The summer is definitely the best time of the year for getting out and about, with an endless list of gigs and festivals taking place between now and August.
It can be hard to find someone to keep an eye on the little ones for an entire weekend so our favourite festivals are ones where we can bring the whole family.
Here are a few that we’ll be attending this year…
Dublin Port Riverfest – North Wall Quay, Dublin
June Bank Holiday, Sat 4th – Mon 6th June
If the sun decides to come out to play, this should be an amazing event. Designed to showcase Dublin’s marine amenities, there will be tall ships, schooners, kayaking, tugboats and live music.
There’ll also be family funfair attractions, open-air markets and children’s art workshops so there’s something for everyone!
Body & Soul – Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath
Fri 17 – Sun 19 June
This is one of our favourite festivals for the simple reason that it manages to combine an amazing music line-up with a ton of great options for the younger members of the family. This year’s headliners include Santigold and The Gloaming, with Saint Sister, Girl Band and Mercury Rev also on the bill.
The Soul Kids area is specifically for children and features a host of music, arts and crafts activities to keep them busy. Better still, the Family Campsite is really quiet and includes a Soul Kids tent that will even fill your hot water bottle to make sure the smallies are nice and warm.
Dublin Horse Show – RDS, Dublin
Wed 20 – Sun 24 July
The Dublin Horse Show is one of Ireland’s most iconic festivals and while it is full of exciting equestrian action, there is also live musical entertainment, a shopping area and a craft exhibition.
The festival also makes a priority of keeping younger visitors busy with a dedicated Kids Zone, featuring everything from magic shows and pony rides to bouncy castles.
Galway International Arts Festival – Galway City
Mon 11 – Sunday 24 July
What better excuse to head west than this annual smorgasbord of music, comedy, theatre and art in the delightful surroundings of Galway City?
The Festival Big Top is one of the most unique venues in Ireland and with gigs from Elvis Costello, Imelda May, Damien Dempsey and Suede this year, the tent will definitely be rocking! There are plenty of treats for kids as well – we can’t wait to see the full programme when it’s released later this month.
Laya City Spectacular
Merrion Square, Dublin – Fri 8 to Sun 10 July
Fitzgerald Park, Cork – Sat 16 to Sun 17 July
This free festival is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and organisers are pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s the best yet!
The event runs from 12 noon to 8pm daily and brings together a whole programme of eclectic entertainment, specifically designed for families. Better still, you can even bring the dog!
Here’s a peek at last year’s event.