Carlow is home to the 1st big cultural event of Summer 2016 – the 37th Carlow Arts Festival and Irish Village Markets are teaming up with the festival organisers and are bringing along our band of merry traders this June 9th, 10th & 11th.

Our street food village will be centred on the beautiful lawns of Carlow College St Patrick’s, next to the cathedral. The specially built Festival HQ Pavilion will be the place for comedy, top music acts and more. Pop next door for the best of contemporary art at VISUAL, then grab craft beer from local legends O’Hara’s. Make Festival HQ your party hub, or simply chill out on the lawn.

It won’t be just the evenings you’ll want to spend at The Big Weekender Festival
HQ, this year’s Carlow Arts Festival is full of family friendly fun. The grounds of
Festival HQ will host a feast of day time entertainment, performance, music and
fantasy fun for all ages. Bring a picnic, get stuck into the free garden games or just
lie on the grass (weather always permitting).
You may never want to leave, from the outdoor cinema screening from our friends at Happenings, to
the Hothouse Flowers to the massive ying spectacle of Fidget Feet topped by
reworks, the days and nights will be kicking in Carlow!


The full map, schedule & programme for Carlow Arts Festival will be available very soon.

Interested in trading at this event – application form here