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61 Irish Festivals Worth Checking Out In 2022

61 Irish Festivals Worth Checking Out In 2022

When it comes to festivals Ireland has its fair share (see our guide to music festivals in Ireland if you’re looking for the livelier ones!).

From traditional Irish festivals, like Puck Festival and the Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival, to food, trad music and more, there’s an event to tickle most fancies.

And, thankfully, there’s heaps of festivals in Ireland in 2022 taking place right the way throughout the year. Find the best of them below!

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Irish festivals in January, February and March

pubs with live music in Dublin

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The first few months of the year is one of the quieter times of the year for festivals in Ireland, with many large events taking place pre-Christmas and then later in spring.

However, there are a handful of brilliant Irish festivals scheduled for the first three months of the year, as you’ll discover below.

1. TradFest (Dublin, January 26th – 30th)

Set in Dublin’s liveliest quarter, Temple Bar, the very popular Tradfest is one of the greatest traditional Irish-centric music festival in Ireland. Set over 4 days, and many different locations, you can enjoy new and old school tunes alike.

This year, everyone from The Kikennys and Niamh Regan to Phelim & The Drew House Band, The Dublin Legends, Ralph McTell & Stockton’s Wing and more will take to the stage(s). Tickets start at €25 and up. This is one of the most popular trad festivals in Ireland for good reason.

2. St. Patrick’s Festival (Various, March 17th)

There are St. Patrick’s Day Festivals and celebrations running all over Ireland in 2022, so finding one isn’t a problem. However, the biggest festival is in Dublin and the parade kicks-off at 12:00 on the 17th and runs from Parnell Sq. to St. Stephen’s Green.

Theres also a new Festival Quarter series that runs from March 16th – 20th, with a clatter of ticketed events taking place. See our guide to spending St Patrick’s Day in Dublin for more.

3. Country to Country (Dublin, March 11th – 13th)

Easily one of the largest single-site festivals you’ll attend, Dublin’s 3 Arena plays host to the likes of Darius Rucker, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and more over 3 days with stadium seating.

The venue is large, and with limited access to amenities, it’s worth booking early to ensure your needs are met. Tickets are €54 each, bought online from Ticketmaster.

Festivals in Ireland in April and May

Irish Instruments For Playing Irish Traditional Music

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The Irish festivals scene ups the ante for April and May, with a good chunk of cultural events taking place across the 8 weeks.

Below, you’ll find everything from the brilliant Kilkenny Roots Festival to some often overlooked music festivals in Ireland.

1. Kilkenny Roots Festival (Kilkenny, 29th – May 2nd)

Hear the conversation between writer Rónán Hession and artist Will Vlautin, or catch a gig with The Delines or The Hanging Stars; they’re just some of the big names at the incredible Kilkenny Roots Festival.

Running annually since 1998, it’s located in the town of Kilkenny in Ireland’s central-south, there’s plenty of accommodation in the town, and ticket prices range from €17.50-€25.

2. Galway Theatre Festival (Galway 29th – May 7th)

Sitting on the west coast of Ireland, the Galway Theatre Festival plays host to acts like Fizz & Chips, Eszter Nemethi, and Louize Carroll, with a range of performances, talks and workshops, and interactive experiences.

The festival is run over a range of sites across Galway City, and many events are FREE. The average ticket price ranges between €5-€15, and purchased online.

3. Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Galway 4th-10th)

Also hosted in Galway City, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature brings together readers and writers to celebrate storytelling in a uniquely Irish setting.

Hear authors like Edel Coffey, Emer McLysaght, Sarah Breen and Bethany Rutter discuss their work, and interact with your own questions. Tickets are offered on a sliding-scale system, and range from €5-€20 per event.

4. Franco-Irish Literary Festival (Dublin 8th-10th)

This is Dublin’s Irish and French literary celebration, including works from the wider Francophone world. The line-up changes annually, and in the past has welcomed Síobhra Quinlan, Vincent Guérend, Michael Longley and many more.

Expect panel discussions about subjects like Eco-Literature, Mother Earth, and Migrancies. Previously, the festival has been held in person and live online, with tickets ranging from FREE to €10.

5. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival (Dublin, TBC)

So, at the time of typing, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival’s website is ‘down’, and their Facebook page hasn’t been updated in two years. As this is one of the more popular food festivals in Ireland in this corner of the country, we can only hope it’ll be returning in 2022 (we’ll update this when we hear more).

