Cork Festivals & Events

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Carrigaline Wren Boys Street Carnival - December

Carrigaline Wren Boys Street festival held on St Stephen's Day is a major street carnival which takes place from 11.00am until 1.00pm on the Main Street when traffic through the town is diverted. People take to the street in colourful costumes as per the Wren Boy tradition, and many people come to watch and participate in this annual event. The traditional meet of the South Union Hunt with 15 pairs of hounds and over 100 horses make a wonderful spectacle as they parade through the crowded streets. Carrigaline is the place to be on St. Stephen's Day.

The West Cork Rally featured eight stages on Saturday and a further eight on Sunday for March 2010, many of which are regarded as some of the best rallying roads in county Cork.

The Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland is a world class festival celebrating the very best of choral and vocal music at the start of May every year. The programme includes prestigious international and national competitions, gala and fringe concerts, public performances, and an education programme. Follow the festival as it moves from the different venues such as Lewis Glucksman Gallery, the Honan Chapel on UCC grounds, St Finbarr's Cathedral, St Francis Church and many more venues.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival held the end of April, start of May enjoys great music in the bars and streets where people can enjoy street entertainment and a traders fair where the crowds sampled good food and fine craftwork whilst enjoying the music. Some headliners were Michael Buckley, considered to be the finest saxophonist in Ireland today. Andreas Varady the 12 year-old guitar prodigy from Limerick. The Samuel Hudson Quartet, led by the Berlin based saxophonist Samuel Hudson. Most of the performances are free and you can enjoy Ballydehob Jazz Festival in a relaxed carnival style.

Cork Midsummer Festival offers an array of Dance, Music and Theatre treats each Summer in Cork City.

Cork City Marathon Cork a great day to support all those who take part in this city marathon which goes through the Jack Lynch Tunnel, in Cork. The course time limit is 6 hours. There are five relay stages, for teams of two to five individuals. Each team member completes their leg(s) before handing over their team’s wristband (you’ll find that in your race pack at registration) to their team mate at the fixed change-over points.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival offers some great music in venues such as St Brendan's Church, The Brick Oven Restaurant, Bantry and Bantry House. The guest can enjoy music from some of the greats such as Schumann, Mozart, Fleishmann, Vivaldi and more.

Cork Live at the Marquee organised by Aiken Promotions has played host to a number of great acts in the past, such as Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, Gypsy Kings, Tracy Chapman, Shayne Ward, Westlife, The Prodigy, Bell X1, Josh Ritterer, Lady Gaga, Anastacia, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, and many more, do not miss this event in Co Cork.

Cobh Peoples Regatta, enjoy this 3 day August festival, where you'll find live music in the many pubs and open air. A fun day out for all the family at Cobh Regatta ranging from Sailing Competitions, Busking Competition, choosing the Cobh Peoples Regatta Queen’s, Fancy Dress Parade, Bouncy Castles, Clown, Face Painting and much more.

Cork Folk Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest festival of traditional,folk music and has taken place annually in September. Put together from year to year purely on a voluntary basis by a dedicated group of enthusiasts, sometimes with the help of major sponsorship, often by a combination of various sponsors and supporters, it’s endurance is a tribute to the energy and labour of it’s workers. Enjoy the spirit of the indigenous music, song and dance scene where you can hear music from premier national groups.

Cork Jazz Festival, held in the month of October, sets Cork alight with the sounds of jazz echoing throughout Cork City Centre. Follow the Jazz to the many destinations from The Gresham Metropole Hotel, The Imperial Hotel, Moran's Silver Springs Hotel and lots more. Cork Jazz a wonderful weekend to be enjoyed with some great names from the Jazz scene.

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