Timahoe Heritage Festival celebrates 1100 years of viking monastic history with a broad variety of activities, workshops, demonstrations and so on. See a list of each workshop and activity here. From weaving displays, funfairs, and coinstriking workshops to food and craft fairs to cooking displays and so much more, it’s a festival not to be missed.
11 Festivals You Should Visit in Laois this Summer
Enjoy the fantastic festivals lined up across Laois this summer
Plan ahead and enjoy a fun-packed time in the hidden heartlands
With another summer of fun well and truly on its way, we wanted to make sure you had a full list of festivals to follow so you can plan your time around them in Laois this summer. These must-visit festivals are so tempting that you’ll want to visit Laois numerous times this year and so, we hope we can inspire some of your holiday plans and encourage some of the fun you get up to!
4th & 5th of June 2022 at Timahoe Heritage Centre
12th of June 2022 in Spink Community Grounds, Abbeyleix
Growing bigger every year, Buds & Blossoms Gardening Festival promises to put out all the stops this year. It’s a Sunday well spent with an abundance of top gardening speakers, food and entertainment for all the family. A vaiety of Laois’ local food producers and plant specialists will exhibit and talks and demonstrations from different contributors will also be a highlight. Keep the kids happy with plenty of activities and fun taking place such as balloon modelling, clown fun and music.
23rd – 26th of June 2022 on Main Street Portlaoise
Old Fort Quarter Festival finally returns and is set to be a good one. With headline gigs ticketed on the Main Stage in Laois Music Centre, along with entertainment for all ages across Main Street and Fitzmaurice Plaza, Portlaoise, it’s a weekend in Laois not to be missed. From heritage events and street theatre, to street markets and a pub music trail, as well as music generation, Laois’s special event for teenagers and the four ticketed concerts nightly on the main stage, Laois promises to be buzzing.
8th of July 2022 in Cullahill Community Centre
22nd – 24th of July 2022 in Emo Village
Forest Fest is new to the midlands and already looks promising with a spectacular line-up. This new summertime boutique festival brings a weekend of music and arts to Laois with headliners like the Waterboys, Damien Dempsey, Hermitage Green, The Riptide Movement and Paddy Casey to name a few. Visitors can even make the most of their weekend and camp out. This family-friendly festival is in the heart of Emo and has three main stages to allow for a range of acts to perform and suit every music fan.
24th of July – 1st August 2022 in Durrow, Laois
Laois’s famous festival is back! Durrow Scarecrow Festival was nominated for ‘Best Festival’ in the Irish Times Ticket Awards twice and it’s no wonder why. This community effort festival gives creative spec to the world of scarecrows but also renowns it’s title as a festival jam-pacled with family entertainment, great markets, events and overall fun. With food and craft fairs, exhibitions and more, without forgetting the one everyone’s been waiting for, the scarecrow championships. Visit durrowscarecrowfestival.com to get a grasp of everything that’s happening over the week.
30th of July – 1st August 2022 in Abbeyleix Community Garden
The August Bank Holiday weekend will see Abbeyleix take on a weekend full of arts, music and entertainment for all. What’s not to love? Meet in the middle with friends and family this summer to celebrate the weekend in the leg of the last hurrah of summer. Abbeyleix is the pinnacle of fun and there’s plenty to be had in this beautiful town this summer.
19th – 20th August 2022 across County Laois
19th – 21st August 2022 in Abbeyleix
2nd – 4th September 2022 in Stradbally
20th – 22nd September 2022 in Ratheniska
See what else is happening across the county with our official Laois Tourism Event Guide
Let’s meet in the middle for a summer of festival fun
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