Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival
Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival (Grand Canal Dock and Plaza, Dublin) – held annually in mid-May, this Festival’s purpose is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy an exciting world class urban recreational environment. The renovated canal dock, originally build in the 1790s, now provides a world-class recreation space right in the center of Dublin. The mix of on-water activities is designed to give everybody an opportunity to participate or sit back and enjoy the show. The newly developed Grand Canal Plaza and surrounding quays provide a uniquely modern and dynamic unban space for all the family to enjoy.
The local cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which face onto the water, provide wonderful al fresco facilities. These are complemented by the festival’s many on land attractions and activities located on Grand Canal Plaza. On-water activates include a wakeboarding competition, charity rubber ducky race, tour of naval vessel, water sport ‘Come and Try It’ sessions in sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and a canal barge gathering.
On-shore activities include food market, corporate golf challenge, street performers, balloon artists, face painters, fun fair attractions, open air art gallery & children’s arts center in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre.