11-13 July Merrion Square, Dublin
19-20 July Fitzgerald Park, Cork

Free Festival in the Park

City Picnic comes to Merrion Square July 26th and 27th

City Soul Picnic

Dublin

Dublin’s City Soul Festival, now in its 8th year, is rebranded as ‘City Soul Picnic’ and brings a picnic style music event to Merrion Square on July 26th and 27th. Entry is free, but don’t forget to make a donation as this is a vital fundraising event for children’s charity the Musical Youth Foundation which is working to help at-risk young people access life-changing music education programmes.

Street Performance World Champions 2013 - Lords of Strut

International Street Performers

Dublin & Cork

Back-flipping sword swallowers, the world's best fire breathers, modern day houdinis and rhythm painters join our international line-up of street performers. 

Guixot de 8 Sculpture Scribble

Dublin & Cork

World famous sculptures, by artists such as Picasso and Dali, transformed into playfully interactive games for all kids to enjoy. You'll find this outdoor art gallery in Fitzgerald Park, Cork and in the ESB Spark Your Imagination area in Dublin's Merrion Square. A fantasic way of learning and having fun at the same time.

 

Kid's Court

Dublin & Cork

Calling all children! If you want to get your parents back, Kid's Court returns this year messier, meaner and more mischievous than ever. Ray D'Arcy will be trying, sentencing and punishing parents at the Kid's Court in Merrion Square on July 12th, with Steve Cummins acting as Judge on July 13th in Dublin and in Cork on July 19th and 20th. This is where the kids rule the turf!

Today FM Irish Summer

Dublin & Cork

Follow the sound of happy chatter to the heart of the Dublin and Cork festivals, and relive your favourite Irish Summer memories. Stalls with TK red lemonade, ice cream, 10p bags, deckchairs and windbreakers and Today FM playing your favourite songs from summers past.

Layabout Area

Dublin & Cork

Kick back and chill at the heart of the festival. Soak up the atmosphere, catch some Zs, recharge the batteries and go for more! The festival's very own oasis.

Eat Street - Food Village

Dublin & Cork

Markets have been a part of the fabric of Dublin and Cork city life for many years. Our Food Village celebrates their charm, bringing food stalls from Irish producers and their taste-bursting produce to the festival. Wander through, explore the stalls, and feed the whole family with healthier choices. Eat, chat and enjoy.

New Citroën C4 Picasso - An Out of this World Experience

Dublin & Cork

Enjoy an out of this world acrobatics display by our talented Citroën astronauts and spend some time relaxing in our hospitality area. Discover the world inside the 2014 Irish Car of the Year, The New Citroën C4 Picasso & the Top Gear family car of the year, The New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.Citroën Motors Ireland are the official vehicle partners of this year's LHCS.

Mr.Balloonatic

Dublin & Cork

Mr.Balloonatic and his team of international award winning balloon artists (Spain, Belgium, Scotland, America and Ireland) return again this year. If you can dream it, this world class team can twist it for you, out of a handful of latex balloons. Missed seeing these balloon sculptors live in the past? Don't pass up the opportunity to see them this year, come find them in the heart of the park.

Go Metro Music Stage

Dublin

With a mix of brass band ensembles, afrobeat, folk, bluegrass, soul, gospel and jamacian ska, we are kicking off the first ever Go Metro Music Stage in Merrion Square with a loud, lively and undeniably bop-worthy line-up. Mr.Woodnote, Booka Brass band and The Young Folk amongst others will be keeping us entertained throughout the 2 days in Merrion Square on July 12th and 13th.

ESB Spark Your Imagination

ESB Spark Your Imagination

Dublin

A banquet for the brain, the ESB Spark Your Imagination area is a creative hub for children designed to inspire, educate and feed the imagination. Here you’ll find a feast for the senses with music and stand up comedy workshops from The Ark, science displays from Festival of Curiosity and an energising sculptural playground for all to enjoy.  The makings of many light bulb moments!

Laya Healthcare Family Area

Dublin

Experience a corner of the countryside in the heart of Dublin city. Visit the llamas, sheep, goats, pigs and many more furry friendly farm animals at the petting zoo. Pop by the Laya Healthcare tent and say hello! White picket fencing, plush fake grass, and toad stools - you'll never want to go home.

Live Print in the Park with Damn Fine Print

Dublin

Have a go at pulling your screenprint with the The Damn Fine print crew! Armed with their mobile print lab and their team of skilled printers, festival goers will get the opportunity to practice the art of screen-printing alfresco in Merrion Square Park on Sat 12th and Sun 13th July to print their own limited edition poster.