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What’s On Guide

With over 60 events happening each month, you are sure to have fun in county Laois! From internationally recognised festivals such as Electric Picnic, to ancient celebrations in the Slieve Bloom Mountains there is something for everyone. Laois hosts a multitude of events and festivals from  hilarious comedy shows to reconnecting with nature it’s all waiting to be discovered in our What’s On Guide!

Old Fort Quarter Festival 2024

Festival fever is coming to Portlaoise this June, with the return of the hugely successful Old Fort Quarter Festival. Based from the town's medieval 16th century Fort, the town centre festival runs from Thursday to […]

€32 – €85

The Tumbling Paddies & George Murphy

We kick OFQ24 music event off this year with a massive line up on the Thursday night as The Tumbling Paddies and George Murphy will be the first acts to take to the stage. Make […]


The Whistlin Donkeys & The Dooley Brothers

The Whistlin Donkeys return to Old Fort Quarter after a sold out show last year on the Friday night with support from The Dooley Brothers. It’s always an incredible night when the lads are in […]


Old Fort Festival Interactive History Show

Join Dylan Nolan for an interactive history show at Portlaoise Library during The Old Fort Quarter Festival. Children will be entertained and educated on medieval Laois with the use of replica weapons, armour and storytelling. […]


Transmitter & Smash Hits

The Sunday night will see a fantastic line up to ensure that this years Old Fort Quarter Festival goes out with a bang. Transmitter will be getting the crowd going on early on in the […]



The Folly Festival is Ireland's first ever gender balanced music festival and will take place over the weekend of 5th and 6th July 2024. On Friday night 5th July a night of Music & will […]

Of.Hands Festival- Plein Air creating

Come join us at the Abbeyleix Bog Project for the Of.Hands Festival-En Plein Air creating event. This in-person gathering is a celebration of creativity and nature, where artists and nature enthusiasts come together to appreciate the […]


En Plein Air Creating Weekend

Welcome to Of.Hands Festival. Join us for a weekend of creativity and inspiration at the beautiful Abbeyleix Bog. This in-person event is perfect for artists, nature lovers, and anyone looking to unleash their creativity in […]


The South African Gathering 2024

Ireland's original South African Gathering will be held at picturesque Ballykilcavan Farm & Brewery in Stradbally. Get ready for some powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music, which represents the heart and soul of South African […]

€10 – €30

Mountmellick Heritage & Arts Festival 2024

A Laois town is getting a lovely last minute arts and heritage festival this summer, and the great news is that it is free to attend. It offers an incredibly packed schedule of great heritage […]


Pen Drawing with Alison McEvoy

Join us for a fun and creative in-person event at the Abbeyleix Bog Project. Get ready to unleash your artistic side and learn the art of pen drawing from the talented Alison McEvoy. This event is […]


Wire Sculpting with Glenn Gibson

Learn the art of creating stunning wire sculptures from a master craftsman. Glenn has been creating wire sculptures for over twenty years now and there is nothing he loves more than to share what he's […]


Symbolic Collage with Dominika Stoppa

Symbollage workshop is a mindful art experience designed to help express yourself using a set of visual symbols, photos, quotes and other elements that might feel significant. We will have a 30 minute bog walk […]


Textile Art with Jo Howard

Jo Howard is a mixed media artist working across a variety of disciplines ranging from textile art to screenprinting.  An original and unique hand-stitched textile artwork using tone and texture to evoke the positive emotions […]


Spoon Carving with Richard Reid

Come join us for a unique experience at the Abbeyleix Bog Project where you can unleash your creativity and learn the art of spoon carving from the talented Richard Reid. This hands-on workshop will teach you the […]


Yoga on the Boardwalk with Eilish

Welcome to the Of.Hands Festival, join us at the Abbeyleix Bog Project for an hour of yoga on the Boardwalk with Eilish. Bring your mat and cross your fingers for that lovely morning sun. This event is […]


Botanical Drawing with Jacinta Hughes

Botanist Hugh Shepard will guide you on a bog walk while renowned artist Jacinta Hughes will help you to explore the art of botanical drawing, surrounded by the beauty of nature. This in-person event is […]


Forest Fest 2024

Forest Fest is a unique award-winning Irish music festival, showcasing the best of Irish trad and folk. Based in the picturesque Laois village of Emo taking place every July. Forest Fest features an eclectic mix […]

€85 – €190

The Ossory Agricultural Show Rathdowney

The Ossory Show prides itself on being an extremely enjoyable, fun-filled day for all the family, with an array of attractions, entertainment and activities to appeal to all age groups – with something for absolutely […]

Midland Indian Festival 2024

This event  is for the first time in Co. Laois focuses on Multi Cultural  Events and Sport from all Ireland especially midlands  and will be enriched with Entertainments for all age categories. Variety of activities […]