6. Life Festival (Westmeath, 27th – 29th)

Held at the spectacular Belvedere House in Westmeath, the award-winning Life Festival is sure to have your toes tappin’. Run over three days, you can hear performers like Camelphat, Nina Kraviz and Sonny Fodera, to name a few.

Tickets include camping pitch and venue access, and are purchased online via 2 instalments (1 deposit, 1 final), and cost €166 ea.

7. International Literature Festival (Dublin, 19th – 29th)

Hosted in the nation’s capital, the International Literature Festival spans 10 days of talks with writers like Rachel Kushner and Lydia Davis and includes events like self-guided audio walks with Orla Fitzpatrick.

You can also enjoy workshops, screenings, and masterclasses, there’s bound to be something to appeal to everyone who appreciates the arts. Tickets range from €3-€10 and can be purchased online.

8. West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival (Wicklow, 18th – 22nd)

Let the classics flow through you as the melodic tones of Adam Walker’s flute and Fiachra Garvey’s piano fills the room.

With many more musicians, like Hanna Hipp and Emma Abbate, filling the line-up, the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival is hosted in various locations around West Wicklow, most within a 1-hour drive of Dublin. Tickets start at €12-€42 for premier events.

Irish festivals on in June

Music Festivals In Ireland

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June marks the beginning of summer and it’s from this point that the Irish festivals calendar starts to pack out.

Below, you’ll find a mix of food, music, cultural and reading festivals in Ireland worth checking out.

1. Rory Gallagher Festival (Donegal, 2nd – 5th)

Arguably one of the most popular festivals in Ireland is the brilliant Rory Gallagher Festival that takes place in Ballyshannon, in Donegal for a weekend of live music and a massive street party.

Headlining are acts like the Eric Gales Band, the Pat McManus Band, Walter Trout, and Crow Black Chicken, spread out over the weekend. Tickets range from €30 for Friday night only, through to €75 for an Early Bird ticket to all three days.

2. Bloomsday (Dublin, 11th – 16th)

Based in Dublin, with online events, Bloomsday is a celebration of Joyce’s character Leopold Bloom. The city hosts a range of events, which in the past have included literary readings and film screenings, performances of James Joyce’s works, and poetry premiers by notable actors/actresses like Evanna Lynch (of Harry Potter fame).

3. Ireland BikeFest (Kerry, 4th – 7th)

Is there a better way to spend a summer weekend? Not in Killarney there’s not! Hit the road with BikeFest and feel the wind in your face as you cruise along some of Ireland’s most scenic inland and coastal routes and raise money for charity. With a bike village, food and drink stalls, and live entertainment, it’s a great weekend for all!

4. Listowel Writers’ Week (Kerry, 1st – 5th)

Listowel Writers’ Week is another of the better-known Irish festivals. Although guest speakers and presenters are yet to be announced, the various workshops (Emma Langford – 2 Day Songwriting Workshop, Bernie McGill – 3 Day Writing a Novel Workshop, Catherine Dunne – 3 Day Creative Writing Masterclass etc.) are available to be booked.

5. Body & Soul (Westmeath, 17th – 19th)

It’s all about the experience at Body & Soul and, whatever you seek, you’ll find it at Ballinlough! Acoustic sessions, rejuvenating massages, quirky features and more, this festival is out of the ordinary and a great way to spend the summer Solstice. Full details are announced in spring, along with ticket prices, and can be booked online through the website.

6. Forbidden Fruit (Dublin, 4th – 5th)

Forbidden Fruit has to be the best way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin. Catch Lorde, Peggy Gou, BICEP and Biig Piig at the capital’s first and longest-running music festival, and all in one central city location, near the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Individual day tickets cost €74.50, while the €139.50 weekend ticket will get you in everywhere.

7. Dublin International Chamber Music Festival (Dublin, 7th – 12th)

Not only classical musicians from Ireland but celebrating the art and sophistication of chamber music from around the globe; an evening spent at the Dublin International Chamber Music Festival is pure auditory bliss. Ticket prices are announced in late spring along with the festival line-up, but you can expect to hear artists like Elizabeth Hilliard, William Butler, and Robert Tritschler.

