Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 21st – 23rd September 2018
Autumn is in full swing, and that means one thing. Exciting, electric events, like Culture Night.
This year, Power NI are right in the centre of the action at Belfast’s Culture Night with a ‘never seen before’ light show at St Anne’s Cathedral. While up in Armagh, the pick of the bunch has to be the Food & Cider Festival, the Belfast City Marathon gets up and running and Festival Lough Erne sets sail this September too!
There’s so much going on, so get browsing through our Map of Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do near you and get planning your perfect weekend.
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1. CULTURE NIGHT BELFAST
Friday 21st September, 3pm – 10pm
Writers Square & Various Belfast City Centre Venues
Belfast’s biggest cultural event is going to be electric!
To celebrate 10 years, we’ll be #LightingUpGenerations in Writers Square at 8pm. The iconic St. Anne’s Cathedral will be the canvas for this unprecedented “projection mapping” of three animations reflecting love, community and togetherness.
With this and over 250 other free family-friendly events, it’s one illuminating night out!
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2. PARK WALKS 2018
Sunday 23rd September
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park, 2.30pm
Take a walk in the park ‘Around the Estate’.
The Estate of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon no less! This gentle guided walk will reveal the history and stories associated with the people and the place. Walk amongst the stunning roses, the Japanese Gardens, the children’s play park and enjoy respite at The Stables Coffee Shop.
Easy going, relaxing, a ‘walk in the park’ in every sense!
3. HIT THE NORTH FESTIVAL
17th – 22nd September, 4pm - 8pm
Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
See Belfast City’s walls transformed with street art!
As a pre-cursor to Culture Night, Hit the North will be splashing colour all across the city’s buildings bringing creativity, vibrancy and artistry as a welcome backdrop to over 250 free events.
Meet the artists, see their art in action, be part of it all.
4. BELFAST CITY HALF MARATHON
Sunday 23rd September, 9am
FREE for Spectators
For six years running, this event has been hard to beat!
Line the route to support and encourage the thousands of runners, as they brave blisters and coax tired legs and achy muscles to compete and complete the fastest growing, largest half marathon in Northern Ireland.
Relay, Fun Run, 8-mile walk, full on marathon, cheer them all on.
5. OWL MAN AT CASTLE ESPIE
Sunday 23rd September, 12pm - 4pm
Event FREE, normal admission applies
You’d be wise not to miss this one!
This is your chance to see a selection of stunningly beautiful and bewildering, elegant and graceful owls, all different kinds and all equally amazing. The Owl Man, Don Scott is the man with the magic touch, teaching you all things owl!
It’s a mesmerising way to spend a Sunday.
6. STEAM ENTERPRISE
Sunday 23rd September
Whitehead Railway Museum
Adult £30, Child £14
It’s full steam ahead for a fantastic family fun day!
Climb aboard the vintage steam train and take a trip all along the track to Dublin! You can board at several stations along the way and enjoy riding, reminiscing and romancing about the railways of old.
Spend time shopping in Dublin before travelling back in time again.
7. ARMAGH FOOD & CIDER FESTIVAL
Saturday 22nd September, 5-10pm
The Shambles Yard, Armagh
The Sundown Food Market is the apple of this festival’s eye!
From 20th-23rd September, Orchard County opens its doors and offers its sumptuous wares with the warmest of harvest welcomes. Enjoy gastro experiences, food adventures and delicious delicacies.
With an urban orchard, cocktail lounge, live music and satisfied tummies.
8. FESTIVAL LOUGH ERNE
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September
£2, Under 12s FREE
Lap up lovely local food on the Lakelands!
Visit Enniskillen Castle in Ireland’s only island town, and feast your eyes on the finest foods, with cookery demonstrations, waterway celebrations, meet local artisan food and drink producers and enjoy live entertainment.
It’s food and water, but not as you know it!
9. NORTH WEST BREW FEST
Saturday 22nd September
Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh, 7pm
Good music, good food, good booze, good craic!
There’s an impressive line-up for this ever-popular Craft Drinks Festival including MacIvor Cider, Dublin City Gin, Ruby Blue Spirits Bellini Bar – Blinkers & Clinkers, they’ll all be there.
10. CULTURE NIGHT DERRY-LONDONDERRY
Friday 21st September
This weekend is Culture-City it seems!
Not to be outdone by its sister city in Belfast, there’s culture, arts and creativity seeping from every pore in this historic and lively hub. Enjoy hundreds of free talks and tours, events and performances.
Bring the whole family for a cultural, wonderful, unforgettable night out.
11. ROE VALLEY SPECIALITY MARKET
Sunday 22nd September
Drumceatt Square, Limavady
Looking for a gift with a difference? Look to Limavady.
Browse the speciality stalls as the traders and makers take time to chat to you about their skills and techniques in creating fine foods, quality crafts and art. Inhale the fresh aromas, enjoy the live music, sample the goods…
It’s less ‘mass production’, more passionate creation.
12. RAMBLE WITH THE RANGER
Saturday 22nd September, 2pm – 4pm
Downhill Demesne, Castlerock
Get the best view, all round!
Get a 360-degree view across the 360-acre Demesne, including access to Downhill Forest, which was once the working heart of the 1770’s landscape. Your guide will offer a little history and a lot of anecdotes along the way.
Fascinating and invigorating – walk this way!
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