Kildare County

Punchestown Festival: A pinnacle of the Irish racing calendar, this April event spans five days and draws global visitors to enjoy premier National Hunt racing, including the illustrious Gold Cup. It’s an essential experience for anyone keen to dive into the heart of Irish horse racing, blending sport with fashion, entertainment, and socializing.

June Fest: Marking the summer’s start in Newbridge, June Fest is a rich blend of music, literature, theatre, art exhibitions, and family activities. It celebrates local talent and creativity, uniting the community in an energetic and dynamic manner.

Kildare Derby Festival: Timed with the Irish Derby at The Curragh, this week-long festivity features a mix of street entertainment, concerts, historical walks, and a carnival, showcasing the county’s equestrian legacy while offering enjoyment for families and visitors of all ages.

Leixlip Festival: Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, Leixlip becomes alive with music from top Irish bands and comedians, alongside a range of children’s entertainment. This event reflects the community spirit and hospitality found in Kildare.

Flavours of Kildare: A culinary celebration highlighting the best of local produce, artisan food, and gourmet cuisine. Across the county, cooking demos, tastings, trails, and workshops cater to food enthusiasts, showcasing Kildare’s rich culinary scene.

Kilcullen River Festival: Emphasizing Kilcullen’s picturesque riverside setting, this summer festival features raft races, fishing competitions, and river walks complemented by live music, food stalls, and crafts. It’s a family-friendly event focused on outdoor fun and community engagement.

Castletown House Concerts: During the summer, Castletown House hosts a series of exclusive classical, jazz, and traditional music concerts in the grounds of one of Ireland’s most prestigious Palladian mansions.

These events, among others throughout the year, bring Kildare to life, celebrating its heritage, community, and the arts in numerous and inclusive ways.