One of the biggest days for Dingle, in fact for all of Ireland is March 17th. The Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations start early and last well into the wee hours. Be sure to be well rested, as the festivities kick off practically before the sun is even up. Dingle’s Fife and Drum band begins of what is likely to be one of 2 parades around Dingle Town, so plan on getting a spot in time for the 6am beginning.

The parade wraps up at St. Mary’s Parish Church in time for a more reserved mass, and this follows another St. Patrick’s Day parade that circles the town beginning at 12:45pm. By mid-afternoon the carousing begins and the pubs start to serve plenty of strong Irish beer.

  St. Paddy’s isn’t the only day to celebrate either, and the calendar is filled with festivals and other events.

The Féile na Bealtaine is the annual May arts festival that celebrates the arrival of summer. It is a weekend long event that includes song, music, dance, arts and a lot of good old Irish storytelling.

Being close to the water Dingle is also home to several regattas throughout of the summer months, and these take place on weekends throughout the spring and summer beginning in May and continuing to September. It is a great chance to see the proud maritime traditions of Southwest Ireland.

 New Year's in Dingle is a special night. A stellar display of fireworks is held at the pier at 10pm. Dingle Fife & Drum then march around town from Flaherty's Bar to the Bridge where a projected countdown clock helps count in the New Year. The Band then march around town and finish at the Bridge. New Year's in Dingle can't be missed, the atmosphere is not to be missed.

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