Summertime in Ireland and the weather may not always be predictable but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy fun events with the kids, and there’s some great festival and events taking place around the country. Here’s our pick of 20 fun family festivals and events Ireland 2015:
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#1. Bloom in the Park
Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, Bloom in the Park is back this year at Dublin’s Phoenix Park in Dublin City May 28th – 1st June. Families visiting the event this year will once again be entertained by the outdoor entertainment stage and highly enjoyable and educational Kids Zone.
#2. Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta
The Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta, 30th May – 1st June, sees Currachs and Galway Hookers racing along the shores of Spiddal, Co. Galway with family events such as tug-of-war and bouncy castle and enjoy the live traditional Irish music entertainment.
#3. Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival
Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival, from 6th to 7th June is a fun, family friendly dance and rhythm festival in Enniscorthy with live dance acts, baby bop for the tots and lots of fringe events for everybody from age 2 to 102!
#4. Sea Sessions
Sea Sessions takes place in Bundoran from June 19th to 21st. Pack the tents and come to see a great line up of music and art at this unique festival.
#5. Fossetts Circus at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Fossetts Circus comes to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on June 20th and 21st 2015. Come and enjoy the fun of the circus with 2 shows daily, swing boats, carousels, jugglers and an aerialist.
#6. Wexford Maritime Festival
At the Wexford Maritime Festival, from 20th to 21st June, you’ll find a celebration of Wexford’s rich maritime heritage, and can enjoy maritime activities, family fun, artisan food and music.
#7. National Hay Making Festival
Find your inner farmer and try your hand at some sheaf tossing at the National Hay Making Festival in Trim, Co. Meath June 21st. Just a stone’s throw from Dublin, this is a fun day for all the family with working horses, vintage tractors, a pets’ corner and a chance to see a hay cocking machine in action!
#8. Féile Brian Ború
Féile Brian Ború runs from July 1st to 5th 2015 in Killaloe and Ballina, with Music, Art, Workshops and Parades there really is something for everyone in the family at this fun event.
#9. Ennis Street Festival
Ennis Street Festival is a celebration of the many cultures and artistic ways that make Ennis, Co. Clare, a special place, with a colourful mix of music, dance, visual arts, puppets shows, arts exhibitions, workshops, acrobatics and more surprises from the 3rd – 5th July!
#10. Galway International Arts Festival
See Galway City come alive for the annual Galway International Arts Festival 13th – 26th July. Wander around and enjoy the street performances, musicians and puppeteers.
Find out What’s on for Families in Galway while you’re visiting
#11. Bray Air Display
Bray Air Display on 19th July is Ireland’s largest free air ‘extreme formation’ aerobatics in the skies, with high speed formations such as the ‘Hammerhead,’ the ‘Blade Break,’ the ‘Palm Tree Split’ and the ‘Centrifuge’ set to thrill the crowds.
#12. Enniscrone Black Pig Festival
The Enniscrone Black Pig Festival is on from 23rd to 27th July.
Enjoy treasure hunts, fireworks, music, street performers, great food and a Market Day at this family friendly festival.
#13. Festival of Curiosity
The Festival of Curiosity runs in various Dublin venues from 23rd to 26th July.
The festival programme is packed full of arts, science and technology events and has a host of free daytime activities for families.
#14. Midland Home and Garden Festival
The Midland Home and Garden Festival is back at Belvedere House this summer from 24th to 26th July with plenty of entertainment for the children, parents can enjoy demonstrations, exhibitions and can purchase anything from garden gates to sundials.
#15. Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Co. Laois
This year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival runs from July 26th – August 3rd and is a family fun event for young and old.
There are over 300 scarecrows to see around the village.
#16. Lughnasa at Craggaunowen, Co. Clare
Celebrate Lughnasa at Craggaunowen from 2nd – 3rd August, with an array of costumed re-enactors from the Bronze Age to Medieval times. Activities include combat demonstrations, Brehon law trials and much more!
#17. National Steam Rally
In Stradbally, Co.Laois, the National Steam Rally celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, from 2nd – 3rd August, with steam and vintage engines, a carnival, trade stands, steam threshing, steam train rides for the kids and plenty of family fun events.
#18. Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show
There’s something for everyone at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show from the 5th – 9th August, with live music and entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, food and the best in national and international equestrian competitions. The popular Kids’ Zone, will keep kids busy with pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, and magic shows!
#19. Kilkenny Arts Festival
In August the city of Kilkenny will come to life with visual art, classical music, theatre and dance, jazz, world & traditional Irish music, literature, film, indie music, craft, children’s and street events for the Kilkenny Arts Festival taking place from 7th – 16th August 2015.
#20. Puck Fair, Co. Kerry
The famous Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co. Kerry August 10th-12th, is one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals! See the crowning of a wild mountain goat and take to the streets for lots of fun.
Over to you now. Did you visit or do you plan to visit any of these events/festivals? Tell us how you got on in the comments below!