THE banks of the Shannon will be the epi-centre of the first major national festival of the year when Riverfest Limerick makes its post-Covid return this May Bank Holiday weekend.
Now in its 18th year, the river themed event attracts families and festival lovers from all over Ireland for a programme of events that includes everything from Irish Naval Vessel tours, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking to ziplining across the River Shannon.
Family favourites include the BBQ on the Boardwalk, the Panoramic Wheel and the Riverfest Fireworks.
At quayside, there will be the traditional attractions such as the Riverfestival Village at Arthur’s Quay Park – a weekend-long cacophony of foods, crafts, vintage amusements, street performers and live musical entertainment.
Sunday’s Regeneron Great Limerick Run, which is Ireland’s fastest growing participatory event, is another of the top features of the weekend.
‘Party in the Park’ in the People’s Park, a new event for 2022, is the perfect way to unwind after the run for participants and supporters alike.
The highlight of the festival for many is the fireworks display and after an enforced break of two years, sparks will be flying on Sunday, May 1.
For adrenaline lovers, there’s the Zipline over the River Shannon, or some stand up paddle boarding as part of Maldron Hotel Limerick Riverfest on the Shannon.
Fidget Feet aerial circus performance company brings House! a drive-in bingo and aerial dance show as the Mayfly Eco Showboat begins its voyage from Limerick.
Visitors can leave a message on the sails of the boat that Limerick man Pat Lawless will compete in the non-stop and unassisted 30,000 miles round the world as part of the Golden Globe Yacht Race in September.
Families seeking light relief from the excitement can wander down to the Hunt Museum Garden to the Riverfest Chill Out Zone and Sensory Room. Limerick City and County Council has partnered with ASD Ireland to provide a sensory area to enable children and adults with autism take time out from the crowds and noise.
Mayor Daniel Butler said it has been a long two years waiting for the return of Riverfest so he would be encouraging everyone to tell their family and friends to come to Limerick over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Arts Officer Pippa Little said that the festival is a wonderful celebration of the beautiful River Shannon and the city it flows through.