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What's on: 12 things to do in Northern Ireland October 2-8

It's a bumper week in Northern Ireland with loads of events happening across the province - including music, theatre, comedy and, everyone's favourite, food.

1. Portrush Beer and Food Festival, Portrush - October 6-8

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The very best of local produce and drink will be on the menu when Portrush Beer and Food Festival returns.

Set to be a weekend to remember, the festival boasts an extended programme and will be held in Portrush Town Hall.

The event will also raise funds for a very worthy local cause, with organisers nominating Portrush RNLI as their chosen charity.

For more information, visit

2. John Bishop at the SSE Arena, Belfast - October 4 - 5

John Bishop

The Liverpool funny man will perform his new stage show Winging It in Belfast this week.

Both gigs will be performed in association with the Belfast Comedy Festival, which begins on Monday, October 2.

Time: 8pm

Price: From £27.50

3. FEAR - Fermanagh Endurance Adventure Race, Enniskillen - Saturday, October 7


What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting up close and personal with Fermanagh’s rugged and wild terrain.

A multi-sport competition consisting of three sporting disciplines cycling, trail running and kayaking.

To register visit

Price: £45

4. The Addams Family at the Grand Opera House, Belfast - October 3 - 7

The Addams Family runs at the Grand Opera House from Tuesday, October 3

Everyone's favourite kooky family are now on stage at the Grand Opera House as Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows.

She's fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences?

Starring Samantha Womack, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Les Dennis.

Price: £21.25 - £44.25


Tuesday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday: 2.30pm

5. Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast - Friday, October 6 - Saturday, October 28

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Compassion: The History of the Machine Gun

This year's Belfast International Arts Festival will see 191 events over 23 days from 14 countries including 12 premieres.

The Festival opens on Friday, October 6 with the UK and Irish premier of Compassion: The History of the Machine Gun at the Lyric Theatre.

For full details of events, visit

6. Farmer's Bash at the SSE Arena, Belfast - Friday, October 6

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Farmer's Bash will take place at the SSE arena in October.

Country music stars Derek Ryan, Lisa McHugh and Robert Mizzell will headline Farmers Bash in Belfast - Ireland's largest indoor country music event.

Also topping the bill will be Grassmen, with special appearances from Marty Mone ‘Hit The Diff’, Hugo Duncan and Country Harmony.

Time: 7pm

Price: From £28

7. Belfast Comedy Festival, Belfast - October 2-8 

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Taking place in venues across the city, Belfast Comedy Festival celebrates its sixth year.

The festival is not limited to stand-up comedy and aims to entertain, challenge, and inspire through a diverse programme of theatre, workshops, seminars, circus, film, quizzes, competitions, and includes events for children.

Critically acclaimed comedians such as John Bishop, Rubberbandits, Henning Wehn, Joel Dommett, and Bec Hill, many fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, will appear in association with major venues.

For more information, visit

8. Three's A Shroud at Belfast Waterfront - October 4 - 21

For generations, Catholic undertakers in Belfast have buried Catholics and Protestant undertakers have buried Protestants. So you'd think now that we have peace (mostly), we could stick to these rules? 

But when veteran undertaker, Gerry McSorely, finds his Catholic customers being stolen by young Protestant rival, Basil Gray, an undertaking war breaks out.

Written by Stephen Large and directed by Martin Lynch.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: From £15.50

9. Christy Moore at the Ulster Hall, Belfast - October, 4-5

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Christy Moore

One of the most compelling and inspirational musicians Ireland has ever seen, Christy Moore will perform two shows in Belfast this week.

Christy has produced more than 25 solo albums, from Paddy on the Road in 1969 to the worldwide release of Lily in 2016.

Time: 8pm

Price: £35

10. Lush! Classical 2017 at the SSE Arena, Belfast - Saturday, October 7

This special event will be performed by the Ulster Orchestra as well as guest DJ's, including Paul Oakenfold.

Along with live vocalists, they will collectively be playing floor fillers from the past 20 years.

Time: £7.30pm

11. Joel Dommett at Belfast Waterfront - Friday, October 6

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Joel Dommett was runner up on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

The star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and Sky1’s Bring The Noise comes to the Waterfront as part of the Belfast Comedy Festival.

Joel is also known for appearing in hit shows Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Reality Bites (ITV2), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC), and Drunk History (Comedy Central).

Time: 8pm

Price: £18.50

12. Neil Diamond at the SSE Arena, Belfast - Sunday, October 8

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Neil Diamond is coming back to Belfast

US singing legend Neil Diamond comes to Belfast's SSE Arena as part of his 50th anniversary tour.

Throughout his musical career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums.

Doors open: 6.30pm

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