9th Belfast Book Festival
Fri 7 - Sun 16 June
The Queen’s Quarter’s Crescent Arts Centre hosts this annual celebration of scribes and scripts. Authors as wide-ranging as Prue Leith, Roddy Doyle and Will Self will be talking about their work. The page turning theme continues with literary workshops, a book-themed exhibition and, on Sat 15, a free Family Fun Day. Slip between the sheets at www.belfastbookfestival.com.
12, 14, 20-22 & 25-28 June
South Belfast's Ormeau Park is where it's at for this annual music festival with headline acts including Slash, Stormzy and Tiesto. Get the full line-up and book tickets at www.belsonic.com.
Belfast City Blues Festival
Fri 28 - Sun 30 June
Enjoy a raft of cool music at trad pubs and venues mainly focusing on the Cathedral Quarter, St. George's Market and the Blues on the Boat music cruises. Get your moorings and discover new and old performers at www.belfastcityblues.com.
Fri 12 July
Belfast City Centre
This annual event commemorates Protestant King William of Orange’s defeat of his Catholic father-in-law King James II at 1690’s Battle of the Boyne. Orange Orders from here and overseas, accompanied by a cacophony of pipe and flute bands, will parade through Belfast from 10:00. To find out more about NI’s historic and divisive public holiday view our online feature on The Twelfth and the Orange Order. And you can also visit the Museum of Orange Heritage, Schomberg House, Cregagh Rd, East Belfast, www.orangeheritage.co.uk.
The 148th Open
Sun 14 - Sun 21 July
Royal Portrush Golf Club
The world's greatest golfers descend on the world's greatest golf course as The Open returns to Royal Portrush Golf Club, and indeed Northern Ireland, for the first time since 1951. Tiger Woods is on course to win another 2019 Major while locals will be cheering on their hero Rory McIlroy.
Summer Rose Fair 2019
Fri 19 - Sun 21 July
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
The world-renowned International Rose Garden at this beautiful south Belfast expanse blooms with over one million stems from July to September. This week-long event celebrates the flowers with a packed programme of floral art and exhibitions, family entertainment and live music. Pick your favourites at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events.
Fri 26 July to Sun 4 Aug
Various Belfast Locations
Ireland’s largest LGBT festival takes over the city for ten days with a diverse line-up of debates, film, family entertainment, concerts, comedy and drama. Tens of thousands of people are set to embrace the event, the highlight of which will be the annual Pride Parade and Party in the Square at Custom House Square on Pride Day, Sat 3 Aug. Keep checking for updates at www.belfastpride.com.
Craft Month throughout August www.craftni.org
NI's annual celebration of craft celebrates our local creative industries in all their visual wonderfulness.
August Féile and EastSide Arts Festival
Thu 1 - Sun 11 Aug feilebelfast.com and www.eastsidearts.net
East and West Belfast reach out with their annual community festivals running concurrently across both sides of the city. Look out for music, comedy, movies, theatre, talks, poetry and heritage tours. with highlights including Boyzone and Phil Coulter performing at Féile. Keep an eye on both websites for all the latest news and to book tickets.
Sun 25 Aug www.belfastmela.org.uk
World music, dance, fashion, food and fun take centre stage in Botanic Gardens as Ireland's largest celebration of world cultures returns for yet another action-packed extravaganza.