What’s On Guide

From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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The Old Fort Festival

24th June @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


We are delighted to welcome singer, songwriter Damien Dempsey to the main stage this year. Damien is joining us amidst his nationwide tour to mix traditional Irish folk with contemporary lyrics sure to deliver a fantastic night.

Note: Support acts to be announced! Stay tuned for details.

The Old Fort Quarter Festival 2022 is delighted to return to Portlaoise after a 2-year hiatus, over the last weekend in June Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th. This year’s festival promises to be the largest yet with a bulging line up that will include four fantastic headline gigs, ticketed on the Main Stage in Laois Music Centre, as well as FREE entertainment for all ages across Main Street and Fitzmaurice Plaza, Portlaoise.

These will include Heritage Events, Street Theatre, Celtic Con Comic Convention, Street Markets and Pub Music Trail, as well as Music Generation Laois’s Special Event for teenagers and the four ticketed concerts nightly on the Main Stage.


24th June
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Main Street Portlaoise