The Best Festivals in Ireland

20Dec13

Ireland features many lively festivals throughout the year, and here are a few of the most popular.

If you are planning on travelling to Ireland, why not plan your visit so that you can attend an exciting festival? There are literally hundreds of festivals happening in Ireland all throughout the year. From small local county fairs to huge celebrations in Dublin, you will have lots of choice when it comes to partying the night away. Here are a few of the most popular events throughout the country:

The Galway Arts Festival

This annual arts festival happens every July in Galway and is the leading arts festival in Ireland. Performers from all over Ireland as well as international performers from all over the world come to showcase their creative talent to more than 150,000 guests each year. Artists, Writers, Poets, Musicians, Comedians, and Buskers come together to fill the city with art and song.

Past musical performers at this festival have included Joni Mitchell, Blondie, David Gray, and Philip Glass, and theatre companies such as The Royal Court Theatre, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and The Stephen Petronio Dance Company have showcased their productions here. If you are looking to gorge on art and culture, this festival offers up a gourmet all-you-can-eat buffet of fine artistic performances.

Saint Patrick’s Day: Sky Fest

Of course, when talking about Festivals in Ireland we cannot forget Saint Patrick’s Day! This famous Irish national holiday is celebrated on March 17th, and commemorates the patron saint of Ireland. Skyfest is an enormous fireworks display that forms the centrepiece of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland, and is usually held on the Saturday before or after the holiday. Thousands of people flock to watch these fireworks, and enjoy the live Irish folk music.

No matter where you are in Ireland during St. Patrick’s Day you are sure to find carnivals, live music, dance performances, and all sorts of other celebrations to enjoy.

Cork Jazz Festival

If you are a fan of the groovy sounds of jazz music, this festival will have you snapping your fingers in appreciation. In the city of Cork, Ireland the annual Jazz Festival is held every year in late October. This event is considered one of the top three Jazz Festivals around the world, and features more than 1,000 different jazz musicians. You can choose from many performances in clubs, pubs and concert halls all over the city.

The Festival of World Cultures

Held at the end of July in Dun Laoghaire Town, this three day celebration includes enormous banquets of food and live music from all over the world. Enjoy the Feast Americana which recreates the atmosphere of an American country fair, and the Global Village featuring food and displays from many different countries. Watch the traditional performances at the World Dance Plaza and enjoy the displays of South Asian Arts. This family friendly festival is a great way to feel like you have travelled around the world in one night!

What are you waiting for? Join in the fun!

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