As though just to tempt us from our ‘Sober October’ there’s an amazing array of events on in Belfast this week to choose from…
1. Oktoberfest Belfast
King’s Hall, 25 Sept – 17 Oct, £3.50 Entry
Join the celebration of food, beer and music at this year’s Oktoberfest held in Kings Hall, held every Friday and Saturday over three weekends.
Oktoberfest will have a full range of beers to meet your palate, including the delicious Paulaner Oktoberfest Lager which is only brewed for the Munich Beer Festival. Just to get you in the mood, all the food and beer will be served by friendly staff in traditional Bavarian costumes.
In even better news, as is tradition in Bavaria the beer will be served in 1 litre glasses (steins) – saving you constantly having to make trips up to the bar (well, in theory anyway…)
For more info check out oktoberfestbelfast.com.
2. Legally Blonde
Grand Opera House, 29 Sept – 3 Oct, £13 – £32.50
From the company that brought you Oliver! and Jesus Christ Superstar, Ulster Operatic Company presents the all-singing-all-dancing romantic comedy, Legally Blonde the Musical.
Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new found friends Paulette, Emmett and her Chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart. Go to goh.co.uk for tickets.
3. Ghostbusters 2
Strand Arts Centre, Oct 1 8pm, £3.50
After saving New York City from a ghost attack, the Ghostbusters are disbanded for demolishing parts of the city during the battle. But when Ghostbuster Peter Venkman learns that spirits have taken an interest in his son, the men launch a rogue ghost-chasing mission. A great way to put you in the mood for Halloween with a blast of nostalgia.
Director: Ivan Reitman. Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis.
For tickets go to strandartscentre.com/ghostbusters-ii-1989.
4. Hennessy 250 Dinner
Merchant Hotel, Oct 1 7.30 pm
Celebrate the Hennessy 250 anniversary in style with The Merchant Hotel’s Hennessy 250 Dinner in the Great Room Restaurant.
This seven-course menu will take you on a gastronomic journey through the last 250 years of Hennessy, with food inspired by and paired with a selection of Hennessy Cognacs and an opportunity to taste the 250 Collector Blend.
Tickets are priced at £69.50 – with the drinks reception beginning at 7:30pm, and the dinner being served from 8pm. The merchanthotel.com has more info.
5. The Lemonheads
Limelight, Oct 4 at 8pm, £19.50
US Alternative Rock luminaries The Lemonheads return to Belfast at The Limelight 2. Fronted by acclaimed singer / guitarist Evan Dando, the band are best known for “Mrs Robinson”, their punk infused, chart bothering Simon & Garfunkel cover version, however they have enjoyed a career spanning almost 30 years and 9 LP releases.
Their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” eventually became one of the band’s most successful singles. The Lemonheads were active until 1997 before going on hiatus, but reformed with a new lineup in 2005 and released The Lemonheads the following year.
For more info head to limelightbelfast.com.
6. Belfast Comedy Festival
Sunday 4 October, 8pm, The Black Box
Paul stormed the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2009 and has since gone on to appear on BBC’s Live at the Electric and gained a fan base that includes some of the UK’s comedy A-listers such as Stewart Lee, Tony Law and Tom Stade.
For more information and tickets, visit belfastcomedyfestival.com.