RDS Summer Festival

RDS Summer Festival

The RDS Summer Festival is a month-long festival held annually in Ballsbridge, Dublin. The festival features a variety of events, including live music, comedy, theatre, and family-friendly activities.

The festival was first held in 1884 and has grown in popularity over the years. It is now one of the largest summer festivals in Ireland, attracting over 100,000 visitors each year.

The festival is held in the grounds of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), a large parkland area in Ballsbridge. The festival site is divided into several zones, each with its own unique atmosphere.

The Main Stage is the largest stage at the festival and hosts a variety of live music acts, from up-and-coming artists to international stars. The Comedy Zone features a line-up of stand-up comedians, while the Theatre Zone hosts a variety of plays and performances.

The Family Zone is a dedicated area for children and families, with a range of activities including face painting, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. There is also a food court with a variety of food and drink options.

The RDS Summer Festival is a great day out for all the family. There is something for everyone, from live music and comedy to theatre and family-friendly activities.


Tickets for the RDS Summer Festival are available online and at the gate. Prices vary depending on the day and time of the festival.

Getting There

The RDS Summer Festival is located in Ballsbridge, Dublin. The festival site is easily accessible by public transport, with a number of bus and train routes stopping nearby.


There are a number of hotels and guesthouses located near the RDS Summer Festival site. Visitors can also book accommodation in Dublin city centre, which is a short bus or train journey from the festival site.

Food and Drink

There is a food court on the festival site with a variety of food and drink options. Visitors can also bring their own food and drink into the festival.

Other Information

The RDS Summer Festival is a family-friendly event. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The festival site is wheelchair accessible.

Pets are not allowed on the festival site.