5 Irish Festivals You Cannot Miss This Summer

With over 20 new large and small Irish festivals happening this Summer, it is a hard choice to make as to which ones are really truly worth going to. Should you bring the kids, should you go it alone and relive your glory days, or can you do both? We say everything in life is a balance, so why not do both! 

Below is a list of family friendly as well as the best Festivals to hire the babysitters for, call in the grandparents and spend that money you’ve been saving for a rainy day. Because even IF it does rain, you are guaranteed to have some level of craic that will go off the richter scale. 

Our Top 5 Not-to-be-missed Summer Festivals you can still buy a ticket for!


This is the ultimate of Indie music and arts festivals that takes place each year in the stunning settings of Blessington, County Wicklow, which is only a short drive from Dublin. It showcases the cream of Irish talent, delivering a most impressive array of authentic alternative, pop, metal, rock and folk music from Irish Acts on its well balanced and carefully curated line-up that covers all genres.

July 19th-21st; Blessington Lakes, Co Wicklow; €65-€155; knockanstockan.ie

Kaleidoscope is aimed at “modern parents, discerning children and all-knowing teens”, and draws its inspiration from Electric Picnic’s ‘Little Picnic’. With headliners Bell XI and Tom Odell and fun family assets to the festival such as ‘Baby Discos, water sports and woodland spas’ this one should keep everyone happy!

June 28th-30th; Russborough Estate, Co Wicklow; €17.50-€125.75; kaleidoscopefestival.ie

Sea Sessions:
Wanna go to a Festival that has really cool acts, again, in a stunning surroundings? Then look no further…  The likes of Sigrid, Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club are headlining the surf, sea and music festival. Camping and glamping options are available.

June 21st-23rd; Bundoran, Co Donegal; €54.90-€149.90; seasessions.com

Irish Independent Park Concerts
Cork’s Munster rugby HQ is lending its pitch to George Ezra (June 20th), Walking On Cars (21st), The Coronas (22nd), Liam Gallagher (23rd), Hozier (25th) and Ms. Lauryn Hill (26th). With such a high calibre of acts in tow, you are spoilt for choice here.

June 20th-26th; Irish Independent Park, Cork; €49.90-€59.90; ticketmaster.ie


The team behind Mother got together and created this utter gem of an LGBTQ festival with an incredible line-up. It will take place at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. Their line-up boasts headline acts Lily Allen and Clean Bandit as well as Gossip, Kelis and Irish songstress, Soulé. Giving Festival revellers plenty to dance and sing along to.

August 17th -18th; Love Sensation, Dublin; €65.70 – €116.25;  https://www.lovesensation.ie