As the summer season fast approaches, so too does the long list of festivals to attend. If you’re keen to narrow down your options and make a festival experience part of your travels through Ireland this summer, check out our list of top 10 festivals below.

1 groove festival, coUNTY wicklow

The Groove Festival is a fun-filled event for all ages to experience. Make the most of the festival’s great selection of food stalls that offer international and local food, while taking in performances from a variety of musical acts. Aside from its food and music, you can walk through the woods to experience circus magicians, acrobats and a feast of comedy in the festival’s Live Lounge.

Read our 10 Reasons to Visit Wicklow and soak up even more when visiting the area.

2 BARE Festival, CoUNTY Carlow

The annual BARE Festival at Borris House features some of the best music and arts performances from locals and performers from around the world. With an impressive lineup of acts, it is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to create some unforgettable memories amidst the House’s wonderful surroundings.

Read our guide to 48 Hours in Carlow for additional things to do in the area. Planning to stay for a few days in the area? Check out the latest hotel deals in Carlow.

3 Galway international arts festival, CoUNTY Galway


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Ireland’s largest annual arts festival will be celebrating its 41st anniversary in July 2018. The Galway International Arts Festival attracts writers, artists, performers and musicians from all over the world, resulting in a spectacular display for those coming from near and far.

Find the latest hotel deals for Galway for a place to relax after an action-packed day at the festival.

4 Townlands Carnival, CoUNTY Cork

Buried in the woodlands near Cork’s old Rusheen Farm estate is the venue for the annual Townlands Carnival. An action-packed three-day event, this festival sees talented musicians performing live music across different genres, not to mention an excellent display of arts and culture. Festival-goers can experience the festival in the great outdoors and hopefully get a chance to catch some sunshine!

Find the latest Cork hotel deals and extend your stay in one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties.

5 The Lights Fest, CoUNTY Dublin


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Part of a worldwide event, the Lights Fest invites festival-goers to launch their lanterns into the sky. The result? A magnificent skyline and a memorable experience for all who attend. Those attending can also enjoy music, food and other entertainment at the festival whilst admiring the beautiful display. A dedicated cleaning crew will then stay behind at the end of the night to ensure no mark is left on the surrounding scenery.

Take a look at the latest hotel deals for Dublin and make the most of a special light-filled evening.

6 AVA Festival, CoUNTY Down

The Audio Visual Arts Festival in Belfast celebrates the growth of electric music and visual arts in Ireland. The two-day event provides an opportunity for keen festival-goers to experience the talent of upcoming local artists and appreciate the creative genius behind some of Ireland’s best audio visual artists.

Find the latest Down hotel deals and spend a few days enjoying the festival and its surrounding area.

7 Sea Sessions, CoUNTY Donegal


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If partying by the beach sounds like a good time then Sea Sessions is definitely the right festival for you. The event is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in style with a long list of artists including Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything and DJ Yoda.

Keen to get a surf in and discover more of the area? Check out the latest hotel deals for Donegal.

8 A Taste of West Cork, CoUNTY Cork


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A Taste of West Cork is an annual festival showcasing the finest locally sourced food, food producers and businesses in Cork. Take a visit to the event and try out some of the tastiest fresh food on offer. Spanning 36 towns and villages and eight islands, it would be a shame not to indulge in at least a few days of the festival.

Check out the latest hotel deals in Cork and get the most out of all the area has to offer.

9 Earagail Arts Festival, CoUNTY Donegal

The annual three-week bilingual, multidisciplinary arts festival is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way and north west coast of Ireland. The festival attracts performers to showcase their diverse cultural backgrounds at purpose-built venues in forests and beaches along the coast.

Read our 8 Reasons to Visit Donegal and spend a few nights enjoying its many highlights.

10 Stendhal Festival, CoUNTY Londonderry

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The multi-award-winning Stendhal Festival of Art celebrates all things innovative and creative through art and music. The event’s beautiful setting provides the perfect backdrop for live music, comedy and other performances. Voted as Ireland’s Best Small Arts Festival 2013, 2014 and 2015, visitors of all ages are welcome. Find the latest Derry hotel deals and score yourself a day ticket to the event.


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