Summer events in Ireland | What's on this summer in Ireland

A list of events on in Ireland this summer
A list of events on in Ireland this summer

Do you know what's on in Ireland?

Are you looking for events and things to do in Ireland this summer.

School's out for summer at that means the fun really starts with loads of events and activities on all over the country.

Below is a list of some of the most popular events and festivals for you to enjoy this summer.

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Old Fort Quarter Festival

June 28th - 30th

The Old Fort Quarter will come alive with traditional medieval activities such as archery and shield-making while the historic streets will be a hive of activity with live street theatre, artisanal food markets and live music along with lots of activities for young children. Historians will host heritage exhibitions, offering a window into medieval life at the Old Fort of Maryborough.

Kaleidoscope

June 28th - June 30th

The first ever festival takes place this weekend in Russborough House. The Kaleidoscope Festival will provide three days of fun for all the family and is specifically designed to entertain everyone from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass! 

Flavours of Fingal

June 29th - June 30th

The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a farm, flowers, food and family fun experience. As well as shows and demonstrations, the Walled Garden of Newbridge House will have different local foods, crafts, live and children's entertainment.

Wexford Maritime Festival

June 29th - June 30th

Take the whole family out for the weekend to join the celebration of Wexford's maritime heritage and culture. Jump on board one of the visiting boats, enjoy one of the many water activities on offer, enjoy search and rescue demonstrations plus with live entertainment and family fun.

Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival

June 29th - June 30th

The Kilflynn Fairy Council have again teamed up with the local Fairies, Elves and magical characters to bring this festival to life for children and families. The weekend starts with a fun street parade on Satruday evening, followed on Sunday by a day full of creative, magical and enchanting activities with creative workshops and play in the meadow which will be full of entertainers, characters, storytellers, music and surprises around every corner.

The Wells Western & Space Party

June 30th

To celebrate the release of Toy Story 4, there will be face painting, cowboys, cowgirls, astronauts and a kids disco with yummy BBQ and a special treasure hunt to help Little Bo Peep find her sheep!

Clonmel Junction Festival, Tipperary

July 1st - July 7th

Over the course of seven days Clonmel Junction Festival presents a programme of events including live music, theatre, street performance, comedy, visual art, food events and much, much more.

Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival

3rd – 7th July

Now in its 33rd year, the annual Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival takes place in July each year with the charming and picturesque fishing village, on the south-east coast of Ireland, celebrating the start of summer with delicious seafood platters, fishing and lots of fun activities for all the family.

Summer Garden Festival | Claregalway Castle

6th– 7th July

Meet the experts who will give advice for improving your garden featuring rare and native plants, seeds, trees, garden furniture, tools, pots, sculptures and craft work as your family enjoys live music, entertainment and freshly cooked artisan food.

Fota Wildlife Park

Various dates during summer

The stage is set this summer at Fota Wildlife Park with a series of fun and educational events all free with your admission including the Blue Imagination playground,  educational weekends, art workshops, music workshops, and [email protected] These events are in addition to the regular summer programme of wildlife talks, feeding times, arts and crafts and face painting held throughout the Park. (Some events require advance registration - follow link above).

Summer Children's Tours | Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Every Saturday in July & August from 6th July

The history of Glasnevin Cemetery will be brought to life again this summer as their family friendly tour returns. There are over 1.6 million people buried in Glasnevin Cemetery and you can bet that there are some surprising and quirky stories among them with highlights inluding Fr. Browne and the Titanic, Grave Robbing, William Fogarty's pesky parrot and Maria Higgins - the only person in the cemetery who was buried twice!

Earagail Arts Festival

10th – 28th July

Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual, multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal featuring two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnivals in venues ranging from purpose built theatres and galleries, to village halls, forests and even beaches!

Comeraghs Wild Festival

July 11th - 14th

The rugged, unspoilt Comeragh Mountains and the adjacent coastal hinterland around the stunning Waterford Greenway will be a hive of outdoor activity and fun fs the Comeraghs Wild Festival gets underway for yet another year.

This year’s action-packed, four day programme includes an open air concert deep in the Comeragh Mountains and at the foot of Mahon Falls, featuring internationally-renowned singer and songwriter, Don Mescall, and the award-winning Mount Sion Choir, an open air showbands special, surfing sessions, Famine walk; afternoon tea at Curraghmore House, Dancing at the Crossroads, storytelling with Eddie Lenihan, sand art and loads more.

Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular, Dublin

July 12th - July 14th

Ireland's biggest free summer festival celebrates its 14th Birthday this summer. The festival runs over three days in Dublin, showcasing the best in international street performance, interactive family activations and workshops, delicious artisan producers and street food from around the world as well as a pet wellness area with D.S.P.C.A. 

Galway International Arts Festival

July 15th - 28th

Last year, over a quarter of a million attended 200 performances, talks and exhibitions in 33 venues over 14 days. This year's 42nd Festival  features something for everyone including In the Flesh exhibition, Out of Chaos spectacular circus and Macy Gray performs live.

