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Our Guide to Family Events in Ireland This April

It's one of our favourite times of the year! With Easter and the May bank holiday weekend in quick succession, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the Irish spring with your family.

Festivals are springing up across the country like new buds in the garden, so take a look and see if any of these take your fancy. If you pop along to any of these brilliant events, make sure to let is know in the comments!

1. Drogheda Arts Festival

Venue: Fair Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Date: April 24th – May 1st
Cost: Free to €20
Contact: +353 41 9833946
droghedaartsfestival@gmail.com
droghedaartsfestival.ie

Launched in 2005, Drogheda Arts Festival has really come into its own and now celebrates an impressive collection of Irish and international artists. Families are well taken care of, with a schedule of programmes extensively for families, including free street theatre, special theatre productions for kids, and a full family day at Beaulieu House.

2. West Waterford Festival of Food

Venue: Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Date: April 21st – 23rd
Cost: From free (see website)
Contact: +353 58 21433
info@waterfordfestivaloffood.com
westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com

The West Waterford Festival of Food is celebrating its 10th birthday with a weekend of feasting. This festival brings some of the most delicious local food to the seaside town of Dungarvan, so kick back and relax on a fun foodie weekend with the family. Work up an appetite with the Greenway Cycle & Picnic and muck about on the Family Farm Trail. There’s a full Kids’ Trail of events on Saturday, plus foraging events and hands-on baking, cooking and decorating events for children and adults (some in Irish).
 

3. International Pan Celtic Festival

Venue: Carlow Town
Date: 18th – 22nd April 2017
Cost: €10 - €35
Contact: +353 59 9158105
pancelticcarlow@gmail.com
panceltic.ie
Enjoy the best of music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man at the Pan Celtic International Festival 2017. Based in Carlow, the festival celebrates musicians, singers, and dancers from the traditional Celtic nations from 18-22 April. This family-friendly Easter event will have everybody tapping their feet. 

4. Riverfest Limerick

Venue: Limerick City Centre
Date: April 28th – May 1st
Cost: From free - see website
Contact: +353 61 518014
info@grooveyard.ie
limerick.ie

Limerick is a haven for families, foodies, fun runners and water-sports fans this May Bank Holiday weekend. Riverfest 2017 is the city’s biggest festival, so don’t miss this packed weekend of everything from waterfront events and water activities featuring world-class wakeboarders and jet skiers to Ireland's largest barbecue event and a dramatic fireworks display. Enjoy great food and a wonderful programme of comedy, theatre, music, and art.
 

5. Woolapalooza Sheep & Farm Festival, Airfield

Venue: Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14
 Dates: 30th April – May 1st
Cost: See website for ticket prices
Contact: +353 1 969 6666
 info@airfield.ie
A farm festival in the capital? It has to be the Woolapalooza Sheep & Farm Festival, a fun-filled weekend of farm activities for all the family. Get stuck into egg collecting and feeding the farm animals. Then there’s sheep shearing and the excitement of sheep dog trials (featuring the return of Nan, the champion sheepog). Farm and lawn games round off a fun festival for all your flock!                             
 
                                                               
Are there any more events happening in your local area that you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

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