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 2019 – they look so great!
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Drogheda Arts Festival
Drogheda Arts Festival runs 30th April – 6th May in Drogheda, Co. Louth and has a very special family event on Bank Holiday Monday, Roll Up Roll Up at St Dominic’s Park from 1-5pm.
- Visit the Big Top and be amazed and thrilled by Guido Fanzini’s Imaginarium of Entertainment, on the hour, every hour. Marvel at the fabulous Ballet Poulet.
- Compete in the Traditional Games with some old school fun on the lawn.
- Create your own lantern with the Art as Exchange (AAEX) and Creative Spark team.
- Free face painting, and the day will also see the return of Draw on LOUTH, facilitated by local artists, where children and adults will get an opportunity to put their mark on LOUTH!
- Pack a picnic or enjoy the range of refreshments available to purchase and savour the many pleasures of a bank holiday Monday on the beautiful banks of the Boyne.
Admission is FREE, no booking required. Note there is no parking in the vicinity of Rathmullan Road, please use town car parks.
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Oranmore Arts Festival
The 2nd Annual Oranmore Arts Festival will take place from the 16th to 19th May 2019. The theme of the festival is Meitheal both to highlight the sense of community in the coastal village and to encourage a tradition of working together for the common good. The festival, with events for all ages, will bring the wealth of local talent to the fore through a unique and exciting programme that includes music, literature, art, theatre and film. Entry to the majority of events is FREE of charge.
Events include Art Exhibitions throughout the village, a Clowning show by Amadan Theatre, a juggling workshop with Stephen McGinley & Amelie bal, a baby disco with music by DJ Will Softly, an intergenerational choir with Amhrán Mór and much much more.
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Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival takes place 7th-9th June 2019 and festival goers can enjoy a variety of artists as they wander around Westport where most of the performances are free and in local pubs and restaurants.
In addition, every day features an opportunity to attend a special concert event. This year they have a kids concert on Sunday 9th June with Kids Classics.
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Bia Lover Festival of Food
The annual Bia Lover Festival of Food & Drink takes place June 22nd and 23rd 2019 in the centre of Athenry, beside the Clarin River and with the beautifully restored Athenry Castle as a backdrop.
Cookery demonstrations featuring local produce and cook-off competitions will add to the experience. With live music, arts trails, face-painting, balloon artists, stilt-walkers and more, there will be something to entertain young and old.
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Traidphicnic takes place in An Spidéal 5th-7th July 2019 with community arts, crafts, sessions, walks and talks, offering something for everyone. It is a family friendly event, bring your own picnic, sun and midge cream, thermals and raincoat!
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National Sandcastle Festival
The annual National Sandcastle Festival takes place in Bettystown, Co Meath usually during the first weekend of July with a beach sports day and the sandcastle competition.
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The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin
The Festival of Curiosity is back in Dublin this summer for a four-day cultural feast of science, arts, design, and technology for all the family from July 18th – 21st.
Take your friends and your family on a play date with Dublin City this July during the Playful Days and Curious Nights festival, see the full programme of events at www.festivalofcuriosity.ie
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Off The Street Food Fest
The Off The Street Food Fest takes place in Letterkenny on 27th & 28th July, showcasing the best of Donegal Food, street-food style. There are cookery demos from some of Ireland’s best chefs, along with music, food quiz, bake off and more.
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Scariff Harbour Festival
Scariff Harbour Festival in Co. Clare takes place Thursday 1st – Sunday 5th August, and is a weekend of family fun, music and outdoor craic and all for only €5 per person.
There are lots of family-friendly events, including Fishing for Kids, Kids Fun Zone, Children’s Art Workshops and more.
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Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival
Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival runs Saturday 10th August to Wednesday 14th August 2019
culminating in the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 14th August 2019.
There are animals, demonstration, vintage displays, live music and street entertainment and it is a fun family day out with something for everyone from stalls, artisan food and kids zones.
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Now in its second year, our favourite children’s festival Playstival celebrates play, fun and imagination. Playstival takes place at Airfield Estate, Ireland’s largest urban farm, on Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th 2019.
Families will enjoy a two day 100% interactive and ‘screen free’ summer festival with themed ‘play universes’ and activities for children to immerse themselves in. Playstival offers an unforgettable day of pure fun, with wooden play universes designed to foster the imagination such as;
- The Market for kids
- Recreational activities such as sports and STEM workshops
- Real life arcade games
- Drama and dance
- Creative writing and storytelling
- Live music stage
- Food village
This hands-on festival is not to be missed and will fuel the imagination as the smallies prepare to head back to school.
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Do you have any plans to go to these smaller, family-friendly festivals in Ireland in 2019? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!