The 2024 calendar for events of the Isle of Man is overflowing with excitement. From island celebrations and festivals to bustling markets and sporting events, the Manx diary is bursting to the brim. No matter which season you decide to visit, there is guaranteed to be a fantastic cultural event to get involved with. One of the best ways to understand the history, culture, and community of the Isle of Man, these events are the perfect way to interact with locals and get a feel for the island’s essence.
Isle of Man Events Calendar 2024
- Isle of Man Events in January 2024
- Until 5th January – Manx Nature Show
- Isle of Man Events in February 2024
- Isle of Man Events in March 2024
- 7th to 10th March – Isle of Man Dartshopper Darts Festival
- 29th to 31st March – Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running
- 31st March – Groudle Glen Railway Easter Bunny Trains
- Isle of Man Events in April 2024
- 1st April – Groudle Glen Railway Easter Bunny Trains
- 11th to 13th April – Isle of Man CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival
- 27th to 30th April – Manx Music Festival
- Isle of Man Events in May 2024
- 1st to 4th May – Manx Music Festival
- 5th May – Oie Voaldyn/Manx May Fire Festival
- 27th to 8th June – Isle of Man TT
- Isle of Man Events in June 2024
- 17th to 24th June – Isle of Man Bowls Festival
- 22nd and 23rd June – Parish Walk
- Isle of Man Events in July 2024
- 5th July – Tynwald Day
- 13th and 14th July – Manx 2 Day Trial
- 23rd July – Viking Long Boat Championship
- 27th and 28th July – Isle of Man Grand Fondo
- July 2024 (Dates to be confirmed) – The Southern 100 International Road Races
- Isle of Man Events in August 2024
- 11th August – Cliff Top Concerts
- 18th to 26th August – Manx Grand Prix
- Isle of Man Events in September 2024
- 7th September – World Tin Bath Championships
- 14th and 15th September – Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival
- 15th September – End to End Walk
- Isle of Man Events in October 2024
- 26th and 27th October – Groudle Glen Railway Hop Tu Naa Trains
- 31st October – Hop Tu Naa
- Isle of Man Events in November 2024
- 1st November – Douglas Fireworks
- Isle of Man Events in December 2024
- 14th December – Christmas Ale Trail
- 4th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December – Groudle Glen Railway Santa Trains
- 26th December – Groudle Glen Railway Mince Pie Train
Isle of Man Events in January 2024
Manx Nature Show – Until 5th January 2024
Honouring the Isle of Man’s wildlife and the dedicated conservationists behind its preservation, the Manx Nature Show has transformed into a mobile exhibition following a successful three month show in Spring 2023. Created by Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch whilst funded by the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, this travelling display promotes environmental awareness and details the safeguarding of the island’s precious natural wonders.
Isle of Man Events in February 2024
No events currently scheduled for February 2024
Isle of Man Events in March 2024
Isle of Man Dartshopper Darts Festival – 7th to 10th March 2024
Annually attracting darts enthusiasts from across Europe, the Isle of Man Dartshopper Darts Festival features a series of competitive tournaments for players of all levels. Held in a lively and electric atmosphere, participants engage in spirited matches to test their skill and accuracy. The festival not only crowns champions but also unites players and fans for a vibrant celebration of darts culture on this charming island.
Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running – 29th to 31st March 2024
The Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running is a spirited event that brings together running enthusiasts for an exciting seasonal experience. Held annually, this festival offers a series of races catering to various abilities and ages. Participants traverse the island’s picturesque landscapes from scenic coastal routes to charming village paths combining athletics with exploration. With a festive atmosphere, the Easter Festival of Running is designed to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle whilst celebrating the Isle of Man’s natural beauty as it bursts into life in springtime.
Groudle Glen Railway Easter Bunny Trains – 31st March to 1st April 2024
Hop on board a magical steam train ride through the glen in search of the Easter bunny this Easter weekend. Departing on both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, Groudle Glen Railway embarks on a journey to the cliff tops to find the Easter bunny who has eggs for all the children. The included Easter egg hunt allows adults and children to enjoy the coastal landscape in a fun-filled activity for all the family.
