Seasonal Festivals, Events & Activities

Kerry is bursting with energy and events throughout the year and Kerry's Halloween Homecoming Festival is no different. With something to suit all tastes, there's plenty to entice you home this Halloween. Music lovers can head to Castleisland for the Patrick O'Keeffe Music Festival that boasts "Ireland's biggest and best session trail" and an eclectic atmosphere.


Film aficionados should head for Killarney where the Kerry International Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. Every year, KIFF reveals new talent with their comprehensive short film selections.  The Kerry International Film Festival also screens a small but carefully considered number of feature films, narrative and documentary, very often with Q & A sessions afterwards.


For those yearning for a taste of traditional Irish Culture, Oireachtas na Samhna takes place in Killarney from October 30th - November 3rd. Thousands are expected to attend Ireland's oldest Arts Festival, as established and emerging talents from the worlds of music, poetry, literature, debate and storytelling take part in 60 competitions showcasing the traditional arts.


The Tralee Half Marathon (13.1 miles) will bring the 2024 Tralee Marathon Series to a great end.
The route starts in Tralee taking in the town of Ardfert, and running through the Spa and the Kerries. Why not bring the whole family to Tralee for the Bank Holiday Weekend and enjoy all that Tralee and Kerry has to offer; and at the same time run the Tralee Half Marathon!


Tralee is the place to be if you want to laugh, cry and marvel at the mind-boggling antics of The National Circus Festival as they gather talent from all over the country to amaze audiences with their incredible celebration of all things Circus!


Visit the beautiful Iveragh peninsula in south Kerry for a weekend of fascinating talks and workshops on the period of change from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age in southwest Ireland, as a part of the Skellig Coast Archaeology Festival. Immerse yourself in the archaeology of this period with visits to stone rows and in situ rock art panels; experimental archaeology workshops; children’s workshops; and expert lectures.