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4 events for... fun-lovers seeking a free festival this summer

All of the fun and none of the cost.

SUMMER CAN BE an expensive time. Weddings, holidays and making the most of the long evenings can mean that while your social calendar may be full, your wallet isn’t.

Luckily, we’ve rounded up four festivals taking place around the country this summer that are free (and fun) to go to: 

1. Laya City Spectacular

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When: July 12 – 14 in Dublin, July 20 – 21 in Cork

Where: Merrion Square, Dublin and Fitzgerald Park, Cork

Taking place in both Cork and Dublin, Laya City Spectacular features some of the world’s best street performers. In both cities, there’ll be exercise classes, family events, live music, street food vendors and lots more. Find out more information here.

2.  Wings Food Festival

When: 19-21 July

Where: Bray Seafront, Co Wicklow

Wings Food Festival returns this summer with more than 15 wing pop-ups, wing eating competitions and barbecue demos. There’ll also be a seafront fun fair, street food and craft markets and live DJs. Wing-lovers, unite! Find out more information here.

3. Dublin Pride Festival

When: until June 29

Where: throughout Dublin city

On the last day of Dublin Pride Festival, the Dublin Pride Parade takes place on Saturday, June 29 starting at 1pm on O’Connell Street. It’ll end with a free outdoor event in Merrion Square until 6pm – although the celebrations are sure to go on for much longer. Find out more information about the parade and other events here

4. Galway International Arts Festival

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Watching your every move! #GIAF17

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When: 15-28 July

Where: across Galway

If you’re not sure what to expect when it comes to Galway International Arts Festival, these figures might give you an idea: last year, over 200 events took place in 32 venues during the festival, with an attendance in excess of 250,000. While some events require tickets, this selection is free. Find out more information here.

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