The Best Irish Festivals around the World

As I walked through the cobbled streets of the northern Spanish city of Aviles, I heard the beautiful sound of an Irish jig blasting out from the door of a local Irish pub.

Sticking my head in, about twenty Irish musicians from County Down were in full session with fiddles, flutes, whistles and banjos.

I knew then that the local Interceltic festival was in full swing again! As a regular visitor to those parts (my wife being from this Celtic part of Spain- Asturias), I have enjoyed the festival for the last 8 or 9 years. I even got married in the middle of it in 2006.


InterCeltic Festival- Asturias,
Spain- photo by

But there are great Celtic and Irish festivals happening every month of every year around the world and I'm on a mission to find out where the best ones are. So whether it's for the singing, dancing, music, story-telling, sheer fun or even food, I want you to tell me about the festival you are involved with or love going to.

So have your say! Answer the question below.



So what and where are the best Irish festivals?

There are groups celebrating their Celtic and Irish culture somewhere all year round. Do you know where there's the best, or one of the best, Irish or Celtic festivals? Well don't keep it to yourself. Share the secret! Where and when is it on? Why is it so great? We need to hear from you.

Where other visitors say the best Irish festival is

Click below to see what other visitors claim as the best Irish festival anywhere!

The Dayton Celtic Festival Not rated yet
It offers some of the best Irish music from artists from across the pond. The music is an eclectic mix of traditional and hard sounds. We also offer …

Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Not rated yet
The website will fill in all that it's worth but it has been around since 1952. It's not just a parade but a series of events that brings the fun loving …

North Texas Irish Festival Not rated yet
Being of Irish heritage myself, I try to find things close to me that will allow me to explore that heritage. When I went to my 1st NTIF, in 2005, I was …

Highland's Celtic festival Not rated yet
This is a three day festival in the mountains of Colorado. The have jousting sword play and many celtic bag pipe bands. the Irish wolf hounds and Celtic …

"Irish Fest on the Hill", Knoxville Tn, Second Sat. in August Not rated yet
It is a Fundraiser for our 165 yr old Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Knoxville Tn. which was built by Irish Immigrants. We have Irish Food, …

Dublin Irish Festival, in Dublin, Ohio ~ 1st weekend of August Not rated yet
"For 26 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s second largest Irish celebration. More than 100,000 guests are …

Milwaukee Irish Festival Not rated yet
This festival brings the best of Irish culture, history, dance, music. foods, art and more together along the banks of Lake Michigan.

Puck Fair, Killorglin, Co. Kerry Not rated yet
This festival has been running for hundreds of years and is a 3 day festival. They capture a wild puck goat and he is king of the fair for this period. …

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