Art and Culture Festivals on the Island of Ireland 2020

What does Art and Culture mean for you? Art, drama, music or dance? Food, rituals, customs or language? It can mean all of these. And the Island of Ireland is first class when it comes to celebrating through art and culture festivals. Listed below, month by month, you’ll find art and culture festivals that range from celebrating Ireland’s local heritage to exploring cultures from further afield.

And because we love and celebrate culture so well, you’ll find both music and food culture each have their very own guides!

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - Dance

Art & Culture Festivals this January 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - Chinese New Year

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - film

Art & Culture Festivals this February 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - St Patrick's Day

Art & Culture Festivals this March 2020

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Art & Culture Festivals this April 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - May the 4th

Art & Culture Festivals this May 2020

  • Cinemagic Film Festival | Dublin | May – Jun 2020 TBC | cinemagic
  • Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival | Belfast | May 2020 TBC | visitbelfast.com
  • May the 4th Be With You Festival | Kerry & Donegal | May 2020 TBC | wildatlantic
  • Trans-Fusion Trans Arts Festival | Dublin | May – Jun 2020 TBC | teni.ie
  • Dublin Dance Festival | Various Dublin | May 19th – May 31st | dublindancefestival.ie
  • Project BAA BAA | Galways | May 1sy – May 31st | projectbaabaa.com
  • International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival | Dublin | May 4th – 17th | gaytheatre.ie
  • International Literature Festival Dublin | Dublin | May 15th – 24th | ilfdublin.com
  • Cork Harbour Festival | Cork | May 15th – May 24th | corkharbourfestival.com
  • Fastnet Film Festival | West Cork | May 20th – May 24th | fastnetfilmfestival.com
  • Bloom | Phoenix Park, Dublin | May 28th – June 1stbloominthepark.com
  • The Kilkenny Cat Laughs | Kilkenny | May 28th – June 1st | thecatlaughs.com
  • Ireland Bikefest Killarney | Kerry | May 29th – June 1st | irelandbikefest.com
  • K-FEST Arts and Music Festival | Kerry | May 29th – Jun 1st | kfest.ie
  • The Moby Dick Festival | Cork |  May 29th | Facebook/YoughalsMobyDick

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Art & Culture Festivals this June 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - Pride

June 2020 Continued …

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Art & Culture Festivals this July 2020

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July 2020 Continued …

  • Earagail Arts Festival | Letterkenny, Donegal | Jul 9th – Jul 26th | www.eaf.ie
  • West Cork Literary Festival | Bantry, Cork | Jul 10th – Jul 17th | westcorkmusic.ie
  • Galway International Arts Festival | Galway City | Jul 13th – Jul 26th | giaf.ie
  • The Festival of Curiosity | Dublin | Jul 16th – Jul 19th | festivalofcuriosity.ie
  • Boyle Arts Festival | Boyle, Roscommon | Jul 16th – Jul 25th | boylearts.com
  • Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular Cork | Jul 18th – Jul 19th | cityspectacular.com
  • Red Sails Festival | Portstewart, North Ireland | Jul 19th – Jul 25th | redsails.co.uk
  • Laya Healthcare City Spectacular | Dublin | Jul 24th – Jul 26th | cityspectacular
  • Belfast Pride Festival | Belfast | July 24th – Aug 2nd | belfastpride.com
  • Féile Lughnasa | Cloghane, Kerry | Jul 24th – Jul 27th | cflt.ie
  • Bray Air Display | Bray, Wicklow | Jul 25th – Jul 26th | brayairdisplay.com
  • Mary From Dungloe Festival | Donegal | July 25th – Aug 3rd | maryfromdungloe
  • Durrow Scarecrow Festival | Laois | Jul 26th – Aug 3rd | durrowscarecrowfestival
  • GAZE International LGBT Film Festival | Dublin | Jul 30th – Aug 3rd | gaze

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Art & Culture Festivals this August 2020

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Art & Culture Festivals this September 2020

  • Cape Clear Island Intl Storytelling Festival | September 2020 TBC | capeclearstory
  • Athlone River Festival | Athlone | September 2020 TBC | athlone.ie
  • Carnival of Colours | Derry / Londonderry | September 2020 TBC inyourspaceni
  • India Day | Dublin | September 2020 TBC | indiaday.ie
  • The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival | Dublin | September 2020 TBC | bleedingpig.ie
  • Bounce Arts Festival | Belfast City | September 2020 TBC | universityofatypical.org
  • Enniskerry Festival | Wicklow | September 2020 TBC | facebook.com/Enniskerry
  • Cabinteely Carnival | Cabinteely, Dublin | September 2020 TBC | cabinteelylife.com
  • Bleeding Pig Film Festival | Dublin | September 2020 TBC | bleedingpigfilmfest
  • Glenties Harvest Fair | Donegal | September 2020 TBC | glenties.ie
  • Autumn Fair | Belfast City | September 2020 TBC | belfastcity.gov.uk
  • Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival | Cork City | September 2020 TBC | pitchdfestival.ie
  • BlueFire Street Fest | Dublin | September 2020 TBC | bluefiredublin.ie

