Park Life - Saturday

The beating heart of our festival every year - Saturday & Sunday in our beautiful Con Smith Park, Cathedral Road, Cavan Town. Parking available right next door at Cavan Institute.

Saturday 18th May, 10:30am
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Little Folk Music, Kyle Reilly

Little folk is a highly engaging and entertaining live music show for children aged 12 months – 6 years (or even older) and their adults.

Saturday 18th May, 11am-1pm
Con Smith Park, Cavan

World Fiddle Day Performance & Workshop

Join us and Cavan Monaghan Music Generation in celebrating World Fiddle Day with a bang! Get ready for an exciting day filled with engaging workshops and music! With Meabh Smyth, Sinead McKenna & Maggie Maguire. It's a FREE event, but booking via Eventbrite is essential!

Plus, don’t miss the Fiddle Street Performance in the park at 1pm.

Saturday 18th, 11am-4pm
Cavan Institute, Block A

Creative Collective Exhibition

Step into a world of boundless creativity at Creative Collectives 2024, where innovation meets imagination! This exhibition showcases the remarkable talent of students across various disciplines, offering an enticing glimpse into the diverse and dynamic landscape of student artistry. From captivating paintings to forward thinking designs, engaging digital animations to cutting edge fashion ensembles, experience a journey of exploration and discovery. Join us and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Creative Collectives 2024.

Saturday 18th May, 11:30am
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Mad Hatters Tea Party with the Ukrainian Choir

Step into the whimsical world of Wonderland with the Mad Hatter & a host of colourful characters as they journey through a fantastical adventure on their way to a Tea Party like never before. Get ready to lose yourself in a world where imagination reigns supreme and adventure awaits around every corner!

Saturday 18th May, 12pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Community Voices Choir

The Cavan Community Voices Choirs of Belturbet & Mullahoran are joining forces to bring you a wonderful performance of joy and happiness that will leave your heart warm and your energy hopping! Under the directorship of Claire Crehan and accompanied by pianist Eileen Tackney.

Saturday 18th May, 12pm-5pm
Small Tent | Cavan Arts Festival
Small Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Zine Fair

The Cavan Zine Fair presents an impressive group of zinemakers and independent artists, highlighting a variety of zines, artists books, comics, photobooks, and more! Attendees have the opportunity to explore and engage with Ireland's vibrant artist publishing and zine making community.

Saturday 18th May, 12:30pm
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Doris & Mabel’s Book Club by Sanita Circus

Doris and Mabel are best friends, bound by their love of books & boiled sweets.
When they get together for their book club, stories burst to life as their imaginations run wild.

With truly breathtaking skills on doubles trapeze, aerial silks and duo acrobatics these two ladies bring their favourite books to life in most magnificent ways.

Saturday 18th May, 1pm
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Armagh Rhymers

The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland. Through music, storytelling and drama, they provide an experience that is both entertaining and educational.

Saturday 18th May, 1:30pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park


A name that echoes defiance and independence. This young quartet from the heart of Cavan is a force to be reckoned with. Their original music blends indie rock, raw spirit, and the energy of their journey. Keep an eye on NoVendors - they’re the architects of their own destiny.

Saturday 18th May, 2pm-4pm
Small Tent | Cavan Arts Festival
Small Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Zine Workshop

Re-connect with focus, community and play in a fun exploration of different ways to document and story tell in this image forming event. Through illustration, typography, mark-making or image manipulation, you will create a zine to tell a collective story exploring our connections to nature and the digital world. Draw, paint, cut and paste your way to visualising ideas using the materials provided.

Over 12s. Email: to register for workshop. (Tickets are free).
Saturday 18th May, 2-5pm
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Bricí Spraoí

All your building blocks dreams come true.

Saturday 18th May, 2:30pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park


Winners of Cavan Institute’s Win Big song contest with their song Where will you go?, Mirrorglass is one of the most exciting and energetic young bands around right now.

Following their blistering live debut on Rockathon’s main stage at Fairyhouse RaceCourse where they rocked the roof off to a huge crowd in May 2023.
Saturday 18th May, 3pm
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Baby Rave

An entire generation of currently very small people will soon be big people and have really good taste in absolutely banging tunes as we continue with what can only be described as the Clubbing event of the Year, our Baby Rave.

With DJ Flynnstar

Saturday 18th May, 3pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Gráinne Langton of Áirc Damhsa Culture Club

Join us for a traditional Irish dance workshop full of music, dance and folklore for all the family. All welcome to join!

Saturday 18th May, 4pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park

Mohammad Syfkhan

Music of joy, love, and happiness from Kurdish-Syrian bouzouki sensation. Singer and bouzouki player Mohammad started playing traditional folk music in his home city of Raqqa in the 1980s, performing throughout Syria. Forced to flee his homeland after his son was murdered by ISIS, Mohammad, a surgical nurse by profession, settled in Leitrim, where his combination of traditional Kurdish music and original compositions has taken the Irish trad scene by storm.

Tickets: €5 (Under 16s for free)
Saturday 18th May, 5pm
Starting point: Look for the red heart-shaped helium balloon in Con Smith Park

Love Me Do by James O'Donnell

Join Kate & Mick as they take you on a journey of romance, drama, comedy & heartbreak on the streets of Cavan. Love Me Do, written & directed by James O’Donnell, starring Niamh McPhillips & Callum Maxwell is a play in three parts, each lasting 15 minutes. You will be notified where to meet next at the end of each part. Every half hour, you will see another chapter of their story unfold, until the final curtain falls.

Tickets: €10. Strictly limited to 20 per performance. Over 16’s only.
Saturday 18th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Land Arts Installation

Cavan Arts Festival
Artists in Residence 2024
Zoe Purcell & Sharon Greene

Working with sustainably and locally foraged natural materials, artists Zoe & Sharon are creating site-responsive land art during the festival weekend. Please feel free to watch, enjoy & ask questions.

Join them at the bandstand at 12pm on Sunday 19th May to take part in their mandala making workshop. All ages welcome, free event.

Saturday 18th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

The Picture Palace: Part 2

Step into the ethereal realm of The Picture Palace: Part 2, a new dance film created by Jessie Keenan, Townhall Cavan’s Dance Artist in Residence. This new work delves into the complex relationship between bodies, buildings & memories with Cavan’s Townhall as the backdrop. Within the historic walls of the Townhall, echoes of the past come alive as three captivating characters explore hidden memories & forgotten moments. Drawing on archival materials, research & personal histories, this film installation makes tangible the intangible & captures the unseen essence of a building. Take a seat, allow the intricate soundscape to immerse you, & lose yourself in another world, if only for a moment.

Saturday 18th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Skate Jam with Cavan Concrete Surfing

CAF are delighted to be teaming up with @cavanconretesurfing again this year.

Try skating! Come and have a go at our Drop-in welcoming & supportive have-a-try workshops for the beautiful skill of skating.
Saturday 18th May
Con Smith Park, Cavan

Forest Feast Food Area

Join us for a fabulous selection of some incredibly tasty food from Oven Baked pizza to Fresh Sushi, Mouth watering burgers to hand made hot dogs, coffees, cakes, vegetarian options & refreshing treats - you name it we have it this year in our forest feast area.

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A magical four days & nights of art & culture in the heart of Cavan Town