Isle of Man Events in April 2024
Isle of Man CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival – 11th to 13th April 2024
The Isle of Man Beer and Cider Festival is a spirited celebration that taps into the island’s craft beverage scene. This annual event invites beer and cider enthusiasts to sample an extensive selection of local brews. The festival welcomes the island’s best breweries and features a diverse range of craft beers and ciders, each with a unique flavour profile. The event is a great way to explore the Isle of Man’s thriving brewing culture and meet the artists behind every pint.
Manx Music Festival – 27th April to 4th May 2024
An annual celebration of musical talent on the island, the Manx Music Festival welcomes performers of all ages to showcase their musical talent. The festival’s rich history and inclusive spirit celebrates a love for music and performance. Attracting both seasoned musicians and budding artists, the Manx Music Festival spans all genres and welcomes all creatives. With its tradition of musical excellence and community engagement, the Manx Music Festival stands as a musical highlight on the Isle of Man’s cultural calendar.
Isle of Man Events in May 2024
Oie Voaldyn/Manx May Fire Festival – 5th May 2024
Oie Voaldyn, the Manx Fire Festival, illuminates the Isle of Man’s night sky with a contemporary celebration of ancient heritage. This event marks the beginning of summer with a vibrant spectacle and dancing flames. With a gathering at Peel Castle, the symbolic Beltane fire burns and ancient traditions are practised. A mesmerising atmosphere is formed with the vivid flames accompanied by singing, dancing and folklore. Oie Voaldyn is a magnificent celebration of Manx traditions that captures the community and cultural spirit of the island.
Isle of Man TT – 27th May to 8th June 2024
Without a doubt of the island’s biggest events of the year, the Isle of Man TT is the ultimate motorsport extravaganza in the world. Starting on Bank Holiday Monday, the event kicks off with a morning free practice, followed by the first qualifying session in the afternoon. Qualifying and racing covers the next two weeks with the explosive final event taking place on the 8th June 2024. A captivating spectacle of speed, the Isle of Man TT transforms the Isle of Man from a quaint, idyllic island to a destination of adrenaline and excitement. Welcoming some of the world’s top riders, this event is steeped in tradition and makes the Isle of Man a mecca for motorsport enthusiasts.
Isle of Man Events in June 2024
Isle of Man Bowls Festival – 17th to 24th June 2024
A prestigious event that attracts lawn bowlers from around the world to compete on the island’s immaculate greens, the Isle of Man Bowls Festival spans several days and features a series of competitions catering to various skill levels. With its welcoming atmosphere and high-level competition, the Isle of Man Bowls Festival is a highlight in the global bowls calendar.
Parish Walk – 22nd and 23rd June 2024
The Isle of Man’s Parish Walk is a legendary endurance event that challenges participants to walk through all 17 of the island’s parishes within 24 hours. This non-stop walking race covers a staggering 85 miles and is a huge test of physical and mental resilience. The course winds through picturesque landscapes, showcasing the island’s beauty and participants endure varied terrain and unpredictable weather. The Parish Walk has become a celebrated fixture on the Manx sporting calendar with the island coming together in a show of community spirit.
Isle of Man Events in July 2024
Tynwald Day – 5th July 2024
A highlight of the Isle of Man’s cultural calendar, Tynwald Day celebrates the island’s ancient parliamentary system. Held annually on July 5th, this vibrant occasion sees Tynwald, one of the world’s oldest parliaments, meet in the open air for a cultural celebration at St John’s. A vibrant, colourful ceremony, the day honours the island’s unique political heritage. Islanders and visitors can bear witness to the reading of new laws, enjoy cultural performances and take in the prestigious proclamation ceremony. Tynwald Day is a proud reflection of the Isle of Man’s rich history and enduring traditions, a day that boasts a beautiful sense of community and national pride.
