Summer is a time for being outdoors, for festivals and fun. Throughout Ireland you will find a plethora of festivals and special events. Some are free while others charge for admission. Most have websites where you can gather all the extra details you need. This is a random list of just some of the festivals available in Ireland this summer. If you plan on attending any of them it would be wise to book your accommodations in advance. You can find suggested lodgings at IrelandYes.com and complete reviews of my favorite places to stay in my book Ireland Dream Trip. Click on any festival title below for a link to their website.
July 3 – 10 Cairde Summer Arts Festival: Sligo, Co. Sligo. Theater, music, caberet, comedy, dance, children’s events, street performances.
July 10 & 11 Galway Garden Festival: Claregalway, Co. Galway at Claregalway Castle.
July 13 & Every Tuesday throughout the year Tales of Medieval Dublin Lunchtime Talks: Wood Quay, Dublin City. Time: 1.05pm until 1.45pm. Learn about life in Ireland from Viking times to the 14th century. Admission FREE.
July 12 – 25 Galway Art’s Festival: Galway, Co. Galway. Arts, writers, artists, performers and musicians.
July 15 – 18 Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan: Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Music, song, dance, set and céilí dancing, outdoor and indoor concerts, workshops, competitions and street sessions.
July 31 – Aug 8 The World Fleadh: Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Celtic music festival with top Irish traditional, folk Celtic & country music acts alongside quality special guest acts from other musical genres.
Aug 27 – 29Coleman Traditional Festival 2010: Coleman Irish Music Centre, Gurteen, Co. Sligo. Traditional music, concerts, sessions, ceili and fiddle competition.
Aug 16 – 22 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of Music in Ireland): Cavan, Co. Cavan. Traditional music competition, concerts, céili, parades, pageants, and street sessions.
Aug 4 – 10 Feakle Traditional Music Festival: Feakle, Co. Clare. Traditional music, song, and dance, youth concert, workshops, poetry, puppet shows.
July 18 – 25 Fiddler’s Green Festival: Rostrevor, Co. Down. 200 events for music fanatics and families who wish to enjoy a safe, child-focused festival. Free outdoor ceilis, open air stage, art exhibitions, children’s entertainment and a literary pub crawl
July 23 – 25 Dún Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures: Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Featuring over 800 artists from 33 countries in 180 events. Music, art, film, carnival, etc.
July 30 – Aug 2 O’Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival: Keadue, Co. Roscommon. Harp Workshop & competitions, set dancing, ceili dancing, traditional music & song.
July 30 – Aug 1 Ballyshannon Folk Festival: Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Street entertainment, pub music, workshops, story telling, market, free open air concerts.
© 2010 Michele Erdvig