Events

Annual LGBT+ Events in and around Galway

Out on Film

The Fleadh is proud to bring a programme of the best in LGBTQI cinema from around the world to our audiences in Galway.

Galway Community Pride

This unique and vibrant event is the longest running continuous Pride event in Ireland.

Annual Events in Galway

January

New Inn Mummers Festival

The 41st New Inn Mummers Festival, celebrating the music, song, dance, and storytelling of Irish culture, takes place in the New Inn Leisure Centre on the first weekend of January. 

more info: see local press

Music for Galway Midwinter Festival

Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival returns to the Town Hall Theatre in January to celebrate classical music with a three day midwinter festival. 

more info: www.musicforgalway.ie

Akumakon

Japanese cultural convention Akumakon brings the worlds of anime and manga to life for its annual celebration at NUI Galway. 

more info: www.akumakon.com

Astrofest - Galway Astronomy Festival

Oscar Wilde reminds us that although we are all in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars. The Galway Astronomy Festival now in its 14th year, has become one of the most popular events in Ireland of the Irish astronomical calendar, where amateurs and professionals meet, essential for exchanging information, successful stargazing and mutual progress. We look forward to seeing you, hopefully under clear skies. 

more info: http://galwayastronomyclub.ie

Subtitle Film Festival

Subtitle is a film festival at the Town Hall Theatre of popular, accessible comedies and dramas which were huge hits in their own countries, they just happen not to be in English! 

more info: www.tht.ie

 

February

Wide Eyes Festival for Babies

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children host the Wide Eyes Festival for infants and young children up to 6 years. This 4-day festival will see 140 arts professionals from 17 organisations and 15 countries taking part in shows for schools, crèches, and families, as well as professional development workshops and industry symposia.

more info: www.wideeyesgalway.ie

Galway International Rally

(Cancelled for 2018) 

Galway International Rally, sponsored by Corrib Oil has a notable place in Ireland's road racing history, as it was the 1st round of the Irish Tarmac Championship which was first held in 1978. Today, the rally serves as the season opener for the championship. 

more info: www.galwayinternationalrally.com

Why Not? Adventure Film Festival

The Why Not? Adventure Film Festival was started in Galway in 2012 and is entirely run by a small team of volunteers with a passion for adventure and music. Stories are shared through films and speakers and always over post festival pints 

more info: www.whynotadventurefilmfestival.com

Éigse an Spidéil

Éigse an Spidéil is an annual festival of traditional music, dance, sean-nós singing, art, and poetry which takes place in Spiddal, Co. Galway. 

more info: www.eigseanspideil.ie

Engineers Week

Engineers Week is an annual campaign to present the possibilities a career in engineering can offer and highlight the vital role played by engineers in sustaining the community, is taking place in Galway. 

more info: www.engineersweek.ie

Tedfest - Fr. Ted Festival

The Fr. Ted Festival which is popularly known as Ted Fest, is a celebration of the life of comedian Dermot Morgan and his 1990's cult TV sitcom Father Ted created by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews. The event sees large numbers of fans take to the islands, most dressed as characters from the show. The event involves taking part in many themed events associated with the comedy series including fancy dress, five-aside football (nuns against priests), toilet duck comedy awards, buckaroo speed dating, lovely girls contest and A Song For Europe. 

more info: www.tedfest.org

March

Corofin Trad Festival

Traditional Music with various sessions in the local pubs and a Concert nightly in Teach Ceoil. For the programme of events see festival website. 

more info: www.corofintradfest.com

Seachtain na Gaeilge Festival

The annual Seachtain na Gaeilge festival takes place from 1 - 17 March. The fortnight-long festival is a celebration of the Irish language, culture and heritage. It encapsulates the pride of the Irish language community and inspires further generations to immerse themselves in our native tongue. The festival has built up a huge momentum in recent years, becoming the largest celebration of the Irish language and culture held every year. Seachtain na Gaeilge has something for everyone; young and old, native and non-native, fluent and novice. All you need is a cúpla focal! 

more info: www.arasnangael.ie | 091 567824 | gaillimh@cnag.ie.

Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10K

The Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10K is an running event starting and finishing in the scenic seaside village of Kinvara, Co. Galway. Up to 2000 runners will follow the route through some of the most beautiful areas of the famous Burren landscape. 

more info: www.rockandroad.ie

Múscailt Arts Festival @ NUIG

Mùscailt, meaning to celebrate and inspire is the title of the celebrated spring arts festival hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway. The 18th Múscailt Arts Festival at NUI Galway invites all students, staff, alumni and the public to enjoy a week of art, music and performance on campus. Múscailt has something for everyone in terms of music, Sculpture and photography, theatre and all but one event is free!

