The What/Where/When of Family Festivals In Ireland


Festival season is well underway, and just because you have kids to consider when it comes to festival goings doesn’t mean you have to miss out completely. Festivals with all of the family in mind have become very popular in recent years. We’ve got some details of the what, where, when of family festivals here in Ireland!

Ireland has a few family orientated festivals, with something to suit an array of interests and ages.

Tayto Park - Fun Fest

What? Family Fun Fest is a festival featuring 2 days of International music performers. Your ticket allows you entry to the park, and all it’s wonderful amusements! You can also stroll around the Tayto Park Zoo. Children will be especially excited for Pirate World of Tortuga, The Dance Yourself Dizzy Little Top and SamSam The BubbleMan - a chance to dress up, dance, and have buckets of fun! Fossett’s circus will also be there, if dress up doesn’t appeal to any older kids!

Where? Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

When? Saturday 29th and 30th June, tickets start from €55 and can be found here.

Kaleidoscope Festival

What? Kaleidoscope Festival is a feast for the senses! The organisers say this festival “will provide three days of high energy, full colour, multi–stage entertainment over 15 stages, designed to entice and enthrall all, from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass!”  Kaleidoscope Festival encompasses the idea of Electric picnic - a family friendly festival with camping facilities. This is a very family orientated festival, with different events and programmes for an array of age groups. With on-site camping or glamping options you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Where? Russborough House, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

When? Saturday 29th and 30th June, you can purchase weekend or day passes here.

Photo by  Leah Kelley  from  Pexels

Photo by Leah Kelley from Pexels

City Spectacular

What? Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is a five day long fun filled festival! The festival will have a family health and wellness area, a food market by Just Eat, and amazing performers from around the globe. Kids will have a play area with lego building, storytelling, and creative writing activities. There will also be a vintage style fun fair!

Where and When? This festival is split over 5 days, in two venues. The 12-14th of July in Dublin’s Merrion Square, and July 20th-21st in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. Entry to the festival is free, and no tickets are required. It is asked that tip the performers in lieu of no entry fee.


Held over two days, playstival is a festival based around, yep, you guessed it, play! A kid focused festival where little hands and minds are encouraged to get creative and play. There’s also plenty of entertainment and food options for parents and older kids, so a great family day out!

Where? Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Co. Dublin.

When? 10th - 11th of August.


Spraoi festival celebrates all things colourful, it really is a feast for the eyes! Street performers, parades, and food make for an exciting weekend! Spraoi also has sprÓg, a child focused part of the festival.