August 10th/ 11th & 12th Annually
Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals, celebrating almost 400 years of documented evidence and one of the top Family Events in Co.Kerry . Where else but in Ireland would a wild mountain goat be crowned King and reign over a town for three days? Killorglin– where a goat is King and people act the goat!
The first day of Puck Fair is called The Gathering Day which makes Puck Fair the original and oldest Gathering Festival in Ireland. You can experience the unique coronation ceremony & parade and you can enjoy free day & night concerts, storytelling, traditional music session & dancers, music & dance workshops, midnight madness fireworks & the horse fair, as part of the 36 hours of free family entertainment. The carnival atmosphere includes street traders, street artists, craft fair, buskers, face painting, pet show, bonny babies, puppet theatre, music sessions, and Ireland’s premier funfair – Euroshow!
King Puck is crowned in the afternoon by the Queen of Puck, traditionally a local schoolgirl, after a coronation parade brings him through the town to the Puck Stand. He rules over the town until his dethronement on the final day when he is taken back to the mountains.
Other events include a Horse Fair, a Cattle Fair, and a fireworks display. See street entertainers, and enjoy music and circus workshops, puppet shows, pipe band recitals, music and dance on both stages and open air night-time concerts. Birds Euroshow provides a colourful, fun spectacle every year and stalls line the main streets advertising their wares; and a craft fair takes place at the top of the town, where you can sit down, listen to the music and just watch it all happen as this annual Family Events in Co.Kerry unfolds!