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 Carboot Sale 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 11-15 Aug 2022 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 April 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 June 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 August 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, orSandboat



Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 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




The 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