First summer picnic in Carlow this summer with a day of family fun and live music

Summer Picnic is Ireland’s newest festival and takes place over three Saturdays in June and July.

With plenty on offer, it has the potential to become one of Ireland’s most popular family summer festivals for years to come.

Starting Saturday, June 4 at noon in Tinryland, Co. Carlow, Summer Picnic provides daytime family fun and plays live music from 6 p.m. for festival-loving fans.

The Irish bakery “Melly Bakes” participates in the Food Market

Families are encouraged to bring their picnic blankets, soak up the sun and introduce their children to a wide selection of fun games.

Plus, GAA, rugby and soccer coaches have planned their own special activities to entertain youngsters while parents stroll through the food and craft market. The coaches plan to end the fun day with a special children’s picnic that aims to bring everyone together.

In the evening, from 6 p.m., live music will become the main entertainment. Hugely popular tribute bands Qween (June 4) and 21st Century ABBA (June 25) as well as renowned South African artists Ross Learmonth and APPEL (July 30), backed by Ukrainian singers and local artists, will take the main stage and will bring a real outdoor festival atmosphere to Carlow.

Surine Hillebrand, creator of the event

The summer picnic is organized by Saffa Events. Event creator Surine Hillebrand is delighted to welcome visitors of all ages to the first ever summer picnic in Carlow.

“Many festivals often focus on a very specific target audience. The summer picnic invites everyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. It will be an unforgettable event to start the summer.

A special invitation is sent to all our new Ukrainian friends.

In an effort to promote unity and inclusiveness, Summer Picnic aims to bring families of all nationalities together through three common interests: fun, food and music. Tinryland GAA invites all children to play together and experience real outdoor games rather than virtual games.

“Kookoo” Vendor Booth for Summer Picnic Craft Market

Adults are welcome to browse the craft and food market and stay for the evening to enjoy the musical entertainment.

The first summer picnic takes place on Saturday June 4th. Doors open at noon and the musical lineup that night couldn’t be more amazing. Ukrainian singer Yulia will open the show, followed by local singer Chris Swaine who is about to release his new EP.

Yulia, Ukrainian singer

Then, the rock group Dark States, led by singer Justin Kelly. The entertainment ends with the number one Queen tribute band in Europe. “Qween is a kind of magic,” will blast beloved hits until darkness falls.

Tribute Band “Qween” will be one of the first live music bands

It promises to be an incredible evening.

More information can be found at summerpicnicireland.com. Tickets start from €5 and children under 12 have free entry.

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