Dingle Walking Festival
Great wakling routes for all levels of hillwalkers. Ireland Heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. Bring along a friend or your family to enjoy the great walks, accomodation eateries and craic! the festival has to offer.
Scoil Ceoil an Earraigh
Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is a 5 day Traditional Music School paying particular attention to the music, style and of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in Co. Kerry, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Dingle Film Festival
Dingle is a marvellous place to visit at any time, but for movie buffs the best time to go is in March, not just because of the Festival – though that a good enough reason – but because there can be few better places to celebrate St Patricks Day. The Film Festival combines screenings and related events with hotly contested competitions, and is aimed not just at those who are working in the industry or are serious aficionados but at a general audience also.
Over its short life the festival has built a reputation for bringing together diverse and creative minds to discuss and experience film. Film range from old to new, from documentary to feature film. As well as the many screenings there are workshops, masterclasses and a special programme for children.The pubs in and around Dingle will be great places to socialise during the festival, with music sessions and other entertainment unlikely to be in short supply!
Feile na Bealtaine
A annual tradition on the May weekend this culture and arts festival is lively, fun, surprising, thought provoking and laughter inducing! Fantastic live music, family events, exhibitions & performances
Dingle Adventure Race
Biking over the spectacular winding Conor Pass, following in the footsteps of St Brendan climbing Ireland's second highest Mountain range Mt Brandon, running country roads of the peninsula and kayaking in Dingle.
Ventry & Ballydavid Regatta
(Similar to Dingle Regatta, see below)
West Kerry Agricultural Show
The annual West Kerry Agricultural Show takes place at the Dingle Mart Grounds
Every year in August, the field at Ballintaggart changes into an enormous racetrack filled with horses, jockeys and horse racing enthusiasts from all over Ireland and the rest of the world. Horse and pony racing, bookies and betting, licensed bar, live music, kids entertainment, markets stalls, burger wagons.
This is a two-day programme of highly competitive races displaying the skill and expertise of the boat men and women of Corca Dhuibhne and further afield in Dingle Harbour
Rose of Tralee
The Rose of Tralee is the flagship event on the Irish Festivals Calendar connecting the global Irish community during a week-long celebration of Irish culture and heritage with entertainment for all the family. It is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 57 years in 2016.
The Roses take time to visit various attractions in Tralee and other parts of Kerry, they can be seen at any of the three parades that take place during the Festival. During this time the town is transformed into a carnival atmosphere by day and on into the night. Other attractions include family and children's entertainment, a fashion show, live music and concerts, fireworks, workshops, markets, circus, funfair, air display and Rose parades.
The Dingle Marathon is one of the most scenic marathons in the world, boasting some of Ireland’s finest views.The marathon located around the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, on the rugged Wild Atlantic Way, is an incredibly challenging route, testing even the most experienced of runners, with tough uphill sections and unpredictable weather rolling in from the sea. Fortunately, runners will be enthralled by the awe inspiring scenery and ever changing natural landscape.
The Dingle Marathon exceeds other marathon events for a number of unique reasons: Its route follows Slea Head – one of the World’s most scenic drives; the rich history of the region, from Stone Age forts and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, and; the unique charm and culture of Dingle Town and its residents.
The festival provides a platform for both National and Internationally acclaimed performing artists to showcase modern and original talents within the usually more traditional environment that is the Dingle Peninsula.
Late September/Early October
Dingle Food Festival
From food workshops and cookery demos to art trails, whiskey and wine tasting, Blás na hÉireann Food Awards and a full line up for children, the Dingle Food Festival has something for everyone!The Festival is a not-for-profit event which aims to showcase the incredible food and the genuine hospitality that Dingle and West Kerry has to offer, while supporting local food producers, local restaurants and cafes.
One of the highlights of the festival continues to be the 'Taste Trail', where you stroll the streets of Dingle and sample the town's culinary delights in over 80 locations! Each year, over 10,000 visitors from home and abroad are expected to flock to Dingle to seek out the wonderful culinary delights, great value entertainment, unique atmosphere and spectacular scenery that the peninsula has to offer. If you are one of the lucky ones, enjoy!
Late November / Early December
Other Voices Music Festival
Other Voices is a free festival, set in Dingle since 2002, it is designed to give a various range of artists a chance to perform. Because it is free and not taken into a marketing strategy of bringing the biggest amount of people possible, it proposes an alternative musical scene, offering, each year, a regeneration, a rebirth to folk music. On stage, artists play in front of small audiences, of all age and from all destination. The gigs are set either in pubs or in Saint James Church, for the biggest (still the audience reaches a maximum of eighty people). Major artists have been there, Amy Winehouse - who’s supposed to have performed her best gig here - Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan, Glen Hansard, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Snow Patrol,- Florence and The Machine, just to name a few. More info here
On St. Stephen's Day, December 26th, crowds of people take to the roads in various parts of Ireland, dressed in motley clothing, wearing masks or straw suits and accompanied by musicians. It's a cross between Trick or Treat and Mardi Gras, a very fun day for all.
New Year's Eve Celebration
Dingle has been named as one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Years Eve. The pubs are packed, fireworks down by the pier, midnight countdown on the bridge, a very fun night to be in Dingle.