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Festivals and Events Offaly

March 2022

Shake Fest  March   

The festival of world culture taking place in Charleville Castle Offaly, Shake Fest is dedicated to promote international dance & culture

St Patrick’s Festival March  2023

For an alternative to the big Dublin Parade join one of the local parades in Offaly or Tullamore or

April 2023

Tullamore Trad Fest  2023

March 3ist to April 2nd


 Kilbeggan Races Friday April 2022 First Race 5.00pm 

Offaly Fleadh Cheoil April 2023

29th Annual Slieve Bloom Walking Festival saturday 29th April-Monday 1st May

A weekend of great walks and mighty fun in the Sieve Bloom Mountains Choice of 9 walks from 6k – 13k over 3 days. In the evenings enjoy candlelit dinners, Walkers dinner Sunday 30th at 4.00pm.


May 2023

Annual Half Door Club International Set Dancing Festival  May  6th  2022

Nightly Ceilis, Set Dancing and Sean Nos Dancing Workshops Castletown Co Laois Contact 086 3440388,

Hill of Uisneach

The lighting of the Uisneach beacon fire was the signal for igniting fires on many hills across the whole island creating a unique  ‘fire eye’ with  Uisneach being the pupil. This heralded the coming of summer. Details

Kilbeggan Races Friday May First Race 5.15pm

 June 2023

 Bare in the Woods  June Garryhinch Woods Portarlington

Ireland’s fastest growing boutique festival BARE in the Woods is set to expand in 2019, evolving into a three-day event, bursting at the seams with new features at one of this country’s most amazing festival sites.  No news yet for 2019

 Clareen Traditional Festival June 2023

An action packed programme of music, heritage & traditional games

Kilbeggan Races June  2022 at 2.45pm

 Gordon Bennett Annual Classic Car Rally 1st-3rd June 2022
The Gordon Bennett Classic Road Festival is open to all vintage, veteran and classic cars, motorcycles and commercials registered prior to 1980.

Kilbeggan Races Monday  June 2021 5.45pm

July 2023

Laois Walks Festival 1st -31st July 2023.

Slieve Bloom Eco Walking Weekend.  July 2022 

 A sociable walking weekend exploring the flora and fauna of the Midlands while walking in the  company of    local walking guides.  Suitable for families.  For details and accommodation E-mail

Scripts Irelands Playwriting Festival
For seven days in July, the picturesque heritage town of Birr, Co. Offaly, a haven of Georgian elegance, will play host to an ensemble of playwrights, producers, actors and directors, all working towards one goal – to produce outstanding new Irish plays in seven fun-filled days.Check out their website for updates and programme.

 Castle Palooza Festival 2023

Castle Palooza is an annual Irish independent boutique music festival & Arts Festival, held at Charleville  Castle in Tullamore.

Offaly Biodiversity Summer School July 2023 with Dr John Feehan

Kilbeggan Races Friday 19th July May First Race 5.45pm

Midlands National & Best Dressed Lady Competition


52nd Annual Birr Vintage week & Arts Festival August 2023

A wide variety of vintage themed events & modern entertainment throughout the festival Street Theatre
 Visual Arts, Antique & Fine Art Fair, Theatre, Children’s Events and lots more for all the family 

Kilbeggan Races Saturday August 2023 First Race 5.30pm

 First Race at 5.30 p.m. Best Dressed Lady Competition

Tullamore  Show Sunday  August 2023

Culture, tradition, competition, entertainment, exhibitions all rolled in to one. Great event for all the family.

Kilbeggan Races Saturday August 2023 First Race 4.45pm

Heritage Week August 2021


National Ploughing Championship September 2023

Ardmore Country House B&B less than an hour from the site. Off road free parking. Early Breakfast.


Kilbeggan Races Friday September  2023 First Race 4.30pm

Electric Picnic Stradbally- September 2023

The rolling lawns of Stradbally Hall provide the perfect setting for a feast of eclectic music, entertainment    and food. The ancestral home of the Cosby family is a picturesque 600 acre estate with its own lake, surrounded by ancient oak and chestnut trees. Situated just an hour from Dublin it is nonetheless in the heart of the country in the quaint little town of Stradbally Co Laois.

National Ploughing Championship 2023 September. Ballintrance Carlow This national ploughing event in Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show

Hullabaloo! Offaly Children’s Art Festival

A full week of art mayhem in Clara, Birr and Edenderry during half term break. The festival introduces children to a range of different art forms. Check out for all the events and booking

October 2023

Ballinasloe International October Horse Fair & Festival October 2021

It is one of Europe’s oldest and largest Horse Fairs, dating back to the 18th century. This annual event  attracts up to 80,000 visitors from all over the world, with many returning to the town year after year.

 Offline Film Festival Birr 9th  October 2023 

Queen of the Land Festival. November 2023.

Competition to pick out winner of National title of Queen Of The Land. Weekend full of entertainment with live bands and DJ.

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