Hundreds of local festivals in Ireland happen each summer. Here are our favourites.
When? 27 July – 5 August 2019
Where? Dungloe, Donegal
What? You’ve heard of Miss World? Meet its quaint, rather sheltered, Irish cousin. Lovely ladies from all over the globe compete to be crowned Mary 2019.
When? 30 August – 1 September 2019
Where? Cape Clear Island, Cork
What? Enjoy tall tales? Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island hosts a celebration of this peculiarly Irish artform at the end of August each year.
When? 16-18 August 2019
Where? Dingle, Kerry
What? See the proud tradition of clinker boat rowing in all its furious glory. Try your turn at the oars on a Naomhóg boat across beautiful Dingle harbour.
When? 1-11 August 2019
Where? West Belfast, Northern Ireland
What? One of the biggest community festivals in Ireland is definitely a good news story to emerge from Belfast’s troubled past.
When? 8-18 August 2019
Where? Kilkenny city
What? The Marble City in Ireland’s Ancient East lights up each August with parades, street performers, live music, comedy, opera and theatre.
When? 14-18 August 2019
Where? Clifden, Galway
What? Dating back to 1924, this is a thoroughbred festival! It’s all about Ireland’s native horse breed. But Clifden is mighty craic too.
When? 2-4 August 2019
Where? Waterford city
What? Street performers. Street buskers. Street parades. One of the biggest arts festivals in Ireland happens each August in Waterford.
When? Date TBC
Where? Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula
What? Enjoy horse racing on the beach. One of the most unique horse racing festivals in Ireland. Or, indeed, the world.
When? 9-11 August 2019
Where? Kinvara, Galway
What? Hookers are traditional sailing boats associated with Galway Bay. This festival celebrates these iconic craft in the picturesque harbour village of Kinvara, on the edge of The Burren.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
When? 30 August – 29 September 2019
Where? Lisdoonvarna, Clare
What? Romantic hopefuls descend on this tiny Clare town for the world’s largest matchmaking festival. Great craic – even if you’re hitched!
When? 10 -12 August 2019
Where? Killorglin, Kerry
What? 400 year old Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals. Aside from live traditional music, storytelling, dancing and fireworks, Killorglin crowns a wild mountain goat – the ‘puck’ – to reign over the town.
When? 17-25 August 2019
What? More a collection of festivals in Ireland than a single event. Heritage Week sees cultural and historical shenanigans happen all across the country.
How? No matter where you’re touring with us across Ireland, there’ll be a Heritage Week event happening.