It’s set to be a scorcher of a weekend so maybe you’re in the mood to just lounge about the garden or maybe hit your favourite beach, park or beer garden.

If so you should check out our list of 11 Beautiful Beaches Near Belfast or 16 Places To Go In Belfast When The Sun Is Shining.

Or, if you’d like something more structured this weekend, check out these activities…

Paranormal Tours

Crumlin Road Gaol, Friday May 13, 8.30pm-11pm, website


What better way to spend Friday 13th! This paranormal tour will take you to the various hot spots of the gaol where paranormal activity has been reported and the guide will tell you of the harrowing stories associated with these areas. Paranormal tours are carried out in low light conditions and are not for the faint hearted. Suitable warm clothing and flat shoes must be worn. Suitable for 15 years and above.

Film & Comic Con

Titanic Exhibition Centre, Saturday & Sunday May 14-15, 9am-6pm £8/£15 website


Belfast Film and Comic Con promises to bring you some of your favourite stars from TV, Film and Comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and Film memorabilia to browse. Robert Englund who plays Freddie Kreuger in Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the special guests along with Sylvester McCoy who played Doctor Who.

Belfast Music Tour

Departs Ulster Hall, Saturday May 14, 2pm, £8/£6 website


Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks. Finish up at the Belfast Music exhibition at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Victoria Square Food Festival

Victoria Square, Friday to Sunday, May 13-15 website

Food Festival

Enjoy workshops, food demos, delicious samples and exclusive offers throughout the weekend. There will also be exhibitors showcasing the very best in tasty, local, artisan products.

It includes sushi schools and origami workshops with Yo! Sushi, sampling with Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Kitchen Bar and TGI Fridays as well as Hawaiian entertainment, food and beer courtesy of Kua Aina.

There will also be a sampling booth showcasing Cosmo, Nandos, Spur Steak and Grill and an Artisan Food Fayre from Indie Fude, La Coquine, Habanero Steves, Granny Shaws and Ruby’s Fine Foods.

The Bonnevilles Album Launch

The Empire, Saturday May 14, 8.30pm, £8 website


The Bonnevilles are in the Empire on Saturday night to launch their new album, the follow up to their critically acclaimed Folk Art & The Death of Electric Jesus.

Support comes from The Crossfire Hurricanes, Los Bloody Rackets and Waldorf & Cannon. There will also be a DJ set from Sarge.

Joni Mitchell – The Stories And Songs By Shadows And Light

Crescent Arts Centre, Saturday May 14, 8.30pm, £10 website

Joni Mitchell

Shadows and Light are captivating audiences with their intimate show on the iconic singer–songwriter Joni Mitchell, recently receiving a standing ovation at a Culture Night performance in the magnificent St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Their stunning interpretations are performed by vocalist Maura Vambeck, Dave Mulligan on guitar and Paul Enright on keyboard. They have played to a full house at the Black Box Theatre Belfast, the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre and the Wicklow Arts Festival.

Their show features songs from the huge Joni repertoire, including classics from the landmark ‘Blue’ album, along with some of the lesser-known numbers like Hejira, Secret Place and Hissing of Summer Lawns. The show is also dappled with fascinating stories behind the lyrics and the various loves of Joni. If you like Joni, you will love this.

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