Top 5 festivals in Ireland

photo by William Murphy

Festivals are not only a great way to get to know the local customs when you’re traveling, but also an opportunity to make new friends, to sample local delicacies, and just plain have fun when you don’t feel like doing anything else. In Ireland, it seems like there’s a festival for everything, so whatever your interests might be, chances are that there’s a festival dedicated to that. Out of all the countless events, we’ve assembled a list of the top 5 festivals in Ireland.

Annual Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, Co. Offaly

Walking festivals are really not uncommon in Ireland, and the Annual Slieve Bloom Walking Festival is one of the most beloved ones. The Slievebloom Mountains are some of the most picturesque and yet fairly unknown places in Ireland which you can discover during this festival. The festival has walks for everyone: eco walks, long distance walks, loop walks and guided walks – so join a group of festival goers and let your feet do the work!

Oxegen, Co. Kildare

photo by Eric Oduibh

Music lovers will just love this huge event that unites some of the most famous acts in the world, as well as breakthrough bands. Oxegen is one of the biggest, rowdiest and most amazing music festivals in Europe, so grab your tent, go to some concerts and enjoy various events in between, during July 7-10.

Gakway Arts Festival, Galway

If you love the arts, Galway Arts Festival, which takes place between 11-24 July,  is the perfect festival for you. This is the largest art festival in Ireland, and hundreds of performers from all over the world come to entertain you with theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and  comedy.

Street Performance World Championship, Cork, Portlaoise and Dublin

photo by William Murphy

This world championship that displays the creme de la creme of street performance takes place in two chunks, so to say. On June 11 and 12, you can watch street performers try to amaze their audience with their tricks in Cork and Portlaoise, and after that you still have time to get to the Dublin championship between 16 and 17th June.

Taste of Dublin, Dublin

For some delicious food prepared by the best chefs in Ireland, you should definitely attend Taste of Dublin food festival from June 9 to 12th. Socialize with other foodies and taste some Ireland’s food and drink specialties surrounded by the historic beauty of Iveagh Gardens – this is definitely the most delicious of the top 5 festivals in Ireland.

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