Cork, the festival County:
Cork is a very busy county in the month of June. There’s a raft of festivals and events covering all types of interests and below is just a few of the main ones:
Cork City Marathon (June 7)
Now in its 4th year, the Cork City Marathon hits the road on June 7th. This 26.2 mile road race is for individuals and teams of up to 5 runners or walkers. Runners, joggers and walkers will get magnificent support throughout the course, with a spectacular finish on St. Patrick’s Street in the city centre.
Cork Midsummer Festival (June 12 – 27)
There’s nothing like a good festival to get people into the summer mood. The Irish don’t do anything in half measures when it comes to festivals. The 2010 Cork Midsummer Festival will carry on for not 5 or 10 days, but all of 16! Yes, the organisers are promising 16 days and nights jam-packed with music and entertainment featuring local, national and international artists. There’ll be mayhem and certainly something to appeal to everyone. Check out the Festival website for more details.
Shandon Street Festival and Food Fair (June 19)
A day of free family fun and entertainment to suit all ages. This free event features face painting, puppet and magic shows and live music from groups like the Butter Exchange Bank, the Lace Band and the Ceili Allstars, just to name a few. You can sample foods ranging from crepes to chocolates to sausages. Street decorations are made by local youth groups and schools, making it a colourful day for all to enjoy.
Irish Performing Arts Festival (June 22 – 24)
This two-day festival is for people with intellectual disabilities. This Performing Arts Festival will present the finest performers in songs, dances, instrumental performances and drama.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival (June 25-July 3)
Held in Bantry town, the world’s finest soloists and ensembles will play concerts from morning to late night in Bantry House, St Brendan’s Church and St Finbarr’s Church.
Taste of Cork (June 2010)
This was supposed to be held in June 2010, but it looks like it’s not happening.