What's on in Ireland in August

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

Sat Jun 17th - Sun Sep 17th 2017

The exhibition explores the network of relationships between Vermeer and Dutch genre painters of the 'Golden' period - …

Dublin International Piano Festival

Sat Jul 22nd - Sun Jul 30th 2017

A relatively new kid on the block which was founded in 2013 with the dual mission of bringing great piano music to …

Gaze Film Festival

Thu Aug 3rd - Mon Aug 7th 2017

This festival, showing mainly films not previously screened in Ireland, is aimed not just at the Dublin gay community …

O’Carolan Harp Festival

Fri Aug 4th - Mon Aug 7th 2017

This festival of harp music and other events takes place in the birthplace of famous harpist Turlough O'Carolan, the …

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival

Fri Aug 4th - Fri Aug 11th 2017

Vintage vehicles of all kinds converge on Birr for this festival - from fancy Rolls Royces to humble motor bikes, …

Castle Palooza

Fri Aug 4th - Sun Aug 6th 2017

The main focus of this 'Boutique Festival' is music, but there is much more besides, including comedy, burlesque, art exhibitions.


Fri Aug 4th - Sun Aug 6th 2017

This music and arts festival is small by festival standards with a limit to of just 5000 tickets, which makes for a …


Fri Aug 4th - Sun Aug 6th 2017

This annual festival of street performance and spectacle, where almost all events are free, lives up to its name - …

Boyne Music Festival

Fri Aug 4th - Sun Aug 6th 2017

While classical music – chamber music in particular – is the main focus at Boyne, there are also …

All Ireland Road Bowls Final

Sat Aug 5th - Sun Aug 6th 2017

If you’ve never experienced the controlled madness that is the sport of  Irish road bowling going to this event …

Calves Week

Tue Aug 8th - Fri Aug 11th 2017

This is every bit as much as social event as a sailing regatta, which isn't to say that the competition is not keen, it …

Feakle Traditional Music Festival

Wed Aug 9th - Mon Aug 14th 2017

One of the premier traditional music festivals in Ireland, Feakle always has an excellent line up and is a very friendly …

Puck Fair

Thu Aug 10th - Sun Aug 13th 2017

Where do you even begin with Puck Fair?  It’s old for a start, it got official recognition from James I in 1603 …

Carrickmacross Arts Festival

Thu Aug 10th - Sun Aug 13th 2017

This is a small festival but packs in a lot of activity to the weekend.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Fri Aug 11th - Sun Aug 20th 2017

A long established and highly regarded festival encompassing theatre and dance, classical, jazz, folk and other music, …

Fleadh Cheoil

Sun Aug 13th - Sun Aug 20th 2017

This is Ireland's biggest annual celebration of Irish traditional music, singing and dance and draws massive crowds each …

Connemara Pony Festival

Tue Aug 15th - Sun Aug 20th 2017

This festival celebrating the world renowned Connemara pony is built around the long running Connemara Pony Show which …

Rose of Tralee

Wed Aug 16th - Tue Aug 22nd 2017

Based around the famous song “The Rose of Tralee” this is essentially a competition where young women of Irish …

Terryglass Arts Festival

Fri Aug 18th - Sun Aug 20th 2017

Terryglass, a small and pretty village on the banks of Lough Derg on the River Shannon, is a wonderful place to visit at …

National Heritage Week

Sat Aug 19th - Sun Aug 27th 2017

This week long celebration of Ireland's natural, artistic and built heritage sees many popular attraction giving free …

Groove Festival

Sat Aug 19th - Sun Aug 20th 2017

First held in 2013, Groove Festival is a family event combining music, food, and fun activities in the grounds of …

Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School

Sun Aug 20th - Sun Aug 27th 2017

While primarily a festival for singers, organists and choir directors the packed schedule of performances for this …

Warriors Festival

Sat Aug 26th 2017

The origins of the run at its heart of this festival go back to a pub bet in 1979, when a group of drinkers began to …

Map of Events in Ireland in August