draws on the myths and legends of Halloween to tell a new story from our collective imaginations.

31 Oct 2019

Derry Halloween Carnival Parade

The finest carnival acts, circus and street performers from around the world descend on the city for this illuminated spectacle.

25 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019

Derry Halloween 2019

Stay in the Walled city of Derry~Londonderry and take part in the city’s eight-day long Halloween festival, which features over 100 events, 1,400 performers across 40 venues in and around the city and its famous 400-year-old Walls.

Voted the ‘Best Halloween Destination in the World’ back in 2015 by USA Today; the annual event is a unique, home-grown and authentically Northern Ireland experience. Rooted in thousands of years of Celtic tradition, the people of Derry~Londonderry began the Halloween festival over 33 years ago, taking to the streets in masquerade.

November 2019

02 Nov 2019

Walled City Market

Join us on the first Saturday of the month from February to December where the Guildhall Square welcomes the very best of artisan traders, offering visitors a family friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of speciality foods and handcrafted products. Tickle your taste buds with homemade jams, chutneys & sauces, artisan breads & cakes, a range organic meats and of course some sweet treats! With children’s entertainment and live music.

24 Nov 2019

Christmas Light Switch On

Derry will receive its festive makeover when the Christmas lights get switched on by a ‘very special guest’ in the Guildhall Square.

December 2019

18 Dec 2019

Ulster Orchestra – The Magic of Christmas

This highly popular concert is now a firm fixture in the Orchestra’s festive offering. Conductor Richard Balcombe, Codetta Choir and West End stars Sophie-Louise Dann (Les Misérables) Alex Gaumond (Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You) will definitely get you and your family in the Christmas mood, with an enchanting programme including O Holy Night, The Polar Express and not forgetting everyone’s favourite, White Christmas. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas at this magical night with the Ulster Orchestra.

Photos and text credit: https://www.visitderry.com/