Social Events in Belfast, Northern Ireland This Week

Let’s explore social events in Belfast, Northern Ireland happening this week. Local events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Look through this page and consider going out and socializing during one of these social events.

Social events are great and offer a world of possibilities. You can make new friends, learn new skills, see things from different perspectives and it’s fantastic for your mental health. And never before has companionship and being able to spend time with others been as important as it is today.

You probably remember being a kid and going up to another person your age and saying, “Do you want to be friends?” and that was pretty much that. Friend made. Alas, it’s not quite as simple now that we’re grown up, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult or as awkward as we think. There are thousands of people out there who would love to meet up with others, finding them just takes a bit of help and that’s what we’re here for.

On this page, we hope you’ll find some interesting events in Belfast where you can make some new friends.

Local Groups’ Events in Belfast

Samba Drumming Practice

Samba Drumming Practice

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: 10 Lorne St

Come along to samba drumming practice at 18:15 in Morton Community Centre at 10 Lorne St, Belfast BT9 7DU. It’s all free and fun and friendly. The drums are provided and you don’t need any musical experience.

Looking forward to meeting you!(…)

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Life Sciences Pulse Networking

Life Sciences Pulse Networking

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University

We welcome you to our HIRANI Pulse Networking at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine on the 21st of May. This networking session, kindly sponsored by Queen’s University Belfast, follows on from the Life Sciences Tour 2024.

**The Life Sciences Tour** enables first year students to get their first taster of different career options in the life and health sciences industry as we(…)

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DevOps Belfast – May Meetup – Kainos

DevOps Belfast - May Meetup - Kainos

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: Kainos

Hello DevOps enthusiasts!

We are excited to announce the May meetup will be hosted by Kainos on Tuesday 21st May.

This month we have two speakers Christopher Chestnut from Cowen who will be speaking on “Transitioning from DevOps to DevSecOps” which is a topic of huge interest at present.

Our hosts Kainos will have Caoimhin Graham speaking on the night about green software.

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Karaoke till we Crawll! 💃🎤

Karaoke till we Crawll! 💃🎤

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Union Street Bar

The night that many of you have been waiting for – the **Karaoke Bar Crawl!** This idea was cooked up at our Good Friday pints in early April, and since then you’ve been asking when this night would be arranged.

We’ll start out at Union Street Bar for the Karaoke. It starts at 5pm until about 9pm so please try to arrive on time. I will ring ahead and see how flexible they are with booking space w(…)

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Game Night, MIXED, at The LGBT+ Centre in BELFAST

Game Night, MIXED, at The LGBT+ Centre in BELFAST

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: The Rainbow Project

Our monthly game night at The LBGT+ Centre, Belfast.

The community room on the 3rd floor has multiple tables, sofas and chairs for different games in different areas. We also use the boardroom on the 1st floor – for larger board games and/or when we need a quieter space. There is a lift and also disabled access toilets. Smoking/vaping is permitted on the balcony on the 3rd floor.

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Talk to your customers – the low cost tactic to turbocharge your marketing

Talk to your customers - the low cost tactic to turbocharge your marketing

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Banana Block

Andi is the Founder and Strategy Director of [Eximo Marketing](https://eximomarketingstrategy.com/), a marketing strategy consultancy based in Bangor and Liverpool and will explain why talking to customers should be the foundation of everything you do in marketing.

This session will demonstrate how hearing from real people can form insights that inform your strategy and can improve how you delive(…)

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Come play Dodgeball!

Come play Dodgeball!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: St Brides Hall

Belfast Tornadoes Dodgeball are hosting a beginners dodgeball session on Wednesday 22 May at St.Bride’s Hall on Derryvolgie Avenue in South Belfast (just off Malone and Lisburn Road by Elms Student Village). Whether you are a Dodgeball enthusiast or a newbie eager to try a new exciting sport, this session is perfect for everyone!

**First session free.**

Our experienced coaches will guide you thr(…)

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Friday Night@The Chelsea

Friday Night@The Chelsea

◦ When: Friday, May 24th

◦ Where: The Chelsea Wine Bar

Smooth jazz, swing, and soul music in the company of Our Friendship Club Northern Ireland(…)

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WTM Belfast Book Club #5

WTM Belfast Book Club #5

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: Rapid7, Belfast Office

This month WTM Belfast are reading Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell

With thanks to our host Rapid7, we will be in their ground floor cafe at the Rapid7 office, 19 Chichester St, Belfast.

Join us for a coffee and meet new people, chat and catch-up with friendly faces! 

