Summer Festivals in Ireland
All throughout Ireland this summer there are lots of festivals where you can experience Irish culture, music, food and much much more. Here are a few festivals that we think would make an exciting experience this summer for all the family.
SeaFest Galway, Co. Galway
When: 29th June – 1st July
This June and July, SeaFest, Irelands national maritime festival returns to Galway Harbour. Taking in a multitude events, the festival covers everything to do with the sea and will have something for all ages.
Grove Festival, Co. Wicklow
When: 7th- 8th July
Groove is returning to the stunning Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow for its 6th year this July 7th & 8th. The festival brings together the perfect blend of music, food, and fun activities to create a feel-good festival for the whole family. Since its launch, Groove has been firmly established as one of Ireland’s most loved independent summer festivals.
Ballina Salmon Festival, Co.Mayo
When: 8th- 15th July
Ballina Salmon Festival celebrates Ballina life along the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. The festival is a way to showcase the natural beauty surrounding the North Mayo region to the world. In working with their local artists, musicians and volunteers, they celebrate a diverse festival programme of talent, culture, heritage and unique status as the Salmon Capital of Ireland.
Kilkenny Arts Festival, Co.Kilkenny
When: 9th- 19th August
Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.
Galway International Arts Festival, Co. Galway
When: 16th – 29th July
The Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland’s largest annual arts festival. The Festival collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to produce and present an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature & comedy involving hundreds of artists and performers.
Galway Races, Co. Galway
When: 30th July- 5th August
Ireland’s biggest and most famous racing festival is held in Galway during the last week of July every year and lasts for 7 days. Galway Races offers horse racing, live music and entertainment, stunning fashion, family fun and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from all over Ireland and abroad.
Rose of Tralee, Tralee, Co. Kerry
When: 17th- 21st August
The Rose of Tralee is an annual festival that sees women of Irish descent from all over the world compete for a chance to be crowned Rose of Tralee. The Rose of Tralee Festival is held in August with parades on Saturday night, Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening. The event comes to a close with the Midnight Madness parade, led by the newly crowned Rose and followed by a fireworks display.
National Heritage Week, Ireland
When: 18th – 26th August
Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote its natural and cultural heritage.
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