more info: www.nuigalway.ie/muscailt

Gaelforce Mountain Run

A mountain running event on unmarked routes in the northern Maamturk mountains in wildest Connemara hills with special permission to access these magnificent trails. 22km route for experienced mountain runners plus with a shorter 12km event to appeal to runners new to mountain running. 

more info: www.gaelforceevents.com/connemara

Biking Blitz

The Biking Blitz is a mass start cross country mountain bike event, aimed primarily at beginners but with something for everyone. There are two distances, 16km and 32km and two categories, "Baggy Shorts" for beginners or "Super Pro" for more experienced riders, plus youth categories from U6 to U18. Mountain bike trail centres are used exclusively for these events to ensure a fast flowing course in all weather conditions. 

more info: www.bikingblitz.ie

Aran Celtic Music Festival

The Aran Celtic Music Festival takes place on the Aran Islands is showcases the best of Celtic music, song, dance and heritage and brings together prominent muscians and artists for a unique occasion in the beautiful setting of the Aran Islands. 

more info: www.ceilteach.ie

Head of the River Rowing Regatta

This year the Head of the River will be organised by NUIG Boat Club and Tribesmen, and it takes place from the mouth of the lake to a little downstream from the Quincentennial Bridge. The boats race for fours and double sculls starts at 10.30am, the race for single sculls and pairs starts at 1.30pm, and the race for eights and quad sculls starts at 4pm. Hundreds of competitors will be involved, and the best viewing points are Dangan slip or on or near the Quincentennial Bridge. 

more info: www.galwayheadoftheriver.ie

St. Patrick's Day Festival

St Patrick's Festival parade in Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups. The parade starts at 11.30am and runs through Galway city centre for over 1 hour. The event aims to celebrate Galway’s diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events. 

more info: www.galwaystpatricksparade.com

Cleasathon Inis Oírr

Cleasathon consists of a 16km, 10km or 5km road runs on Inis Oirr, the smallest and arguably most beautiful of the 3 Aran Islands. One of the three events is a new 16km adventure route, run over very rough terrain of rocks and boulders. The second 10km hilly route provides a significant challenge while the 5km is a little more manageable with a downhill finish. All three running events showcase the amazing scenery of the island. 

more info: www.cleasathon-inisoirr.info

 

April

Galway Food Festival

Celebrating Galway as a good food destination, 2018 will be the 7th year of the Galway Food Festival and is sure to build on the success of the 2017 event. The festival will promote good food and good food outlets in Galway, as well as showcasing food producers based in Galway and in the West. The festival takes place in April primarily as it is the time of year when some of the best local ingredients become available, such as Connemara Spring Lamb, and trout and salmon caught locally. 

more info: www.galwayfoodfestival.com

Family Easter Hunt at Brigit`s Garden

Come and enjoy the popular Easter Egg Hunt at Brigit`s Garden. Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy games and crafts, and have fun exploring the Celtic Gardens. There are two types of hunt: A mini​-​hunt for the little ones around the four Celtic Gardens and a mighty​-​hunt for the older children around the nature trail. Everyone gets a ​prize and the activities run from 1pm to 4:30pm

more info: www.brigitsgarden.ie/events

Clifden Traditional Music Festival

Clifden Traditional Music Festival is a weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance with concerts, sessions, workshops and outdoor entertainment. The 2017 festival was a great success with the town filled with music and excitement throughout the whole weekend. The festival includes Music Workshops, Sean Nos Dance Workshops, Youth Sessions, Traditional Music Mass, Pub Sessions throughout the whole weekend, "Farewell Session" on Sunday. 

more info: www.clifdentradfest.com

Galway Dance Days Festival

Dancers, activists and academics from around the world will attend the seventh Galway Dance Days Festival at the Black Box and other city venues. 

more info: www.facebook.com/galwaydancedays

Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival is coming to The Eye Cinema, Wellpark again, and is organised by the Embassy of Japan, Access Cinema, and the Ireland Japan Association, with the support of The Japan Foundation. 

more info: www.eyecinema.ie 

Night Rider Sportif

The Night Rider sportif takes place at night along the quiet roads of Connemara where no light-pollution from street lights exists. Starting just before sunset you will cycle into the darkness. Choose from 100km and 68km distances along this beautiful and rugged part of the Wild Atlantic Way. 

more info: http://gaelforceevents.com/en/night-rider

Ras Chonamara

The 14th annual Rás Chonamara takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. In aid of Galway Autism Partnership the route goes right through the heart of Connemara. 

more info: www.raschonamara.ie

Connemara International Marathon

2018 is the 17th Connemara Marathon and a celebration night will be held in both Galway and Clifden. Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon all taking place in April. Book early to avoid disappointment. 

more info: www.connemaramarathon.com 

TouRRoir Global Forum

As part of Galway’s designation as European Region of Gastronomy 2018 the touRRoir Global Forum comes to the National University of Ireland this year. The forum is a cross sector global business forum bringing together Food, Tourism and Culture experts to discuss how, through the inextricable link of these three sectors companies can grow business, local communities can flourish and destinations can ensure a more successful and sustainable economic future.

