Here are a few of our top picks!
No Alibis: A veritable Aladdin’s cave, this independent bookstore has a particular interest in children’s books, Irish literature, history and politics, the humanities and, as the name would suggest, mystery fiction. A warm welcome awaits you! No Alibis is also a venue during our festival, and hosts other events throughout the year. Located on Botanic Avenue, within the Queen’s Quarter.
Born & Bred: So much more than a shop selling beautiful, locally-made gifts, you can see and meet artists at work in their studio space upstairs. Clothing, jewellery, prints, homewares, cards, candles, food, we dare you to leave empty-handed! Located on Ann Street.
Craft NI Gallery: Peruse an impressive selection of work from some of Northern Ireland’s many talented designer-makers. Shop jewellery, ceramics, textiles, homewares, cards and more for that special gift or treat. Located on Royal Avenue, opposite Central Library.
Wrapped Up: A treasure trove of ceramics, prints, jewellery, painting, textiles, candles, photography and food, all designed and made in Ireland. Located in Castlecourt Shopping Centre.
Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association: Discover more about Belfast’s history and characters with the expertise of a qualified professional Blue Badge Guide. Check out the dedicated tours taking place during our festival. Whether you are a resident of Northern Ireland who wants to know more or are visiting the city for the first time these tours are a must!
Seedhead Arts – Street Art Walking Tour : Every Sunday at noon, join a gently paced, two hour walk around the ever changing face of Belfast street art and learn more about the artists and inspiration behind these new icons of Belfast.
Boundary Brewery – if you love your craft beer, check out the Tap Room sessions, Fridays 4-11pm and Saturdays 2-11pm, at this independent cooperative brewery, specialising in modern American and traditional Belgian beers, based in the site of a former linen spinning mill in East Belfast. Oh and there’ll be food trucks on site too!