Dingle Events Guide 2021
Dingle is home to numerous festivals and events spread throughout the year. The big annual events such as the award winning community arts festival Féile na Bealtaine, The Dingle Races, The Dingle Marathon, The Dingle Food & Wine Festival, The Dingle Walking Festival, The Animation Dingle Festival and ‘Other Voices’ Music Festival have all become favourite annual pilgrimages for many.
There really is something for everyone (for locals and visitors alike). Explore our calendar of events for 2022 below to see what appeals to you…
January Festivals / Events
February Festivals / Events
February 14th: Valentines Day
Romance fills the air in Dingle!
TBA: Paidi O Se’s Gaelic Football Weekend Competition
The annual Paidi O’Sé Gaelic football tournament takes place locally in the West Kerry Gaeltacht. It sees both men’s and ladies clubs locally, nationally and even internationally competing for honours each year.
March Festivals / Events
March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dingle start with a bang at 6 a.m. with Dingle’s Fife and Drum band leading the townspeople on a musical parade around Dingle Town. This early morning parade finishes up in St. Mary’s Parish Church where an early morning mass is celebrated.
At 1 p.m. a multi-coloured Saint Patrick’s Day parade starts at Dingle hospital and follows a route around Dingle Town.
April Festivals / Events
April 15th – 18th: Easter Bank and Public Holiday Weekend
May Festivals / Events
April 29th – May 2nd: Féile na Bealtaine
Féile na Bealtaine is Dingle’s largest arts festival. The festival celebrates the arrival of summer. Féile na Bealtaine aspires to build on the rich arts and culture that exists on the Dingle Peninsula and to extend and broaden our artistic horizons – above all to entertain and to invigorate. The traditional arts of storytelling, song, music, and dance as well as contemporary visual arts and literature are key elements of the festival. Fun for all ages is guaranteed!
Further information can be found on the official Féile na Bealtaine website.
May 7th: Dingle Half Marathon (postponed from 2021)
Ireland’s most scenic half marathon.
Further information can be found on the official Dingle Marathon website.
June Festivals / Events
June 3rd – 6th: June Bank and Public Holiday Weekend
June 11th: Dingle Adventure Race
The Dingle Adventure Race (DAR) is a one day Multi Activity Adventure Race consisting of 3 courses of Bike, Hike, Run and Kayak. Test yourself and have fun while you explore the stunning Dingle Peninsula! There are 3 options to the Dingle Adventure Race:
DAR: The 30 mile/ 48km You bike over the Connor Pass, hike or run Ireland’s second highest mountain range. Mt. Brandon, run 10km and sea kayak in Dingle Harbour.
DAR Sport: 26 mile/ 42km but less than half the climbing of DAR course, 1km sea kayak in double sit on tops, bike around Slea Head, hike or run Mt Eagle and bike back to Dingle via Ventry.
DAR Mini: 1km run to kayak, 1km sea kayak in double sit on tops, 8km cycle to Ventry, 5km run Ventry beach, 7 km cycle to Dingle, final 1km run to finish.
Further information can be found on the official Dingle Adventure Race website.
TBA: Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race
The Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race is a bi-annual 280 mile offshore race organised by the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire and Cumann Badoiri Naomh Bhreannain since 1993. This is a tough upwind race which is a test of crew and boats which passes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Ireland.
TBA: Ventry Regatta
The Ventry Regatta’s annual naomhóg racing is held just west of Dingle Town in the picturesque setting that is Ventry Harbour. Ventry Regatta is one of Ireland’s oldest regattas and is renowned in song and story, particularly in the classic writings of the great Blasket Island authors. Side events such as a Feis, horse shoe throwing, sandcastle building and children’s entertainment also feature.
TBA: Maharees Regatta
The Maharees Regatta’s annual naomhóg racing is held just north of Dingle Town in the scenic Scraggane Bay. The regatta attracts crews from counties Galway and Clare as well as local crews from all around the Dingle Peninsula.
July Festivals / Events
TBA: Béal Bán Horse Races
The annual Béal Bán Horse Races are held on the beach beside Ballyferriter village just west of Dingle. A great day of fun is always guaranteed on the shores of Dingle Peninsula’s Smerwick Harbour.
TBA: Baile na nGall (Ballydavid) Regatta
Baile na nGall (Ballydavid) Regatta Regatta’s annual naomhóg racing is held just west of Dingle Town in this picturesque West Kerry Gaeltacht fishing village.
TBA: Féile Lughnasa (Festival of Lughnasa)
Féile Lughnasa (Festival of Lughnasa) is a revival of an ancient pre-Christian celebration of the harvest that is held annually just north of Dingle Town in the Cloghane/Brandon region. This is a community based festival that features music, street theatre, a treasure hunt, and art workshops.
TBA: West Kerry Agricultural Show
West Kerry’s annual Agricultural Show takes place in Dingle Town. The agricultural show features cattle, sheep, and horses as well as arts, crafts, cookery displays and showjumping for children.
