My goodness, we really do love our festivals here in Ireland. A simple search of google and you will find almost endless lists of events. They are a great way to get people out, having fun and enjoying all that is great about this little country of ours. Nothing beats a bit of organised fun!
Take July as a prime example of this, here is a list of what we would consider the top festivals that month:
- Oxegen, Kildare – July 8-10 – One of Europe’s biggest and best music festivals. This festival sees such notable acts as The Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Cold Play headlining while the “support acts” aren’t too shabby either, The National, The Script, Brandon Flowers, Beyonce and Arctic Monkeys to name but a few!
- Galway Arts Festival – July 11-24 – The streets, bars and theatres are quite literally taken over for this 2 week festival of all things arts and culture. You will be blown away by street performers, musical acts like Blondie, Bell XI and Gemma Hayes and wonderful plays, the highlight being Misterman starring Cillian Murphy of Batman Begins fame!
- Vodafone Comedy Festival, Dublin – July 21-24 – A great little festival situated in the heart of Dublin city in the Iveagh Gardens. Some of the top comedic talent in the country will be perform. The likes of Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Neil Delamare and David McSavage are not to be missed.
- Indiependence, Cork – July 29-31 – A nice small festival for all you cool Indie music fans! Great music sprinkled with arts, culture and chill out. Editors headline this year and will be accompanied by Ham Sandwich (one of our favourites this year, check out their hit song “Antz”), The Coronas, Gemma Hayes (again) and Frank and the Walters.
Phew! That is going to be a busy July.
Every city and town across the country will be having their own festival at some point this summer so there won’t be a weekend spare to take a breath. Enniscorthy in Wexford will have its famous Strawberry Fest this weekend, the strawberry crop is meant to be one the best in years. Bray holds its Summerfest over two weeks in July with music, theatre, arts, stalls, fun fairs….you name it they got it. Oh and its Irelands biggest free festival!
Not here in the summer? Well check out what there is to offer over the fall and winter
September – Electric Picnic Arts and Music Festival. One word….AMAZING!
November – Maybe we should take it easy. Or, head back to Cork for the Corona Cork Film Festival!
December – Christmas markets galore. Our favourite last year was in Belfast.
There is a festival to meet all needs. So why not get involved and see what there is to offer.