Festivals this August on the Island of Ireland
According to the Gaelic calendar August 1st is the first day of Autumn, and on this day comes the Gaelic festival, Lughnasa. Lughnasa is a 2000 year old Celtic festival that celebrates harvest season. Celebrating harvest season is something we can all get behind, I’m sure of. Agreeing with our ancestors that August 1st is Autumn isn’t something I think we’d be happy to revert to. Sure the sun is still shining, mostly. The kids are off school, and its peak holiday time. And on that note this August 2019 has lots in store on the island of Ireland when it comes to festivals and celebrations. And our top picks are listed here.
Top Festival Picks in Leinster this August 2019
Leinster: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
Dublin Festivals | City & County | Aug 1st – Aug 31st | Festivals in Dublin in August 2019
Durrow Scarecrow Festival | Durrow Co. Laois | July 31st – Aug 5th | DurrowScarecrow
All Together Now Festival | Waterford | Aug 2nd – Aug 4th | AllTogetherNow
Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival | Birr Co. Offaly | Aug 2nd – 10th | birrvintageweek
Beatyard | Dún Laoighaire, Dublin | Aug 3rd – 4th | the-beatyard.com
Summerland Music Festival | Wicklow Town | August 4th | summerlandwicklow
Kilkenny Arts Festival | Kilkenny | Aug 8th – 18th | kilkennyarts.ie
Boyne Music Festival | Boyne Co. Louth | Aug 8th – 11th | boynemusicfestival
Blackrock Film Festival | Blackrock Co. Louth | Aug 29th – Sep 1st | visitblackrock.ie
Electric Picnic | Stradbally Laois | Aug 30th – Sep 1st | electricpicnic
Top Festival Picks in Munster this August
Munster: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival | Waterford | Aug 2nd – 4th | spraoi
Cahersiveen Festival | Cahersiveen Co. Cork | Aug 2nd – 4th | celticmusicfestival
Indiependence Music Festival | Mitchelstown Cork | Aug 2nd – 4th | indiependence
West Cork History Festival | Skibbereen Cork | Aug 8th – 11th | westcorkhistoryfestival
Puck Fair | Killorglin, Co. Kerry | Aug 10th – Aug 12th | puckfair.ie
Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival | Aug 22nd – 25th | waterfordwalls
Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival | Waterville Kerry | Aug 23rd – 25th | chaplinfilm
Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival | Aug 30th – Sep 1st | capeclearstory
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival | Clare | Aug 30th – Sep 29th | matchmakerireland
Top Festival Picks in Connacht this August 2019
Connacht: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.
Mayo Manchester Tradfest | Various Towns in Mayo | Aug 1st – Aug 7th | mayomanchester
Lough Rynn Harvest Festival | Lough Rynn, Leitrim | Aug 25th | loughrynnvintagefestival
Top Festival Picks in Ulster incl. Northern Ireland this August
Ulster (including Northern Ireland): Antrim, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone.
Mary From Dungloe Festival | Dungloe Donegal | July 27th – Aug 5th | maryfromdungloe
Taste of Cavan | Cavan Town | Aug 9th – Aug 10th | tasteofcavan.ie
7 Hills Blues Festival & Gin Festival | Armagh Town | Aug 8th – 11th | visitarmagh
A Taste of Donegal Food Festival | Donegal Town | Aug 23rd – 25th | atasteofdonegal
Belfast Mela | Botanic Gardens Belfast | Aug 25th | belfastmela
Carnival of Colours | Londonderry/Derry | Aug 31st – Sep 1st | inyourspaceni