Riverfest promising a legendary long weekend in Limerick

The giant winged Pegasus will parade through Limerick on Friday. Photo: Louanne Povigna.

RIVERFEST 2024, taking place across this May Bank Holiday weekend, is shaping up to be the stuff of legend. From a fun-filled and family friendly lineup of activities to a winged Pegasus straight out of Greek mythology set to step out in the city, this year’s festival will be one to remember.

The festival fun kicks off on Friday (May 3) with the hotly anticipated Pégase carnival style parade, which will see a giant winged Pegasus taking off from Cleeves before continuing along O’Callaghan Strand and finishing up at Merchant’s Quay.

As usual, Arthur’s Quay will be transformed into the lively Riverfestival Village, running from Friday to Monday, complete with artisan food and crafts and live street performers and musicians.

Those perched atop the Panoramic Wheel (open until May 6) in the nearby Potato Market may get the best view of the village activities – or from the zip line at Arthur’s Quay Park, for anyone brave enough.

As always the Regeneron Great Limerick Run will kick off from 9am on Sunday, starting from the People’s Park, for those eager to burn off the extra calories built up at Saturday’s All-Ireland BBQ Competition on Howley’s Quay.

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Howley’s Quay will be alive from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday with the Riverfest Street Party, tunes provided by the Red Bull DJ Jeep.

Late on Sunday, from 10.15pm, a spectacular fireworks display will illuminate Clancy’s Strand and Sarsfield Bridge.

For the young and young at heart, the Riverfest Treasure Hunt at the International Rugby Experience promises tons of fun, while mini-golf, boules, chess, croquet, and archery will be open to all at the Hunt Museum’s Games in the Garden.

Some high culture is also in store on Saturday with the Limerick On-Street Opera Trail filling the Treaty streets with the sounds of music at Colbert Station (12.30pm), the International Rugby Experience (1.30pm), Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre (2.30pm), and Thomas Street (3.30pm).

Aerial favourites Fidget Feet will be bringing the fun sky high daily from Saturday to Monday at the Redemptorist Church Car Park.

For those lucky enough to have the babysitter booked, epic nights are set to follow the action-packed days as tribute act Qween (featuring the Dublin Gospel Choir) and Moncreiff bring the sounds to Shannonside at King John’s Castle.

Fashionistas will have something to look forward to on Friday night as Fashionfest, hosted by local style icon Celia Holman Lee, showcases Limerick’s talented designers at Gardens International.

For a full list of events and activities across this Riverfest long weekend, download the full programme on limerick.ie.