5 Family Friendly Festivals To Attend This Summer
Festival season is in full swing, and it’s hard to find a village or town in Ireland without a summer celebration or two lined up within the next few weeks.
Whatever your interests—music, food, the great outdoors—there’s an event somewhere in the country to add a spark to your family’s summer:
Date: June 30th – July 2nd
If you ever thought traditional Irish music was boring, Féile Traidphicnic will certainly change your mind. One of the most exciting music festivals you'll attend this summer, Féile Traidphicnic offers a stellar line-up of gifted performers in locations around the coastal village of Spiddal. Kids can enjoy fun on the beach, attend art workshops, and dance to music from both traditional music stars and local session musicians. You won’t be able to keep your feet still!
2. Earagail Arts Festival
Venue: Various locations in Donegal town, Co. Donegal,
Date: July 4th – July 23rd
Cost: From €0
Contact: +353 74 9168800
You don’t need an excuse to bring the family to beautiful Donegal, but here is one anyway: Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual, multi-disciplinary extravaganza that takes place throughout July. Expect thrilling performances from an array of vibrant national and international artists in a host of locations—from galleries and theatres to forests and beaches.
3. Laya Healthcare City Spectacular Dublin
Venue: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Date: 7th – 9th July
Contact: +353 1 6613788
Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is 12 years old this year, and it celebrates its preteen birthday with a summer festival of epic proportions. Get the kids to Dublin’s Merrion Square this July for events including Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth, where all the family can have a ball, with free performances, activities and plenty of fun with festival ambassador Dustin the Turkey. Other highlights include Pet-acular and Imaginosity.
4. Féile Brian Ború, Clare
Venue: Killaloe & Ballina
Date: June 29th – July 2nd
Cost: From free
Contact: Feile Brian Boru
Féile Brian Ború is a lively and imaginative celebration of the life and legacy of Brian Ború, who was born in the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina. Families of all ages can enjoy historical guided tours by boat and on foot, a fireworks spectacle over the River Shannon, a garden party, street theatre, traditional street games, kids’ art contest, street theatre, and lots more.
5. Wexford Maritime Festival, Wexford
Venue: Wexford town
Admission: From free
Dates: July 1st – July 2nd
Contact: Wexford Maritime Festival
The Wexford Maritime Festival embraces all things marine, so expect a host of sea-themed activities, family fun, artisan food, and lively music. For kids, there is everything from science workshops and arts and crafts to circus workshops and dancing. They can even explore Wexford’s Viking history in the Viking tent, where they can have a go at brass rubbing and sword making. Don’t worry—it’s quite safe! Oh, and don’t miss the free kids’ disco with favourite characters from Rathnure Pantomime getting the party going on the main stage at 12 on July 1st (that’s 12 noon, by the way).
If you head along to any of these fun family festivals, let us know in the comments!