We have an idea! You know what you should do with all the money you saved on Black Friday, cyber Monday, Pink Thursday or whatever else there was? You should wisely invest in travel! We have collected below our favorite festivals in Ireland that we are looking forward to in 2018, and we are sure you would enjoy them too! Don’t forget, you can get tickets for festivals and most of the major gigs on Ticketmaster, making it really easy to get tickets from abroad!
Ready? These are festivals in Ireland you should spend money on, pronto:
One for the Trad music lovers! Taking place around some of the most iconic and historical venues in Temple Bar, this festival is a reason you should visit Dublin in January! Taking place 24-28th of January, this is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music.
St Patrick’s Festival is rightfully legendary, and you MUST experience it at least once in your lifetime! Dublin is organizing 5 days of festivities with the massive parade on the St Patrick’s Day itself, but don’t forget about Galway for the festival either! Parade will be smaller than in Dublin, but you will experience proper Irish cheer there as well, and it may actually be a nicer place to be at as it will be less manic than Dublin.
Kicking off on Aran Islands, Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship comes to Ireland in June. Usually, if you are going as a spectator, you get ferry from Galway over to the island in the morning and ferry back in the evening (as island has very limited accommodation options) so make sure to book your bed in Barnacles Galway sooner rather than later if visiting!
Spend July in Galway during Galway International Art Festival! You may never want to leave, as festival adds even more fun to already awesome city! Buskers on the streets, pop up performances, groundbreaking theatre shows, massive gigs in the Big Top and parades are just some of the things you can expect. Don’t be afraid if you see flying whale, that is just one of the installations at the festival…
If you have never been to the Galway races, you owe it to yourself to do it, at least once in your life! Put on the best suit, great frock and mandatory hat and enjoy the horse racing! We tend to bet on a horse with the best name, but you don’t have to follow our tips 🙂 Another great thing about Galway Races is that our street turns into a party out in the open. Trust us, you need to visit Galway Races!
Venture out to Bundoran for one of our favourite festivals – Sea Sessions. You get music, BMX competitions & surfing, in a small festival by the beach. We love it every year! Ask our receptionists about hostels in Bundoran (or anywhere else in Ireland really, we travel a good bit ourselves)
What’s better than a festival? Oh, a festival in the city centre! You can walk back from the festival if you had to (or take public transport, obviously)! Music, food, comedy tent, all is there, and all are close to city centre! With awesome headlines over the past year, make sure to keep this festival on your radar!
Celebrate Bram Stoker and all things that go bump in the night at this unique festival! Taking place in Dublin, you can expect Halloween parties, horror expo, scary parades, vampire-themed events, and so much much more! If you like dressing up, you have to be here for this festival!
One of the nicest markets in Ireland, and defo one of the most gorgeous cities when lights are up, you owe it to yourself to visit Galway during Festive Season! Enjoy the lights, mulled wine, craft gifts and cosy pints by the fireplace. If you missed it this year, make it for 2018!
So which of the Festivals in Ireland will you come over to see? Make sure to book a hostel in Dublin or our hostel in Galway if you are coming over! We are in awesome locations, and some of these festivals literally happen around us! Wouldn’t you love to experience that?