Luan Fest - a new festival experience

Athlone Town Council will host a festival from Saturday August 10 to Sunday August 18 called Luan Fest. The programme is packed with a diverse range of activities and events for all ages and interests to enjoy.

Town clerk Pat Keating said, “This year the town council decided to host a festival which would enhance the visit of a flotilla of heritage boats to the town arriving on Sunday August 11 and the national finals of the HSE Community Games taking place from August 16-18.”

The festival features a week of activities, entertainment, and heritage and cultural events including: a French Continental Market, model aeroplane and helicopter display, penalty shoot out, exhibitions throughout the town, talks, guided walking tours of Athlone, kids entertainment, angling competitions, a charity dog show, craft-making demonstrations, drama workshops, puppet shows, film, theatre, music, song and dance, a barrel race, outdoor sports and leisure activities, a children’s art competition, a photographic competition, street theatre performances, and a fire breathing show culminating with a free family day on Sunday August 18 at Burgess Park from 2-5pm.

Buskers, DJs, and local bands will perform at various locations, venues, and times throughout the week.

Athlone Castle will offer a 25 per cent discount off admission for the duration of the festival and the Viking Boat will offer a discounted Lough Ree boat trip from August 12-16 at 5pm.

For more information log on to www.athlone.ie/luanfest

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