Ardara hosts a wide variety of festivals throughout the year and is known as the “Home of the Festivals”. Check out our upcoming festivals below. For smaller events, live music, etc., see our What’s On page.
The Cup of Tae Festival
Fri 28th Apr - 1st May 2023
The famous traditional music festival honouring the renowned fiddle player John “The Tae”.
Ardara Bluegrass Festival
Fri 21st Jul - 23rd Jul 2023
The ever popular Bluegrass Festival featuring some of the finest acts in the world. This has developed into a great event with the top names in Bluegrass in Town.
Wild Atlantic Festival
Sat 5th Aug - 12th Aug 2023
A week filled with activities, tours, walks and events to celebrate our unique part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The week culminates with the famous Ardara Show Day, with music in all the pubs and the unmissable Show Dance.
Ardara Agricultural Show
Sat 12th Aug
Ardara GAA Grounds
The Ardara Agricultural & Industrial Show, the culmination of the Wild Atlantic Week, has everything from top cattle, sheep, horses and ponies to a packed marquee of exhibits and a thrilling afternoon programme. A fun day for the whole family!
The Johnny Doherty Festival
Fri 22nd Sep - 24th Sep 2023
A must for fans of traditional Irish music and dance, with ceili, barn and set dancing and schools of dance daily.
The Matchmaking Festival
Fri 10th Nov - 12th Nov 2023
Top bands in town and many new novel matchmaking games.
Poor Farmers Auction - Teagues Bar
Thu 28th Dec
A night of fun and craic for a fundraising event for charity – Date may change