Ten reasons to check out Limerick's Riverfest this weekend

The Sea Breacher in action on the River Shannon this Friday Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Sea Breacher in action on the River Shannon this Friday Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22

AN estimated 85,000 people are due in Limerick this weekend as the city’s biggest celebration of year takes place.

Riverfest 2018 will set sail on Shannonside from Friday, with this year’s line-up bursting with big name acts and unmissable events.

Met Eireann has cautiously predicted Limerick will bask in sunshine and warm temperatures for the 14th edition of the annual festival.

Here are ten reasons to check out the fun taking place this weekend:

1. The Sea Breacher

Among the major new attractions this year will be the first ever visit to Ireland by the Seabreacher Shark – a dare-devil ride in an 18ft ‘shark-craft’ that can travel at speeds of up to 80km per hour! Witness the awesome power of the Sea Breacher live in action on the River Shannon Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6. The water offering doesn’t end there, you can try your hand at zorbing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, swimming and sailing too.

2. Singin’ in the city

With music to suit every taste, Riverfest is always a big gig weekend. The most anticipated performances include Irish songwriter and musician, Jack L in Dolans on Saturday May 5. While on Sunday, May 6, one of the most played bands on Irish airwaves, Bell X1, will perform to a sell-out crowd in King John’s Castle.

3. Fashion Friday

See the very best looks from Limerick’s leading high-street stores and boutiques at Fashion Friday on 4th May in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre. Expect to see a mix of bridal, occasion and casual-wear sashaying down the catwalk – all presented by social media influencer James Patrice and style queen Celia Holman Lee.

4. Festival Vibes

The heart of Riverfest can be found at the Riverfestival Village in Arthur’s Quay Park. Perched on the banks of the River Shannon, there’s always an amazing atmosphere in the bustling hub of stalls brimming with delicious street food. Musical entertainment will delight you as you scoff and munch! The village is open each day for the duration of the festival, 4-7 May.

5. Look mom, no hands!

Are you brave enough to take a spin on the zip line? Located in the Riverfestival Village, you can soar high above the water, just don’t look down! This year there’s double the fun with two zip lines, so you can race your friends! The zip line is free to ride, but get there early to make sure you get a go!

6. Food, glorious food

What would a festival be without food? Riverfest Limerick doesn’t disappoint! The Limerick Food Experience takes place in the Hunt Museum on Saturday and Sunday May 5 and 6, showcasing the very finest local produce from the surrounding area. Sample fine meats, melt-in-the-mouth cheeses and freshly baked bread. On Saturday the place to be is Howley’s Quay, where Ireland’s largest BBQ cook-off is taking place. BBQ on the Boardwalk is a competition, but you can sample some of the delicious, smoky delights being cooked on the day.

7. Fun for all the family

Riverfest’s wide variety of events ensures that parents and children will be able to enjoy a host of activities together. From water sports to races, cheese-tasting to ice-cream slurping and big gigs to firework displays, Riverfest Limerick is where great family memories are made.

8. On your marks…

The Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run takes place Sunday 6th May offering full, half and relay marathons. Runners come from all over the world to take part, so even if you’re not going to compete, you can cheer from the sidelines.

9. Fireworks spectacular

The skies of Limerick will transform into an explosion of colours during the Riverfest fireworks extravaganza on Sunday May 6. It has become a Riverfest tradition and a festival favourite for repeat visitors!

10. Budget friendly

The majority of Riverfest Limerick attractions are free! From the spectacles of the fireworks and the Sea Breacher, to the thrill of the zip line, street performers and live musical entertainment in the Riverfestival Village, you can save your pennies and still have a fun-packed bank holiday weekend in Limerick!