more info: www.tourroir.com

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Ireland’s premier literary event. The festival annually brings about sixty authors of local, national and international repute to Galway for readings, workshops, discussions, book signings and much, much more. 

more info : www.cuirt.ie

The Western Lakes and Atlantic Challenge (WLAC)

The Western Lakes and Atlantic Challenge (WLAC) is a fun and challenging sportive cycling event with a short fun cycle for the family and a long distance cycle for the endurance athlete. The distance cycles have 144km and 100km options. Be ready, event starts in Salthill Knocknacarra GAA club. 

more info: www.wlac.ie

Inishbofin Walking Festival

Inishbofin is widely considered to be Connemara's best island for walking and the Inishbofin Walking Festival is the perfect time to come and enjoy the friendly and relaxed pace of Island life. Let enthusiastic professional and local guides share their vast knowledge of local folklore, history, heritage and ecology with you. 

more info: www.inishbofin.com

 

May

Bealtaine Festival 2018

The Bealtaine Festival 2018 will see hundreds of events for, by and featuring older people all across Ireland, offering theatre, visual arts, music and more. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’. The Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s unique nationwide celebration of creativity as we age and is an initiative of Age & Opportunity. 

more info: www.bealtaine.com/ 

Inishbofin Arts Festival

The Inishbofin Community Arts Festival takes place on the May Bank Holiday 2018. Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic island of Inishbofin, this Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, poetry, creative workshops and fun family activities. 

more info: www.inishbofin.com/arts_festival.html

Galway Theatre Festival

The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's 10th year, will take place throughout the city with the inclusion of more venues than before including An Taibhdhearc, Druid Lane Theatre, the Town Hall Theatre, and of course, the Nuns Island Theatre. Galway theatre companies feature heavily in the programme with Blue Teapot, Mephisto, Fregoli, Moonfish, and Vagabond all involved. 

more info: www.galwaytheatrefestival.com 

Connemara Mussel Festival

A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested from “One of the Forty Places to See Before you Die” takes place on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara. This is the 10th year of the festival and promises that more mussels will be eaten here this weekend than in any other part of the country. Last year, over a ton of mussels were eaten and organisers are set to harvest three tonnes of Killary Mussels for this year's celebrations, which include music, fun, mussel cooking competitions, children's treasure hunts and set dancing, to name a few. 

more info: www.connemaramusselfestival.com 

Fleadh na gCuach Festival

Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) takes place each year in the scenic fishing village of Kinvara, Co. Galway on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. It is a very popular Traditional Irish Music festival with over 50 music sessions in the villages' pubs over the weekend. In addition to the music, one can also find Art & Crafts, Poetry, Drama during the festival. 

more info: www.kinvara.com

Leenane Mountain Walking Festival

The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival includes a choice of high-level mountain walks or a low-level option, and enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea along the way. There will be transport to and from the mountains, including a speedboat across Killary Harbour to Mweelrea Mountain. 

more info: www.leenanevillage.com

Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge

The race has three disciplines: Trail / Mountain Running, Kayaking and Cycling. The course will be exceptional, the scenery spectacular, so now all that's needed is good weather. The Connemara Adventure Challenge is 31km in total and it is open to racers of all levels. 

more info: www.gaelforceevents.com/connemara

Burren Slow Food Festival

The annual Burren Slow Food Festival gives visitors the opportunity to sample local artisan foods, meet the producers and growers, mix with fellow foodies, see cookery demonstrations from well known chefs and get a true taste of Co. Clare culture in the beautiful setting of the Burren. The three day event showcases the best elements of food culture in Clare from the local growers, producers and traders that make Clare such a unique and dynamic food destination. 

more info: www.slowfoodclare.com

Féile na mBád (Clifden, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

International Mayfly Festival

The International Mayfly Festival in the village of Oughterard is an event for the all the family which is held over four days in May. Along with the main fishing events, the festival also includes art exhibitions, traditional Irish concerts, golf open days, Connemara walks, food foraging; fish tasting, cocktail nights, kids' activities including pitch and putt, limbo, face painting, a fun cycle and lots more! 

more info: www.oughterardanglers.com

Inishbofin Half-Marathon & 10k

The Inishbofin Half Marathon and 10K takes place on the beautiful island of Inishbofin, on Connemara's stunning Wild Atlantic Way. Whether you’re a serious runner looking for a new challenge, or a rookie looking to run, jog or walk on quiet roads, the route offers a mix of flat and inclined terrain, meandering through fine scenery, with spectacular views of the beautiful Connemara mountains. Walk, jog or run past pristine beaches, bogs and mountains, while raising vital funds for Down Syndrome Galway's speech and language therapy project. 