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September 2020 Continued …

  • Monkstown International Puppet Festival | Dublin | Sep 2020 TBC | mipf.ie
  • Dublin Sportsfest | Various Locations | September 2020 TBC | dublincity.ie
  • IFI Documentary Festival | Dublin | September 2020 TBC | ifi.ie/docfest
  • Small Roads Theatre Festival | Kerry | September 2020 TBC | smallroads.com
  • Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival | Meath | September 2020 TBC | dunfest.com
  • Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival | Clare | Sep 4th – Sept 30th | matchmaker
  • EVA International | Limerick | Sep 4th – Nov 15th | eva.ie
  • Dublin Fringe Festival | Dublin | Sep 5th – Sep 20th | fringefest.com
  • Dublin Festival of History | Dublin | Sep 7th – Sep 27th | dublinfestivalofhistory
  • Culture Night | Various Locations |  September 18th | culturenight.ie
  • Ocean Film Festival | Dublin | September 22nd | oceanfilmfestival.co.uk
  • Dublin Theatre Festival | Dublin | Sep 24th to Oct 11th | dublintheatrefestival
  • Write By The Sea Literary Festival | Wexford | Sep 25th – Sep 27th | writebythesea

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Art & Culture Festivals this October 2020

  • Cinemagic Film Festival | Belfast | Oct – Nov 2020 TBC | cinemagic
  • Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival | Tipperary | October 2020 TBC | dnlf.ie
  • Open House Cork | Cork City | October 2020 TBC | openhousecork.ie
  • Dublin Arabic Film Festival | IFI Dublin | October 2020 TBC ifi.ie/daff
  • Red Line Book Festival | Dublin | October 2020 TBC | redlinebookfestival.ie
  • Wexford Spiegeltent Festival | Wexford | October 2020 TBC | wexfordspiegeltent
  • Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival | Wexford | October 2020 TBC | eugeneoneillfestival
  • Offline Film Festival | Birr, Offaly | October 2020 TBC | offlinefilmfestival.com
  • Open House Dublin | Dublin City | October 2020 TBC | openhousedublin.com
  • Wilderland Film Festival | Bray, Wicklow | October 2020 TBC | mermaidartscentre.ie
  • Dublin Greek Film Festival | Dublin | October 2020 TBC | greekfilmfestival.ie
  • Westival Music & Arts Festival | Westport, Mayo | October 2020 TBC westival.ie

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - Culture

October 2020 Continued …

  • Viva la Vida Festival | Limerick City | October 2020 TBC | facebook.com/vlvfestival
  • Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival | Tipperary | October 2020 TBC | spleodar.ie
  • Derry Halloween | Derry / Londonderry | October 2020 TBC | derryhalloween.com
  • Féile an tSolais ‘Festival of Light’ | Kerry | October 2020 TBC | feileantsolais.com
  • Dublin Podcast Festival | Dublin | October 2020 TBC | dublinpodcastfestival
  • Kilkenny Animated | Kilkenny | Oct 2nd – Oct 4th | kilkennyanimated.com
  • Ballinasloe Fair & Festival | Galway | Oct 4th – Oct 11th | ballinasloeoctoberfair
  • IndieCork Film & Music Festival | Cork City | Oct 4th – Oct 11th | indiecork.com
  • Ballina Fringe Festival | Ballina, Mayo | Oct 8th – Oct 18th | ballinafringefestival.ie
  • Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival | Dublin | Oct 9th – 11th | disfmf
  • Baboró Intl Arts Festival for Children | Galway | Oct 12th – Oct 18th | baboro
  • Belfast Intl Arts Festival | Belfast | Oct 15th – Oct 31st | belfastinternational
  • Bram Stoker Festival | Dublin | Oct 23rd – Oct 26th | bramstokerfestival.com
  • Puca Festival | Athyboy, Trim, Drogheda | Oct 31st – Nov 2nd | facebook.com/puca

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Art & Culture Festivals this November 2020

  • TULCA Festival of Visual Arts | Galway City | November 2020 TBC | tulca.ie
  • Leaves Festival of Writing and Music | Laois | November 2020 TBC | leavesfestival.ie
  • Allingham Festival | Donegal | November 2020 TBC | allinghamfestival.com
  • Sneem Intl Storytelling & Folklore Fest | November 2020 TBC | sneemstory
  • Slieve Bloom Storytelling Fest | Offaly | November 2020 TBC | facebook/storytelling
  • J Con 2019 | Dublin | November 2020 TBC | jconireland.com
  • The Jonathan Swift Festival | Dublin | November 2020 TBC | jonathanswiftfestival
  • Festival of Politics | Dublin | November 2020 TBC | festivalofpolitics.ie
  • iffy Short Film Festival | Dublin | November 2020 TBC | iffy.ie
  • Armagh Georgian Festival | Armagh | November 2020 TBC | visitarmagh.com
  • Dublin Independent Film Festival | Dublin | Nov 4th | DublinIndependentFilm
  • Kilkenomics | Kilkenny | Nov 5th – Nov 8th | kilkenomics.com
  • Cork Film Festival | Cork City | Nov 5th – Nov 15th | corkfilmfest.org
  • Dublin Book Festival | Dublin | Nov 12th – Nov 15th | dublinbookfestival.com

The Ultimate Guide to Art and Culture Festivals in Ireland - Theatre

Art & Culture Festivals this December 2020

Improv Fest Ireland | The Teacher’s Club | Dec 2020 TBC | improvfestireland.com

Further listings to be confirmed. However the month of December is mostly dedicated to Christmas Markets and Festivals. See our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Markets in Ireland 2019 for inspiration.

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