So Many Festivals

Christmas Fair

Lots of stalls selling original artwork, crafts and delicious homemade food. Find that perfect Christmas gift made by a local Artisan and support your local community. Entertainment to kick off the festive season.

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Paddy’s Parade

The community comes together each year to celebrate our national patron, Saint Patrick, with colourful, whimsical costumes and floats along with a collection of vintage tractors, antique cars and members of our volunteer emergency services. A delightful day for recognising our heritage and love of place.

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Trad Fest

The 11th annual Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival will headline Frankie Gavin and De Danann on Sunday April 1st. Other popular musical events include the Céilí with Shandrum Céilí Band, the three-day music session trail, many instrument workshops and a street session competition.

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Jazz Fest

Each May Bank Holiday weekend sees over 40 performances that range from big name concerts to small workshops; from lively pub gigs to intimate side shows and a healthy dose of fringe attractions to compliment.

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Country Fest

GERRY GUTHRIE will be performing on stage on Saturday night supported by Kieran Cooke. JIMMY BUCKLEY and Kieran Cooke are back on Sunday. The fantastic Bar Trail features CC COOPER, BERNIE HEANEY, DIFFERENT STRINGS and more.

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Folk Fest

This music festival brings folk artists from England and Ireland to Ballydehob each June for a jovial mix of contemporary and traditional music with a maritime twist.

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Summer Fest

A full week of rural shenanigans including (but not limited to) Charades Competitions, Crab Fishing, Historic Walks, Live Music, and Ballydehob’s infamous Turnip Races.

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Yoga Fest

A 3-day gathering of Yoga, Movement and Healing, in the beautiful setting of An Sanctoir’s 30 acre nature reserve,
near Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Boat Gathering

Gathering of the Boats, or Cruinniu na Mbad Late August (tbd) A celebration of the local maritime heritage, the annual Gathering of the Boats has grown into a much anticipated summer event with scores of families meeting the flotilla of working boats and other... read more

Theatre Fest

Established in 2009, the Fit-up Theatre Festival is based on the original fit-ups of the 1950’s and was developed to provide rural communities, where there is a lack of accessibility to professional theatre, an opportunity to sample some of the wealth and talent professional theatre has to offer.

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2017 – The long and the short of it…


March 17 – St Patrick’s Day Parade 

Mar 31- Apr 2   Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival     website     facebook

Apr 28- May 1  Ballydehob Jazz Festival     website    facebook    twitter

June 3-5   Ballydehob Country Music Festival  website    facebook

June 16-18   Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest    website     facebook

August 13-20  Ballydehob Summer Festival     facebook

August 19 (tbc)  Ballydehob Gathering of the Boats

August (tbc)  West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival – website    facebook

October 29  Ballydehob Old-Time Threshing & Vintage Day   

November 26  Annual Christmas Fair     facebook





Ballydehob, the Gateway to the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork is the best of many worlds. It's rural charms, rich heritage and natural beauty epitomise the traditional Ireland that visitors love so much. It is also unabashedly and confoundingly modern in its diversity of people and trade. The area is well known for its artists, writers and alternative types. Now it is home to a growing number of innovators and trend setters, some who found it and couldn't leave, many who left and came back, and mostly those who held down the fort for the rest of us. Our home is rich in tradition, culture, music and craft nestled on Roaringwater Bay along the Wild Atlantic Way. Have we got a story for you! Pull up a stool.
BallydehobWednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 9:55am
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