The Best of Ireland’s Festivals

Ireland, Northern Ireland, Recommendations

June 5, 2023

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Ireland’s festivals celebrate a country rich in history, culture, and beauty. As such, it’s no surprise that there are many festivals celebrating all of those elements throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for music festivals or literary events – here are some top picks for your next trip to Ireland.

Ireland's festivals

Foyle Maritime Festival

This 5 day maritime festival takes place in July in Derry/Londonderry. Expect to see the Clipper Race fleet, Tall Ships, live music, food and plenty of water based activities.

Galway International Arts Festival

Experience the likes of visual and street art, music, talks, comedy and more at the 46th Galway International Arts Festival over a 2 week period in the city in July.

Ireland's Festivals - Sea Sessions

Sea Sessions Music Festival

This Bundoran Beach festival combines, music and surfing in Country Donegal. Head down during July to see live music and beach sports.

Ireland's Festivals - Cork Midsummer

Cork Midsummer Festival

The Cork Midsummer multi-disciplinary arts festival takes place in June. National and international artists use the city as their inspiration.

Ireland's festivals

Listowel Writers’ Week

Ireland’s oldest Literary and Arts Festival takes place in the heritage market town of Listowel in County Kerry. In June, writers, artists and poets gather to celebrate the written word.

Ireland's Festivals - Belfast Mela

Belfast Mela Festival

This unique annual festival is a celebration of global cultures in Belfast. There is a week of events planned across the city in August. Expect music, dance, storytelling, open air cinema, food from around the world and carnival nights.

Ireland’s festivals can be visited with any of our tours in Ireland.

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