An annual event since 1979, the Cork Folk Festival brings a feast of folk events of all kinds to more than 40 venues around the city and county. There is something for every taste and interest – from set to sean nós dancing, bluegrass to cajun music and singers clubs to singer songwriters. Many of the events are free. A pub trail map is available which allows you to skip from place to place and take in several acts in a single evening.
The event opens each year with a big event in Grand Parade, with musicians, dancers and a crowd of up to 10,000 people – the theme varies annually, but it will always be a real spectacle for sure.