So Many Festivals


Ballydehob Christmas Craft & Food Fair
Late November
– Lots of stalls selling original artwork, crafts and delicious homemade food. Warming mulled wine, carol singing, and other seasonal entertainment. Facebook


Ballydehob Car Boot Fair
One Sunday each month10am-2pm
Said to be West Cork’s longest running event of its kind. Vendors are invited to participate for €10 (tea and snacks included) and shoppers welcome for a good old rummage from 10am to 2pm at the Community Hall. Billy O’ Regan – 087 681 2347


Ballydehob Country Music Festival
June Bank Holiday Weekend
 Dancing features heavily in this festival with some of Ireland’s biggest country stars crooning the dance floor and a bar trail of live entertainment, and outdoor music for all the family. Website Facebook


Ballydehob Jazz And Arts Festival
May Bank Holiday Weekend
 The Boutique Jazz Festival Packing a Bombastic Artistic Punch! website Facebook Twitter Instagram



Ballydehob Summer Festival
A full week of rural shenanigans including (but not limited to) Charades Competitions, Crab Fishing, Historic Walks, Live Music, and the World Championship Turnip Races. The weekends are chockablock with family games and incorporate the Old Boat Gathering. Barry O’Brien 086 387 2821


Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival
 This programme includes an all star concert, session trails, music, song and dance workshops, a singing session, a céilí, sean-nós dancing workshops, street seisiún competitions and recitals. Facebook


Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival
 A jovial mix of traditional and contemporary folk music, sea songs and shanties with dance and craft displays, workshops throughout the village. Website Facebook


Fit-Up Theatre Festival
 Based on the original fit-ups of the 1950’s this festival was developed to provide rural communities an opportunity to sample the wealth and talent professional theatre has to offer. Website 


Weekly Trad Session
Fridays 7pm – 9pm
 Weekly Traditional Music Sessions take place every Friday all year round rotating between Rosies Bar, The Sandboat, Vincent Coughlans, and Levis’ Corner Bar. Dick Miles 085 834 3145


Live Entertainment
Mostly Weekends
All pubs deliver on top class live music in a range of genres most weekends year round. Spoken word and theatre can also pop up just about anywhere on occasion! For details: Irish Whip,  Levis Corner House, O’Brien’s,  Rosie’s Bar,  or Sandboat


St Patrick’s Day
17 March
 Colourful, whimsical costumes and floats along with a collection of vintage tractors, antique cars and members of our volunteer emergency services. Facebook


Scoraicht Night
Last Friday of each month
 A great night at the Irish Whip for house musicians, singers and storytellers to get out and have fun. Barry O’Brien 086 387 2821



Old Boat Gathering
13 August 2022
 A celebration of local maritime heritage, the boat gathering sees scores of families meeting the flotilla of traditional sailing vessels into Ballydehob Quay. Music and Barbecue complement the spectacle.


Vintage & Old-Time Threshing
1st weekend each October
Traditional threshing Barry O’Brien 086 387 2821