Fun Family Events by the Water to Enjoy This Summer 2020


January 9, 2020

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We are lucky to have a great range of fun family events during the summer months in Ireland. We have picked out some of our favourite fun family events by the water for summer 2020.

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Fun Family Events By The Water To Enjoy This Summer 2020

You can enjoy everything from pirate days by the sea and fireworks & fun on Ireland’s rivers to storytelling on islands and aerobatic performances in the skies!


Riverfest, Limerick – Postponed


The award winning Riverfest Limerick is set to return for the May Bank Holiday, Friday 1st to Monday 4th May 2020, offering a dazzling array of free activities to amuse families of all ages. Highlights of the festival will include:

  • Riverfest Fireworks
  • Fashion Friday
  • Riverfestival village in Arthur’s Quay Park
  • Ireland’s largest BBQ cook-off
  • Free tours of one of Ireland’s Navy Vessels
  • Regeneron Great Limerick Run

Best of all most of the activities are completely free to keep you and your family entertained. There’s just so much activity for all ages it promises to be one excellent weekend to soak up Limerick City.

Events take place from 1st to 4th May 2020.

Seafest, Cork


A weekend of fun and free events is on the horizon as SeaFest 2020 takes place in Cork from 15th-17th May 2020.

Cork Harbour will be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ and will be ‘awash with free family-friendly activities, entertainment and attractions both on and off the water’ for the three-day festival.

The three-day festival will cover all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, exploring the ships that transport us to discovering the creatures of the deep.

The free festival also hosts exhibits and talks on marine life and fun educational activities that bring children on a journey of discovery when it comes to the mysteries of the ocean. Foodies can get tips from seafood cookery experts and sample some tasty bites.

When: 15th – 17th May 2020

Fastnet Film Festival, Cork

 Fun family events Ireland Fastnet Film Festival Mizen Head

Now in its 12th year the Fastnet Film Festival takes place in the seaside town of Schull and showcases Irish and international short films for audiences of all ages to enjoy. In addition there will be masterclasses, workshops for both children and adults, casting auditions for children and adults, live music and much more.

Events take place from May 20th to 24th 2020.

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Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

belfast titanic maritime festival

Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returns to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Climb aboard magnificent tall ships, explore the city’s maritime heritage and enjoy amazing family fun. Visitors are invited to:

  • Hop aboard some magnificent vessels
  • Sample an array of maritime-themed family fun and food
  • Watch roving international street performers and shows.

There will also be lots to see and do over the weekend in Titanic Quarter with live music, authentic nautical cuisine and family fun. You’ll also be able to experience a bumper-packed programme of free activities along the Maritime Mile.

When: 23rd – 25th May, 2020

Saltwater Festival, Westport

Saltwater Festival Westport
A brand new festival from the team behind Sea Sessions, Saltwater comes to Westport this May bank holiday weekend. You can enjoy music, art, food and culture over this 3 day event. The line up includes headline acts, Dermot Kennedy, Johnny Marr and The Coronas and tickets can be purchased for weekend camping. Families with children aged 2 to 13 years and over 18’s are invited to attend.
When: 29th to 31st May 2020 

Dublin Kite Festival

Kite Flying Fun family events in Ireland by the water

Enjoy a fun filled day at North Bull Island, Clontarf on June 14th, when kites of all shapes and sizes take to the skies above the surf. There will be family friendly entertainment all day long for all ages to enjoy and plenty of kite experts to give tips and advice on kite flying.

When: Sunday June 14th 2020 

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National Sandcastle Competition, Bettystown Beach, Meath

The 18th annual National Sandcastle Competition takes place on Bettystown Beach in Meath. There will be a sand sculpture competition and sandcastle competition and fun for all the family.

When: Sunday 15th June 2020 

Baltimore Pirate Festival, Cork

Baltimore pirate weekend Fun family events Ireland

Ahoy me hearties! All pirates (past and present) are invited to celebrate and commemorate the demise of 108 settlers taken away as slaves by Algerian Pirates on 20 June 1631 at the Baltimore Pirate Festival this June.

Highlights includes visits to the thirteenth century fully restored O’Driscoll Castle, pirate dress competition, pirate boat trips, a family treasure hunt, and pirate bouncy castles and games.

When: 19th – 21st June 2020

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Wexford Maritime Festival, Wexford

Wexford maritime festival Fun family events Ireland

At the Wexford Maritime Festival on the last weekend in June, you’ll find a celebration of Wexford’s rich maritime heritage, and can enjoy maritime activities, family fun, artisan food and music.

Children can enjoy dance and musical activities, arts and crafts, science workshops, circus workshops and shows at the Children’s Village. Discover Wexford’s Viking past in the Viking tent where children can try their hand at brass rubbing and sword making.

When: last weekend of June 2020

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Ballina Salmon & Street Festival, Mayo

Ballina Salmon Festival 2020 fun family events in Ireland by the water

The Ballina Salmon & Street Festival is a celebration of summer. With 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.

The River Moy features in the festival with a Moy Swim and stand up paddle boarding and sail on the Moy.

When: July 5th to 12th 2020

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Féile Brian Ború, Clare

Feile brian boru Ballina Killaloe Fun family events Ireland

Féile Brian Ború celebrates the life and legacy of Brian Ború (founder of the O’Briens) –  the most famous son of the historic twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina.

Fun activities include historical guided tours on lake and land, fireworks display over the River Shannon, traditional street games, garden party, children’s art competition, street theatre and much more! There really is something for everyone in the family at this fun event.

When: 8th – 12th July 2020

Bray Air Display, Wicklow

Bray Air Display Fun family events by the water in Ireland

Enjoy a spectacular air display over the water in Bray, Co Wicklow this July with flyovers, aerobatic performances, and gravity-defying manoeuvres alongside live music, markets with food and crafts for sale and a fun fair for all ages to enjoy.

When: July 25th & 26th 2020

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Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival 2020, Cork

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival Fun family events in Ireland by the water

Running since 1994, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival takes place on Cape Clear island just off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. Audiences can enjoy hearing tales, stories and music from international artists while relaxing and enjoying the dramatic scenery the island has to offer.

When: September 4th to 6th 2020

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Over to you now. Will you be attending any of these fun family events by the water this Summer? Please let us know in the comments box below. 

Fun family events by the water to enjoy this summer

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