The Irish are known to be a happy and welcoming people. They’re also known for their good craic, which is what they call the fun times they have together.
Ireland has plenty of fun things to do in your free time. Here’s a list of the famous free activities that take place throughout the year!
1. National Heritage Week
National Heritage Week is a celebration of Irish heritage and culture that takes place every year in May. It’s free to attend, so you can enjoy the festivities with your family or loved ones without breaking the bank.
The week-long event consists of lectures, demonstrations, live performances, guided walks and workshops where you’ll learn about Ireland’s rich history. Visitors can also take part in craft-making workshops or go on historical bus tours.
One highlight that’s sure to be popular among travelers is a folklore show where local performers will share stories about Ireland’s past through song and dance costumes.
2. The Johnnie Fox’s Glens of Antrim Hobble
This route is for the more adventurous of you. It’s not for everyone, but those who do it tend to love it! The Johnnie Fox’s Glens of Antrim Hobble (JFHOHA) is a 50km walk through beautiful scenery and across some challenging terrain. You’ll see many things along the way, including stunning views from Glenariff Forest Park and Bushmills Distillery.
The course begins at Seamus O’Neill’s Pub in Cushendall and will take you on a scenic trip through Antrim, ending at Telegraph House in Ballycastle where you can enjoy some well-earned refreshments after your hard work!
3. Cream of Cork
Cream of Cork is a fun event held in Cork City in August. It’s held on Grand Parade, the main street of Cork City Center. The event is free to attend and people from all over Ireland come to take part in it. It’s a great way to celebrate the city’s heritage, as well as meet new people!
The festival takes place over three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday with various activities going throughout each day so you can enjoy some food while watching live music, comedy shows or even comedy magic acts!
4. Film Festivals and Summer Screens in Dublin
If you’re looking to catch a movie but don’t want to spend the money on going to the cinema, this is a great option. This film festival takes place from July 12th to August 19th in Ireland’s Phoenix Park and is organized by the Irish Film Institute.
This year’s theme for the festival is “storytelling” which will feature stories from different cultures around the world. It’s great for families as there are activities throughout each evening including music, face painting and storytelling sessions at 7pm and 8:30pm (with an additional event at 11:30am on Saturdays).
There are also picnic areas available with food trucks serving snacks!
5. Dublin Fringe Festival
The Dublin Fringe Festival is an annual festival of performing arts in Dublin, Ireland. It was established in 2007 and is the largest independent arts festival in Ireland.
It is held every September in venues across Dublin city center. The festival includes theater, live art and comedy performances from Irish and international artists.
6. Culture Night
Culture Night is an annual event held in Dublin, Ireland on the first Friday of September. The event takes place simultaneously across Ireland’s 32 counties and is coordinated by Culture Ireland; it was first held in 2006.
Culture Night features performances, exhibitions, tours, workshops, and lectures taking place across the country at various locations ranging from libraries and galleries to theaters, museums, and traditional music venues throughout this evening/night.
It is a celebration of Irish culture that takes place throughout every community right across Ireland – there are over 1,000 events taking place nationwide!
7. Lakes of Killarney Autumn Walking Festival
What is it? A weekend of walking around the lakes! You can choose from a variety of walks, including a three-hour tour, or a series of longer hikes.
If you’re not into walking, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy during the festival as well. Highlights include an artisan market and live music in various locations around the lake.
8. Dingle Food Festival
If you’re looking for an excuse to splurge and treat yourself, then the Dingle Food Festival is the perfect opportunity.
From October 1st to 6th, this annual food festival will be taking place in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. It’s a celebration of the best local food and drink from all over Ireland! Don’t miss out on this culinary adventure!
9. Walk the Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500km route along the west coast of Ireland. The route stretches from Kinsale in County Cork to Westport in County Mayo, with some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery (and pubs) along the way.
The route is divided into sections suitable for walkers, cyclists and motorists alike. In fact, there are so many things to do on the Wild Atlantic Way that it’s hard to get bored!
The route is suitable for all abilities and all seasons—so you can enjoy walking at your own pace on mountain trails during spring or autumn; cycle through lush countryside during summer; or hop on a boat and take advantage of calm seas during winter storms.
There is always something going on for free in Ireland!
There is always something going on for free in Ireland. There are lots of festivals, concerts, and events that you can attend without spending a cent!
It’s a good way to explore the country and meet people. It’s also an excellent way to try new things, so if you’re looking for some new experiences while visiting Ireland 2022 then look out for these free activities:
- Walking tours (Dublin City)
- History tours (Cork City & Galway)
- Literary walking tours (Kilkenny City)
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We hope this list encourages you to find your own adventure. There is always something going on for free in Ireland, so if you are traveling to Ireland, make sure you take full advantage of these tours and activities!