Laois County

Electric Picnic transforms the tranquil Laois countryside into a buzzing cultural hub annually in Stradbally. Celebrated for its eclectic atmosphere, this festival features an array of international and Irish music acts, comedy, art, theatrical performances, and a distinct emphasis on sustainability.

The National Ploughing Championships, one of Europe’s largest outdoor events, showcases all facets of Irish agriculture, with a significant portion dedicated to the tradition and skills of ploughing. Beyond agriculture, the event is an invigorating mix of live music, dance, fashion shows, and hundreds of stalls, providing a vivid taste of rural Irish culture over two days.

The Laois Walks Festival offers a series of guided walks through the varied landscapes of Laois each July. From gentle strolls in lush woodlands to challenging treks in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this festival is an ideal introduction to the county’s natural and built heritage, appealing to those interested in fitness and outdoor adventures.

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival, held from late July to early August, is a community-led celebration known for its creative and often humorous scarecrow competition. The festival also includes craft workshops, food markets, live music, and family-friendly activities, showcasing the imaginative spirit of Laois.

Laois International Golf Challenge is a friendly competition open to golfers worldwide, held across several of the county’s top golf courses. This event is an opportunity for golf enthusiasts to enjoy Laois’s excellent courses while experiencing the region’s hospitality and scenic beauty.

Erkina Bluegrass Festival in Rathdowney brings the rhythms of Americana to Laois, featuring Irish and international bluegrass bands. It’s a weekend filled with foot-tapping music, dance, and camaraderie, highlighting the county’s diverse musical tastes.

Each event, unique in its charm, invites both locals and visitors to share in the traditions and innovations of County Laois, creating memorable experiences that last a lifetime.