Louth County

Drogheda Arts Festival:

Held annually in late spring, this festival is a highlight of Louth’s cultural calendar. It features a wide range of performances, including live music, theatre, dance, and art exhibitions, showcasing both local talent and international artists. The festival aims to make art accessible to all, infusing the historic town of Drogheda with creativity and vibrant energy.


A family-friendly music festival that takes place near Drogheda, Vantastival celebrates the best of Irish music with performances from both established and up-and-coming Irish bands. The festival is unique in that it welcomes attendees to camp in their vans, creating a laid-back, communal atmosphere that appeals to music lovers of all ages.

The Carlingford Oyster Festival:

A must-visit for seafood lovers, this festival occurs in the picturesque town of Carlingford every August. The event includes oyster eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, live music, and family activities. It’s a celebration of the region’s rich maritime heritage and its renowned oyster farms.

The Táin March:

An annual walking festival that re-enacts the legendary Cattle Raid of Cooley, one of Ireland’s most famous epic tales. Participants dress in period costumes and march from County Louth to County Meath, following in the footsteps of the mythical heroes. The march is both a physical challenge and a unique cultural experience, bringing ancient Irish history to life.

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Events:

While primarily a gateway to the ancient tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, the visitor center also hosts various seasonal events and workshops that explore the archaeological and astronomical significance of these Neolithic sites, especially during the winter solstice.

Giro de Baile an Lúraigh:

An annual cycling event that offers participants the chance to ride through some of Louth’s most scenic landscapes. Catering to all levels of fitness, the event has multiple routes, each showcasing the beauty of the Cooley Peninsula and the surrounding areas.

Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend:

Every November, this event brings together some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians for a series of concerts, sessions, and workshops. It’s a fantastic opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the rich musical heritage of Ireland in an intimate setting.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann:

When hosted in Louth, this is the largest festival of Irish music, song, and dance in the country. The Fleadh attracts thousands of visitors from around the world, featuring competitions, street performances, and impromptu jam sessions throughout the town.

These events highlight County Louth’s commitment to celebrating its cultural heritage, offering visitors a year-round calendar of activities that showcase the best of traditional and contemporary Irish culture.