There are some great festivals taking place this Summer in Ireland, From food, Music, Theatre and the Arts there is something for everyone.
I spent a significant amount of time researching the different best summer festivals in Ireland this year and I hope you get to go to a few over the summer months.
Here is the best Summer Festivals Ireland has to offer in 2017
Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
When: 1st-5th June 2017
Info: This is the biggest comedy festival in Ireland with the best of comedy that Ireland has to offer. Some performers include Dara O’Briain, Tommy Tiernan and Aisling Bea to name a few.
When: 1st-5th June 2017
Info: This festival is well-known for its garden exhibition however I have gone to Bloom for the last three years because of its amazing food stalls and cooking demonstrations. Go on an empty stomach as all the stalls hand out a free sample or two. For more info check out my full blog post about it here
Limerick international Food Truck Festival
When: 1st-5th June 2017
Info: I am really excited for this one.Limerick is set to attract over 40,000 visitors after landing the largest food truck festival in Europe for the 2017 June Bank Holiday weekend. The festival is the first of its kind to take place in Ireland and will be based in the heart of Limerick city’s People’s Park
When: 3rd-5th June 2017
Info: This music festival takes place in the old Kilmainham hospital grounds every year and has many new acts as well as some old favourites.
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival
When: 9th-11th June 2017
Info: If Folk music is more of your style head to Mayo where you can sing along to your heart’s content with a variety of acts from around the globe performing at this festival
Listowel Food Fair
When: 15-18th June 2017
Info: This festival has been running for many years and is the longest running food festival in Ireland. Plenty of food, tastings and cooking demonstrations are to be had at this event.
Cork Midsummer Festival
When: 16th – 25th June 2017
Info: The Cork Midsummer Festival offers an array of arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Some of the events include theatre productions, music, art, picnics and long table dinners.
National Hay Making festival
When: Sunday 18th June 2017
Info: This is a great family event in Trim Co Meath where there will be hay making demonstrations, dog shows, children’s play area and even world record attempts.
Body and Soul
When: 23rd-25th June 2017
Info: Kilrush become alive with song and dance every year when the Body and Soul festival comes to town. At Body and Soul you can experience a vast array of music stages, art installations, hidden forest dens and al fresco spas.
Irish G&T Fest
When: 25th June – 1st July 2017
Info: This is a country-wide festival where different venues get involved showcasing different Irish Gins. you can vote for your favourite online and a winner will be announced at the end of the festival. Check out the website to find out about the participating venues.
Cork Dessert Festival
When: 26th June -2nd July
Info: This is Cork’s first ever Dessert Festival where it is promised there will be doughnuts, ice cream, gelato cakes and buns galore.
When: 14th -16th July 2017
Info: This is a great music festival near in Marley Park which is about 20 minutes from Dublin city. It often has great music acts and some this year include The Weekend, Mumford and Sons and Leon Bridges. I saw a great performance by Christina and the Queens last year and will be looking for a ticket this year if I am in Dublin that weekend
Galway International Arts Festival
When: 17th -30th July 2017
Info: If you’re interested in the Arts head to Galway this July for an abundance of theatrical performances as well as discussions, music opera and comedy shows. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary of the festival and have guaranteed this is going to be the best one yet.
Durrow Scarecrow Festival
When: 30th July- 7th August 2017
Info: This is probably the maddest and most fun festival in Ireland. The whole town of Durrow becomes awash with scarecrows of all shapes and sizes. Bring a Scarecrow with you and enter a competition for the best one.
When: 4th -6th August 2017
Info: This is a great 3 day music festival in Cork where acts such as the Coronas and Manic Street Preachers and Tom Odell are performing this year.
Festival of Flight
When: 4th & 5th August 2017
Info: The Festival of Flight in Newcastle Co Down will have all planes of different shapes and sizes with the main event being the airshow taking place on the Sunday.
When: 4th-6th August 2017
Info: Castlepaooza it set around the grounds of Charleville Castle where they promise great music; merriment; magic; madness and mind-blowing memories
When: 10-12 August 2017
Info: During this festival a goat is taken from the mountain, placed in a tower in the middle of the town of Killorglin and declared King for three days. Even though the official days of Puck Fair are the 10th, the 11th and the 12th of August the fair has been extended out for a week. expect a lot of outdoor concerts, market stalls and lots of entertainment.
When: 13th-21st August 2017
Info: This festival celebrates Irish Music has been going for years and this year is no different. It is great fun and a great way to explore what the Irish culture of music and dance has to offer. The Fleadh Ceol this year is taking place in Innis
Another Love Story
When: 18th -20th August 2017
Info: This festival was established in 2014. It is a bespoke weekend of music, art, whimsey & fun, nestled in the glorious surrounds of Killyon Manor in Meath.