Welcome to Carlow Arts Festival, the first big Cultural event of Summer 2017. The festival is a celebration of the many extraordinary riches the arts has to offer from national and international artists.

We have hand-picked world festival premières, award-winning shows, immersive visual arts projects, the best possible gigs for the O’Haras Pavilion and a whole host of family-friendly and free events.

Our Festival HQ is at the beautiful Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, where you can immerse yourself in artistic adventures over the week-long festival.
Irish Village Markets are teaming up with the festival organisers and are bringing along our band of merry traders this June 9th, 10th & 11th.

 The full map, schedule & programme for Carlow Arts Festival can be found on their website HERE

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 flying spectacle of Fidget Feet topped by
fireworks, the days and nights will be kicking in Carlow!


Interested in trading at this event – application form here