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

You can book online at any time.

If you prefer to book by telephone,  our telephone line is open from Thursday 11th January – Wednesday 14th March; Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm. Call 028 9024 3042. 

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.

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

What's On at the Festival

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018

    Miracoco Luminarium

    Architects of Air

    The Miracoco Luminarium is a monumental walk-in sculpture that invites visitors to explore the dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes.

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018

    The Assistant's Revenge

    Cahoots NI

    A spellbinding murder mystery with a magical twist packed with music, glamour, magic, death-defying escapology and maybe even a little…murder!

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018


    kabinet k & hetpaleis

    Horses is a dance performance with an untameable energy, in which 5 children and 5 adults meet.

  • Fri 09 Mar 2018

    Volume Control

    Oh Yeah Music Centre
  • 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 Wed 14 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
  • 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

    Maas Theater en Dans

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

  • Sat 10 Mar 2018

    Little Lullabies (Booked Out)

    Northern Ireland Opera

    This is a brand new adventure devised by the same team that brought you The Rainbow Boat as part of BCF17

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