8. Sea Sessions (Donegal, 17 – 19)

It’s not just the waves that’ll be pumping at Sea Sessions in Bundoran! With acts like Basement Jaxx, Kodaline Ejeca, Goldie, and Tinie, you’ll be sure to carve out a great time. Check out the surf and skate comps, or just chill with mates. It’s your call. Tickets are €119.90 for non-camping and €149.90 for camping.

9. West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Cork, 24th – July 3rd)

Let the world drift away as you turn all your senses to the Weinberg quartet as it’s played by Quatuor Danel, the Biber Mystery Sonatas played by Ensemble Vintage Koln, and listen to the Pavel Haas Quartet, to name only three of the programme’s highlights in recent years. Hosted in Bantry, West Cork, with ticket prices and venue details announced in late spring.

10. Hinterland (Meath, 23rd-26th)

The Hinterland Festival in Kells, Meath, is an eclectic mix of literature, ancient Irish history, drama, music, and craic and this 3-day event promises to entertain and uplift.

Meet some of the hottest new Irish authors, ambitious theatre performances. Each event runs for an hour with plenty of time to experience them all! Book online with ticket prices announced in spring.

11. Dalkey Book Festival (Dublin, 16th – 19th)

Dalkey plays host to one of the most popular literary festivals in Ireland – the Dalkey Book Festival. In the past, those that have attended have listened to discussions with people such as scientist Brian Cox, musician The Edge, and author Marlon James. Guest speakers and author line-ups change annually, with tickets going on sale online from spring.

12. Carlow Arts Festival (Carlow, 7th – 12th)

A multidisciplinary arts festival, Carlow celebrates the vision and creativity of creators in challenging perceptions at the Carlow Arts Festival. Whether you’re blurring the lines of performance, or just enjoy questioning the established, this is the festival for you. It’s an enjoyable week of mind-bending illusion and it’s one of the more unique Irish festivals. Online tickets are priced at €3-€12, with many free events available.

Festivals in Ireland running in July

Irish music festivals 2022

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Although slightly less busy than June, plenty of Irish festivals are scheduled in for July 2022.

Below, you’ll find everything from the brilliant Galway Film Fleadh to some often-overlooked festivals in Ireland in 2022.

1. Galway Arts Festival (Galway, 11-24 July)

Catch big names like the Pixies, Jon Hopkins, the Kaiser Chiefs and perennial favourite, Sinéad O’Connor at this year’s Galway Arts Festival. With a huge international presence, the festival is home to a range of arts performances including theatre, music, visual, street spectacle, and discussion. Held across multiple locations over two weeks, tickets range from €35-€53, and are bought online.

2. Foyle Maritime Festival (Derry, 23rd – 27th)

Indulge your inner mariner at the Foyle Maritime Festival that shouts the praises of the mighty Clipper – it helped shape worldwide shipping and transport, after all. Also well known for its involvement with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, this festival in Derry is a true nautical gem. Head along for free, and explore these remarkable vessels and their rich history.

3. Galway Film Fleadh (Galway, 5th – 10th)

Cinephiles and film aficionados from around the world all flock to Galway for the week-long Galway Film Fleadh. With contributions by local and international filmmakers, you’ll be able to check out the finest in feature, indie, art house, and short films, there’s even a juniors section! Submissions open in early spring, with the program finalised and tickets released in late spring.

4. Mary from Dungloe (Donegal, 23rd – 31st)

An international Arts festival with an impressive history, the Mary from Dungloe Festival has been running since the mid 20th century. A celebration of the indomitable spirit of Irish emigrants from around the world, ‘Mary’ is crowned the winner of hearts and votes in this community contest. Head on over to the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

5. Earagail Arts Festival (Donegal, 9th – 24th)

Summer on the Wild Atlantic Way doesn’t come more exciting than this, an arts festival with a bevvy of events, including visual arts and film, spoken word and conversations, literature and performances, there’s something for everyone in this dramatic coastal location. Although this years, info has yet to be released, get a sense of what past festivals involved here.

6. All Together Now (Waterford, 29th – 31st)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Groove Armada, CMAT, Underworld, Jungle, and DJ Koze are just some of the names at this year’s All Together Now festival on the Curraghmore Estate, in Waterford. Tickets for this 3-day musical extravaganza, with onsite camping in either pitched tents or your own, start at €235, booked online.

