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Festivals are back! Here’s your ultimate guide to the best events around Ireland this summer

After a two-year absence, festivals are back with a bang and the Irish summer calendar is bursting. From food fests to the hottest gigs and coolest culture events, here’s our pick of the biggest and best on offer...

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Gavin James on stage at last year’s A Pilot Festival at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Gavin James on stage at last year’s A Pilot Festival at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Hozier headlining at Electric Picnic in 2019. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Hozier headlining at Electric Picnic in 2019. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Chef Gráinne Mullins. Picture: Frank McGrath

Chef Gráinne Mullins. Picture: Frank McGrath

The International Literature Festival Dublin 2022 which runs until May 29. Picture: Julien Behal

The International Literature Festival Dublin 2022 which runs until May 29. Picture: Julien Behal

Longitude

Longitude

Sea Sessions

Sea Sessions

Author Cecelia Ahern

Author Cecelia Ahern

Hozier EP 2019. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Hozier EP 2019. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Forbidden Festival at IMMA. Picture: Aerial.ie

Forbidden Festival at IMMA. Picture: Aerial.ie

Fans dress for the occasion at Dublin’s Comic Con. Picture: Patrick O'Leary

Fans dress for the occasion at Dublin’s Comic Con. Picture: Patrick O'Leary

Earagail Arts Festival is one of the longest running arts festivals in Ireland. Picture: Alan McLaughlin

Earagail Arts Festival is one of the longest running arts festivals in Ireland. Picture: Alan McLaughlin

Ladies' Day at the Dublin Horse Show

Ladies' Day at the Dublin Horse Show

Puck Fair in Co Kerry

Puck Fair in Co Kerry

Bray Air Display

Bray Air Display

Borris House Writing Festival

Borris House Writing Festival

Murals painted during Waterford Walls festival

Murals painted during Waterford Walls festival

JP McMahon at Taste of Dublin. Picture: Allen Kiely

JP McMahon at Taste of Dublin. Picture: Allen Kiely

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Gavin James on stage at last year’s A Pilot Festival at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Picture: Ruth Medjber

June 4-5 Not every festival this summer will have activities like bat walks, astronomy talks and shamanic journeying on the programme, but SoFFT Nights, which will take place in Dunderry Park, Co Meath, is a delightfully off-kilter addition. Alongside musical entertainment from some of Ireland’s finest independent acts — Tolü Makay, Lisa O’Neill, Kíla and more — there is a healthy selection of activities for the mind and body, as well as a dedicated Cabbage Patch Stage for the smallies, offering everything from children’s mindfulness to sound yoga. sofftproductions.com

Family-friendly

SoFFT Nights

Kaleidoscope

June 24-26
Taking place in the grounds of Russborough House in Co Wicklow, Kaleidoscope has earned its reputation as one of the most family-friendly music festivals in Ireland. Alongside headliners like Feeder, James Morrison and a host of new and established artists like Lyra, Ryan McMullan, Brian Deady and Ryan Sheridan, there’s tonnes for the kids to enjoy, too. Anyone for a baby disco? How about a nature trail or a ‘meet the animals’ session? With a cinema tent, a vintage carnival and more on site, you won’t have to worry about the small people in your group ruining the buzz by complaining they’re bored. kaleidoscopefestival.ie

Féile Brian Ború


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