Words by Alyssa Zepeda
May 20th, 2015
There are over 100 arts, music and food festivals big and small happening all around Ireland this summer. Realistically, we will only be able to squeeze in about two or three into our hectic schedules, so where do we even begin to choose from? Always here to help, we have compiled a list of the hottest festivals to attend this summer that will ensure you have the best ‘staycation’ or vacation in Ireland this summer. After all we are Irish, we know how to have fun!
Bord Bia presents Bloom, Ireland’s leading horticultural and food festival. Located at Phoenix park, you can expect to see live entertainment, an Irish Craft Village and 30 exquisite show gardens from Ireland’s very best landscape gardeners and designers. Grab some inspiration from the latest planting and design trends and adapt to your own patch of land.
Find out more information on this years show here: http://bloominthepark.com/
A world class comedy festival in Kilkenny featuring the very best Irish and international comedians. Celebrating 21 years making people laugh this year, this festival is becoming one of Europe’s best and most popular comedy festivals. This years top acts feature Jason Byrne, Jack Dee, Ardal O’Hanlon and Deirdre O’Kane of Moone Boy. Riotous laughing and frolicking guaranteed!
Check out the line up here: http://thecatlaughs.com/
Celebrate Dublin’s unique and rapidly expanding dining scene. Every summer The Iveagh Gardens transforms into the perfect food go-ers destination for entertainment, drinking and al fresco eating. It is the ultimate opportunity to mingle with like minded foodies while browsing through hand-picked premium food and drink! And as much as we would like to, we can’t control the weather so come prepared, since this is Ireland and it is an outdoor event! But when the sun shines, Irish eyes get smiling, making it an event not to be missed!
More on the event here: www.tasteofdublin.ie
Located in Westmeath, Body and Soul brings together a collaboration of performers, musicians, artists and poets in a chilled-out whimsical environment. The music festival is all about the total experience and the discovery of new music with its interaction with the visual arts. It showcases brilliant lines ups, late night discos and secret hideaways. You can even stumble upon massage and yoga sessions, bubbling hot tubs and intimate theatrical performances. Leave your worries at the door and lap up the mystical charm.
Find out more here: http://bodyandsoul.ie/music/festival-overview/
Galway’s International Arts festival offers a wide range of entertainment such as street performances, parades, silent discos, festival galleries and performances from top recording artists Kodaline and Sinead O’Conner, this festival has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.
More to see here: http://www.giaf.ie/
The Galway Races is certainly one of the biggest events of the summer with an attendance of 140,000 people just last year. It is a fun day filled with top racing, fabulous fashion, betting and delicious foods. Highlights of the festival include Friday’s Fair, Ladies Day and Ladbrokes Red Day.
Book Tickets Here: http://www.galwayraces.com/fixtures-ticket/summer-races-2015/
Presented by Homebeat and Happenings, Another Love Story is a celebration of discussion, food, love, yoga, music and film. Enjoy the sumptuous grounds of Kilyon Manor and come together with strangers and friends as tales are told of truimphs and lossess. Eat, drink and chat until the break of dawn.
Learn more about this event here: http://www.anotherlovestory.ie/
Known for its eclectic music and famous acts, Electric Picnic is an annual Arts and Music festival that is growing more popular each year due to its impressive array of things to do, watch and listen to. Touted as a family friend event that entertains children and adult alike, it’s growing cult status globally is well founded due to its ever growing set of events and top acts to watch. This years headliners include Florence and The Machine, Blur and Sam Smith.
View Line up here: http://www.electricpicnic.ie/
It is the most internationally recognized Irish festival after St. Patrick’s day and is the oldest oyster festival in the world, so it is a absolute must see. Main events includes a Oyster Championship, Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball and the Wild Atlantic Tastes Family Event.
Check out the whole programme here: http://galwayoysterfestival.com/
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