Feile Brian Boru

July 17th - July 21st

Féile Brian Ború is an annual festival held in the twin towns of Killaloe, Co. Clare & Ballina, Co. Tipperary with a fun filled programme of events with something to suit all tastes and ages!

Boyle Festival

July 18th - 27th

A wonderful programme of events and live music over ten days in Boyle with fun workshops for children and adults, exhibitions and live music from Tommy Flemming, The Blizzards, Riptide Movement and more.

Festival of Curiosity, Dublin

July 19th  - July 22nd

An annual celebration at the intersection of art, science, technology and design that has quickly grown into being one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of its kind in Europe.

Sligo Agricultural Show

July 20th

The annual show returns on Saturday 20th July with the usual competition classes, as well as Bonny Baby and Glamorous Granny and lots of famly fun.

Dublin Maker

July 20th

Dublin Maker is a family friendly showcase of invention and creativity in the form of a “show and tell” with Makers including tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs and students.

Rose Festival | St. Anne's Park

July 20th - 21st

The annual Rose Festival is a fantastic free day out for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of St Anne’s Park with its Rose Garden and scenic walks. The festival is a mix of live music, arts and crafts stalls, plant sales and hot and cold food vendors and lots of fun activities.

Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular, Cork

July 20th - July 21st

This bustling festival for all ages will feature aerial acts, football freestylers, sword-swallowers and tonnes of thrilling talent, a live music stage, world street food market, an imaginative play universe for kids and hands-on lego model building, children’s storytelling and creative writing, vintage funfair rides and much more.

The Fairytale Festival

July 21st

Set in the surreal surrounds of Woodstock Gardens, which lie on the edge of the picturesque village of Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, the screen-free event will feature a fairy trail, bouncy castles, storytelling, a plethora of outdoor games, the reptile zoo and mini farm, the return of an expanded capacity interactive story train and so much more. 

Teddy Bears' Picnic | Brigit's Garden

July 21st

Children and their families are welcome to bring along their favourite Teddy for a day of fun-filled activities including Musical Stories with Carol, Teddy Bear Arts & Crafts, paw-print Treasure Hunt, Teddy Bear Hospital and Teddy Bears’ Disco

Ardmore Pattern Festival

July 24th - 28th

Ardmore Pattern Festival is a free fun-filled festival in West Waterford with sports events, walks, demonstrations, farmers' market, music, street entertainment, tours, fireworks and a special performance by Phil Coulter in St. Declan's Church.

Bray Air Display

July 27th - Jul 28th

As well as the incredible display in the skies over Bray there will be a food and craft village featuring artisan food and specialist craft stalls as well as musical entertainment and a family fun fair.

Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

July 27th - August 5th

This year's highlights include different styles of live music, a Dungloe street food event, demonstrators of traditional crafts, kids discos, magician, arts & crafts, petting zoo, carnival parade & lots more

Durrow Scarecrow Festival

July 28th - August 5th

Every year from the end of July to the start of August “hay fever” hits the peaceful Georgian village of Durrow as the place goes scarecrow crazy. They come from all corners of Ireland and further afield to take part in the Durrow Scarecrow Festival and see who has got what it takes to win the All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship.

Elvis Roots Festival

July 28th

Who knew the Presley family came from Hacketstown? Celebrations take place in the ancestral home of the King again with this year's Elvis meets Country theme. 

Wells Magic Academy

July 31st - August 2nd

Wells House will be transformed to celebrate favourite Wizarding characters!  Witness Wells as it becomes enchanted with numerous spells to bring you a wizarding experience like no other. 

Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival

August 2nd - August 5th

Returning with an impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests, live music from Moonrockers,  the Black Suspenders and other with lots of fun, family activities too.

Kilmihill Festival of Fun

August 2nd - August 5th

The festival has another fun programme of events and activities to suit everyone in the family including sports competitions, kids tractor and trike run, Knockalough Lake family afternoon, street entertainment, cultural parade, monster field day, fireworks and maybe even some pig racing!

Sproai Street Festival, Waterford

August 2nd - August 4th

The Spraoi International Street Arts Festival will feature street artists from around the globe, presenting a thrilling selection of world class street theatre. The highlight will be the annual Parade that thrills audiences with amazing floats, costumes and a cast of over 200 volunteers.

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival

August 2nd -August 10th

The 51st programme includes a fantastic opening parade, the Ormand Flying Club's Annual Fly-In and display; the Olde Time Traditional Fair, free children's events, antiques and fine art fair, live music, sporting and literary events, nightly pub entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.

Beatyard

August 3rd - August 4th

Featuring Beatyard, with Groove Armada, Chvrches, Jungle, David Kitt and more, Eatyard, with over fifty food areas, demos and competitions and lots of family friendly activities too. 

