As Summer starts to rear its head with days getting longer and temperatures creeping up, Ireland becomes a hive of activity.
Those on the Emerald Isle begin to shed their Winter wardrobe in favour of floral garb and Summer sandals.
And while the streets become busy with the buzz of life, so too does the Summer social calendar start to swell.
Top music acts who grace the world stage start to play around the Emerald Isle and finally: festival season has begun!
Other events herald the beginning of the sunny season and its safe to say you’ll be spoiled for choice with things to do!
Here are the top 10 unmissable events on in Ireland this May!
10. Image Beauty Festival 2019
If you’re looking for a killer thing to do in Ireland this May, check out the Image Beauty Festival this coming month.
The two-day affair is hosted by Ireland’s preeminent women’s fashion and lifestyle magazine, Image, and the event is set to offer endless activities and workshops.
When: Saturday 25 May – Sunday 26 May 2019
Address: East Wall Road, Point Square, Dublin, D01 E0K6
How Much: Free – €95
9. Heineken Kinsale 7s 2019
If you’re a sports-fiend and looking to break a sweat this May, this is the event for you. This two-day event takes place in Cork; now in its 31st year, it has grown to become one of Ireland’s most popular annual sporting events.
This year over 80 men’s and women’s rugby teams will compete and the event is specific to over-18’s only.
When: Saturday 4 May – Sunday 5 May 2019
How Much: €21.65 – €32.35
8. Kerry Camino Walking Festival 2019
This is certain to be one of the most unmissable events of the month and is perfect for those looking to test themselves, try something new and make some friends along the way.
This three-day walking festival starts at Tralee and finishes in Dingle. Participants have an opportunity to complete one, two or all three days.
There is an option for participants to camp after each day before continuing on, or get a bus back to Tralee and end your adventure.
When: Friday 3 May – Sunday 5 May 2019
Address: Lower Castle St, Cloon Beg, Tralee, Co. Kerry
How Much: €10 – €80
This Irish indie-rock band have gone from strength-to-strength from humble beginnings to playing sell-out shows across the globe.
Having released a new album “Politics Of Living” in September 2018, we have no doubt this show will be an absolute cracker!
When: Friday 31 May 2019, 4:00 pm
Address: Clontarf East, Raheny, Co. Dublin
How Much: €51.96
6. Uisneach Bealtaine Celebration 2019
Channel your inner Pagan soul as you take part in this ancient ritual in May. This event is certainly one of the best of the month and not to be missed.
The one-night event will be bountiful with storytelling, craft, performances, yoga and meditation.
When: Sunday 5 May 2019, 5pm – 11.30pm
Address: Rathnew, Loughnavalley, Co. Westmeath
How Much: Free – €20
5. Olly Murs
This show-stopping performer earned his recognition from the X Factor and has gone on to be one of the biggest names in the industry.
His upcoming show at Dublin’s 3 Arena is certain to be a sell-out, so snag tickets while you can!
When: Monday 13 May 2019, 8:00pm
Address: N Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1
How Much: €40 – €73
4. Dublin Mind Body Experience
The Dublin Mind Body Experience has got to be one of the top unmissable events in Dublin this May.
This completely free event takes place in the RDS in Dublin and offers three full days of exhibitions, talks, workshops, events, classes and seminars.
Think yoga and meditations, killer veggie and vegan food and more!
When: Friday 17 May – Sunday 19 May 2019
How Much: Free
3. Mariah Carey: Caution World Tour
This global goddess has been gracing the stage and singing absolute belters back as far as the 80s and there’s clearly no stopping her.
With a high production value show which will have you dancing from start to finish, it is safe to say this will be one of the biggest events of the month.
When: Wed 22 May 2019, 6:30 pm
Address: N Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1
How Much: €49 – €368.30
2. Vantastival 2019
The top festival you must not miss this May in Ireland has got to be Vantastival 2019.
Taking place on the last weekend of the month, this indie arts and music festival caters particularly to those with vans but those with a tent are welcome, too!
Expect artisan food, a sterling line-up and good vibes all round at this small-scale BYOB indie festival.
When: Friday 31 May – Monday 3 Jun 2019
Address: John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN, UK
How Much: €7.84 – €135.90
1. Spice Girls
The biggest event in Ireland this May has got to be Spice Girls. This band of absolute girl bosses defined a generation and their reunion tour sold out in minutes!
Resale tickets for the event which takes place at the end of May are on offer now for as little as €72 – strike while the iron is hot!
When: Fri 24 May 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Address: Jones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3
How Much: €72 – €297.81