Friday, April 8, 2011

Ireland's Summer Festivals 2011 Calander

The festival season is fast approaching and what a season it looks set to be!  We Irish just love to party and will throw up any old excuse to warrant a celebration. There is an array of micro-festivals happening across Ireland over the coming months, with almost every small town in the country flying flags for some reason or another. Add to this a considerable number of top international festivals and you have an impressive fixture of events all condensed into one relatively small island. Colourful, yet compact, the Irish festival circuit has us spoiled for choice. Check out this chocolate-box calendar of summer festivals and then try tell us you're not tempted!

18th April 0 1st May 
Price: €85 3 day camping 
Music and camper-van enthusiasts gather fo a chilled and cosy celebration.  
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Dublin City Soul Festival
26th - 29th May
Price: Free
Feel-good celebration of music, art, food and laughter.

Life Festival (Belvedere House, Park and Gardens, Co. West Meath)
27th - 29th May
Price: EB* WC* €99
Hybrid of dance music and performing arts.

The Forbidden Fruit Festival (Grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin)
4th - 5th June
Price: Day ticket €49.5, 2 day €90
Sponsored by Bulmers, this inaugural festival, contained within the shape of an apple, fuses music, art and fashion across four distinctly fruity entertainment zones.

All Ireland & International Sheep Shearing Championships (Cillin Hill, Co. Kilkenny)
4th & 5th June
Price: on the day
Show, trade exhibition, market.

Westfest (Aghamore, Co. Mayo)
4th & 5th June
Price: WC €120
Mayo's answer toOxygen (capacity 5,000).

Sea Sessions (Bundoran, Co. Donegal)
24th -26th June
Price: will be announced in April
Music festival on the beach

Body and Soul-Solstice Gathering (Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co. Meath.)
18th & 19th June
Price: EB WC €99
Focus on atmospheric engineering with quirky nooks and crannies.

Oxegen (Punchestown Race-course, Co. Kildare)
7th -10th July
Price: 4 day WC €244.50
Ireland's largest music festival with headline acts The Foo Fighters, Black Eyed Peas, The Strokes, The Arctic Monkeys, Cold Play.....

Galway Arts Festival
11th -24th July
Price: Free with charge to individual events
International celebration of performing and visual arts, attracting over 150,000 annually.

Castle Palooza (Charleville Castle, Tullamore Co. Galway)
30th & 31st July
Price: EB WC €59
Music and Arts Festival

Killorglin Puck Fair (Co. Kerry)
10th - 12th August
Price: Free
One of Ireland's oldest and most unusual street festivals celebrates the King Pick (make goat) for reasons that have now become blurred...

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Cavan town)
13th - 22ndAugust
Price: Free
National traditional Irish music festival combining competition, concerts, céilithe, parades, pageants and street sessions.

Rose of Tralee (Co. Kerry)
19th - 23rd August
Price: Tickets needed for the live final. But lots of free fun leading up to this.
Festival around an international pageant to select a 'rose' from women of Irish descent

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
All of September
Price: Tickets for individual events
Over 150 years old, this month of matchmaking is Europe's biggest singles festival!

Electric Picnic (Stradbally Hall, Stradbally village, Co. Laois)
2nd -4th September
Price: WC €240
Funky music and arts festival, has been described as Ireland's answer to Glastonbury.

Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships (Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan)
10th September
Price: Entry fee TBC
Fun day of mud and mayhem.

Galway Oyster Festival
21st – 25th September
Price: Buy tickets for individual events
Celebration of Oysters Guinness and Craic!


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