Belfast Children's Festival is an annual international festival for children aged 0 - 17 years and their accompanying adults. Events take place both in and out of school time for schools, groups and families to attend.

20th Belfast Children's Festival 9th - 14th March 2018

The 2018 Belfast Children's Festival is a 6 day birthday party as the festival turns 20! Our festival theme is ‘FAMILY’, so dive into the packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. Many festival events sell out so book early to avoid disappointment.

Booking Tickets

Our box office is now open Saturday 10th March 9am-1pm, to contact the office please ring 028 90230660.

For some events tickets may be purchased from The MAC, The Lyric, or on the door. Please see individual event listings.

This year adults will pay the same price as children! Maximum ticket price £10 (plus £1.50 booking fee per transaction*).

Babes in arm (under 2yrs) free (Excludes Baby Rave and Sensescapes) 
If you would like your toddler to have their own seat please purchase a ticket 

*Some venues will be selling tickets for events too, whose booking transaction fee may differ to ours.

Please note, once purchased tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless the event is cancelled.

Early Bird Schools & Youth Group Bookings for Belfast Children's Festival 2018 Now Open

If you need help finding any of our venues Click Here!


Dates for future Belfast Children's Festival - Add them to your diary now!

Fri 8 - Wed 13 March 2019

Fri 6 - Wed 11 March 2020

Fri 5 - Wed 10 March 2021

What's On at the Festival

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018

    Creative Writing with Áine Ní Ghlinn (Schools Event - SOLD OUT)

    Áine Ní Ghlinn

    Poet and Children's author, Áine Ní Ghlinn will facilitate a creative writing workshop through Irish for age 10+ (P6/P7 classes).

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018

    Miracoco Luminarium

    Architects of Air

    Tickets available on the door 12pm-5.30pm - Last admission.

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018

    The Assistant's Revenge

    Cahoots NI

    Tickets available from the MAC

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018


    kabinet k & hetpaleis

    Tickets available from The Lyric

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018

    Volume Control

    Oh Yeah Music Centre

    Tickets available on the door

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Wed 14 Mar 2018

    I Think I Will Tell You About My Dream

    In association with Young at Art, Ulster University & MUMO
  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Tue 13 Mar 2018

    Pilgrims, Princesses, and Beardy Old Men

    PJ Lynch

    Children are also invited to explore the magic of PJ’s illustrations at the Discover Art space in the museum.

  • Sat 10 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018


    Dalija Acin Thelander

    Tickets available on the door

  • Sat 10 Mar 2018 to Wed 14 Mar 2018

    The Big Picture

    Young at Art, Laureate na nÓg

    PJ Lynch, Belfast born illustrator and current Laureate na nÓg, has chosen the theme “The Big Picture” to be his legacy project.

  • Sat 10 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018

    The Big Botanic Birthday Bash

    Young at Art

    You are invited to our 20th Birthday party!

  • Sat 10 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018

    EGG-tion Hero (SOLD OUT)

    Maas Theater en Dans

    EGG-tion Hero is a hilarious half hour site-specific theatre performance for toddlers and their parents.

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