The Best Smaller Family-Friendly Festivals in Ireland 2023

Michelle

February 28, 2023

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Looking for something fun to take the kids to, but don’t want to brave large crowds and busy events? Here is a selection of the best smaller family-friendly festivals Ireland 2023.

From music and science to fabulous food, these are fun festivals to look forward to!

Smaller Family-Friendly Festivals in Ireland 2023

It is advised to check the event’s website and social pages in advance to ensure there are no changes to the planned schedule.

We will continue to add more festivals as we hear of them.

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Mayo

westport folk and bluegrass festival

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival takes place in many venues in the centre of Westport, Co. Mayo, June 9th-11th 2023. The 2023 festival will welcome 14 different acts from the US, UK, Czech Republic and from Ireland.

Among the acts are the world renown The Kody Norris Show, Fog Holler and Bill and The Belles to name but a few.

For full programme details, visit www.westportfolkbluegrass.com

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Ballina Salmon Festival, Mayo

ballina salmon festival

The Ballina Salmon Festival is a celebration of summer. This year’s festival taking place 8-15th July 2023 will see music, heritage, teddy bear picnic, fireworks, street parties, treasure hunts and a full line up of events for children, visitors and locals alike are sure to enjoy this fun packed 7 day festival.

Visit the website at www.ballinasalmonfestival.ie

Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Laois

ballina salmon festival

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2023 runs from 30th July to 7th August 2023. It is a fun family event for young and old, with over 300 scarecrows to see around the village, in many different designs and themes. There’s plenty more on offer too including live music, craft workshops, country market, adult, teen and children’s entertainment, and scarecrow treasure hunt.

More information on their website here.

The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin

Festival of curiosity

The Festival of Curiosity is Dublin’s annual international festival of science, arts, design and technology. The 2023 Festival dates are still tbc but it usually takes place in July. This year will be the 10th anniversary for this fun family friendly festival.

Check the full programme of events at www.festivalofcuriosity.ie

Rockin’ Food Festival, Wexford

Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival

The 2023 Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy taking place 4th-7th August 2023 hosts a fabulous schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the Food Marquee. You will also be able to enjoy the Artisan Food Market with the best local and artisan vendors, a superlative international line-up of Rock ‘n’ Roll artists for free outdoor gigs, a jam-packed program of food and drink workshops, events and classes as well as lots of free and exceptional value packages for younger festival goers.

Visit their website for programme and details of events: www.rockinfoodfestival.ie

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The Big Grill Festival 2023, Dublin

The Big Grill Festival

The Big Grill Festival returns 17th-20th August 2023 with 4 days of fire, food and fun including live acts, music, kids entertainment, talks and more.

Early bird tickets are on sale now but good news, under 12s go free. The kids Little Grillers area is open on Saturday 12-4.30pm and on Sunday 12-6pm only, but under 12’s are still welcome for all sessions, when accompanied by a responsible adult of course.

To buy tickets and for further information, visit their website.

The Best Smaller Family-Friendly Festivals in Ireland 2022

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