Irish Culture Irish Festival Calendar
We have put together this useful Irish festival calendar to hgelp you plean your trip around some amazing events.
Saint Patrick’s Day, on 17th March, is Ireland’s biggest and most international holiday, celebrated across the world. However, there are many wonderful local festivals taking place across Ireland, particularly in the Summer months.
Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Puck Fair in Kerry, Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, Reek Sunday in Croagh Patrick, as well as many music and foodie festivals take place in towns and villages across Ireland each year.
To discover the country’s famous Irish ‘craic’ (fun), check out our monthly calendar of festivals. From food to arts and even a leprechaun hunt, there is something for everybody:
Listen to the best traditional Irish music at Dublin‘s TradFest.
St Patrick’s Day on 17th March is celebrated in villages and towns, big and small across the country.
Easter usually doesn’t involve many activities in Ireland, Good Friday is actually the only day of the year (along with Christmas Day) when pubs across the country are closed.
Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival in Kinsale is one of the latest foodie festivals hosted by Ireland’s gourmet capital.
Foodies can also head to Galway Food Festival this month.
Feile na Bealtaine Music and Arts Festival in Dingle celebrates the Dingle Peninsula rich music tradition.
Kenmare Irish Music Festival: Feile Neidin also in Kerry takes place this month.
May is a busy festival month on the Barrow Way with the Barrow River Arts Festival taking place in the village of Borris and the Carlow Arts Festival (Eigse) at the end of May/beginning of June.
May is also time for the Kerry Camino Walking Festival in Tralee.
Letterfrack in County Galway, hosts Conamara Bog Week, a festival for all the family.
The Connemara Mussel Festival is celebrated on the May bank holiday weekend every year. It brings together seafood lovers, culture enthusiasts and community spirit.
Further North along the Wild Atlantic Way, the town of Westport is home to the Festival of the Pirate Queen, celebrating the life of Ireland’s most famous queen and pirate: Grace O’Malley.
Westport also hosts its Folk and Bluegrass Festival in June.
Só Sligo Food Festival is a great time to visit Yeats’ county.
Both food and music are the main ingredients of Killarney Festival of Music and Food this month.
In mid-June, the village of Doolin on the Burren Way hosts its annual Folk Festival.
Bloomsday on 16th June is a must-see festival for James Joyce and literature fans: you will be recreating James Joyce’s Ulysses across the streets of Dublin in period costumes to match Mr Bloom’s.
Both the Galway International Arts Festival and Film Fleadh, the biggest festivals in the city, take place in July.
Feile na Mara – Achill Island festival of the Sea celebrates Achill’s maritime traditions and its a great opportunity to experience the island like a local.
The last Sunday in July is Reek Sunday, when thousands of pilgrims climb Ireland’s Holy Mountain: Croagh Patrick in Westport. Magnificent views of Clew Bay will be your reward from the summit.
Rose of Tralee International Festival is an Irish institution with ‘Roses’ (or lovely ladies) from different counties and overseas looking for the coveted prize: being crowned Ireland’s ‘Rose’ for the year.
Horse and pony fans should head to the Clifden Connemara Pony Show – Festival of the Connemara Pony which dates back to 1924.
Taste of Donegal takes place at the end of August in Donegal town while Doolin hosts its craft beer festival.
Puck Fair in Killorglin in County Kerry is one of the most unusual festivals in the country and one of the oldest: it has been celebrated for over 400 years and pays homage to King Puck, which is actually a wild goat.
Carlingford, on the Tain Way, hosts its annual Oyster Festival this month.
Dingle Tradfest is the latest addition to Dingle’s music celebrations.
Treat yourself to the best local seafood after a day cycling the Wild Atlantic Way at the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival.
September is also time to celebrate the tastiest of Westport’s produce at the Westport Food Festival and Taste of West Cork the first two weeks of the month.
Clifden Arts Festival in Connemara is one of the oldest in the country.
Head for Lisdooonvarna Matchmaking Festival: where love is in the air and you might find your perfect other half.
Cork Jazz Festival at end of October has been attracting music fans for many years. It is one of the best loved festivals in Cork. You can easily spend a night in Cork before starting your Wild Atlantic Way adventure.
Conamara Sea Week in Letterfrack on the Wild Atlantic Way, has been taking place for over 30 years and is packed with music, workshops and other events honouring the region’s maritime heritage.
Take a detour to Lisdoonvarna, very close to The Burren Way, is home to delicious treats during the Burren Food Fayre.
Bram Stoker Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival also take place in Dublin this month.
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