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Beer festivals to enjoy in Northern Ireland 2019

There’s nothing like drinking beer in a crowded hall and while we’re happy to borrow the Bavarian Oktoberfest, Northern Ireland also hosts a few beer festivals of its own, showcasing some of the local beers and ciders from the more than 30 local microbreweries. Here’s a roundup:

Portrush Beer & Food Festival

portrush-beerfest-Rigor-PortisPortrush Town Hall, 2 Kerr St, Portrush, Co. Antrim  BT56 8DG

Date: 4–5th October, 2019
Time: Bar open: 5-10pm (Friday); 1-10pm (Saturday)
Price:  £8 entry which includes a Festival glass and drinks menu. Tokens to purchase beer are sold in £10 ‘packages’, each brewery will set its own prices – expect to pay about £5/pint.

This is set in the cosy Portrush Town Hall and fills up quickly so there’s your excuse to arrive early!

Oktoberfest Belfast

Oktoberfest Belfast

Custom House Square, Belfast  BT13FF

Date: THREE weekends of oom pa, beer, bratwursts and live music:

  • Friday 4 (5-11pm) – Saturday 5 October (4-11pm)
  • Thursday 10 October (5-11pm), Friday 11 October (5-11pm) & Saturday 12 October (4-11pm)
  • Thursday 17 October (5-11pm), Friday 18 October (5-11pm) & Saturday 19 October (4-11pm)

Price:  Entry £4.50. Steins (1 litre) £9.80; wine £18.00
Group packages available which include reserved seating, table service, meals vouchers, etc. See site for details.

As close to a real German Oktoberfest as you can get in Northern Ireland. Served by staff in traditional Bavarian costumes you’ll get to sup on a ‘full range of beers to meet your palate’ including Paulener Oktoberfest lager, brewed especially for the Munich Beer Festival. There will also be  bratwursts, burgers and chicken cooked on a traditional swing BBQ all available with salad.

Entertainment includes an Oom Pa Pa band every night as well as live music from bands Peach, Twenty 2 Ten, Juram, Libreals, Ri and Green Means Go.

Learn more

20th Belfast Beer & Cider Festival

Postponed for 2019. Hope to seem them back in 2020!

Sippy Fest 2019

Guildhall, Derry Londonderry, BT48 6QD

Date: Friday 29 (4-11pm) – Saturday 30 November (2-11pm) 2019 
Price: Entry price includes one free drink.

  • Friday/Saturday only – £15
  • Weekend – £25 (early-bird £20)

Set in Derry’s beautiful Guildhall, come try out beers, ciders and other distilled beverages from the best of local brewers with the cream of local acts, and a selection of great food.

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Belfast Oktoberfest at The Christmas Market

Date:  17 November – 22 December, 2019

The Belfast Oktoberfest Beer tent will again be a feature of the Belfast Christmas Market!


The events listed below took place in 2019 and we can hope for their return  in 2020 on or about the anniversary date. We will update information as soon as we have it!

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Oktoberfest – Spring Beer Festival


Who wants to wait until October for a beer festival. Oktoberfest-NI are organising two events to celebrate spring and the coming of summer. Expect singing, live music and ‘Heidi Girls’ serving  steins of Erdinger.

Portrush Town Hall, 1 Mark St, Portrush

Coinciding with the NW200 road racing event.

  • Friday 17 – Saturday 18  May 2019: opens 2pm to late

The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast

  • Friday 24 – Saturday 25 May 2019: open 8pm to late (Friday) and 6pm to late (Saturday)

General entry is £3 with steins at £9.50 each, or buy a package at £50 which gives you table seating for four people (tables seat 8) for the afternoon/evening, with table service and a stein of beer each. Plenty of other drinks available. Visit organiser website.

Belfast Craft  Beer Festival

A celebration of Irish craft brewing with over 100 craft beers, ciders and gin cocktails

Custom House Square, Belfast, BT1 3ED

  • Friday 31 May 2019: opens 4-11pm; live music from 6:30-9pm with DJ from 9-10:30pm
  • Saturday June 1 2019: opens 1-11pm; live music from 3:30-9pm with DJ from 9-10:30pm

Live music, a gin garden and of course, plenty of beer. Ticket prices at £11.05 (plus booking fee) for general admission on any day, with early bird offers including drinks tokens available. Learn more

Hilden Beer & Music Festival 2019


Dates, Times & Ticket Prices:
Friday 23 August – 2pm-midnight ~ £15.00 + service fee of £1.76
Saturday 24 August – 2pm-midnight ~ £20.00 + service fee of £2.15
Saturday 7 September – 2pm-midnight ~ £15.00 + service fee of £1.76

Children accompanied by adults get free access on the Saturday.

Summer beer and music festival in the ground of Hilden Brewery, Lisburn, Co Down, this year celebrating its 37th year. The festival showcases the finest collection of music, complemented by the wide range of local ales, beer and spirits available. The organisers promise that 2019 will offer more acts, more stages and a host of family friendly activities for children of all ages to enjoy. Excuse the dated video – it appears to be the most recent that gives a good roundup of what to expect :-).

See Facebook page for details and tickets.


Beer in a spectacular gothic venue.

Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast
Date: 6-7 September 2019
Session 1: Friday 6 September – 2pm-midnight
Session 2: Saturday 7 September – Midday-5:00pm
Session 3: Saturday 7 September – 6pm-Midnight

The event was sold out last year so get your tickets early. Ticket prices £18.50 with a £1.66 booking fee. Early-bird discount available for tickets bought in April 2019 – £2 off individual session tickets, and £4 off the ‘whole Shebang’ price of £49.

Ticket prices include access, and ABV19 festival glass, a 1/3 beer pour and branded pencil. Follow the ABV on Facebook for information about the event including tasting notes closer to the date. Learn more

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