Things to do for all ages in Belfast this weekend, May 31 - June 2

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Summer finally arrives this weekend and we cannot believe we are already into June - where has the year gone!

And while we may not have weather to rival Spain to welcome in the new season, the rain is expected to stay off this weekend in Belfast and the sun may even make an appearance.

If you are hoping to make the most of a dry weekend while you can, there are plenty of fun things happening across the greater Belfast area to entertain you over the next few days.

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Here's what is happening in Belfast this weekend, May 31 to June 2

Michael McIntyre - SSE Arena

May 31 - June 1

Much has happened in the five years since his last tour and Michael will be making mirth from the madness of it all.

Michael is the host of two of the BBC's most successful entertainment shows, the BAFTA-winning Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and The Wheel, which he devised and also hosts for NBC in America.

His previous tours have sold over four million tickets and broken box-office records around the world. Michael’s return to stand-up is not to be missed!

AVA Festival - Titanic Slipways

May 31 - June 1

AVA is an Audio Visual Arts Festival & Conference that celebrates, amplifies and develops electronic music, visual art and immersive technology.

Celebrating 10 years in Belfast, the massive dance festival returns to the Titanic Slipways this weekend to welcome in the summer and bring huge global artists to the city.

Seann Walsh - MAC

May 31

Comedian Seann Walsh is in Belfast with his Back From The Bed tour.

"Hello, Seann here. Did you know that comedians have to write their own blurb? I find that absolutely insane. What am I meant to say? “I’m fantastic, come and look at me talk”? I don’t know. It’s me. I do stand-up.

"I guess I can start with the fact I renamed the tour. Sticking with ‘Same Again?’ felt a bit triggering after the last few years we’ve had. So it is now called Back from the Bed.

"Some of the material will be the same as I had always planned and some of it will be new because it will be difficult to avoid mentioning the last few years in which millions of decent people tragically lost their lives to TikTok."

Live at Botanic Gardens - Botanic Gardens

AVA Festival
AVA Festival

June 1 - June 2

Festival season is underway in Belfast and Live at Botanic Gardens have been getting fans warmed up for a massive summer of music.

With a number of big shows already done and dusted, the two remaining acts of Live at Botanic Gardens 2024 are ready to bring the beat to the South Belfast Park.

The Classic will perform on Saturday, June 1 followed by Christy Moore closing the festival on Sunday, June 2.

Never Mind the Mock Blame - Waterfront Hall

June 1

Never Mind the Mock Blame returns with Northern Ireland's top comedians taking over the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on 01 June 2024.

The panel show you never knew you needed.

Following 3 instant sell out shows in the last year, Never Mind The Mock Blame is back again, taking over the Waterfront Hall on Saturday 01 June 2024. A partial game-show, news and current events review featuring a selection of the best comedians in the country.

Nature Exploration Day - Ulster Folk Museum

June 1

Slightly outside of Belfast, join for a day of hands-on activities on Saturday 1st June as they celebrate the amazing nature-based research at the Ulster Folk Museum.

There will be opportunities to engage with nature by investigating mini-beasts up close, taking part in identification walks guided by scientists, making nature-themed crafts, tasting foraged foods and appreciating the world around you in a whole new way.

The Pillowman - Lyric Theatre

June 1 - June 2

Step into the captivating world of The Pillowman, an extraordinary stage play by award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh that plunges deep into the mysterious realms of oppression and artistic expression.

Within the confines of a totalitarian state, a writer finds himself ensnared in a gripping interrogation, his short stories echoing the unsettling reality of ongoing child murders in his town. From the ingenious mind of Martin McDonagh, celebrated for masterpieces like The Banshees of Inisherin, emerges a horror comedy that dissects the profound role of the artist in society.

Widely hailed as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years, The Pillowman compels us to contemplate the true cost of our cherished freedom of expression.

Fundraiser Family-Fun Day Event for NI Children's Hospice - Newtownabbey

June 2

Another short drive out of the city, a family-fun day event has been announced to raise vital funds for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

The "FunRaiser!" event will be held at V36 at The Valley, Newtownabbey, on Sunday 2nd June. The event, supported by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and The Junction Retail and Leisure Park, promises entertainment for all ages while raising vital funds and awareness for the charity.

The mini festival will be a jam-packed day of activities for the whole family. Children can explore the wonders of the underwater world at the Exploris Aquarium Touch Tank or visit the Jig Saw Farm. There will be inflatables, face painting, a market full of local traders and walkabout characters to meet and greet.

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