The Old Fort Quarter Festival in Portlaoise is now in its 4th year. The Old Fort Quarter Festival combines the history and heritage of Portlaoise with music, food and family entertainment in one unforgettable weekend. 2018 saw 22,000 people on the streets of Portlaoise over the 3 days of the festival and this year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet.
New for 2019 is the addition of a dedicated live music stage, similar to the Electric Ireland stage at Electric Picnic. The Laois Music Centre which is set within the Old Fort Protector makes for the perfect backdrop for entertainment wrapped up in our wonderful heritage festival. To see the line up see here.
This year also sees the introduction of a Laois Heritage Pub trail with all participating pubs having live music and entertainment each night of the festival. This gives people the choice of multiple venues and the ability to see a wide variety of acts in different settings. Currently there are 10 pubs on the trial and the choice and diversity of entertainment will be huge. The main street will be closed for the festival both day and night adding to the overall festival feel.
The Old Fort Quarter will come alive with traditional medieval activities such as archery and shield-making. The historic streets will be a hive of activity with live street theatre, artisanal food markets and live music along with lots of activities for young children. Historians will host heritage exhibitions, offering a window into medieval life at the Old Fort of Maryborough.