Here are some of the big events in Kerry in 2017. Visitors to these events should ensure that they book their accommodation on time as there are often very big crowds attending and accommodation is scarce if you leave it to the last minute.
The Gathering Festival 2017
Venue: Gleneagle Hotel/INEC Killarney
Date: 22nd February – 26th February 2017
Traditional music & dance including live concerts, dance classes, music workshops and talks.
Young musicians and a young singers concert, a school’s programme and much more.
Tralee International Marathon
Date: 16th March 2017
This event is growing by the year, now attracting thousands of participants including prominent international athletes as well as fun runners.
There is a Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and 10 k races.
For details check out http://www.traleemarathon.com/
Dingle International Film Festival
Venue: Dingle Phoenix Cinema and others
Date: 23rd March – 26th March 2017
Festival with a big reputation featuring films range old and new, documentaries, feature films and more. Also workshops, masterclasses and children’s programmes.
See http://www.dinglefilmfestival.com/ for full details.
Venue: Various in Kenmare
Date: 20th April – 23rd April 2017
Traditional music all weekend in bars and restaurants and on the streets with concerts, sessions, workshops and much more form local and national musicians.
More information at http://www.kenmareirishmusicfestival.com
Rally of the Lakes 2017
Date: 28th April – 30th April 2017
One of the biggest car rallies in the country, this annual event attrats a large number of entries in various classes and a large following which makes for a very lively and busy weekend in Killarney.
This is a very successful event but some of the celebration can be quite boisterous, so if you are lookingg for a quiet weekend it might be advisable to pick another time.
Venue: Killarney Racecourse
Date: 14th May – 16th May 2017, National Hunt and Flat
Date: 17th July – 20th July 2017, Mixed Racing
Date: 23rd August – 26th August 2017, National Hunt and Flat
Enjoy some great horse racing at Ireland’s most scenic course. Also fashion, fun and food.
Listowel Writers Week 2017
Venue: Various locations around Listowel
Date: 31st May – 4th June 2017
This is one of Ireland’s foremost literary festivals. It has grown over 30 years and celebrates the writings of Listowel’s famous writers as well a putting on competitions for new writers, a weel of plays, readingd, workshops, music and much more.
Ireland BikeFest Killarney
Venue: Bike Village at Gleneagle Hotel/INEC
Date: 2nd June – 5th June 2017
This fascinating event attracts bike enthusiasts in their thousands from all over the world every year.
There is a great variety motorcycle events, activities and attractions with three stages on site with live entertainment throughout the day and night.
Witness bike outings with hundreds of bikers on tour and see some fantastic bikes including numerous Harley Davidsons.
See full details at http://www.irelandbikefest.com/.
Insomnia Gaming Festival 2017
Venue: INEC Killarney
Date: 9th June – 11th June 2017
The festival for passionate gamers returns to Killarney.
Zones and games for all ages, including a Minecraft Zone, Over 18s area and more.
The Virtual Reality and Tech Zone, showcases the latest headsets and cutting-edge technology.
2017 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle
Venue: Ring of Kerry starting in Killarney
Date: 1st July 2017
Thousands of cyclists, many fundraising for charities, attempt to complete the beautiful but gruelling 112 miles of the Ring of Kerry.
This is the 33rd year of this event which attracts participants from all over the world.
Puck Fair 2017
Venue: Killorglin Town
Date: 10th August – 13th August 2017
A festival which is thought to originate in Pagan times, where a male (puck) goat is captured and crowned king and raised aloft on a platform in the town centre. There is also a beauty contest, a horse fair, street stalls, music and entertainment and general ‘craic’.
Rose of Tralee 2017
Venue: Tralee Town
Date: 16th August – 22nd August 2017
Coverage of this event is one of the most watched programmes on RTE television. What started as a beauty pageant is now a week long festival of music, fun, street entertainment, theatre, street stalls, partying and more.
Skellig Star Party 2017
Venue: Skellig Lodge, Ballinskelligs
Date: 18th August
This is for astronomy enthusiasts and the growing number of people interested in the International Dark-Sky Reserve. This area of Kerry is one of the few places designated as Dark-Sky Reserve because the skies can be seen much more clearly because of the absence of light and other pollution.
Date: 2nd September 2017
This is the most scenic Marathon in Ireland. Starting at The Marina in Dingle and taking in Ventry and Slea head, runners will experience spectacular views of West Kerry and The Blasket Islands. There is both a full marathon and half marathon with serios athletes, fun runners and walkers taking part.
Register at http://www.dinglemarathon.ie/
Listowel Races 2017
Date: 10th September – 16th September 2017
The Harvest festival in Listowel is the last racing festival of 2017. Some great racing including The Kerry National which is one of Ireland’s top handicap steeplechases. Great National Hunt and Flat racing throughout the week.
Food, drink, music and general merrymaking for the whole week in the town of Listowel.
Dingle Food & Wine Festival 2017
Venue: Dingle Town
Date: 29th September – 1st October 2017
This has grown to be one of Ireland’s foremost food festivals. Most of the local restaurants participate in the food trail and tastings.
Daily cookery demonstrations and master classes given by well known chefs are just a few of the events and there are numerous food stalls, street entertainment, music,kids entertainment and more.
Enjoy visiting some of these events in Kerry in 2017