August Festivals / Events
July 29th – August 1st: August Bank and Public Holiday Weekend
July 29th – August 3rd: Féile Lios Póil (Lispole)
Féile Lios Póil (Lispole) is held just east of Dingle Town in the quaint village of Lispole. The festival features something for all ages, including arts, crafts, Irish dancing, a table quiz, a car treasure hunt, gaeilic football competitions, tug of war competitions, athletics and hill walking.
August 5th – August 7th: Dingle Horse Races
The Dingle Races is one of Ireland’s oldest horse race meetings and holds a deep and proud tradition. The Dingle Horse Races is Ireland’s biggest flapper meeting. Set in a most scenic location, the magnificent Ballintaggart Course enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of both Dingle Bay and Dingle Harbour and is an ideal venue for a family outing.
Many well-known personalities and politicians have visited the Dingle Horse Races over the years including Ted Kennedy, Bob Dole, Julia Roberts, Aiden McGuire, Charlie Haughey, Alan Dukes, Mary Black, JP McManus, and Bertie Ahern.
Further information can be found on the official Dingle Races website.
TBA: Brandon Regatta
The Brandon Regatta is held just north of Dingle Town in Brandon village. Brandon regatta is a series of traditional curragh (boat) races with many different categories. Contesting boat teams travel right up the west coast of the Dingle Peninsula. Winners and losers alike celebrate with music and song afterwards.
TBA: Dingle Regatta
The Dingle Regatta’s annual naomhóg racing is Kerry’s biggest naomhóg racing event. Crews from all over Ireland come to Dingle Town to race their rivals in the placid waters of Dingle Bay. Music and song is always abundant in Dingle Town for the regatta.
TBA: Féile na Lúnusa
Féile na Lúnusa combines the celebration of the ancient festival of Lúnasa and the celebration of the harvest of the sea. Thus the wonders of the variety of the fish harvest are combined with the celebration of the beauty of the location. The outings following the story of Jesus in Dingle and the lectures, especially the Celtic Year add depth to the festival.
TBA: La Solitaire du Figaro Yacht Race
The very prestigious La Solitaire du Figaro international single-handed yacht race will again be including Dingle as a stage venue for this year’s event. The 1,898-nautical mile race between France, Spain, and Ireland is regarded as one of the toughest yachting events in Europe and over three weeks proves a real test of skill and endurance for the competing sailors. The Dingle stop-off brings some of Europe’s top sailors to West Kerry. Each year the race is a highly successful and memorable occasion that creates a wonderful festival atmosphere in Dingle Town. The crews will be based in Dingle Town for four days.
September Festivals / Events
October Festivals / Events
September 30th – October 2nd: Dingle Peninsula Food and Wine Festival
Locals call it ‘The Best Weekend of the Year’. Dingle comes alive as people flock to the town from far and wide to experience this wonderful festival.
Highlights of the festival include cookery demonstrations, food trail, over 50 market stalls, workshops, street entertainment, children’s events, wine tastings, and much much more.
Far and away the most popular part of the festival is ‘The Taste Trail‘. Festival goers purchase a book of taste trail tickets and can then visit over 70 venues around the town offering tastings of the best food and drink the Peninsula has to offer.
Further information can be found on the official Dingle Peninsula Food and Wine Festival website.
October 28th – October 31st: October Bank and Public Holiday Weekend (Halloween)
TBA: Blessing of Dingle’s Fishing Fleet (Maritime Festival)
The annual blessing of the boats ceremony gets underway at St. Mary’s Parish Church where Dingle’s Fife and Drum band lead a parade down to Dingle pier. A multi-coloured spectacle awaits the marchers as all fishing vessels, pleasure boats, Fungi boats, and yachts are decked out in flags and buntings. Mass is celebrated on the pier and then the boats form a procession out to Dingle’s harbour mouth where a wreath is laid on the placid waters of Dingle Bay in honor of the many who have lost their lives at sea over the years.
November Festivals / Events
TBA: Dingle Literary Festival
‘Dingle Lit’ is a 3 day festival that aims to celebrate and enhance the cultural and economic life of the Dingle Peninsula, already widely known for its creativity. The festival is focused on the literary arts – fiction, poetry and non-fiction in English and Irish – delivered through readings, workshops and performance. In 2020, the festival was honoured to have the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, attend as of the festival’s keynote speakers.
Further information can be found on the official Dingle Literary Festival website.
TBA: ‘Other Voices’ Music Festival
Three day festival of music, song and story which see’s many top performers making the musical pilgrimage to Dingle.
Further information can be found on the official Other Voices website.
December Festivals / Events
December 25th: Christmas Day
Probably the only day in the year when Dingle falls silent as families takes some time out and enjoy the seasonal festivities.
December 26th: Wren’s Day
Dingle Wren boys take to the street in a blaze of colour continuing an unique and unbroken folk tradition that was for many centuries practised in most parts of Europe. The Dingle Wren is a memorable day of marching, music and dance. Dingle Town is a hive of activity as Dingle’s Wren Boys bring an explosion of colour and boisterous exuberance that is welcome in the midst of winter’s gloom.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve
At 9pm the annual fireworks display lights up the sky over Dingle Harbour. Close to midnight, all locals and visitors converge at “The Bridge” for the beginning of the countdown to the New Year. Dingle’s Fife and Drum band then leads a parade around down after the countdown.