7. Longitude (Dublin, 1st – 3rd)

Longitude is one of the more popular Irish festivals taking place this summer. Returning to Marlay Park, in Dublin, the lineup this year includes Dave, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Doja Cat, The Kid Laroi and many more at this massive open-air event. Tickets through Ticketmaster: VIP Full 3-day weekend, €349.90, 3-day weekend, €235.90, Friday only, €99.50, Saturday only, €159.50, Sunday only, €99.50

8. Indipendence (Cork, 29th – 31st)

Enjoy great live music and some of Ireland’s most scenic countryside in Mitchelstown, Cork, at Indipendence. With multiple stages, and the backdrop of the Galtee Mountains, your weekend away couldn’t be more memorable. This year’s line-up includes renowned artists like Fatboy Slim, Bastille, and Rudimental. You can buy tickets through Ticketmaster; Tier 1 €149, Full price €159, including 3 days camping.

9. Cairde Arts Festival (Sligo, 2nd – 10th)

Head west to Sligo to take part in the Cairde Arts Festival. With music sessions, spoken word events, circus workshops, visual displays, and performance arts, as well as online events, it’ll be a week of wonder. Each event is individually ticketed, or free, with tickets available through Eventbrite, average ticket prices are €5-€10.

Irish festivals scheduled for August

puck fair killorglin

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August is the last of the summer months and it’s set to see the season out with a bang, with numerous Irish festivals taking place around the county.

Below, you’ll find eveeything from the very unique Puck Fair and the Rose of Tralee to some long-running traditional festivals in Ireland.

1. The Rose of Tralee (Kerry, 19th – 13th)

Arguably the best known of the many festivals in Ireland, The Rose of Tralee is open to any Irish born or Irish descendant who identifies as female. A contest that honours and promotes Irish culture and heritage, whilst having fun and helping the community to grow, you can enter by heading over to the official website or you can watch the show on RTE.

2. Puck Fair (Kerry, 10th – 12th)

Puck Fair is one of the oldest Irish festivals and it’s held in Killorglin, Kerry. This long-running community fair sees a goat taken from a nearby mountain and celebrated in the town, while hoisted up in a cage. Have a pint or two, hear some live music, see the coronation of the King and Queen, and meet the most illustrious Puck!

3. Féile an Phobail (Belfast, 15th – 15th)

Of the people, for the people, and by the people, the Féile an Phobail is Ireland’s biggest community arts festival, and it shouldn’t be missed. Get yourself up to Belfast, and take part in the 10 days of tours and walks, workshops and classes, theatre productions, and much, much more. Visit the official website for full details, and to purchase tickets where necessary.

4. Kilkenny Arts Festival (Kilkenny, 4th – 14th)

The Kilkenny Arts Festival runs for 10 days and is a celebration of all the arts. Whether you’re into film, street art and performance, literature or poetry, spoken word or engaging conversations, this festival is thought-provoking and entrancing. The programme changes annually, and ticket prices are reflected accordingly, so head to the website for full details.

5. Connemara Pony Show (Galway, 8th – 12th)

Tucked away in charming Clifden, this small Galway town is home to an annual pony festival that celebrates the fortitude and personality of the Connemara Pony. Spread over several days, with parades, music events, discussions and talks, and much more, it’s packed full of pon-demonium for all the family (yes, that pun really was awful!).

6. Galway Hooker Festival (Galway, 12th – 14th)

An annual waterborne celebration of Galway’s renowned Hooker boats, the iconic sails are furled and ready to welcome you to a weekend of sailing events, regattas, pub sessions and live gigs, and sail related arts and crafts associated with these traditional watercraft. Head to Kinvara and get stuck into it – tickets aren’t always necessary, and the scenery is stunning!

7. Dublin Horse Show (Dublin, 18th – 22nd)

Over 5 days the Dublin Horse Show promises to be the pinnacle in equestrian displays and competition. Located at the RDS, you’ll find a detailed programme of events that includes show jumping, showing classes, and performance classes. All tickets sold through Ticketmaster; €23 single admission, family daily tickets from €60, season tickets €65 for adults, or €99/€120 with seats.

8. Chamber Music on Valentia (Kerry, 18th – 21st)

Set on beautiful Valentia Island, Kerry, this chamber music festival is a sensory masterpiece. With the backdrop of land, sea, and sky, you’ll be swept away by stellar performances from musicians and artists alike. In the past, visitors were entranced by the likes of Mary Dullea, Darragh Morgan, Linda Buckley, and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

Festivals in Ireland running in September

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

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September marks the arrival of autumn and, although you might think things would be slowing down on the Irish festivals scene, it’s anything but.

