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.
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2018

August 2–12:  Féile an Phobail, West Belfast (Irish cultural festival)

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

August 10–12:  Dingle Races (horse races)

August 12–19:  Fleadh Cheoil, Ennis (traditional music festival)

August 15:  Kenmare Fair

August 17–21:  Rose of Tralee International Festival

August 18–19:  Dingle Regatta (boat races)

August 18–26:  National Heritage Week

August 27:  Summer Bank Holiday, Northern Ireland only (closures)

September 17–18:  Galway Races (horse races)

September 28–30:  Galway Oyster Festival

October 5–7: Dingle Food Festival

October 16–November 4:  Belfast International Arts Festival

October 25–29:  Cork Guinness Jazz Festival

October 27–29:  Galway Races (horse races)

October 29:  October Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

October 31:  Halloween celebrations (Europe's largest), Derry

November 11:  Remembrance Sunday, Northern Ireland (two minutes of silence at 11:00 to remember WWI dead, people wear poppies on lapels)

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

2019

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 23–27:  Temple Bar Trad, Dublin (Irish music and culture festival)

March 14–18 (likely):  St. Patrick's Festival, Dublin (parades, music, arts)

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

March 18:  St. Patrick's Day Bank Holiday (closures across Ireland)

April 19:  Good Friday (closures)

April 21–22:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

May 6:  May Day/Labor Day; Early May Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland (closures across Ireland)

Late May (9 days):  Fleadh Nua, Ennis (traditional music and dance festival)

May 27:  Spring Bank Holiday, Northern Ireland (closures)

May 29–June 2:  Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry (literary festival)

June 3:  June Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

June 16:  Bloomsday, Dublin (James Joyce festival)

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

Last weekend in June:  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 15–28:  Galway Arts Festival

July 29–August 4 (likely):  Galway Races (horse races)

August 2–5 (likely):  Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival, County Wexford

August 5:  August Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)