Dublin Horse Show

August 7th - 11th

The Dublin Horse Show has something for everyone. With an array of national & international show jumping competitions and world class equestrian entertainment, great shopping, delicious food, music & fantastic daily entertainment. 

Killenny Arts Festival

August 8th - 18th

For over forty years, Kilkenny Arts Festival has brought some of the world's greatest artists to the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Ireland's medieval city.

Carlingford Oyster Festival

August 8th - 12th

The Carlingford Oyster Festival is a four day celebration for the entire family based around local shellfish. There will be loads of children’s activities, including a magic show, face-painting, a teddy bear’s picnic and more.

Playstival

August 10th - 11th

Playstival, Ireland’s festival for kids and their parents celebrating play, fun and imagination returns to Airfield Estate, Dundrum. A must attend for parents and families passionate about positive play, fun & the power of the imagination!

Puck Fair

August 10th - 12th

Killorglin is the venue for one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals – Puck Fair. The fair is one of Ireland’s oldest and longest celebrated and is held on 10th, 11th and 12th August every year with twelve hours of free family street entertainment. 

Camp Freddo

August 11-14th

Camp Freddo returns to Blessington, Co Wicklow this summer to give the whole family an outdoor adventure to remember. Daily sessions include canoeing, biking, picnicking, zip-lining through the forest and more!

Belmullet Festival

August 15th - 24th

The Belmullet Festival is organised around Lá an Logha (day of indulgence) and has developed into a wonderful week of entertainment and activities for young and old with special events for children and families. 

The Big Grill Festival

August 15th - 18th

The Big Grill will allow you to discover and learn about all kinds of BBQing grilling, smoking, meats and delicacies from around the globe, all washed down with a choice craft beer or cider. There will be demos & workshops from well-known chefs, eating challenges, children's play area with entertainment, a grand BBQ cook-off and lots more. 

Carrigaholt Family Festival

August 16th - 18th

Now in its 26th year, a fantastic three day fun-filled festival with music, drama, dance, heritage events, country sports and plenty of good old-fashioned games for the children including slow bicycle race, car treasure hunt, fancy dress parade and more.

Rose of Tralee International Festival

August 16th - August 22nd

The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee but it is also a week long programme of activities and events including street entertainment, concerts, Birds funfair, circus, fireworks and more.

National Heritage Week

August 17th - 25th

Many national and local community organisations participate by organising over 2,000 events throughout the country that highlight the abundance of great work that is carried out to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. Events include children's bird-watching, traditional craft workshops, heritage fairs, guided tours of historic sites and buildings, traditional games day and lot more.

Totally Terrific Tomato Festival

August 17th - September 1st

A celebration of all things tomato at the National Botanic Gardens. The festival will feature over 250 varieties on display in the Teak House alongside a series of tomato talks and fun activities for children.

Elves & Fairies Day | Brigit's Garden

August 19th

The Fairy Queen and Elf King are on their way to Brigit's Garden in Galway for a day of fun and fairy magic including games, treasure hunt, crafts and more.

Tullow Show

August 18th

Tullow Agricultural Show has something to interest both rural and urban visitors of all ages! There are classes to suit all ages from cattle to sheep to horses and ponies, to art, flowers, farm produce, home and dairy, photography, crafts and much more.

Wild Child | Birr Castle Gardens

August 21st

A day for both young and old to show their “wild side” and reconnect with nature and the great outdoors. Go wild with creative art, butterfly nets, pond dipping nets and pooters with different discovery sessions held throughout the day.

Waterford Walls Street Art Festival

August 22nd - 25th

Amazing live painting by some of the world’s top street artists, along with a fun-filled family-friendly programme of activities including live music, workshops, guided art trails expert panel talks and a new children’s street art programme.

A Taste of Donegal

August 23rd - 25th

This year’s Festival will once again host local food producers in a tented village on the pier in Donegal Town, celebrating and promoting great local food and drink from Ireland.

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival

August 23rd - 25th

The 3rd Trim Salmon of Knowledge is a free festival of family fun, music, dramatic performances incorporating the mythical story of the Salmon of Knowledge from the River Boyne, arts/crafts, culture, Boyne Valley Food producers and much more. 

Loughrea Medieval Festival

August 23rd - 25th

Returning for a sixth year, the Loughrea Medieval Festival is a fun and educational free family event where Lords and Ladies of every age can experience the sights, smells and entertainment of medieval Loughrea as the town is brought to life with everything from the festival’s Jester to combat fighting on Sunday’s Walled Towns Day. 

Oughterard Show

August 25th

The Oughterard Show takes place at Corribdale Grounds and Oughterard Community Centre with numerous animal classes and a domestic section suitable for everyone in the family from grandparents exhibiting their traditional skills to children exhibiting their drawings or painted hard boiled eggs.

Ould Lammas Fair

August 25th - 27th

The Ould Lammas Fair has taken place annually in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, since the seventeenth century. Celebrated on the last Monday and Tuesday in August, the fair marks the end of summer and beginning of harvest. 

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