Festivals and Events

Whatever time of the year you visit West Cork, there is always something going on! Listed below are some of the festivals that take place in West Cork annually. Look out for posters and adverts for exact dates and details of these festivals. For full details of events and festivals happening in West Cork, pick up a copy of the monthly free paper, West Cork People.

MAY

The Baltimore Fiddle Fair is a festival that celebrates world-class traditional music by presenting national and international acts in a very intimate setting in the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore. It features quality acts from all over the world. It is one of the most eagerly awaited traditional music festivals of the year in Ireland. May 7-10, 2015. www.fiddlefair.com

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival is an independent festival in Schull dedicated to bringing together established and first-time filmmakers in a forum to celebrate the short film. May 20-24 2015. www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com

Baltimore Seafood & Wooden Boat Festival combines ‘A Taste of Baltimore’ and a celebration of the traditional timber sailing boats of Ireland. There is a variety of events including music. 22 May – 24 May 2015. www.baltimorewoodenboatfestival.com

JUNE

Bandon Music Festival is on June Bank Holiday Weekend. This is a festival for lovers of traditional and contemporary music. www.bandonmusicfestival.com

Rosscarbery Festival by the Sea is on June Bank Holiday weekend. A family orientated four day festival featuring live music and loads of activities to entertain both young and old. Children activities include disco, puppet show, face painting and bouncy castles. www.rosscarbery.ie

Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival will host the best Uilleann Piping & Trad Music in Glengarriff, from the 18-21 June 2015. www.facebook.com/jimdowlingUilleannpipefestival

Bantry Walking Festival is on the June Bank Holiday Weekend – expert guides lead treks along the Sheep’s Head Way, around Whiddy Island, and along the shores of Bantry Bay. www.bantrywalkingfestival.com

Castletownbere June Festival June Bank Holiday Weekend annually. Heritage & culture day on Saturday with range of events. Family fun on the suare and pier on Sunday with lots of water sports. For details see www.facebook/myhomebeara

The Michael O’Dwyer Tin Whistle Festival happens in Allihies each year in June in celebration of Michael O’Dwyer who lived in the Ardgroom area of Beara. He often played his tin whistle and always had it with him when walking the roads looking for lifts. A shy but much loved man, he was an inspiration to many.

The West Cork Islands Festival – June. Actioned packed weekend where you can learn all about the heritage and history of these magical Islands and enjoy wonderful local food & walks. www.westcorkislands.com

West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry welcomes a star-studded cast of international musicians. Concerts take place from morning to late night in Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church with workshops and masterclasses. June 26 – July 4, 2015. www.westcorkmusic.ie

JULY

West Cork Garden Trail is an annual event that is a highlight of the Irish gardening year, giving an opportunity to view the beautiful and diverse gardens of West Cork. www.westcorkgardentrail.com

South of Ireland Band Championships is one of the most prestigious events in the brass band calendar for participants and bands alike. Fantastic festive weekend in Clonakilty full of music, puppet shows, face painting, street entertainment, recitals and lots more. See www.clonakilty.ie

Courtmacsherry Harbour Festival is a friendly family festival. The highlight of the week is Regatta Day and it is full with events, which provide excellent visual displays for all involved. www.courtmacsherry.ie

Eyeries Family Festival in July has a host of activities, live music and craic go leor for all ages happening in and around the village.

West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry showcases the best of Irish and international literature. 12-18 July 2015. www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie

The Glandore Regatta is an ideal opportunity to experience a fine mix of coastal yacht racing and West Corks finest hospitality. 18-24 July 2015. www.glandoreyc.com

AUGUST

Masters of Tradition Festival, Bantry showcases the best of Irish and international traditional music. 19-23 August 2015. www.westcorkmusic.ie/mastersoftradition

Rosscarbery Family Festival A festival that is enjoyed by both young and not so young! Entertainment for all the family. www.rosscarbery.ie

Timoleague Harvest Festival This ten day harvest festival sees the streets thronged with locals and tourists alike trying to catch a glimpse of the many street activities which are organised for the event. Live street music, pig racing and the fancy dress competitions are among the most popular of these activities. A large marquee is also erected on the village green during the festival with many big name acts performing. August 2015. www.timoleague.ie

Castletownbere Festival of the Sea starts on the Bank Holiday Saturday in August. The majority of events are open-air and free. Live bands play each night over the weekend in the square.

SEPTEMBER

Courtmacsherry Storytelling Festival Lovely weekend of storytelling and music which takes place in the three pubs and one hotel in the village. All events are free except the concert on Saturday night, which must be pre-booked. www.courtmacsherry.ie

The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival is a lovely weekend of storytelling in September on Cape Clear Island. www.capeclearstorytelling.com

Clonakilty Guitar Festival The weekend comprises of workshops, live music on the streets, concerts exhibitions and performances by top internationally renowned acts. www.debarra.ie

DECEMBER

Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon. See www.runclon.ie for more information on this beautiful scenic run.