Any questions please get in touch at [email protected]

Book Descri(…)

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8 aside Football

8 aside Football

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Stormont Pavillion

Be there for 7pm so we are ready to start on time. £4 each

DISCLAIMER ============= Football is a sport with a danger of personal injury. Those participating in matches should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by Football Meetup Group, members, guests or coordinators of matches for any mishap, which may occ(…)

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🛠 Maker Night at the Hackerspace

🛠 Maker Night at the Hackerspace

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: Farset Labs

Come down to **Farset Labs Hackerspace** this Monday to our Maker Night in the workshop. Bring your own ideas, or just come to see the pretty burning lights from the safety of our Glowforge Pro laser cutter.
You will get a chance to learn and to use machines in our 24/7 workshop, including:

* Laser cutter
* 3D printer
* CNC router
* Resin casting
* Electronics

Check out the [schedule](https://do(…)

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In4Squash Weekly Squash 😀

In4Squash Weekly Squash 😀

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Queen’s PEC

Get ready for another exciting 8 weeks of squash and enjoyment!

All skill levels are welcome, with racquets and balls provided.

Join our Social Squash sessions where coaching is available. Come and connect with fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community and forge new friendships!(…)

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Cave Hill – Ballyaghagan to Napoleon’s Nose

Cave Hill - Ballyaghagan to Napoleon’s Nose

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: Cave Hill Carpark

**Grade:** Moderate

This is a walk through Cave Hill’s Ballyaghagan nature reserve to McArt’s Fort.

Please take note of the meetup location. Ballyhaghagan car park. It’s on the Upper Hightown Road. You can get directions straight from your home by clicking on the location on this page.

The walk will take in the nature reserve, accessing the rear of Cave Hill and coming out at McArt’s Fort befor(…)

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Shut Up & Write!® Belfast

Shut Up & Write!® Belfast

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: The Living Room at the King’s Building

Shut Up & Write!® hosts free in-person and online writing events for writers all over the world. Our goal is to ensure that every writer, regardless of genre or skill level, has access to the community, accountability, and resources they need to be successful in their personal writing goals. Our events use our proven formula: a few minutes of introductions, an hour of focused writing, and a final (…)

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Social Jive Classes – Beginners & Improvers – Wednesdays

Social Jive Classes - Beginners & Improvers - Wednesdays

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Live to Dance EU – Shankill Rd

\- No partner required
\- Jive for Beginners & Improvers \(choose from Rock N Roll Jive or Chasse / Triple Step Jive\)
\- Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm
£8 per person

VENUE: The Vault Artist Studios, 116 Shankill Rd, Belfast BT13 2BD
(The Old Shankill Mission Building, beside the leisure centre)

FREE Parking at rear in public carpark, access via Northumberland Street

Book your place here:
https://www.li(…)

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Saturday Starters Dance Classes – (Entry Level) Beginners Salsa & Bachata

Saturday Starters Dance Classes - (Entry Level) Beginners Salsa & Bachata

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Social Dance Academy Belfast

💙 Wouldn’t it be great if there was a quick and easy way to learn how to dance?

Thankfully there is, with Saturday Starters Dance Classes, an easy and exciting new way to learn how to dance.
Grow your confidence, get fit, meet new people and learn something fun!

We’ve helped hundreds of people learn how to dance, and we were featured in Belfast Live, BBC iPlayer and voted the top ThreeBestRated(…)

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Free Meditation Class

Free Meditation Class

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Belfast Central Library

This is a very relaxed and friendly group. The classes are suitable for everyone regardless of previous experience. There are no exercises and we will be sitting on chairs. During the class there will be an introduction on meditation, chakras, kundalini and our internal energy channels. Then there will be a guided meditation were you can experience enlightenment and true meditation.
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Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation Belfast

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation Belfast

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Royal Avenue

Introduction

Hello there! – We welcome you to the Free meditation classes hosted by Rachit and friends at:

First Floor Training Room
Belfast Central Library
Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA, UK

Every Saturday at 14:00 pm

With Sahaja Yoga Meditation we normally sit on chairs to achieve yoga, effortlessly & spontaneously. So there is no need for mats and no special clothing required.

All across the g(…)

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Tips to meet people at social events

You can make more friends at one party by showing interest in them than in a month by trying to meet people online. Meeting new people and making genuine connections in local events can be fun and easy if you go with the right mindset.

When it comes to meeting new people, nothing beats showing up in the real world. But none of the tips will work if you are not coming from the right place. Keep an open mind when attending social events. Reframe strangers as potential friends, it will make it much easier to approach conversations and fully engage in them.

When choosing an event, keep an eye on interesting themes, something you can relate to. Meeting new people in the context of mutual interest increases your chances of being friends.

Research events with the types of people you want to meet. They could be people in your age group, your field of work, or a specific neighborhood. Do not be too strict though, loosen up a little bit from your expectations.

Go where people are intentionally looking to make friends such as networking events where it feels normal and expected to walk up and introduce yourself.

In this digital era, apps and websites are the most convenient solutions for finding out about local events. If you are not sure where to look for events happening in Belfast, you can try out Discovernorthernireland.com, Newsletter.co.uk, or Whatsonni.com.

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