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What's happening in 2020?

  • 2 January 2020
What's happening in 2020?

The historic Walled City of Derry~Londonderry celebrated an epic year in 2019, not only did we host a number of must-see events and festivals, we also celebrated the 400th anniversary of our historic City Walls.

The first Legenderry Street Food Festival took place, and we attracted more people than ever to our famous Derry Halloween clebrations. Derry Girls hit our TV screens in 2018, but 2019 was the year we saw the Series 2 premiere hosted in the city, and the arrival of the Derry Girls screen walking tour, and Derry Girls Afternoon Tea at the Everglades Hotel. 

Fear not, 2020 is showing no signs of slowing down, the city's calendar of events and festivals is already shaping up nicely. Check out some of the highlighted events below, and keep an eye on our events section as we'll be adding more events along the way.






Farmer Michael and Kathleen

The King & Queen of farming satire, Farmer Michael and Kathleen will be live on stage at the Millennium Forum on Friday 17th January with their own brand of hilarity. Tickets are on sale now for just £20. Over 18s only. ⁠Buy tickets here.




Imbolc International Arts festival is a ten day celebratuion of music, arts and culture. Based in Derry's new Cultural Quarter on Great James Street and other locations in the city the festival takes place on January 26 - February 9.  Check out the programme of events here. 


NI Science Festival 

The Northern Ireland Science Festival takes place on February 13 - 23 and includes events taking place across Derry, including Nick Arnold's Horrible Science Lab. 

Nick Arnold is a multi award-winning author of the Horrible Science books and will be in Derry on Saturday February 15 with a brand-new show dedicated to all things yucky and fearsomely funny.  See the books brought to life in front of your eyes with interactive experiments, quizzes and challenges - there really is nothing like this on the planet (or off it!). Suitable for 7 years +, £6 and £3 concession.


NISF20 EARLY BIRD EVENTS NOW ON SALE! With over 200 events across 11 days, the NI Science Festival is back for its sixth edition! This year we're delighted to welcome award-winning presenter @chris.packham to Belfast for his inspiring and irreverent new show - Pictures From The Edge of the World. Dr @doctorchrisvt & @drxand_official van Tulleken, stars of CBBC’s Operation Ouch!, will present two brand new shows with Brains, Bugs & Body Parts! for kids and Can You Beat Your Genes? for grown-ups in The MAC. The Festival also sees the return of Festival favourite @ancientmodernist Alice Roberts reflecting on The Incredible Human Journey, The Art of Rest with @claudia_hammond_, The Gendered Brain with Gina Rippon, @maddiemoate Live, Robot Chef with Foxdog Studios, a live recording of BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind and much more. Let Your Mind Wonder...#NISF20 . . . . . . . . . #science #belfast #derry #discoverni #northernireland #maths #physics #chemistry #space #antrim #starwars #harrypotter #fermanagh #tyrone #down #ireland #festival

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St Patrick's Day celebrations

Enjoy a St Patrick's Day weekend break in Derry and enjoy the parade in Derry or Strabane. More information about the parade details coming soon!

City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2020

Experience Northern Ireland's biggest and best Jazz Festival in Derry when it returns for its 19th year, from May 7 - 11 this year. 

This is one not to miss! Book your accommodation here and for more information, visit City of Derrry Jazz and Big Band Festival. 

Strabane Lifford Half Marathon

The Strabane Lifford Half Marathon will be taking place on May 17. Entries here.

The Walled City Marathon

The Walled City Marathon will be taking place on May 31 2020. Entries here. 

O'Neills Foyle Cup 

One of the biggest sporting events in the city's calendar - the world renowned O'Neill's Foyle Cup takes place on July 20-25 2020. Last year hundreds of teams, and thousands of children took part in the six day festival which took place throughout Derry, Strabane, Limavady, Coleraine and Donegal. Book your stay now, and find out more about this year's event, here. 

The O’Neills Foyle Cup will see 370 teams and over 6,500 kids take part in a six day festival of football throughout Derry, Strabane, Limavady, Coleraine and Donegal.  The tournament attracts major teams including Celtic FC, Hearts FC, Partick Thistle, Norwich City, and Sheffield Utd as well clubs from France, Finland, Germany, USA and Canada.  The O’Neills Foyle Cup is also the most heavily scouted tournament in the UK

Foyle Maritime Festival 

The Foyle Maritime Festival returns in 2020 and will take place from July 25 - August 2. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will also return to the city, as Derry has acquired the status of Host Port Partner during the race, which started on Sunday September 1, 2019. 

Come and see why the legacy of the Foyle Maritime Festival has earned it the reputation between crews past and present for being the penultimate stop over despite fierce competition from other host cities like Cape Town, Seattle  and New York among others. With a range of keynote events, live performances, visiting ships and boats as well as water activities, food trails and animated zones it’s no wonder that this award winning, nine day maritime extravaganza is one of the most eagerly anticipated events taking place in Northern Ireland in 2020. For accommodation, click here and for more information about the festival, click here. 

Dirty Dancing 

Prepare to have the time of your life as Dirty Dancing returns to the Millennium Forum for a two-week run in September 2020.⁠

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.⁠ Book your tickets here and check out more events at the Millennium Forum here. 


👠 𝐃𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐘 𝐃𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐈𝐒 𝐁𝐀𝐂𝐊 👠⁠ ⁠ Prepare to have the time of your life as Dirty Dancing returns to the Millennium Forum for a two-week run in September 2020.⁠ ⁠ Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.⁠ ⁠ Featuring the hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. Don’t miss your chance to see this sensational new production.⁠ ⁠ Tickets go on sale this Friday (22nd November) at 9am.⁠ ⁠ #dirtydancing #musicaltheatre #theatre #millenniumforum #derry #londonderry

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Derry International Choir Festival 

The popular Derry International Choir Festival will return again to the city for it's eighth year, on October 21 -25, 2020. 

See some of the world's best choirs perform during the festival. More information here. 

Derry Halloween 

Experience the best Halloween celebration in the world in the city of Derry. Watch as the city's 400-year-old Walls come to life with ghosts and ghouls, enjoy the Awakening of the Walls celebration, the scariest Halloween parade and the most magical Fireworks display across the River Foyle. The award-winning festival will take place this year on October 28 - 1 November and is one definitely not to be missed. Find out more information here and book accommodation here


With the dust now settled on #DerryHalloween, it's time to take a look back on an absolutely phenomenal week of events, with record-breaking numbers joining us to celebrate and some of the most memorable moments in the festival's 30+ year history. We want to thank everyone involved in making it happen and for helping to create such a magical experience, and all those who came to enjoy it whether for the first time or back to do it all over again. We hope to welcome you all back and many more who couldn't make it or have never been next year, when we return from October 28th - November 1st 2020! Mark down "Scary Derry" in your calendars... We'll be here waiting, in the best place for Halloween on the planet! 🎃👻🌍

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