August Festivals in Kerry for 2018

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When you book a holiday home at Killarney’s Holiday Village, you’ll never be stuck for things to do. From cycling to Killarney National Park across the road to touring the Ring of Kerry, visiting Dingle, or enjoying a night out on the town in Killarney, there is plenty to entertain you. And, at this time of year, there is a host of festivals in Kerry too. Here are some of our favourites:

Sean McCarthy Weekend Festival 2018

Date: August 3rd to 6th

Venue: Teach Siamsa Finuge, Co. Kerry

Contact: 068 40203;

Held as a tribute to the late balladeer Sean McCarthy, the Sean McCarthy Weekend Festival celebrates the best of Irish traditional music. This year’s festival opens with a concert from Sean Keane with Fergus Feely and Pat Coyne and continues with ballad competitions, the bog walk, lively trad sessions, art exhibitions, and a festival BBQ.

Puck Fair

Dates: August 10th to 14th

Venue: Killorglin town

Contact: 066 976 2366

The only festival we know of that crowns a wild goat as king for four days, Puck Fair is not your usual event. More than 400 years old, it features fun for all the family, with street entertainers, music day and night, workshops in everything from Irish dancing to circus performing, markets, funfairs, and spectacular fireworks.


Rose of Tralee International Festival

Dates: August 17th to 21st

Venue: Tralee town centre

Contact: Facebook page

Originally a competition to find the young woman most suited to wear the tiara of the Rose of Tralee, the Rose of Tralee International Festival is now much more than that. Of course, the high point is the Rose selection in the Dome, but there is plenty of fun to be had across the week of the festival. If you enjoyed Jake Carter at Puck Fair, you can also catch him in Tralee. From the black-tie Rose Ball and the glamour of the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show to nightly concerts, street entertainment, market stalls, funfairs, and fireworks, the Rose of Tralee International Festival really ends summer in Kerry on a high note.

What’s your favourite August event in Kerry?

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