Cork Harbour Festival
1 – 9 June 2019
Cork Harbour Festival is the largest annual event in Cork Harbour offering a 9-day celebration of Ireland’s maritime culture over the first week of June. Beginning on the June Bank Holiday Weekend with the flagship Ocean to City – An Rás Mór, the festival features over 70 different events – taking place in Cork City as well as in 17 harbour towns and villages.
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 market to seaweed foraging and so much more.
This year we are delighted to welcome SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, to Cork’s quayside from 7-9 June.
So – whether a visitor to the region or a native Corkonian, come and experience the spectacular fleet of boats taking part in Ocean to City from the many vantage points along the harbour. Join us for a host of free family events at SeaFest; go crab fishing in Cobh; explore our many heritage sites; brave a guided ghostly trail; sail in the harbour or come for a kayak and discover Cork from a different perspective.
The full festival programme will be announced Wednesday 1 May. To receive the 2019 programme straight into your inbox, sign up here.
Now in its 5th year, the festival celebrates Cork Harbour as a natural and cultural resource, with the communities and their stories at the heart of it.
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.”