Experience Festivals

In Killarney we love to celebrate, just give us any excuse – Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, 4th of July. Motorcycles, beer, the great outdoors and all manner of music and dancing – you’ll be sure to hear us say “We’ve a festival for that.”

The Gathering

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St. Patrick's Day

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Wander Wild Festival

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4th of July Festival

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Ireland BikeFest

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Killarney Races

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Puck Fair

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Storytelling + Folklore Festival

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The Gathering

When: 7th-10th April

Where: Gleneagle INEC Arena

Tickets: €60.00

From fireside seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís, The Gathering Traditional Festival returns to Killarney for its twentieth year in 2022. Celebrating the craic and culture of Irish traditional music and dance, The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses. Headquartered at The Gleneagle Hotel, this five-day festival attracts trad fans from the US, Britain, France, Germany and all over Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day

When: March 17th

St Patrick’s Day in Killarney is a fantastic celebration for families, visitors and locals alike. The celebrations culminate in the annual parade through the streets of Killarney, when sporting groups, schools, music and community groups all participate.

Wander Wild Festival

Wen: Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of March

Ireland’s greatest outdoors festival is hosted in the heart of Killarney. This will be an action-packed three days that are sure to live long in your memory.

Get ready to swim at sunrise in a lake, climb Carrauntoohil to see Ireland from its peak, bike, run. horse ride, kayak, recharge at a food trail and recharge your batteries with a wellness session. Experience Killarney’s National Park, its lakes and its mountains – like never before!

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or like to slide into the weekend with some mindfulness there is something to suit all our wanderers. Experience Killarney like never before at Wander Wild Festival this March.

4th of July Festival

4th of July Festival

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Join us in Killarney on July 4th as we celebrate Independence Day; honoring our American friends and visitors. This is a fantastic colouful parade through the streets of the town, a BBQ, live street music, entertainment, street performances and much much more. The festival itself aims to celebrate all that is great about the US and to remember the years of legacy between the United States and Ireland.

Ireland BikeFest

When: 3-6th June

Now in its’ fourteenth year, Ireland BikeFest is an action-packed, three-day festival that attracts motorcyclists in their tens of thousands from all over the world to the Killarney. The fantastic scenery, touring routes, hospitality and free entertainment make it one of the must attend festivals of the year.  And if you are not a biker don’t worry! Ireland BikeFest welcomes visitors and families who just want to experience the Bike Village. You can just bask in the glory of some slick, well-built machines and enjoy the unique party and festival atmosphere of Ireland BikeFest.

Killarney Races

Killarney Races provides eleven cracking days of racing across dates in May, July and August. It is one of the most scenic racecourses in Europe and offers a mixture of National hunt and flat racing with a fantastic atmosphere whether you want to enjoy a family day out or some satisfying punter-friendly competition.

Puck Fair

Every August since 1600’s, Killorglin celebrates Puck Fair. It is one of the oldest festivals in Europe and takes place every single year across the 10th, 11th and 12th of August. The precise origins of the fair are unknown, but one favoured theory claims that when England’s Oliver Cromwell and his men were ravaging the area, a goat that had been separated from his herd found his way to Killorglin and his distressed presence alerted the townspeople that the invading armies were close, giving them valuable time to prepare. Today, a wild male mountain goat is celebrated by being crowned King Puck for three days before being released back into the wild. The three-day festival includes The Gathering Day, the Fair Day and the Scattering, all three days are jam packed, with traditional music, street entertainment, markets and live music. An estimated 100,000 people attend Puck Fair every year

Storytelling + Folklore Festival

We’ve been telling stories for centuries in Ireland and today the tradition continues at the Sneem Storytelling Festival, which takes place every November in one of Kerry’s most picturesque towns. The festival includes storytelling workshops and lectures, a storytelling pub trail, a Young Tellers concert lunchtime theatre and the hugely popular ‘Story Swap’ sessions. Don’t miss this amazing festival from 11th – 13th November 2022.