Visit Belfast has given us the low-down on some of the best events happening across Belfast this Bank Holiday Weekend!

From live music to family events, there is something for everyone.

1. Belfast Mela Festival

Botanic Gardens,  August 27 – 28

King of the Dhol Drum - Belfast Mela

Belfast Mela will bring a wonderful world of entertainment to Belfast’s Botanic Gardens over the August Bank Holiday weekend, including the return of the hugely successful Little Bollywood, an exciting sensory experience designed for families with babies, toddlers and young children.

Find out more info here.

2. Titanic Belfast

August 27 – 29


Challenge the kids with an exciting Explorer Trail throughout the Titanic Experience, meet the Titanic Mascots and try out their new family interactive guide, before stopping off for a bite to eat with their kids eat free meal deals.

For more info, check out online.

3. Belsonic

Fatboy Slim, Titanic Slipways, August 27


Belsonic Music Festival, which relocated to a bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building this year, comes to a magnificent close with Fatboy Slim on Saturday.

Click here for more info, including how to buy tickets.

4. Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend

Belfast City Hall, Titanic Belfast and Crumlin Road Gaol, August 25 – 27


Spectators are in for an action-packed weekend as the muscle men compete for the coveted titles of UK Strongest Man and Master World’s Strongest Man. Competitors will take part in challenges such as the Caveman Lift, Tyre Flip and back-breaking Truck Push.

Check it out online if you want to go along.

5. Gruffalo Hunt

Colin Glen Forest Park, August 27


Enjoy a storytelling session of the bestselling children’s book, The Gruffalo before meandering through the forest on a guided walk.

On the Gruffalo Trail you can meet the silly old fox, owl and snake on the way to an amazing eight foot tall Gruffalo, complete with knobbly knees, turned out toes and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose.

Check out the event here.

6. Sailor Puppets: Family Drop-in Craft Activity

HMS Caroline, August 29

Sailor Puppets

Kids can join in with an artist-led workshop on board HMS Caroline and create their own sailor puppet, complete with sailor-style outfit, using recycled materials and mixed media.

More info can be found here.

7. David Hockney: I draw, I do

The MAC, until 16 October

David Hockney

Marking his 80th year, this eagerly anticipated exhibition entitled David Hockney: I draw, I do focuses on the artist’s early work including the famous Paper Pool series, alongside work from the current decade, all of which celebrates David Hockney’s interest in drawing.

Go online for more info.

8· Féile An Droichead

Various locations, August 25 – 28 August


This year’s festival programme offers a shining example of the quality of traditional entertainment on offer in Belfast. Highlights this year include Altan, Josie Nugent, Camino Na Sáile and The Pipes.

Check it out here if you want to enjoy with the family.

9· Bounce! Disability and Deaf Arts Festival

Various locations, August 25 – 28 August


The annual festival boasts a packed programme of theatre, contemporary dance, live music, performance poetry, visual arts and street circus from leading disabled artists from Britain, Ireland and beyond.

Go here for more info.

10· Build It

W5, until 31 August

W5 Build It

Calling all budding architects, builders and engineers! Build bridges, towers, animals and abstract structures using a wide range of natural wood blocks, bricks, logs and shapes.

Whatever your age, whatever your experience, whatever inspires you – just build it!

Go online to find out more.

Check out Visit Belfast for more info on upcoming events in Belfast. 

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