What’s On July 2024!

Michelle Mead

July 3, 2024

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A round-up of free events in Ireland for Families for July 2024.

Dublin

Coastival

Dates: 29th June – 7Th July

Location: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Coastival brings art, history, games, culture, sailing, family fun, music and more to the shore in Dún Laoghaire from June 29th to July 7th.

Soak up ‘Atmosphere’ with balloons kites and flight, discover ‘Room to Explore’ artworks for tots, have a picnic with Ollie the Octopus, watch some synchronised sailing at ‘The Grand Parade of Classic Sail’ or catch a classic family favourite outdoor movie with a picnic by the sea.

Funtropolis

Date: 13 & 14th July

Event times: 12-6pm

Event location: Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Dublin City Council Funtropolis is set to return to both Merrion Square Park and Mountjoy Square Park for its third year this July & August. The hugely popular, family fun event is already a firm favourite with Dubliners and visitors to the city alike and features the very best in entertainment from exciting street theatre to groovy music and dance, hilarious comedy, delicious food and drink and a whole lot more. The ultimate, free family fun day set in the very heart of Dublin city.

Following on from the success of the last two events, this years’ celebrations have been thoughtfully curated to ensure maximum delight throughout for visitors of all ages. Two awesome weekends, jam-packed with excitement and fun – the perfect reason for families to come into the city and explore. Dublin City Council will also be providing free face-painting and fairground rides at both locations which are sure to be a huge hit!

Curious minds are bound to love the exciting experiments from none other than Mark the Science Guy while Joe the Magician (star of RTÉ abraKIDabra and Dizzy Deliveries!) will be amazing his audience with his very own spectacular mix of magic, illusion and comedy. Stop by and discover the enchanting blend of science and drama in Scientific Sue’s Magical Science and Engineering Show or burn off some of that energy at Generation POUND, combining kid-friendly choreography and group activities.

Prepare to be entertained with interactive and spellbinding performances from Cikadas Circus and laughs a plenty with Those Two Idiots as they navigate their hilarious day at the beach! Enjoy a street – theatre stimming performance by AU- ADHD artist Moss Russell and get to know all things samba at the Ta Tum Tum music show. For something completely different, make sure you get to experience the Morbid & Sons show or immerse yourself in music at Pstryk, an interactive musical experience designed especially for children aged 3-10 years. GOAL NextGen and Smashing Times will also be on site to bring us Changemakers Storytelling, a family friendly interactive storytelling session with performances spun around three stories and incorporating singing, dancing and mindfulness.

The much-loved Bandstand Stage is also set to make a return this year and will be rocking all day with Code of Behaviour bringing a pop, jazz and overall party atmosphere. DJ Will Softly & The Bubble Gang, along with The African Gospel Choir, Go Dance for Change and many more will keep everyone grooving on the lawn too! Book lovers can explore the mobile library which is always super popular, or why not check out the DCC Sports and Wellbeing Zone? The Dublin City Council outdoor mobile child sensory unit will also be available for use for anyone attending at either location who identifies as neurodiverse.

Magical moments await at this years’ Story Yurt where there are some gorgeous experiences to discover. From the Teddy Bears Picnic Singalong and instrument time to family music sessions, relaxing, mindful movement from the one and only Óga Yoga and the Cosmic Movers Space Themed Dance workshop with Jess Rowell that’s guaranteed to get little ones movin’ & groovin’! Sit back and enjoy the Three Little Pigs Puppet Show, a sweet, simple rendition of the much-loved children’s tale.

Get little minds all fired up over at the Inspiration Station. The Bubble Guys will be on hand to create some impressively huge specimens for all to enjoy while GOMBA & Rhythm AFRICANA will use traditional African styles of music and rhythm to emphasise justice issues and promote social inclusion. Encourage the next generation of talented Irish artists at a Dublin Art Class, suitable for children aged 8 – 12 or if you have a mini-mozart in the making, be sure to get involved at Mobile Music School presents Let’s Explore – fun-filled, activity-based music workshops exploring the world of music-making in an open and relaxed environment.

There will be a range of tasty food and drink available for purchase in the park, along with buggy storage, bike parking and a drinking water station for refilling water bottles throughout the event. A convenient baby feeding & changing area has also been included while the removal of pitch fees for food and drink vendors
will result in better value for all throughout.

Guests are encouraged to travel on foot or via public transport where possible. In an effort to ensure that all of their events are carried out as sustainability conscious as possible, Dublin City Council have also implemented a no single plastic rule across both events and also require the use of HVO generators throughout to further reduce their carbon footprint. With diversity and inclusion at the forefront of all Dublin City Council events, the festival programme has also been thoughtfully curated to ensure that it truly reflects the people and cultures of modern Dublin.

Skerries Annual Wild Bee Festival

Date: 20th &21st  July

Time: Varies

Fingal County Council is delighted to announce that the Skerries Wild Bee Festival is returning for 2024.

