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May Bank Holiday weekend: What's on in Northern Ireland

For those enjoying an extended weekend this May Day Bank Holiday, take a look through the top events happening in Belfast and across Northern Ireland.

Belfast city marathon, Belfast city centre - Monday, May 1

Over 17, 500 runners are expected to hit the streets of Belfast as the city hosts the annual event

The route will remain the same as last year, starting at Belfast City Hall and finishing at Ormeau Park. The official nominated charity for the 2017 event is Mencap.

For further details please contact the Belfast City Marathon Office on 028 9060 5933 or email

Time: 9am

Venue: Starting at Belfast City Hall and finishing at Ormeau Park

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Festival of Fools, Belfast city centre - Friday, April 28 - Monday May, 1

The four day festival will take place across the Bank Holiday weekend with  a host of performers take to the streets of Belfast with free acts for all the family to enjoy.

This year's shows will be taking place in Bank Square, Cornmarket, Cotton Court, Saint Anne’s Square and Writers’ Square in Belfast city centre.

For full listings, visit

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast city centre - runs until Sunday, May 7

The annual event continues this May Day with a full day of events, including performances from Northern Ireland acts such as the Divine Comedy, Cara Dillon, Joel Mawhinney, and Duke Special.

Irish Folk band Kíla, Jamaician poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, and American comedian Rich Hall are also included in this year's line up.

For full details on this year's events, visit

Million Dollar Quartet at the Grand Opera House, Belfast - runs until Saturday, April 29

Jason Donovan stars in the hit musical that tells the story of the famous recording session on December 4, 1956 that brought together rock‘n’roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

Written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, Million Dollar Quartet features a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.


Tuesday - Saturday - 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday - 2.30pm

Ticket prices: £21.25 - £40.25

Imelda May, Millennium Forum, Londonderry - Sunday, April, 30

The Dublin singer will take to the stage as one of the headline acts for this year's City of Derry Jazz Festival.

Imelda will be performing her best known hits including Johnny Got A Boom Boom and Big Bad Handsome Man.

Time: 8pm

Price: £27.50 - £35.00

Bank Holiday Weekend at Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is celebrating the Bank Holiday weekend with a host of activities for all the family.

Challenge the kids with the venue's Explorer Trail throughout the Titanic Experience, meet the Titanic Mascots and try out the family interactive guide.

For more information, visit

Holywood May Day celebrations, Holywood, Co Down

The town's annual May Day celebrations will see crowds flock to the centre for a flurry of activity.

Local school children will dance their way around Ireland's only may pole in the centre of town, surrounded by stalls, street theatre entertainment, children's fun and more

Time: 10am - 4pm

Price: Free

Glenarm Castle Annual Tulip Festival, Glenarm, Co Antrim

The Co Antrim town's famous tulip festival offers a great opportunity to enjoy a spring walk through Glenarm’s walled garden.

Visitors can meet representatives from Blom Bulbs about the many different varieties of tulips as well as browse through the many different craft stalls and enjoy live music and entertainment for all the family.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Castle will also be open for guided tours by the Castle Butler and house staff.

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