Limerick Festivals

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The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas

FEBRUARY 19 – 25 2018

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas celebrates the role of the citizen in the political life of Limerick. This year’s theme is ‘the State of Us’. With 100 years of perspective, we’ll be asking what we’ve learned and what we’ve left undone since the Proclamation of our Republic.

The programme has everything from film premières, big debates and an evening of protest music to spoken word, art and comedy events. There is truly something for everyone. Make sure you come and have your say!

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Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien

FEBRUARY 22 – 25 2018

Limerick Literary Festival, formerly known as Kate O’Brien Weekend, is this year celebrating its 34th edition. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. This year, we have gathered up to 20 participants from Ireland, England, Italy and the US in six different venues in Limerick city.

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Limerick Choral Festival

 MARCH 2 – 4 2018

The Limerick Choral Festival marks its 10th anniversary this year.
Limerick Choral Festival aims to promote and develop choral music.
Choirs from all over are welcome to join the Limerick Choral Festival on their 10th anniversary.

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Pay It Forward Limerick

March 5th – March 12th 2018

The Festival of Kindness is an initiative
from Pay it Forward Limerick (PIF Limerick) – a team of local volunteers
and businesses who are embracing the concept to carry out intentional acts of kindness.

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St Patricks

Limerick St.Patricks Festival

MARCH 17 2018

Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival is the largest parade outside Dublin.
The parade which will take place on March 17th will see
magnificent displays parade through the streets of Limerick.

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International Band Championship

MARCH 18 2018

The International Band Championship is a highlight of Limerick’s St. Patrick’s  Festival. The Championship will host a number of Marching bands from all Ireland, USA and Europe. The International Band Championship is judges by world-class judges.

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Fresh Film Festival

MARCH 20 – 25 2018

Fresh Film Festival, Ireland’s leading festival celebrating young filmmakers,
takes place in Limerick.  Festival highlights include
the finals of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards,
workshops in scriptwriting, animation and music videos,
feature screenings and international shorts.

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Limerick Film Festival


The Limerick Film Festival is back! The Limerick founded three-day event has grown in size and reputation – attracting hundreds of filmmakers and visitors from home and abroad. Countries such as USA, Canada, Japan, Belgium, France, Israel and Spain have been represented since its inception.

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Limerick Fringe Festival 

        APRIL 4 – 7 2018

Limerick Fringe is a new vibrant, multi-genre performance-based event hosted in Limerick.

Limerick Fringe is a not for profit organisation that looks to support artists and producers to promote new, vibrant and daring arts to a wider audience utilizing non-traditional spaces.

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Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

March 19th – March 25th 2018

Proving there is always something new to learn, Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival is a celebration of Learning across the region. It promotes Limerick as a superb location for personal, social and work-related learning and development. The annual LLL Festival features a host of free events and activities to interest, entertain and engage people of all ages! 

The selection of events spans across a wide variety of areas such as arts and crafts, music and dancing, sports and leisure, caring and health studies, gardening and horticulture, activities for children and young people, as well as many events exploring more traditional education and training areas.

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Eigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Art Festival

APRIL 12 – 14 2018

 In various venues around the Newcastle West town, Michael Hartnett’s ‘people’ will gather to celebrate and remember the poet and the man. In listening to readings, attending art installations, in the schools, Desmond Complex, the Library, the Red Door Gallery or drinking a few pints with old friends…

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Eva International – Ireland’s Biennial2018

APRIL 14 – JULY 8 2018

The 38th edition of EVA International – Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art, curated by Inti Guerrero, connects the narrative futures of early twentieth century Ireland with the sexual and identity politics of the present day.

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Riverfest kicks off over the May Bank Holiday weekend and will showcase & celebrate all that’s great about Limerick City!

The festival caters to foodies, fun-seekers and fun-runners and is the first major festival of the year in Ireland.

Highlights of Riverfest include the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run; Ireland’s largest barbecue cook-off, the Riverfest BBQ Competition; the Continental Fair of European artisan producers and Fashion Friday.

