County Clare is awash with traditional music and arts festivals, celebrating the very best the county has to offer.

These creative outlets offer valuable opportunities for artists, participants and audiences to gather, create, share and enjoying our living traditions.

Through the Assistance under the Arts Act 2003 Grants  Scheme Clare County Council is supporting the following festivals in 2021.

  • Ennis Book Club Festival – March
  • Consairtin – April
  • Blossom Harp Festival- April
  • Kilfenora Trad Festival – April
  • Mountshannon Arts Festival – June
  • Killaloe Chamber Music Festival – June
  • Ceili at the CrossRoads, Clarecastle – July
  • Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy – July
  • Kilkee Playwrights Festival – July
  • Kilrush Traditional Music and Set Dancing Festival 2020 – August
  • Feakle Trad. Music Festival Committee – August
  • Doolin Folk Festival – September
  • Crotty Galvin Traditional Music Weekend – September
  • Willie Keane Set Dancing Festival – October
  • Sparks Film Festival – October
  • Ennis Trad Festival – November
  • One Act Drama Festival, Ennis – December


To support festivals during the Covid 19 Pandemic, Clare Arts Office has established a Capapcity Building Scheme for Festivals, to assist them in the challenges that they face. Working with Theresa Mulvihill of Smart Marketing, a series of workshops have been developed for festivals, following a consultative needs analysis with the sector. Starting in April 2021 the following topics are being covered

  1. How to Write a Successful Grant Application
  2. Growing your Festival of Event
  3. Funding your Festival of Event
  4. Complience and Structuring your Festival and Event
  5. Planning and Running your Festival and Event