The month of August provides a wealth of wonderful events to enjoy across the island of Ireland from festivals and fairs to top sporting shows.
August in Ireland provides visitors the opportunity to take in fairs and festivals that are popular throughout the island. There is music, dancing, horses, fairgrounds, and fireworks, or in other words, something for everyone.
Féile an Phobail August 3rd-13th
In the city of Belfast, the month of August means its Féile time!
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.
To learn more about Féile an Phobail and to purchase tickets visit Feilebelfast.com.
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival August 4th-6th
The Irish Times lists Spraoi International Street Art Festival as one of Ireland’s Top Festivals
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 art event. The festival closes with a colorful parade featuring hundreds of costumed performers, floats, live bands, fire, light, sound, and special-effects.
To learn more and to view a schedule of events visit Spraoi.com.
Rose of Tralee International Festival August 8th-23rd
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.
To learn more about the Rose of Tralee Festival and to view the 2023 Roses visit Roseoftralee.ie.
Dublin Horse Show August 9th-13th
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.
To see the schedule of events, plan your visit, and book tickets visit Dublinhorseshow.com.
Kilkenny Arts Festival August 10th-20th
50 years as one of the leading festivals in Ireland
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, castles, courtyards, townhouses, and gardens.
To view the schedule, performers, and location of events visit Kilkennyarts.ie.
Ould Lammas Fair August 28th-29th
The Ould Lammas Fair is nearly 400 years old and dates back to the 17th century.
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, fairgrounds, and fireworks, it’s two days of fabulous fun.
To view more information on the Ould Lammas Fair visit Discovernorthernireland.com.
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