Sizzling summer events on the island of Ireland

Féile an Phobail 3–13 August

This is the biggest community arts festival in Ireland. It’s packed with over 300 eclectic events ranging from concerts, lively discussions, comedy and art exhibitions to massive community and sporting events showcasing the very best of Belfast. Headline music entertainment this year includes Marc Almond, Five Star and Boyzlife.


Spraoi International Street Arts Festival 4–6 August

Presenting performers, artists and musicians from all over the world, Spraoi takes place in the medieval streets of Waterford. With some 200 free street theatre, dance, spectacle, contemporary circus and music shows, it’s Ireland’s premiere street arts event. The festival closes with a colourful parade featuring hundreds of costumed performers, floats, live bands, fire, light, sound and special-effects.


Rose of Tralee International Festival 8–23 August

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest and largest festivals located in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry. It features live concerts, street entertainment, circus and carnival events, street markets, funfair, fireworks and the internationally renowned Rose Parade. The festival is a unique platform for connecting the global Irish community through the celebration of exceptional Irish women.


Dublin Horse Show 9–13 August

Ireland's largest equestrian event with one of the largest annual prize pools for international show jumping in the world, the Dublin Horse Show is a celebration of the island’s affinity with the horse.

Welcoming tens of thousands of people, it features competitions for the best show horses and the best international show jumpers as well as a host of fun, food and fashion extravaganzas surrounding the main events. 

Kilkenny Arts Festival 10–20 August

This year the Kilkenny Arts Festival celebrates 50 years as one of the leading festivals in Ireland, celebrated for its blend of tradition and innovation. It presents an electrifying range of events from outdoor theatre and unique musical collaborations to contemporary dance, which are staged in the medieval city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens.



Auld Lammas Fair 28–29 August

Ireland's oldest fair returns to the beautiful seaside resort of Ballycastle on Northern Ireland’s spectacular Causeway Coast. With a mix of old and new, it’s the place to witness the art of horse trading and enjoy the heavy horse show and beach horse races. With live music, artisan markets, fairground and fireworks, it’s two days of fabulous fun.