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

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

August 4: August Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

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)

September 8–10:  Galway Races (horse races)

Late September:  Galway Oyster Festival (4 days)

October 16–November 1: Belfast Festival at Queen’s

October 26–27:  Galway Races (horse races)

October 27:  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

2015

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

January 28–February 1:  Temple Bar Trad (Irish music and culture festival; Dublin)

March 14–17:  St. Patrick’s Festival (parades, music, arts; Dublin)

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

April 3:  Good Friday (closures)

April 5–6:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

April 7–12:  International Pan Celtic Festival (Derry)

May 4:  May Day/Labor Day; Early May Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland (closures across Ireland)

May 25:  Spring Bank Holiday, Northern Ireland (closures)

June 1:  June Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

June 16:  Bloomsday (James Joyce festival, Dublin)

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

July 13:  Orangemen’s Day, observed (Northern Ireland; closures)

Mid–late July:  Galway Arts Festival