Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Ireland

For festive fun in Ireland, no need to wait for a holiday — just head to the pub and root for the local team.
  • 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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe

2015

August 14–18:  Rose of Tralee International Festival

August 15:  Kenmare Fair

August 15–16 (likely):  Dingle Regatta (boat races)

August 31:  Summer Bank Holiday, Northern Ireland only (closures)

September 7–9:  Galway Races (horse races)

September 24–27:  Galway Oyster Festival (4 days)

Late October:  Belfast Festival at Queen's

October 25–26:  Galway Races (horse races)

October 26:  October Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

December 25:  Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  St. Stephen's Day, Republic of Ireland; Boxing Day, Northern Ireland (closures)

December 31:  New Year's Eve

2016

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

January 27–31:  Temple Bar Trad, Dublin (Irish music and culture festival)

March 17–20:  St. Patrick's Festival, Dublin (parades, music, arts)

March 17:  St. Patrick's Day (parades and drunkenness throughout Ireland; closures)

March 25:  Good Friday (closures)

March 27–28:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

May 2:  May Day/Labor Day; Early May Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland (closures across Ireland)

May 30:  Spring Bank Holiday, Northern Ireland (closures)

June 6:  June Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

June 16:  Bloomsday, Dublin (James Joyce festival)

June 23:  St. John's Eve Bonfire Night, Kilronan, Aran Islands

Late June (3 days):  Patrún Festival, Kilronan, Aran Islands (currach boat races)

July 12:  Orangemen's Day/Battle of the Boyne anniversary, Northern Ireland (Protestant marches, protests; closures)

July 11–24:  Galway Arts Festival

Late July–early August (1 week):  Galway Races (horse races)

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

August 1:  August Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

Early August (3 days):  Dingle Races (horse races)

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