Orangefest 2019

Join thousands of people as they celebrate The Twelfth, the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland.

The celebrations showcase aspects of Ulster's rich heritage and culture such as Orange Lodges, marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster's unique Lambeg drum.
The Twelfth, as it is known locally, refers to the 12 July, which is a Public Holiday in Northern Ireland. On this date in 1690 King William III, Prince of Orange, defeated King James II at the Battle of the Boyne. The battle had European significance as King William secured the Glorious Revolution and laid the foundation for the British Constitutional Monarchy, which exists today.

One of the largest Twelfth of July parades takes place in Belfast, with other parades taking place throughout Northern Ireland. For more details, please visit


City centre shopping

The city centre will be open for business from 12pm – 5pm on Friday 12th July. Victoria Square will be open from 12pm – 5pm and Castlecourt will be open from 12.30pm – 4.30pm. Please note that not all stores will adhere to these opening hours.

City Hall Tours

Friday 12th July and Monday 15th July – City Hall opening hours are 9.30am – 5pm with tours occurring at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.
Both the exhibition and the Bobbin café will also be open for visitors from 9.30pm – 5pm.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July – City Hall opening hours are 10am – 5pm with tours occurring at 12pm, 2pm,3pm and 4pm. The exhibition and Bobbin café will be open from 10am – 5pm.


Food Festival in City Hall from 10am – 6pm.

What is a festival without some tasty food and drink? From 10am-6pm, come and join the celebration of local food and drink in the City Hall grounds. A range of local products will be on offer including ice cream,  sweet treats and steak burgers to name just a few. With Northern Ireland winning the ‘Best Food Destination’, you are guaranteed to be in for a tasty time. 


Public transport

Over the 12th July period Translink will operate a public holiday timetable. For more information visit

You can download the Metro timetable here

You can download the Glider timetable here