Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition
Thu 11 April - Sun 1 Sept
Titanic Exhibition Centre
Authentic props, costumes, weapons and set decorations from the iconic fantasy series, much of which is filmed in Northern Ireland, take centre stage at this extensive exhibition. Fans can experience Westeros and the lands beyond with immersive environments, interactives and multimedia content designed to whisk them from King's Landing via the frozen lands Beyond the Wall, on to the Iron Throne Room and much more. Get your bearings and book your tickets at gameofthronesexhibition.com.
19th Belfast Film Festival
Thu 11 - Sat 20 Apr
With 90 features, 80 shorts and plenty of accompanying guests and events, this year's highlights include Robert Carlyle in Conversation, Pop Up Puppet Cinema and Strictly Ballroom at the Titanic Hotel Ballroom. But at its core is thought-provoking, cutting edge and down right entertaining big and small screen action. Keep up-to-date atwww.belfastfilmfestival.org.
Lord Mayor's Day
Sat 13 April, 12:00 - 17:00
Belfast City Hall lawns
The city's First Citizen, Cllr. Deirdre Hargey, celebrates the city and her year in office with this free family fun day of music, arts & crafts, tours and street performances. Join her and the crowds under the inclusive banner ‘A Belfast for All’.
Titanic commemoration service
Mon 15 Apr, 12:00
Titanic Memorial Garden, Belfast City Hall
2019 marks 107 years since the sinking of RMS Titanic, and this annual service of remembrance reflects on the lives that were lost. For more info on organisers, the Belfast Titanic Society, visit www.belfast-titanic.com.
Sat 27 & Sun 28 April
Barnett Demesne, Malone House, South Belfast
Get into the open air and enjoy this annual celebration of all things Spring with floral art, flower shows, exotic reptiles, swooping falcons, live music, entertainment, dancing and children's activities. Check ahead for parking and public transport options. www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events
20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Thu 2 - Sun 12 May
Cathedral Quarter, various venues
Eleven days of music, comedy, theatre, literature and visual art entertains the faithful at this fabulously eclectic event. Among the headline acts confirmed are Echo and the Bunnymen, Teenage Fanclub, Spiritualized, Irish author Bernard MacLaverty and comedian Jerry Sadowitz. And donlt miss the always funny, never not Festival of Fools nestling within its happy hug from Fri 3 - Mon 6 May. Check out the full line-up and book tickets at www.cqaf.com and www.foolsfestival.com.
38th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon
Sun 5 May
Thousands of runners hit the streets of north, south, east and west Belfast for this cavalcade of fitness and fundraising. The re-routed flatter and faster race, and first to run on Sunday, starts at 09:00 at East Belfast's Stormont Estate and finishes at South Belfast's Ormeau Park. Find out more at www.belfastcitymarathon.com.
Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival
Sat 25 - Mon 27 May
From 10:00 daily
Belfast's Quaysides and Titanic Quarter's Maritime Mile
Maritime-themed family fun, food and frolics take over this bumper Bank Holiday weekend. Climb aboard magnificent tall ships and naval vessels to meet the captain and crew and learn a bit more about life at sea. Fairground rides and outdoor activities continue the quayside fun and games. Get your sea legs at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events.
Belfast Spring Continental Market
Thu 23 - Mon 27 May
Belfast City Hall lawns
Local and global food, drink, gifts and treats take over Belfast City Hall's lawns to complement the Titanic Maritime Festival. Explore the stalls and fill your boots before diving back into the quayside activities or city centre shops, sights and delights. www.marketplaceeurope.co.uk.