In September, everything from Electric Picnic and the Dublin Fridge to some very quirky festivals in Ireland take place.

1. Galway Oyster Festival (23-25 September)

Fresh from the sea, and served up simply, the Galway Oyster Festival is a sure-fire way to celebrate all things oyster, and other seafood too! There’s live music, oyster shucking competitions, seafood tasting sessions, and a whole host of fun events throughout the weekend. Tickets start at €45, with Wild Atlantic Taste for free, book through the official website.

2. Cape Clear Storytelling Festival (TBC)

If you fancy escaping to a magical world, even for just a weekend, then this festival is perfect for you! Set on the island of Cape Clear, southwest of Cork, it’s a weekend of in-person storytelling in some of Ireland’s most incredible seaside scenery. This is one of the more unique Irish festivals, and several of the team here have been in the past and raved about it!

3. Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (Clare, 2nd – 30th)

Party every weekend with the very best of Ireland’s country musicians at the brilliant Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. Meet a host of new people, and maybe find someone special, whilst having a great time. With live music and dancing from the likes of Pat Dowling, Cathal & Teddy Barry, the Moynihan Brother, and many more, you’re bound to have plenty of conversation starters. Tickets start at €80pp

4. Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast, 2nd – 12th)

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, plays host to this festival of live music, comedy acts, theatre performances, and literature readings. This year’s line up boasts everyone from Lily Konigsberg and The Swing Gals to The Delines and many, many more. Tickets start at €6 and go up to €120 for the Gold Ticket.

5. Electric Picnic (Laois, 2nd – 4th)

Electric Picnic is Ireland’s largest gathering of music and arts, and also as the ultimate rock and roll festival. In the past, everyone from the Beastie Boys and Nick Cave to New Order and Björk have rocked out at Stradbally Hall in Laois. Headline acts for 2022 are yet to be announced, but expect a mix of local and international heavyweights.

6. Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin, Sept 29th – Oct 16th)

The Dublin Theatre Festival is home to world-class theatre and outstanding performances, which showcases the very best of Irish theatre, all in one central Dublin location. With a rich and celebrated history, this festival’s annual programme is always fresh and exciting with its spring announcement. To find out which performances are scheduled this year, or to book your tickets, head to the official DTF website.

7. Dublin Fringe Festival (Dublin, 10th – 25th)

Bold ideas and brave arts performances are just the beginning of the Dublin Fringe Festival as it takes over the city in fierce celebrations. As a multi-disciplinary festival, you can expect to have your thoughts and perceptions challenged, your curiosity tempted, and your courage challenged. Refreshed every year, the programme is announced in late spring, with tickets available soon thereafter.

Festivals in Ireland on in October

the pooka aka the puca

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The arrival of October marks the beginning of the various Halloween festivals in Ireland, the most notable of which is Derry Halloween.

However, there’s also the mighty Cork Jazz along with some other very popular Irish festivals, like the Belfast International Arts Festival.

1. Derry Halloween (Derry, 29th – 31st)

Samhain approaches, and as the night closes in, the old spirits come to life in the walled city of Derry, in Northern Ireland. A full weekend of Halloween-themed folklore, feasting, and festivities takes place during Derry Halloween with everything from tours and trails and firework displays to numerous events taking place.

2. Púca Festival (Meath and Louth, 23rd – 31st)

Get your ghoul on at this spooktacular festival held across the counties of Meath and Louth. Wander your way through the illuminations that sparkle and glitter at Slane Castle, or take part in music, fire, feasting and merriment. Prices vary widely across events and locations, the Púca Festival website has full details.

3. Bram Stoker Festival (TBC)

The Bram Stoker Festival celebrates Dracula’s creator, Bram Stoker, who was born in Dublin! Get your fangs into the deliciously dark streets of Dublin, and see them through the eyes of literature’s father of gothic horror, as well as all things ghoul. Full details and ticket sales on the website.

4. Cork Jazz Festival (Cork, 22nd – 25th)

Another of the more popular Irish festivals, the Cork Jazz Festival is well worth a visit, even if jazz isn’t your thing! Packed with energy, live music, and a rowdy bit of craic, this festival promises big names and even bigger events with greater memories. Headline acts and programmes announced on the website in spring.