Manx 2 Day Trial – 13th and 14th July 2024
The Manx 2 Day Trial is a thrilling motorcycle event that challenges riders on the rugged terrains of the Isle of Man. This two-day trial demands both skill and endurance as participants navigate a series of challenging trails and showcase their technical prowess. With sections of the trial scattered across the island’s diverse landscapes, riders encounter rocky paths, steep hills and picturesque woodland. The Manx 2 Day Trial is not only a competitive test of motorcycle skills but also an opportunity for riders to revel in the island’s natural beauty making it a must-attend event for motorcycle enthusiasts seeking both adrenaline and scenic adventure.
Viking Long Boat Championship – 23rd July 2024
The Isle of Man Viking Long Boat Championship is an annual event celebrating the island’s Norse legacy. Teams fiercely row traditional Viking longboats, embodying the strength and unity of the Viking spirit in multiple competitive events. Against the stunning backdrop of the island’s coastal waters, competitors engage in spirited races that are a showcase of skill and teamwork. This championship not only honours the rich maritime history of the Isle of Man but also ignites a sense of community pride.
Isle of Man Grand Fondo – 27th and 28th July 2024
A thrilling cycling event that navigates scenic beauty and challenging terrain, the Isle of Man Grand Fondo welcomes cyclists from across the globe to tackle this epic challenge. Passing through winding roads, coastal vistas and picturesque countryside, the Grand Fondo provides a unique opportunity for cyclists to experience the Isle of Man’s diverse landscapes with various routes catering to different skill levels. Beyond the competitive aspect, the event encourages participants to embrace the joy of cycling against the island’s breathtaking backdrop.
The Southern 100 International Road Races – July 2024 (Dates to be confirmed)
A highlight on the Isle of Man’s motorsport calendar, the Southern 100 International Road Races are a thrilling spectacle of speed and skill. Hosted annually, this road racing extravaganza attracts top riders from around the globe to compete on the challenging Billown Circuit in Castletown. Spanning various classes from superbikes to sidecars, the Southern 100 delivers excitement as riders navigate the winding roads and tight corners of this iconic circuit. The event not only showcases elite racing talent but also captures the spirit of community, drawing both fans and competitors to experience the adrenaline-fuelled drama of this renowned road racing festival.
Isle of Man Events in August 2024
Cliff Top Concerts – 11th August 2024
An enchanting day of cliff top musical concerts overlooking the Manx coastline, the Cliff Top Concerts is a celebration of musicians from the island. Take the steam train to the Sea Lion Rocks Tea Rooms where you will be serenaded by the musical delights of the Isle of Man. The open air concerts are hosted at one of the island’s most breathtaking locations and are undoubtedly one of the Isle of Man’s summer highlights.
Manx Grand Prix Races – 18th August to 26th August 2024
One of Europe’s most exhilarating road racing events, the Manx Grand Prix is a thrilling testament to the Isle of Man’s motorsport legacy. Often considered a stepping stone to participation in the following year’s Isle of Man TT, this race series unfolds on the same iconic Mountain Course but welcomes amateur and up-and-coming riders. Held annually, the Manx Grand Prix attracts a diverse field of competitors eager to tackle the challenging 37.73 mile circuit through picturesque landscapes. The Manx Grand Prix provides a platform for emerging talent with many successful TT riders starting their professional racing careers in this competition.
Isle of Man Events in September 2024
World Tin Bath Championships – 7th September 2024
The most whimsical and eccentric event on the island, The World Tin Bath Championships transform the Isle of Man’s Port Erin beach into a bathtub battleground. Held annually, participants hop into tin bathtubs and paddle their way through the cold waters of the Irish Sea. This lighthearted and entertaining competition attracts a diverse array of contestants competing in this comical aquatic challenge. The World Tin Bath Championships embodies the Isle of Man’s playful spirit for a day of laughter and good-natured rivalry.
Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival – 14th and 15th September 2024
A culinary extravaganza that celebrates the island’s rich gastronomic heritage, the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival is a vibrant event that brings local producers and chefs together with food enthusiasts. Visitors to the event can indulge in a feast for the senses, savouring a diverse array of Manx delicacies and artisanal products, all washed down with craft beverages. From freshly caught seafood to artisan cheeses and homemade preserves, the festival showcases the island’s commitment to quality, sustainability and culinary innovation. With live demonstrations, tastings and a lively atmosphere, the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival offers a delectable journey through the island’s flavours and culinary traditions.
