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Corkonians tend not to take too much notice of the weather or time of year when it comes to outdoor festivals and like to defy the unpredictability of the weather.

Outdoor festivals in Cork start in March with the Patrick's Day Festival culminating in the traditional parade around the city centre filled with community groups, dance troupes, arts organisations, puppeteers, musicians and much more.


The Ocean to City race is arguably the most outdoor festival with events taking place on the river close to the city or further down the harbour. The main event is the race itself held on the first or second Saturday of June when boat crews take on the tough task of rowing from Roches Point to the city centre 15 nautical miles (28 kms) away. 

The Midsummer Festival is full of outdoor treats as are the twin music festivals of October with folk and jazz music (and everything in between) to be heard on the city's streets through out the first and last weekend's of the month.