Festival and Events
We love a festival to celebrate our food, our arts, our culture, our music, our landscape, our people and our sport! Almost every town and village in Kerry has a festival during the year. We have put together some of the festival highlights that take place across the year in our towns and villages.
The Dingle Peninsula’s event calendar is full of feasts and festivals, the most popular festivals are the Dingle Food Festival that takes place over two days in early October, where local, regional and national food produces flock on the town to share their produce. Feile na Bealtaine, Arts Festival is a weekend event in May with events such as parades, garden parties, author interviews and more! In December the TV Show Other Voices takes places in Dingle, the town fills of music fans looking to catch a golden ticket to St. James Church for a live recording of the show but you can also watch the live stream in a local venue and there is a music trail across the weekend to experience.
Kenmare is host to many festivals throughout the year, the highlights are the Kenmare Lace Festival that takes place bieenial, Patttern Day on the 15th August draws a large crowd for a day of browsing and bartering at stalls in the square and streets. The largest of their festivals is the Halloween Howl, a weeklong festival in October to celebrate Halloween. This family fun event has workshops, large parade and more!
Killarney’s event calendar is full of entertainment and festivals. The Gleneagle INEC Arena plays hosts to the best of International and National musicians, comedians, singer songwriters, musicals and acts throughout the year and their calendar is worth checking out. Killarney’s Festival calendar kicks off in March with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This family festival celebrates everything Irish and takes place over a few days, the highlight being the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Later in March the Wander Wild Festival takes place, a weekend full of unique outdoor experiences from mountain hiking to kayaking on the lakes. Ireland BikeFest takes place annually over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, a festival full of free entertainment, Bike Parade, Ride Outs, Custom Bike Show and more! All welcome at the festival. Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and a parade at the 4th of July Celebrations, a great family event full of spectacular! Killarney has a busy racing calendar also with races meetings in May, July and August, Killarney Racecourse https://killarneyraces.ie/ is one of the most scenic race courses in Ireland. There racing calendar is available to view on their website. The final festival of the year is Christmas in Killarney, this celebration of Christmas takes place over a number of weeks in December. The town is dressed in festive decoration; a Christmas Parade takes place every Saturday evening with a Special Guest, enjoy a festive sleigh ride, or visit to the ice rink.
Puck Fair is one of Ireland's oldest fairs. It takes place annually for three days on the 10th, 11th and 12th August in Killorglin. There are usually many street vendors during the festival who advertise their wares to the large numbers of locals and tourists who come to Killorglin for the festival. it’s one of Ireland’s oldest ongoing festivals. Puck Fair is an annual celebration that can trace its roots right back to the year 1603 and is firmly embedded in the culture of the town of Killorglin.
Listowel is where stories begin and everyone has a story to share! A town famous for its authors and storytellers it is no surprise that this town has its own week long writer’s week, Listowel Writers Week that takes place at the end of May each year. The festival is Ireland’s oldest literary and arts festival. During the weeklong festival there are literary events for children and young adults.
Tralee is home to the Siamsa Tire , The National Folk Theatre of Ireland. The Theatre brings to life Irish folklore through music, dance and song. There calendar of events can include theatre, comedy, musicals, live music, singer songwriters and more. Tralee is very proud of its festivals, they are a highlight of many a summer month and the most prominent and popular festival is the Rose of Tralee International Festival. The festival takes place in the town every August and invites 32 qualifying Roses from across the globe to the famous Rose of Tralee Dome for two nights of televised celebrations of their Irish heritage.
Feile na Blath- Garden Festival takes place in June each year in the Tralee Town Park. A family fun day full of kids shows, dog show, bouncy castles, food stalls and more! Christie Hennessy Music Festival is a highlight of the October Bank Holiday in Tralee a showcase of the best of Irish music, musicians and bands.