The third annual event will take place on July 20 and 21 at Skerries Mills. The Wild Bee Festival is a family-friendly event with bee themed crafts and activities for children as well as educational events and lectures suited to serious nature lovers. The event is a collaboration between Fingal County Council and Charlie and Marion Heasman from Sustainable Skerries, the Skerries Mills Community Garden and is also supported by funding from Community Foundation for Ireland.

View the Skerries Wild Bee Festival Agenda

Cork

South of Ireland Band Championships 

Dates: 06th July

Location: Various

Once again we look forward to welcoming you all to an occasion which will be as successful and enjoyable as in the past. Each year the recitals on the streets are warmly received and with your kind co-operation we hope to follow the same format again this year.

Clonakilty Old Time Fair 

Dates: Sat 06th July

Location: Various Locations

Annual event on the first Saturday in July, celebrating Clonakilty’s heritage throughout the town. With traditional crafts, clothes and music, displays of vintage cars and agricultural antiques can be enjoyed along with colourful market stalls. Everyone is encouraged to join in with fancy dress on a day that’s for everyone and ends with a Festival Parade!

Volvo Cork Week 

Dates: 15th -19 July

Location: Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co. Cork

This year’s event promises to be an incredible event, featuring over 120 boats and attracting 8,000 sailors and spectators to the harbour town for a week of thrilling races and maritime festivities.

Volvo Cork Week is not just about the competition; it’s a celebration of coastal culture where sailors and spectators come together to share their passion for the sea. Attendees can look forward to a packed schedule of onshore events, including live music, local cuisine, a Family Fun Day, and Ladies’ Day.

Racing will be spread across various challenging courses over the 5 days, offering competitors new challenges and opportunities each day, from longer coastal courses raced offshore, to ‘Round-the-Cans’ racing inside the harbour and multiple short races and Olympic courses laid in the open waters. The event will host the 1720 European Championships which will include over 30 1720 Sports boats designed in Cork, and there is a great charter opportunity this year with a fleet of RS21’s participating.

This year’s Beaufort Cup will be the biggest one yet, with entries from around the world including USA and Ecuador. The renowned race for international uniformed service personnel encompasses a race around Fastnet Rock and back to Cork.

Recommended viewing points for the Harbour Race taking place on Wednesday 17th July include Camden and Church Bay in Crosshaven, the new Haulbowline Island Amenity Park, Ringaskddy and the promenade in Cobh.

In addition to the thrilling racing action, Volvo Cork Week aims to make the event inclusive and enjoyable for all ages, with off-the-water activities for the whole family. The Family Day on July 14th from 12-5pm will feature a coastal market in the Royal Cork Yacht Club marquee, trails to Camden Fort Meagher, themed competitions and games, the famous Pipers Fun Fair and boat trips from Hugh Coveney Pier on the Cailin Ór.As the boats are moored and sailors are back on dry land, the fun will continue at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, with musical entertainment all week, a ‘Pure Cork’ Crew night on Thursday 18th, fun on-shore sailing activities, and an expanded family-friendly area which includes a Play Zone for children’s games, a picnic area, and multiple casual dining options, alongside retail outlets, spares, sail-repair and other facilities. The emphasis this year is on sustainability with a focus on conservation, reuse and recycling and environmental impacts. Sponsor Volvo Car Ireland will be on hand to showcase their range of fully electric & plug-in hybrid cars.

Don’t miss the Volvo Cork Week Ladies’ Day charity lunch on July 17th, in support of the Crosshaven RNLI, featuring special guests Volvo ambassadors Dermot Bannon and Suzie McAdam. A fabulous afternoon for a great cause is guaranteed.

Galway

Galway Arts Festival

Dates: 15-18 June

Location: Various locations around Galway City

A variety of music and family events over the two week program of events including Pegasus the free street spectacle by Planet Vapour.

Kilkenny

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2024

Dates: July 28th – August 5th

Location: Durrow Village

A variety of music and family events over the week long program of events including the scarecrow village and the funky zone admission is between €3-5 but with a wide variety of activities for all ages I think you will agree its well worth it.

Mayo

Ballina Salmon Festival

Dates: 06-14 July

Location: Various locations around Ballina

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary the “Salmon Capital of Ireland” will kick off another spectacular festival on the 06th July with everything from Teddy Bear picnics to  fireworks we are pretty sure this festival will have something for every member of the family. With its blend of live music, street theatre, art, food, heritage, fishing, and sports, the Ballina Salmon Festival continues to captivate audiences and foster community spirit for six decades. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning reveller, the festival offers an unforgettable experience that celebrates the heart and soul of Co Mayo.

Donegal

Mary From Dungloe 

Dates: 27th July to 05th August

Location: Various locations around Dungloe

The Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival is a community based festival which has been held annually since 1967 in Dungloe, County Donegal.
It is family friendly with a wide variety of musical, cultural, child, sporting, artistic and novelty events. Irish diaspora communities from around the world, as well as Irish counties and towns, participate by nominating a young woman to represent their area.
The winner, crowned ‘Mary From Dungloe’ holds the title for a year and acts as an ambassador for the festival, Dungloe & Donegal.

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