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The Midsummer Arts Festival Returns to Naas

The Midsummer Arts Festival is back! This weekend will see Naas and Sallins come to life with live music and dance performances, craft workshops, art exhibitions and much more. The festival celebrates arts in Kildare, offering a huge variety of events and spectacles to suit all ages and interests.

From Poplar Square in Naas to The Barge on the canal in Sallins, the Midsummer Arts Festival has all areas covered. We’ve helped you plan your visit with a glimpse of some of the great events you can look forward to over the two days.

Friday 23rd June

It’s all about the beat on Friday with live open air tunes at The Bridgewater stage in Sallins. Locals Bunoscionn and Fia Rua will perform, followed by popular Irish jazz band, Des Hopkins Dixieland Band. If that's not your thing, pop over to Café Grange and check out the art exhibition running there all weekend. Better still join Zita McGarry at the café at 6pm for the ‘Courage to Create’ art workshop.

Naas will also burst into song on Friday night with music across the town. Local musician Sive will be hosting an evening of Irish songwriters in PS Coffee Roasters, while electropop duo Hvmmingbyrd will headline the festival with their unique sound at FATE Restaurant.

Saturday 24th June

If you’re in Sallins on Saturday The Barge is the place to be. Check out the all-day music sessions from local singer-songwriter Fia Rua, or catch last year’s fastest selling event, 'Bards on the Barge' with the Poetry Divas at 5pm!

Naas on Saturday is where the festival really takes off. From magic shows and art exhibitions to busking competitions and a pop up Gaeltacht - ­there is so much variety! Poplar Square will be the focal point of the day, where local performance groups will showcase their talent on the main stage. If you fancy throwing some shapes yourself get down to the main stage at 1:30pm for the special DAB event.

All afternoon go zorbing at the Harbour, set dancing in Alice’s Restaurant, do some tai chi in McAuley’s Place, or show off your latte art in Barker and Jones – the options are endless.

With music all night in the town’s bars and pubs, the festival will come to an official close on Saturday evening with in a not-to-be-missed performance from Declan O’Rourke in St David’s Church.

Why not pop into us at Jolly for a bite to eat while you’re in the area! We’ll be serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Brunch and Dinner on Saturday. You can check out our menus here, or book a table online here. Hope to see you then!