5. Wexford Festival Opera (Wexford, Oct 21st – Nov 6th)

A hidden gem for those who love opera, and held in the coastal town of Wexford with its enchanting harbour, this year’s Wexford Festival Opera theme is appropriately named ‘Magic and Music’. Take in performances of La Tempesta, Lalla Roukh, and Armida with Artist-in-Residence Conor Mitchell. Tickets sold online through the WFO website.

6. Tipperary Dance Festival, (Tipperary, 10th – 16th)

The Tipperary Dance Festival is an international contemporary dance festival which celebrates world cultures, dance styles, and the very best of Irish hospitality. The programme changes annually, so no two years are ever the same, with full details of events announced on the website in late spring. Tickets can be booked online through the same website once the programme is confirmed.

7. Belfast International Arts Festival (Antrim, Oct 18th – Nov 6th)

With 60th anniversary celebrations at this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival, expect a feast of Arts and Irish culture at this year’s event. Take in the very best Northern Ireland has to offer in theatre, dance and music performances, and listen in to talks and discussions on inspiring ideas in the Arts. Most events are low budget or free, with tickets through the website.

Irish festivals running during November + December

galway Christmas markets 2021

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If you’re looking to visit some festival Irish festivals, you’re in look – there’s heaps of Christmas markets in Ireland running during these months.

There’s also the excellent Perform Festival, the Cork International Film Festival and some other Christmassy festivals in Ireland set to take place.

1. Perform Festival (Dublin, 25th – 27th)

For those that love to put themselves out there and share, it’s all about the performance, and the Perform Festival is the event that celebrates just that! With hundreds of workshops and classes, ­­live performances to watch, singing stages, and loads of shops to support your passion to sing, dance, act and play. Programmes and tickets are released online during summer.

2. The Galway Christmas Markets (TBC)

Forget the continental German markets, it’s all about the Galway Christmas Markets in 2022, and this market is the stuff of Christmas dreams. Wander your way around 50 wooden chalets across town with everything from trinkets and toys, to hot and cold drinks and festive nibbles. The Market is free to explore, or kids can meet Santa for €15 to receive a mystery gift. This is one of the most popular festive festivals in Ireland for good reason.

3. The Belfast Christmas Markets (TBC)

Head straight to the City Hall in Belfast, and you’ll walk into a winter wonderland with a distinctly Christmas vibe at the Belfast Christmas Market. Weave and wind your way through the wooden chalets that host dozens of festive food retailers, stop off at Santa’s grotto, or take in the traditional carousel as you listen to Christmas tunes.

4. Winterval Waterford

Waterford looks more like the illumination capital of the world with its Winterval lights all a glow. With magical festive celebrations for the whole family, you can enjoy delicious food and drink, explore the craft markets, live performances with both free and ticketed events. Programme with headline acts and a full list of activities announced during summer, with tickets soon after.

5. Glow Cork

Magical nights by the shimmering River Lee, a sightseeing Ferris wheel ride across the city skyline, and enchanting illuminations that litter their way through parkland, it’s all waiting for you in beautiful Cork during this family-friendly Glow festival. Most activities are free to enjoy, however, special events may have associated costs.

6. Cork International Film Festival (Cork, 10th – 20th)

The Cork International Film Festival is one of Ireland’s most exciting, diverse, and ambitious film festivals. Over the years they’ve developed an Oscar (R) accredited 10-day film festival that hosts many cinema events that celebrate film in all its genres and formats. Programmes and ticket sales are announced during the summer and can be purchased via the website.

7. Dublin Book Festival (Dublin, 10th – 13th)

The Dublin Book Festival is for everyone who loves storytelling and literature. Whether you’re young or old, new or accomplished, there’s something for you. In the past, attendees have listened to authors like Caroline Stockford or they’ve attended the Young Writer Delegate Showcase. There’s also book launches by famous writers all set against the backdrop of Dublin’s literary history.

Festivals Ireland: What ones have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant Irish festivals from the guide above.

If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

FAQs about the finest Irish festivals

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the best traditional Irish festivals?’ to ‘Which food festivals are worth nabbing a ticket for?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What festivals in Ireland in 2022 are worth a visit?

This will be subjective and will be dependant on what you’re into. Above, you’ll find everything from match making festivals to surfing festivals in Ireland and much, much more.

What Irish festivals in 2022 are best for music?

There’s an endless list of music festivals taking place, from Body and Soul and Electric Picnic to Indiependence and more.

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