There will be an ‘Open Streets’ series of events in Cork this summer

Mark these dates in the calendar.

Thinking of different ways to enjoy the city’s streets without traffic?

Cork City Council announced the “Open Streets” events that will take place from June to September this year, and there’s something for everyone.

There will be a total of 5 events throughout these months on the following dates:

  • 19th May – Outdoor Concert Cornmarket Street
  • 16th June – Cork Midsummer Festival Parade
  • 24th August – North Main Street Carnival
  • 1st September – Autumnfest
  • 20th September – Culture Night

On these days, members of the public are encouraged to make their way into town using different modes of transport; for example, public transport, cycling, or walking.

The reason behind all of this is to allow people to enjoy various streets around Cork City without traffic, thereby allowing street performances, play events, and information stands to take place.

The first event – Sunday, 19 th of May – will see Cornmarket Street turn into a dance floor from 1pm to 5pm, fun and games happening on North Main Street, and a mini cycle village
taking place on St Patrick’s Street!

Speaking about the “Open Streets” series, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, said:

“This is a great opportunity for people to come into town and shop, maybe get a bite to eat
or just walk around the city centre and enjoy the calm atmosphere.

“I am delighted that this first event in the series is taking place as part of National Bike Week. We have seen from our recently published climate report that 29% of the emissions in Cork City are from cars. This is a small step in encouraging people to get out of the car and try a cleaner mode of transport.”

So, if you’re in town on these days, keep an eye out – you’d never know what you might
find! See full list of events here.

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