Some festivals that you shouldn't miss while visiting Derry are:

 In May (first bank holiday weekend) the Jazz Festival (since 2001) brings international jazz and blues and showcases local and up and coming talent.  The event officially marks the start of the summer making it the perfect location for music lovers everywhere to visit for an activity- filled May Bank Holiday weekend. Find out more at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com

 - In August, Creggan Festival and Gasyard Wall Feile is a full cultural event that features local and international artists from theater performers, musicians to writers. For details, check out the festival's website at: www.facebook.com/gasyardwallfeile

- Also in August, check out Golden Link Festival to get a sense of the rich cultural life ofDerry. There are plenty of music events and entertainment for all the famly. Another city's favorite in August is City of Derry Guitar Festival.

- In October, don't miss Wall2wall Festival, a truly international music event that brings to Derry wordly known solo and chamber performers who, along with local talent, they engage in three days of performances. The festival has a theme, freedom, that serves as the excuse to celebrate classical musicians and their works. Also, there are film screenings, multimedia performances, and master classes organized in conjunction with the University of Ulster. For details, check out the festival's at www.music55-7.com.

- In the last week of October, don't miss Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, the biggest Hallowwen street party in Ireland. For details about the event, check out the festival's website at www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween.