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


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 24–28:  Temple Bar Trad, Dublin (Irish music and culture festival)

March 16–19:  St. Patrick's Festival, Dublin (parades, music, arts)

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

March 19:  St. Patrick's Day Bank Holiday (closures across Ireland)

March 30:  Good Friday (closures)

April 1–2:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

May 7:  May Day/Labor Day; Early May Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland (closures across Ireland)

May 20–28:  Fleadh Nua, Ennis (traditional music and dance festival)

May 25–28:  The Biggest Weekend, Northern Ireland location TBA (indie/pop music festival)

May 28:  Spring Bank Holiday, Northern Ireland (closures)

May 30–June 3:  Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry (literary festival)

June 4:  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 16–29:  Galway Arts Festival

July 30–August 5:  Galway Races (horse races)

Early August (2 weeks):  Féile an Phobail, West Belfast (Irish cultural festival)

August 3–5 (likely):  Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival, County Wexford

August 6:  August Bank Holiday, Republic of Ireland (closures)

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

August 10–12:  Dingle Races (horse races)

Mid-August (1 week):  Fleadh Cheoil, Ennis (traditional music festival)

August 15:  Kenmare Fair

August 17–21:  Rose of Tralee International Festival

August 18–19 (likely):  Dingle Regatta (boat races)

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

September 17–18 (likely):  Galway Races (horse races)

September 24–26 (likely):  Galway Oyster Festival

October 5–7: Dingle Food Festival

October 5–27 (likely):  Belfast International Arts Festival

October 26–29 (likely):  Cork Guinness Jazz Festival

October 28–29 (likely):  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