Festivals and Events

Ireland's Unique Festivals and Events

Ireland boasts a year-round programme of unique and exciting festivals and events with something to suit every taste. Here is a sample of just some of what is on offer.

Londonderry boasts the biggest Halloween Festival in the world with around 30,000 celebrating the ancient Celtic New Year every October. Grab a mask and join the party!     

The Belfast Festival at Queen’s is Ireland’s biggest International Festival and boasts an eclectic mix of music, talks, comedy, exhibitions and film.
The Galway Races, the Rose of Tralee Festival, Puck Fair in Killorglin, and the Oul’ Lammas Fair in Ballycastle are world famous and offer a great chance to enjoy life and laughs with the locals.      

Food festivals are now a big draw in Ireland with local produce scoring high among international food enthusiasts. Head to the famous oyster festivals in Clarenbridge and Galway.

Tune in to a spot of music with the Open House Festival in  Belfast or the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. Or grab a pint and tap your feet to some cool tunes at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.  

Thespians should head to  Dublin for both the Dublin Theatre Festival and the excellent Dublin Fringe Festival, with wildly exciting performances taking place in fabulous venues around the city.
Around March 17, the country turns a shade of green for a host of St. Patrick’s Festivals. All over the country, from the Saint’s hallowed burial place in Downpatrick to the more carnival atmosphere of parades and exceptional fireworks in Dublin.

Literary lovers should head to Dublin in June for the intriguing Bloomsday Festival, where fans of Joyce’s Gargantuan Ulysses dress up in traditional gear and enjoy old Dublin food. 

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