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Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run

 MAY 6 2018

The organisers of the 6th annual Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run
exceeded last year’s participant numbers of 12,200 which are partly
explained by the early bird registration discounts that ended on February 6 last.

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Limerick International Food Truck Festival


The Limerick International Food Truck Festival is the first dedicated festival of its kind to take place in Ireland, based in the heart of Limerick city’s People’s Park.

The event will see an explosion of international cuisine during the event as more than 60 food trucks from 14 countries take part in the European Food Truck Association’s annual festival along with local and national traders.

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Limerick Sings International Choral Festival

JUNE 7 – JUNE 10

Limerick Sings invites you and your choir to its International Choral Festival. The festival extends a warm welcome to choirs of all traditions and nationalities to come together for a weekend of festive non-competitive singing in spectacular venues including St Mary’s Cathedral and Holy Trinity Abbey Church in the picturesque village of Adare, Co Limerick.

The festival weekend is designed to offer choirs the opportunity to sing in some of Ireland’s finest music venues in the company of choristers from other countries and traditions of singing. It also offers a social programme to entertain you and provide a chance to meet your local Irish hosts from Limerick choirs.

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Limerick Garden Festival

JUNE 17 2018
The Limerick Garden Festival at Limerick Milk
Market will feature an exciting plant, garden & food
market with over 50 traders from all over Ireland,
all-day garden expert talks and many opportunities
for gardeners, their families and friends to enjoy,
engage and experience all things gardening

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Limerick LGBT PrideFestival

JULY 2 – 8
Parade Saturday, July 7

The Limerick Pride Festival  features a multitude
of events, from educational workshops and discussions to evenings
of music and club nights, to cater to the Pride needs of everyone.
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Sarsfields Day Festival


Sarsfields Day Festival Weekend honours Patrick Sarsfield and the heroic
defenders of the walled city of Limerick in 1690. In August 1690, William of Orange
and his army were successful at the Battle of the Boyne, and proceeded
to rampage through the South of Ireland, in order to quell any further resistance by Jacobites to his domination of Ireland. Be part of this city’s great historical and proud history.

Various venues across Limerick city.


Bring Your Limericks to Limerick

AUGUST 24th-26th

Over the past six years, the festival has grown in size both in terms of the audience as well as the performers. This year’s festival is promised to have a fantastic line-up of walking tours around Limerick, including some of our historic ruins, slam poetry, art exhibitions, storytelling, traditional Irish music sessions and writing workshops.
The Bring Your Limerick to Limerick 2018 Festival is supported by the Limerick Writers’ Centre and Global Limerick, with its main aim to make both poetry and creative writing more accessible to the wider public.

Various venues across Limerick city.



Elemental Festival


Elemental Arts and Culture Festival takes place in September in Limerick City. The festival encompasses the arts in all their guises and is guided by a green ethos.Elemental is delighted to announce that it has won Gold in its category for Best Promotional Brochure at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards.

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Limerick Culture Night


Culture Night takes place on a Friday in September every year.
Limerick City & County want to make sure that Limerick is once again
well represented in this national initiative with a full programme of events
to showcase the wealth of culture that Limerick has to offer,

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Limerick Jazz Festival


Limerick Jazz Festival is an annual event promoting live jazz performance
in various venues throughout the city of Limerick featuring artists
from the US, the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

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Open House Limerick


Open House Limerick is annual festival showcasing outstanding
architecture for all to experience, completely free of charge.

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Cuisle International Poetry Festival


The nightly readings are the highlight of Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival,
which has over the past years gained a very favourable international reputation
as a festival at which to present work, both from at home and abroad.



Light Moves Festival of Screendance


Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival of dance, film and media arts with events across Limerick City. The festival invites audiences to see dance differently, with an intriguing programme packed with thought-provoking and cutting-edge new and existing work offering an inspiring and stimulating journey of discovery.

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Limerick Christmas Racing Festival 


Day 1 of the Christmas Racing Festival. Gates open at 10:30am with the first race off
at approximately 12:30pm. St. Stephen’s Day racing is a tradition in the mid-west
so make sure you join us for a feast of National Hunt racing to include The Shannon Airport Novice Chase (Grade 2).

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