The main street is pedestrianised for the full weekend making it the perfect spot to spend the day enjoying music, heritage, food and  free family entertainment from 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The line up is still being finalised but there will be lots for all the family.

Download the Old Fort Festival Brochure Here:  Old Fort Quarter Festival Weekend Brochure 2019


History & Heritage

Step back in time to Medieval Maryborough and learn some of the fascinating history of the mighty Fort Protector! Explore a soldier’s camp display, stalls of medieval armoury, medieval craft and cooking displays or make your own shield. Featuring Lord Edwards Own Re-enactment Group, Raven Haven Aviaries, Ancient Music Ireland and Irish History Live Re-enactments Group and Claiomh Living History.

Guided heritage walks of the The Old Fort will be scheduled more details to follow. The walks will be guided by the Laois Heritage Society. 

Artisan Food Market

All weekend, some of the best local artisan producers from around Laois and beyond, will be bringing their culinary delights to the heart of Portlaoise at our delicious market.  More details to follow.


There will be 2 stages on Main Street one by the courthouse and one by Shaws.  Music and entertainment will  run throughout the day.

Family Fun

Family entertainment is a huge part of the Old Fort Festival and the committee is delighted to announce two more great acts that will have us rolling around with laughter on Saturday 29th.

Comedy, some questionable ballet, circus tricks and overall good family fun are the order of the day. 

Ballet Poulet:

Two world class Olympian-level idiots bring to you their latest masterpiece. She has prepared a poetic, delicate and tender ballet. He has prepared a bad ass display of mayhem. She loves dancing, he loves chickens. Nut-cracking and Swan Faking their way into your lives, these two will make you really question which came first…her tutu or his toupée?

Ronaldo Fanzini:

Gather round, gather round to witiness the jaw-dropping antics of this devilishly handsome Italian Kerryman, Ronaldo Fanzini.  Is he stupid or brave beyond belief?  It really doesn’t matter as he presents 30 mins of fantastic comedy and pure fun in his spoof danger, comedy circus show, “Ronaldo Fanzini, King of Mayhem.”  Ronaldo is distinguished by his unusual hairdo, a monster afro. The language of death-defying stunts is used at every turn, giving a comic edge to all the carry-on.  Do not miss this hero of the Irish circus scene.

Keep an eye out for their stage time in the next couple of week but both acts are not to be missed by young and old alike and will really add to the festival fun.  The Old Fort Quarter is shaping up to be a great weekend.