End to End Walk – 15th September 2024
Traversing the island’s diverse landscapes from the southern tip of the Calf of Man to the northern point of Point of Ayre, the End to End walk spans approximately 26 miles. This iconic walking trail takes participants through lush countryside, coastal paths and charming villages. As walkers navigate this scenic route, they encounter panoramic vistas and cultural landmarks, showcasing the best of the Isle of Man’s natural beauty and rich heritage. The End to End Walk is rewarding adventure for hiking enthusiasts that combines physical challenge with the exploration of the island’s picturesque terrain.
Isle of Man Events in October 2024
Groudle Glen Railway Hop Tu Naa Trains – 26th and 27th October 2024
The Groudle Glen Railway transforms into a spellbinding journey during Hop Tu Naa offering enchanting Hop Tu Naa themed trains and a mystical adventure. The railway delights passengers with spooky, seasonal decorations creating a hypnotic atmosphere as the train winds through the picturesque glen. Passengers of all ages can enjoy the autumnal scenery and the whimsical charm of the halloween-themed experience. Seamlessly blending the island’s heritage with the joy of Halloween, the Hop Tu Naa trains are a family-friendly celebration for the celtic festival.
Hop Tu Naa – 31st October 2024
A seasonal event unique to the Isle of Man, Hop Tu Naa is the Isle of Man’s spirited Halloween celebration that is one of the island’s most cherished traditions. Rooted in Celtic customs, Hop Tu Naa occurs on October 31st and is the island’s version of Halloween. Islanders celebrate with a blend of ancient rituals and modern festivities including the carving of turnips, traditional songs and the vibrant Hop Tu Naa dance. In addition to the traditional Halloween trick or treating, celebrations are held across the island with singing, dancing and tales of Jinny the Witch as the island comes alive with costumes and decorations. This fusion of ancient folklore and contemporary festivities makes Hop Tu Naa one of the Isle of Man’s most captivating cultural experiences.
Isle of Man Events in November 2024
Douglas Fireworks – 1st November 2024
Close to Bonfire Night, the sky above Douglas illuminates with a spectacular display marking the annual celebration of Guy Fawkes Night. Held in the capital, this event combines the enchantment of a grand fireworks show with the warmth of a communal bonfire. Families and friends gather to witness the night sky ablaze with vibrant colours while the crackling bonfire adds a charming touch. The event brings together the community and makes Douglas Fireworks a cherished occasion that brings people together to admire the dazzling spectacle of light.
Isle of Man Events in December 2024
Christmas Ale Trail – 14th December 2024
The Christmas Ale Trail is a festive journey that immerses participants in the holiday spirit while exploring the rich brewing culture of the Isle of Man. This seasonal trail invites ale enthusiasts to embark on a joyous tour of local pubs and breweries, savouring specially crafted Christmas ales. With each stop, participants indulge in the unique flavours and aromas of holiday-inspired brews. The Christmas Ale Trail not only celebrates the artistry of brewing but also encourages socialising and merriment during the festive season making it a cherished tradition for those seeking a blend of seasonal cheer and craft beer appreciation.
Groudle Glen Railway Santa Trains – 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December 2024
The festive edition of Groudle Glen Railway’s seasonal events, the Santa Trains are the best train ride of the year. Chugging up the cliffs on select dates throughout December, the Santa trains take young and old on a yuletide journey to the North Pole. There little ones can meet Santa in his grotto and enjoy the winter wonderland overlooking the island’s breathtaking sea views.
Groudle Glen Railway Mince Pie Train – 26th December 2024
Spend Boxing Day unwinding after the Christmas activities as you enjoy the last festive steam train of the season. Indulge in mulled wine and mince pies as you take a scenic train ride through the countryside and up to the cliffs to witness Boxing Day dippers running into the sea below.
(Disclaimer: Please check dates with event organisers as the following event dates are subject to change at short notice.)