The Best Smaller Family-Friendly Festivals in Ireland 2022


April 30, 2022

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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 2022 – with many returning to in-person this year after being online or postponed during COVID.

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

Smaller Family-Friendly Festivals in Ireland 2022

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

After two years of on line events, Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival will return to live and in person event over many venues in the centre of Westport, Co. Mayo, June 10th-12th 2022. The festival will welcome 15 different acts from the US, UK, Germany, Czech Republic and from Ireland.

The program will feature pub gigs, concerts, sessions, workshops as well as the much loved Gospel Hour, Square Dance and the Mystery Gig….

Among the acts are the world renown Henhouse Prowlers (Chicago), Award winning Stillhouse Junkies (Colorado) and California Old Time band SLO County Stumblers to name but a few.

For full programme details, visit

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Ballina Salmon Festival, Mayo

ballina salmon festival

Ballina Salmon Festival, the oldest community festival along the Wild Atlantic Way, turns 58 this year, with a planned programme packed full of fun for families, outdoor enthusiasts and the culturally curious. This year’s festival takes place between 10th – 16th July 2022, as the town and country emerges from the global pandemic, particular attention has been given to the family programme of events.

The festival is returning to its roots with some great river-themed events, as well as hosting firm favourites teddy bears picnic, opening the festival on the 10 July, with the National Heritage Day is on 13 July and Mardi Gras and fireworks extravaganza closes the festival in great style.

Visit the website at

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 2022 Festival dates are still tbc but it usually takes place in July.

Check the full programme of events at

Rockin’ Food Festival, Wexford

Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival

The Rockin’ Food Festival will return as The Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival in 2022 incorporating all the best elements of the Rockin’ Food Festival & The Strawberry Festival. Taking place August Bank Holiday weekend 2022.

Visit their website for programme and details of events:


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The Big Grill Festival 2022, Dublin

The Big Grill Festival

The Big Grill Festival returns 11-14 Aug 2022. They have some really exciting additions and improvements to the event to make it the biggest and best Big Grill yet with live acts, music, kids entertainment, talks and more.

Early bird tickets are on sale now but good news, under 12s go free. The kids area and kids entertainment is only open on Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4.30pm.

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

The Best Smaller Family-Friendly Festivals in Ireland 2022

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