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Summer Festivals and Events for the Diary

If it’s a festival and events vibe you are looking for this summer, then we’ve got you covered!



Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Buskfest hits Banbridge town centre on Saturday 22nd June. With a great prize pot of both cash and experiences up for grabs, this is an exciting event for upcoming buskers to enter, and also for those just wanting a day out with a difference! Stay tuned for more, and stay up to date on


7 Hills Blues Festival  

If Blues is more your thing, 7 Hills Blues festival returns to Armagh from 2nd-4th August. The programme is choc full with over 40 blues bands playing in a variety of Armagh locations. There will be open mic sessions with MD Rafferty Music School, a blues busking trail, a live music trail and children’s entertainment. Best of all there is free admission to the events.

Summer in the City

Summer in the City

Starting Saturday 20th July and running weekly until Sunday 8th September, the whole family can enjoy sports, cooking, magic tricks, face painting and much more with an exciting “Summer in the City” weekly programme. All events are free, and the places to be are around the Market Place Theatre, McCrum’s Court and Market Square.

Market Place Theatre

Market Place Theatre

The Market Place Theatre has a stellar line up of performances during the summer. Enjoy music, theatre, film screenings (and bring your pooch too) comedy. The theatre also plays host to the John Hewitt Summer School in July.

For those interested in music, including singers, choirs and organists the Charles Wood Summer School takes place in churches and other venues across Armagh from 11th– 18th August. The public are welcome to attend some of the events in the programme.

Navan Fort

The Wickerman at Navan Centre and Fort

The Wickerman Festival returns to Navan from 10th August. This festival celebrates the ancient Celtic sun god Lugh. Music, performances and celebrations suitable for all the family culminate in the burning of the Wickerman  made by staff using willow from Navan itself. Dressing as a Celt is also an option to really embrace the event. Tickets must be bought online.


Long Meadow Cider

Moving further into the county, the orchards are in full bloom during the summer months. At Long Meadow Cider you can experience the full orchard tour, covering all aspects of apple orchards – growth, harvesting, production and best of all, tasting. Depending on the tour, you can savour crisp cider made on site accompanied by fresh apple tart and cream or a demo of breads made on the griddle. Best part naturally is tasting the bread hot off the griddle with various accompaniments! Book your space now.

There are plenty of quirky, unusual events taking place across the destination so keep up to date with events by following Visit Armagh Facebook.