The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (October 28 – November 3).

  • Turner Prize 2013, Building 80/81, Ebrington, Co. Londonderry, October 23 – January 5.  The Turner Prize is coming to Derry~Londonderry, the first time the award has ever been held outside England.  This is your chance to discover what is new and exciting in art right now with a free exhibition of current art.
  • Diwali Festival of Lights, various venues in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, October 24 – November 9.  This festival will bring Indian culture, arts, music and food to Strabane with Henna art, an Indian costumes fashion show and more.
  • Ghost of the Glens Festival, Cushendall, Co. Antrim, October 25 – 27.  Spend the weekend listening to stories during this annual festival which will be a feast of stories, songs and music with lots of the activities for all the family including a forest walk and many more spooktacular happenings.
  • Hallowtides Festival, Newcastle, Co. Down, October 26 – 31.  Newcastle will be filled with creepy and mysterious characters this Halloween with haunted house tours, a fancy dress competition, pumpkin carving, live music and one of Northern Ireland’s largest fireworks displays.
  • Midterm Family Festival, Titanic Belfast, Belfast, October 28 – 31.  Titanic Belfast is celebrating the midterm with four days of fun with face painting, arts and crafts and a fancy dress competition with great prizes to be won.
  • Dracula – The Panto, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, October 28 – November 2.  Spend a spooky night out as gothic meets slapstick in a fun-packed show.  Dracula – The Panto is a family favourite full of irresistibly scary fun in a true panto style.
  • Halloween in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, October 31.  Come along to Ballycastle this Halloween for a fancy dress parade, prizes and fireworks at the seafront.  Festivities start at 6.30pm.

  • Halloween Howler, Share Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, October 31 – November 2.  The Halloween Howler is back with a bang this year with more spooktacular treats and ghostly goings.  Enjoy a ghost ship cruise, the haunted forest trail, pumpkin carving, a pumpkin paddle, face painting, fireworks and much more.
  • Teenage Kicks – The Punk Musical, Millennium Forum, Co. Londonderry, November 1 – 9.  Teenage Kicks is a musical about teenage lust and love, set in Derry~Londonderry during the late 70s, which features classic songs from the punk era.  Written by award winning novelist and screenwriter, Colin Bateman, the show is all about being a kid, rebelling against authority and about falling in love.
  • Faerie Stories, Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, November 2.  A man and a goblin meet in the library.  In their hunger for stories they weave three enchanted tales from a string of dusty books.  Fusing Scottish Gaelic culture with puppetry, music and physical theatre, this wonderful show transports audiences into the magic, mysterious and ancient faerie worlds.