Cork Harbour Festival
15 – 24 May 2020
Cork Harbour Festival is the largest annual event in Cork Harbour offering a week-long celebration of Ireland’s maritime culture. The festival features over 70 different events – taking place in Cork City as well as in 15 harbour towns and villages.
Founded in 2015, the festival celebrates Cork Harbour as a natural and cultural resource, with the communities and their stories at the heart of it. Throughout festival week there is a huge variety of events to dive into, from water activities to guided walks, open days to open sails, seafood tasters to seaweed foraging and so much more.
Welcoming both European Maritime Day (EMD) and SeaFest to Cork, the 2020 maritime celebrations begin on 14-15 May with the EMD conference, followed by SeaFest on 15-17 May and Cork Harbour Festival from 15-24 May 2020.
Ocean to City – An Rás Mór takes place two weeks later, on Saturday 6th June 2020.
The full festival programme will be announced closer to festival time. To receive the 2020 programme straight into your inbox, sign up here.
Our sincere thanks go to Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork and Fáilte Ireland without whose financial backing this festival would not be possible.
Cork Harbour Festival is coordinated by Meitheal Mara, the community boatyard, training centre and charity in Cork City, and the Festival Committee. This committee includes representatives from Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, UCC MaREI, RCYC, Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Meitheal Mara.
Selected as one of Europe’s Top 20 Art and Culture Festivals in 2018
And Top 36 Global Festivals in 2017
”The Festival: Taking place in the second largest natural harbor in the world, the Cork Harbour Festival is an active, exhilarating display of Ireland’s own maritime roots. Here, families gather to partake in everything from urban kayaking and mobile saunas, to yacht sailing along the crystalline waters of Cork Harbour. Oh, and did we mention seaweed foraging? Yes, that’s a thing.
What To Expect: Flip-flop wearers beware: the Cork Harbour Festival offers a wide range of outdoor activities, and you’ll want to dress appropriately. Walking enthusiasts can join any of the free guided walking tours, spooky ghost tours, or day excursions over to nearby Spike Island. Spectators, on the other hand, might find themselves drawn to the true Cork spectacle — “The Rebel Plunge” — a 3.8km downstream swim en route to Blackrock Village.”