One of Limerick’s top events, Riverfest 2018, is set to attract thousands to the city over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 4th to 7th May.
Up to 85,000 people are expected to attend the event on the banks of the Shannon for the biggest celebration yet in the 14th year of the festival.
Riverfest is a carnival of activity and variety, based around the great waters of the majestic Shannon, with much of the high jinks on the river itself.
The four-day celebration includes everything from high-octane water-based activities to the biggest fireworks display of the summer, a BBQ cook-off, celebrations of food and fashion, outdoor and indoor concerts.
Major new attractions this year include the first ever visit to Ireland by the Seabreacher Shark – a dare-devil ride all the way from Queenstown, New Zealand. The 18ft ‘shark-craft’ can travel at speeds of up to 80km per hour, soaring 18ft high out of the water, dipping up to 5ft under the water, doing side rolls and doughnuts.
The water-based activities will include a free double zip line across the Shannon, water zorbing, kayaking and a social swim to give a different perspective of the river.
Along the quayside, there will be annual favourites such as the Riverfestival Village at Arthur’s Quay with food, crafts, amusements, street performers and live musical entertainment.
The Garden of the Hunt Museum will host the nest quality, locally produced food and drink while one of the annual high points of the festival is Ireland’s largest BBQ cook-off with teams from around the world competing for honours.
The weekend’s ‘Big Gigs’ will include Jack L on Saturday night and Bell X1 while the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run will draw an anticipated 13,000 people for three events – the full marathon, half marathon, 6 mile.
Expo at UL will feature the Children’s Run for Fun. From 10pm on Sunday 6th May the skies over the River Shannon will explode into a kaleidoscope of colour during the spectacular fireworks extravaganza to guarantee a fitting finale to the festivities!
According to Limerick Mayor, Cllr Stephen Keary, “Riverfest has grown as a festival over the years to become, not alone the biggest gathering in Ireland of the May Bank Holiday weekend, but also one the biggest Irish summer festivals.”