Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Ireland

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism sites for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Ireland (both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, unless otherwise noted). Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.

2014

April 18:  Good Friday (banks closed)

April 22–27:  International Pan Celtic Festival (Derry)

April 20–21:  Easter Sunday and Monday

May 5:  Labor Day; Early May Bank Holiday (banks closed)

June 2:  June Holiday, Republic of Ireland (banks closed); also Spring Bank Holiday, UK 

June 16:  Bloomsday (James Joyce festival, Dublin)

July 12:  Battle of the Boyne anniversary (Protestant marches, protests; Northern Ireland)

July 14–27:  Galway Arts Festival

July 28–August 3:  Galway Races (horse races)

August 4: August Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (banks closed)

Early August:  Dingle Races (horse races)

Early–mid-August:  Dingle Regatta (boat races)

August 10–12:  Puck Fair ("Ireland's Oldest Fair" and drink-fest, Killorglin, County Kerry)

August 15:  Kenmare Fair

August 15–19:  Rose of Tralee International Festival

Mid-August:  Féile an Phobail (Irish cultural festival, West Belfast)

August 25:  Late Summer Bank Holiday, Northern Ireland only (banks closed)

Late August–early September:  Blessing of the Boats (maritime festival, Dingle)

Mid-September:  Galway Races (horse races)

Late September:  Galway Oyster Festival (4 days)

Late October–early November: Belfast Festival at Queen's

Late October:  Galway Races (horse races)

October 27:  October Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (banks closed)

December 25:  Christmas

December 26:  St. Stephen's Day, Republic of Ireland (religious festival); Boxing Day, UK

December 31:  New Year's Eve

2015

January 1:  New Year's Day (banks closed)

January:  Temple Bar Trad (Irish music and culture festival; Dublin)

March 17:  St. Patrick's Day (parades and drunkenness throughought Ireland)