Cork Folk Festival 2020

Thursday, September 24th, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 (Details provisional)

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An annual event since 1979 the Cork Folk Festival brings a feast of folk events of all kinds to more than 40 venues around the city and county.

There is something for every taste and interest – from set to sean nós dancing, bluegrass to cajun music and singers clubs to singer songwriters. Many of the events are free. A pub trail map is available which allows you to skip from place to place and take in several acts in a single evening.

There is a strong focus on local styles of music,  especially the traditional music of Sliabh Luachra and Cúil Aodha, regions of Co Cork famous for their distinctive playing and singing style.

The event opens each year with a big event in Grand Parade, with musicians, dancers and a crowd of up to 10000 people – the theme varies annually, but it will always be a real spectacle for sure.

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Date and details for 2020 subject to confirmation.

Cork Folk Festival - Cork, Ireland 3rd-6th October 2019

Folk Music Festival in Cork City, Ireland

Posted: October 11, 2019, 2:09 pm
Many thanks to everybody who performed, attended, worked at, volunteered or supported the 40th Cork Folk Festival. It was one of our greatest ever with over 350 musicians participating and audiences of over 20,000. It was a fitting festival to celebrate out 40th milestone, roll on the 41st Cork Folk[...]
Posted: October 11, 2019, 11:06 am
Free pop up Gig with Nuadán at the KINO venue on Washington Street 1pm Friday 4th October  Free Nuadán are a vibrant band from the Déise who play a wide range of traditional tunes and sing sean-nós, macaronic and traditional songs in English. The band focuses on keeping the tradition they were[...]
Posted: October 1, 2019, 2:06 pm

Event Information and Map

Tickets for events which are not free of charge are available on the website. Some free events may require prebooking, so check that out in advance.

Main events take place in the locations marked below, but there will be plenty going on in many other venues in the city.

A. An Spailpin Fanach
B. Rearden’s Bar
C. Triskel Christchurch
D.  The Pavilion
E. Grand Parade

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