Top 10 summer festivals in Ireland 2019

No, we can’t always guarantee the sun and yes, you guessed it, we can’t promise that your clothes will remain clean but, what summer festivals in Ireland can guarantee is the craic (fun)!
From folk festivals to weekend camping bizarres; summer festivals in Ireland are an experience to remember.

So, if you happen to be taking a vacation to the Emerald Isle over the next coming months, why not check out one of the top 10 summer festivals in Ireland:

Kaleidoscope, County Wicklow

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Kaleidoscope is set in the stunning grounds on Russborough House in Blessington, County Wicklow. This camping festival runs over three days and welcomes children of all ages.

Set to entertain parents and little ones alike, the weekend boasts six stages of live music, nine stages of spoken word as well as exceptional food, visual arts and comedy.

Sea Sessions, County Donegal

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Located on the beach in Bundoran, County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way, Sea Sessions is a one-of-a-kind festival.

Known to be one of Europe’s best surf, skate and music festivals, Sea Sessions is a three-day long camping event of beach sports, yoga and exceptional music acts.

With breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the fun atmosphere of the locals; Sea Sessions is easily one of the top 10 summer festivals in Ireland.

KnockanStockan, County Wicklow

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Set amongst the Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow, KnockanStockan is known for its consistently eccentric music line-up which is always bursting with talent.

The festival celebrates upcoming acts as well as established acts all over Ireland and has easily set itself up to be one of the highlights of the Irish festival calendar.

This beloved indie festival hosts more than just music – with tonnes of weird and wonderful happenings always excepted over the weekend.

Another Love Story, County Meath

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Another Love Story is a bespoke weekend of music, art and conversation. Each year, the festival fills Killyon Manor with the sights and sounds of the finest Irish talent.

Another Love Story’s website encourages festival goers to ‘wander in The Mellow Meadow, catch a stunning concert in The Ballroom, grab a bite from some of the finest food vendors in Ireland, swim in The River and, of course, dance to the break of dawn in The Shift Shack’.

Sounds pretty good to us!

Beatyard, County Dublin

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Hosted in the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire, Beatyard is a celebration of all thing’s music and art.

This small-scale three-day festival is perfect for those who aren’t a big fan of camping but still long to experience a true Irish festival adventure.

The festival includes activities to keep everyone happy – test your pitch and putt skills at Gamesyard, entertain the children at Kidsyard or indulge in some delicious Irish delicacy at Eatyard.

All Together Now, County Waterford

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All Together Now may have only sprung onto the Irish festival scene in 2018 but it’s most definitely earned its place on this list.

This indie music event is located on the grounds of Curraghmore House in County Waterford.

The festival is strictly over 21’s and provides a lot more than just music – with unique wellness areas, an immersive flame installation as well as poets, writers and rappers: All Together Now is an emotive escapade at its finest. 

Galway Arts Festival, County Galway

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Awarded the title of 2020 European Capital of Culture, Galway is known as one of Ireland’s most vibrant and creative cities.

The world-renowned Galway Arts Festival hosts an array of performances, installations, exhibits and events over a two-week period.

Stroll down the cobbled city streets, grab a pint or two along the Latin Quarter and prepare yourself to experience some of the best comedy, live gigs and artsy happenings that Ireland has to offer.

Electric Picnic, County Laois

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Electric Picnic was introduced into the Irish summer festival scene in 2004 and the Irish population have been devoted to it ever since.

Located in County Laois, Electric Picnic is a 3-day camping festival known for it’s laid-back vibe and its eclectic mix of acts across the weekend.

From the chilled out Hazel Wood area to the comedy tents and lake swimming, if you’re looking to experience one of the most popular Irish summer festivals – this is it.

Vodafone Comedy Festival, County Dublin

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Easily one of the most anticipated of the comedy summer festivals in Ireland, the Vodafone Comedy Festival does exactly what it says on the tin – brings event goers a long weekend of good quality Irish laughs.

Located in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin City Centre, this is probably one of the easiest accessible festivals on the list.

Irish favourites such as Tommy Tiernan, Deirdre O’Kane and Des Bishop have all been known to take the stage at this much-loved comedy festival.

Folkfest, County Kerry

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If you have a true love for traditional Irish music, or you just fancy being surrounded by some quality folk music for a weekend, be sure to put Folkfest on your list of things to attend during your vacation to Ireland.

Located on the shores of Lough Leane, in County Killarney, Folkfest provides a selection of the best of Irish music and upcoming indie acts.

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