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 Dungarvan

West Waterford Festival of Food

West Waterford's abundant fresh produce is celebrated at this hugely popular festival that features cooking workshops and demonstrations, talks by local producers, farmers markets, guided walks and a craft-brew beer…
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 Comedy in Kilkenny City

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

An acclaimed gathering of world-class comedians, including Irish stars such as Dara O'Briain and Aisling Bea, in Kilkenny's hotels and pubs over a long weekend in late May/early June.
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 Dublin

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, though on a smaller scale, the annual Electric Picnic is a three-day open-air arts and music festival. Known for its eclectic line-up, it attracts a large number of Irish and interna…
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 …