Top Choice Theatre in Dublin

Dublin Fringe Festival

Initially a festival for those shows too 'out there' or insignificant to be considered for the main Dublin Theatre Festival, this is now a three-week extravaganza in its own right, with more than 100 events and over…
Top Choice Literature in Dalkey

Dalkey Book Festival

Salman Rushdie is an acknowledged fan, which must help its organisers, Sian Smyth and David McWilliams, to always draw some big award-winning names – in 2017 Louis de Bernières, Marlon James and Bernie Sanders were …
Top Choice Food & Drink in Skibbereen

Taste of West Cork Food Festival

If you're in town in mid-September, don't miss this foodie extravaganza, which includes a lively farmers market, cookery demonstrations, competitions, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions and children's events.
Top Choice Music in Dublin


A three-day alt-music festival in mid-July featuring old and new acts, art installations and food stalls.
Top Choice Art in Ireland

Culture Night

For one night a year, museums, galleries, artists' studios, historic homes and churches open their doors and host performances, lectures and workshops for the public. Everything is free and fabulous.
Top Choice Parade in Dublin

St Patrick's Festival

The mother of all festivals; 600,000-odd gather to 'honour' St Patrick over four days around 17 March on city streets and in venues.
Music in Portlaoise

Electric Picnic

Ireland's answer to Glastonbury, albeit on a smaller scale, the annual Electric Picnic is a spirited three-day open-air arts and music festival. Known for its eclectic line-up, it hosts big-name and emerging Irish a…
Music in Wexford Town

Wexford Opera Festival

This 12-day festival is Ireland's premier opera event, with rarely performed operas and shows playing to packed audiences at the National Opera House. Fringe street theatre, poetry readings and exhibitions give the …
Music in Inisheer


Inisheer reverberates to the thunder of traditional rhythms at the end of June with bodhrán (handheld goatskin drum) classes, workshops and concerts. Craiceann takes its name from the Irish word for 'skin', referrin…
Music in Miltown Malbay

Willie Clancy Summer School

Miltown Malbay's tribute to native son Willie Clancy, one of Ireland's greatest pipers, is one of the best traditional-music festivals in the country. During the nine-day festival, which usually begins in the first …