26 June 2023

5 Cork Festivals To See This Summer

We are back with another post for you this week, this time we want to give you reccommendations for some festivals you can go to in or near Cork City this summer. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a food lover, or an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Cork has something for everyone. From world-class music events to celebrations of diversity and local talent, let’s dive into the festival spirit!

1. Cork Pride Festival

Date: July 30th – August 6th, 2023

Celebrating diversity, equality, and LGBTQ+ rights, the Cork Pride Festival is a week-long extravaganza that fills the city with love and acceptance. Join the colorful parade through the streets of Cork and participate in a series of inclusive events, including live performances, panel discussions, art exhibitions, and much more. This festival serves as a powerful reminder of Cork’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community. They have already announced their headliners for this years main event “Party At The Port” and you can keep an eye on their Instagram page for the full lineup. You can learn more about this years pride festival by clicking here.

2. Indiependence

Date: August 4th – 6th, 2023

For all the indie music aficionados, Indiependence is an unmissable festival set in the scenic surroundings of Deer Farm. Located just outside Cork, this multi-genre music festival showcases the best emerging talent alongside established acts. Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere, discover new sounds, and dance the night away in this unique outdoor setting. With a mix of indie, rock, electronic, and more, Indiependence promises an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts. You can see the full lineup for this year below and you can keep an eye out for new additions on their website by clicking here.

3. Quarter Block Party

Date: July 14th – 16th, 2023

The Quarter Block Party is an eclectic celebration of Cork’s local arts and culture scene. This festival takes over the historic streets of Shandon, filling them with a vibrant mix of music, theater, visual arts, and spoken word performances. From pop-up gigs in cozy venues to street art installations and immersive theater experiences, Quarter Block Party offers a diverse range of artistic encounters. Immerse yourself in the creativity and talent that thrives in Cork’s artistic community. Follow their Instagram to keep up to date with new acts being added and see this years line up so far below.

4. Cork on a Fork

Date: August 16-20th

Food lovers, rejoice! Cork on a Fork is a gastronomic delight that showcases the best of Cork’s culinary scene. With an emphasis on locally sourced produce and artisanal flavors, this festival celebrates the vibrant food culture of the region. From food stalls and demonstrations to tasting sessions and culinary workshops, Cork on a Fork offers a feast for the senses. Explore the diverse culinary offerings, mingle with talented chefs, and indulge in mouthwatering delicacies that will leave you craving for more. Take a look at their Instagram for more info below.

5. Cork Burlesque Festival

Dates: 24 -26th August 2023

For something unexpected and unique, you could go to the Cork Burlesque Festival in August in Cork Arts Theatre. This will be an amazing evening full of outstanding Irish and International talent. The three main events to watch out for are the Headliner Cometition, the Rebel Cabaret and the Gala show. Some events still have tickets available but as you can imagine they are selling fast, you can buy tickets on their website by clicking here, and keep tabs on their instagram page for updates below.

This summer, Cork is set to come alive with an array of vibrant festivals that cater to various interests. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a proud supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, an art aficionado, or a food lover, Cork has something for everyone. So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Cork this summer!