If you consider yourself cultured, outdoorsy, techminded or just like whiskey and salmon, then there’s something for you this coming month in Northern Ireland.
1. Culture Night
Various locations, Belfast, Armagh, Omagh, September 18
Returning for its seventh year on Friday September 18, Culture Night is set to delight and entertain people of all ages with a vast array of acts and colourful events throughout Belfast, Armagh and Omagh. The diverse menu of things to see and do includes tours, trails, music gigs and screenings, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What’s more, the culture continues for longer in Belfast, as CNX (Culture Night Extra), showcases an ‘extra’ offering of events starting on Wednesday September 16 and running until Sunday September 20.
2. Get Outdoors Weekend
Castle Archdale County Park, Enniskillen, September 19
A selection of events will take place to celebrate ‘Get Outdoors Weekend’ including climbing, canoeing and cycling and staff from the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark will be on hand for fossil making and rubbing plus a host of interactive biodiversity activities.
3. Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival
Bushmills, September 18-20
Bushmills will come alive to the fourth annual Salmon and Whiskey Festival. Enjoy artisan market stalls with local craft and produce, street performers, whiskey tastings in the Distillery, live traditional music featuring Willie Drennan and Big Al, a guided tour of the Salmon Fishery Station, fly casting demos and kid’s table. Salmon dishes, an ‘Old fashioned’ cocktail demonstration along with the very best of local cuisine and entertainment at restaurants, cafes, guest houses and pubs throughout the town, will keep guests amused during this celebration of local culture, heritage and produce.
4. Autumn Fair
Botanic Gardens, Belfast, September 19-20
The annual Autumn Fair returns with a bumper harvest of free entertainment for all ages. Kick up the autumn leaves and welcome in the changing season with an action-packed weekend of music, prize blooms and seasonal produce in Botanic Gardens. From 12.30pm to 6pm each day.
Various locations, Derry/Londonderry, September 12-20
Enjoy a week-long festival of tech, media, music and games for the whole family. Now in its fourth year, CultureTECH is Northern Ireland’s innovation festival. In 2014 over 43,000 people were welcomed and this September that number is set to increase to over 60,000.
6. Tesco Taste Festival
Custom House Square, Belfast, September 18-20
Belfast’s Custom House Square will once again be filled with mouth-watering aromas and the very best in local food and drink when ‘foodie’ fans attend this year’s Tesco Taste Festival. The festival which celebrates and showcases all that’s great about Northern Ireland food and drink producers, suppliers and chefs, promises a superb weekend of tasting, demonstrations, cookery tips and recipes using top local produce, and entertainment for all the family!
7. Mournes HACK
Mourne Mountains, September 19
Trek through the beautiful surrounding of the Mourne Mountains. Hike across some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery in Northern Ireland on our award winning charity challenge. Forest loughs, rivers and bogs await you as you walk in the footsteps of 18th century smugglers on the Trassey Track.