Ireland is a bustling hotpot of culture, music and a range of festivals throughout the year, particularly during the summer months.
If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, we’d recommend booking festivals and concerts in advance to avoid disappointment and ensure you get a spot at the event or festival of your choice.
Here are six incredible festivals to enjoy in Ireland throughout the year:
Musical Festivals In Ireland: Electric Picnic
Electric Picnic is an annual music festival held every September in Stradbally Hall, Laois. This year, the festival is set to take place from the 2nd to the 4th of September with a range of music artists performing. The lineup for Electric Picnic 2022 includes Tame Impala, Snow Patrol, Arctic Monkeys and Dermot Kennedy to name a few.
Electric picnic is Ireland’s biggest music festival in which around 70,000 people attend each year to enjoy an immersive camping experience, great performances and the amazing atmosphere.
For more information on Electric Picnic, please visit the website directly.
Arts Festivals in Ireland: Galway International Arts Festival
Galway International Arts Festival is one of Ireland’s most visited summer festivals. Taking place in July each year, Galway Arts Festival covers a range of artistic forms such as theatre, visual art and music.
The events take place across over 30 venues such as galleries, theatres and even on the Galway city streets among the hustle and bustle of tourists and locals alike.
This year, Galway International Arts Festival is set to take place from the 11th to 24th of July with over 200 events planned for the duration of the festival.
For more information on the events taking place this year or to book your tickets to avoid disappointment, please visit the Galway International Arts Festival website directly.
Cultural Festivals In Ireland Temple Bar Tradfest
The Temple Bar Tradfest takes place each year in January and showcases the Trad music scene across Ireland. Ideal for those involved in the Trad scene or for those who want to learn more about it, Tradfest is located in Dublin’s cultural quarter, the Temple Bar area which is well known to locals and tourists alike for the lively atmosphere and vibrant bars- which suits Tradfest the very best!
The annual festival attracts over 10,000 visitors a year with over a third of these visitors coming from overseas. Festival goers can expect a range of theatre exhibits, musical performances from a variety of Trad artists and Irish dancing performances, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
For more information on Tradfest and dates for the 2023 festival, please visit the website directly.
Food Festivals In Ireland: Taste Of Dublin Festival
The Taste Of Dublin festival takes place in Iveagh Gardens each year in June and aims to showcase Ireland’s top culinary talents, artisan ingredients and much more.
The Taste of Dublin is perfect for foodies who enjoy cooking or those wanting to brush up on their culinary skills, as masterclasses take place daily and top chefs are available to offer advice or answer any questions you may have.
To avoid disappointment before attending the Taste of Dublin festival we’d recommend purchasing tickets for your session in advance.
For more information on the festival and the range of events available, please visit the Taste of Dublin website directly.
Music Festivals In Belfast: Belsonic
If you’re visiting Northern Ireland or you live in close proximity to Belfast, Belsonic is the resident music festival which takes place every June in Ormeau Park.
Festival goers can expect Irish talents such as Dermot Kennedy, Picture This and Ryan McMullan and international DJs such as Calvin Harris and Tiesto which can be enjoyed across the month of June each summer. (Please note: this line up is from Belsonic 2022).
For more information on the festival line up or to purchase tickets, please visit the Belsonic website directly.
Studying In Ireland
International House Belfast is Northern Ireland‘s leading English language and teacher training organisation. We offer part-time, full and intensive courses to help students maximise their English skills in their own time, with a social life that will make your learning experience worthwhile.
If you wish to find out more about festivals across Ireland, or want to enquire about learning English in Belfast – simply get in touch with us today.
No matter where you are in the UK and Ireland, the International House family can also help facilitate your language learning journey through its other partner organisations in Galway, Manchester, Portsmouth and Bristol.