Get ready for an unforgettable experience as the highly anticipated Kildare Derby Festival returns for its 45th year. Set against the backdrop of the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh Racecourse, this year’s festival promises to be the best one yet. From June 26th to July 2nd, Kildare Town will come alive with a vibrant celebration of music, culture, and equestrian excellence. With a lineup that includes live open-air concerts, the beloved Pooch Parade, a captivating soprano performance by Claudia Boyle, the Kildare Derby Racing Legends Museum, and much more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Free Open-Air Music Performances: Throughout the festival week, Kildare Town Square will be transformed into a hub of excitement with a series of live open-air music performances. The best part? These events are completely free of charge, making them accessible to all. So gather your friends and family, bring a blanket or a foldable chair, and immerse yourself in the sounds of talented musicians. From traditional Irish melodies to contemporary tunes, the music will undoubtedly create an enchanting atmosphere for all generations to enjoy.
Pooch Parade: Calling all dog lovers! Thursday, June 29th is the day to mark on your calendars for the highly anticipated Pooch Parade. This adorable event showcases our furry friends in their most fabulous costumes as they strut their stuff down the streets of Kildare Town. Dog owners can enter their canine companions into different categories for a chance to win fantastic prizes. Whether you have a small breed, a large breed, or a dog with the best trick up their sleeve, the Pooch Parade is guaranteed to bring joy and laughter to all. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our four-legged friends and be part of the fun-filled festivities.
Claudia Boyle’s Concert at St Brigid’s Cathedral: Prepare to be captivated by the soaring vocals of leading soprano, Claudia Boyle, as she takes the stage at the magnificent St Brigid’s Cathedral on Wednesday, June 28th. This ticketed event offers a unique opportunity to experience the acoustics of the historic cathedral while being enchanted by Boyle’s exquisite talent. Tickets are available for purchase from €25 at the Kildare Heritage Centre or through the online platform, Eventbrite.ie. Immerse yourself in an evening of unparalleled musical brilliance that promises to leave a lasting impression.
Kildare Derby Racing Legends Museum: Delve into the rich history of horse racing at the Kildare Derby Racing Legends Museum, open daily from June 23rd to July 23rd. Located in Kildare Town, this captivating exhibition showcases the stories and achievements of the legendary figures that have shaped the sport. From jockeys to trainers and iconic racehorses, this museum offers a glimpse into the world of racing that has captured the hearts of millions. Best of all, admission to the museum is completely free, making it an essential visit for racing enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day and Post-Derby Party: As the festival draws to a close on Sunday, July 2nd, the excitement reaches its peak with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day. The racecourse comes alive with the thunderous hooves of magnificent horses, and spectators are treated to thrilling races that showcase the pinnacle of equestrian excellence. After the races, head over to Kildare Square for the post-Derby party featuring live music from Vegas Nights and special guests. It’s the perfect way to conclude an extraordinary week of festivities.
Conclusion: The 45th Kildare Derby Festival promises an exceptional experience for all who attend. From the enchanting melodies of open-air concerts to the charm of the Pooch Parade, the festival offers a diverse range of events that cater to every interest. Don’t miss the chance to witness Claudia Boyle’s spellbinding performance at St Brigid’s Cathedral or explore the captivating world of horse racing at the Kildare Derby Racing Legends Museum. Mark your calendars and join the celebration in Kildare Town from June 26th to July 2nd, 2023, for a week of unforgettable memories and shared experiences.