There’s a serious amount of maritime festivals on all around the country this June – Be sure to book yourself some time off and check out these fantastic events.
Check out this jam-packed June line up!
1. Dublin Port Riverfest 2nd- 5th June
North Wall Quay plays host to the Dublin Port Riverfest. Organised by the Dublin Port Company and the Docklands Business Forum, expect a unique celebration along the historic quays with a jam-packed programme of entertainment and family fun.
There’s a huge array of activities over the course of the weekend including kayaking sessions which will allow you see the visiting ships from a unique angle. Dublin Bay Cruises St. Bridget will offer three trips daily out into Dublin Bay and The Jeanie Johnson will once again be offering free tours over the course of the weekend.
For more info: Dublin Riverfest
2. Cork Harbour Festival 3rd – 10th June
The Maritime festival season continues in Cork with Ireland’s very own long-distance rowing race. Now in its twelfth year, the event embraces everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks and canoes. With thousands of spectators each year, the race is a real flagship event for Cork Harbour. There’s always tons going on in Cork and this adds a great coastal flavour to the early Summer.
For more info: Cork Harbour Festival
3. The Irish Maritime Festival, Drogheda Port, Louth 10th – 11th June
The Irish Maritime Festival is takes place each summer on the quayside at Drogheda Port. This is truly the big daddy of the maritime festivals. This award-winning festival attracted over 40,000 visitors last year and continues to grow. The Festival features loads of on the water action plus a Norman Village, an artisan food and craft beer zone, a fashion health and beauty zone and loads of family friendly activities for the kids. Kick back and enjoy the performances on their two live music stages..
For more information: Irish Maritime Festival
4. Rosses Point Shanty Festival, Sligo 16th -18th June
If you love good traditional seafaring music in a lively and fun atmosphere, this is the one for you! Rosses point with its rich maritime history will be hosting the International Sea Shanty festival for the Seventh year and it’s going stronger than ever. There will be an exciting range of musicians and bands singing a range of shantys from home and abroad. The festival is run entirely on a voluntary basis and it also promotes the work of the RNLI. For the whole family and for a good cause!
For more info: Rossespointshanty.com
5. Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest Ballydehob, Cork 16th- 18th June
The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival is an international festival based in the picturesque village of Ballydehob, West Cork, featuring maritime and other folk music. Sea songs, shanties, dance, craft market, maritime food stalls, workshops, sea songwriting competition, music in the pubs and main stage near Ballydehob pier. Most events are free except the workshops.
6. Portaferry Sails & Sounds – Classic Boat & Music Festival, Co. Down 22nd- 25th June
Portaferry Sails & Sounds is set to be a big attraction this year with a sizeable fleet of traditional sailing craft racing on Strangford Lough, Skiff racing by the ‘St Ayles Skiffs’; a farmer’s market, street theatre along Portaferry Shore Street, Arts and Craft stalls along Shore Street, a classic car and motorcycle exhibit, RNLI open day and displays. In conjunction with the sailing festival, there’s set to be a music festival throughout the whole town, Irish Dancing, a busking competition and various other musical themes running all weekend.
For more info: Portaferry Sails & Sounds
7. SeaFest 2017, Galway 30th June – 2nd July
From how we explore, to shipwrecks and creatures of the deep, SeaFest is a fun, free summer festival for all ages and the programme of events includes a seafood fair, seafood cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs and seafaring family fun. There will be tours of ocean-going vessels, leisure craft and boats, exhibits on marine life and lots more fun and educational activities.
Find out more Seafest 2017