more info: www.facebook.com/inishbofinhalfmarathon

Galway Blue Challenge

The Galway Blue Challenge involves a charity cycle from Maam Cross to Croagh Patrick, a climb of Croagh Patrick followed by an overnight stay in Westport, then a cycle back to Galway the following day. All in aid of the Galway Autism Partnership. 

more info: www.galwaybluechallenge.org

Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival promises an evening of extraordinary short films at Galway's Town Hall Theatre, from the world's most prestigious touring adventure film festival. See some of the best mountain films of the year, featuring the people who live, play and enjoy those area through high adventure, humour and a love for the great outdoors. 

more info: www.tht.ie

Gospel Rising Music Festival

Gospel Rising Music Festival is a fun, energetic and inclusive event taking place in Galway City's West End area, and at the Black Box Theatre in mid-May 2018. Organisers are calling on all gospel music enthusiasts to join us in Galway City, to celebrate and experience the continued rising of gospel music in Ireland. Whether you enjoy playing or singing gospel music in a choir or just in the shower, this is your chance to experience it for yourself through workshops and gigs over a jam packed weekend festival. We are inviting anyone who has ever sung or wanted to sing in this really fun style. Maybe you are in a choir, or you once were, and now is the time to come and try it again.

more info : www.gospelrising.com

Galway County Fleadh

The town of Tuam in County Galway will host the Fleadh in 2018. The Galway County Fleadh feature a wide variety of events including competitions, traditional Irish music sessions and dancing. 

more info: www.comhaltas.ie

Galway Early Music Festival

The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates its 22nd birthday in 2018 with old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment. 

more info: www.galwayearlymusic.com

Connacht Sheep Shearing Festival

he Connacht Shearing Festival in Corofin, Co. Galway hosts a competition attracting competitors from all over Ireland and some travelling from UK shearing over 1,000 sheep on the day, so come and see the speed and skills of some of the top shearers in the country. The event also includes the Connacht Dog Show, massive Tractor Run, Trade Stands, Brown Bread Baking Competition, Bonny Baby Show, Amusements much more. 

more info: www.connachtsheepshearingfestival2018.com

Biodiversity Week Merlin Woods

Friends of Merlin Woods will run a week of free events celebrating the Biodiversity of Merlin Park Woods Galway. Over the last couple of years they have photographed and supplied data of the different species which inhabit the city's woodland from the red squirrel, 17 species of Irish butterflies, over 40 species of birds and much more to the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Ireland. Guided walks will be given explaining the different aspects of Merlin Woods interesting habitat and how wonderful it is to have this urban woodland on the doorsteps of the City of the Tribes. 

more info: www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsofMerlinWoods/

Galway African Film Festival

The rich diversity of African films, animations, shorts, and documentaries, offering both entertainment and a fresh perspective on life in the continent, will be on show in Galway. The 11th Galway African Film Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday in NUI Galway’s Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Earl’s Island (across from the Cathedral). The films concentrate ways of finding and creating identity in familial, social, and political situations. Some focus on individual adventures, others on social struggles. 

more info: www.galwayafricanfilmfestival.org

Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering

The 5th Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering is a weekend of traditional Irish and Bluegrass Music, banjo exhibitions and workshops. All events are free (except workshops) and all instruments are welcome at music sessions.

Galway Burlesque Festival

The International Galway Burlesque Festival is a celebration of the diverse, creative, seductive world of cabaret and burlesque, featuring top performers from across the globe, converging on the Creative Heart of Ireland in a flurry of feathers, fans and fabulousness! 

more info: http://www.galwayburlesquefestival.com

Galway Traditional Boat Festival

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info : www.huiceiri.ie

Tour de Conamara

Tour de Conamara is the Irish leg of a new international cycling sportive held in Clifden Connemara, with the option of 140km and 80km routes. A 14km Family cycle with free cycling tuition for kids will be hosted during the weekend making it a cycling weekend with something for everyone. 

more info: www.tourdeconamara.com

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon Festival

The Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon takes place amidst the stunning surroundings of one of Ireland's hidden castle treasures overlooking Europe's largest privately-owned lake, just outside Gort, Co Galway. The race has a distance for all levels, whether first timers or elites. 

more info: www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk

 

June

Conamara Bog Week

The annual Conamara Bog Week 2018 festival takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack. This is the 34th year of the festival and the organisers Conamara Environmental Education and Cultural Centre are promising an exciting line up as usual. 

more info: www.ceecc.org

The CAFE Arts Festival

Galway’s newest arts festival, the CAFE (Carrabane Arts for Everyone) Festival will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend in the village of Carrabane, five minutes from Loughrea. The festival will centre on three locations – Carrabane’s newly opened Village Theatre, a forest walk which will be transformed by local children into The Enchanted Forest, and Carrabane Hall. 

more info: www.thecafefestival.ie

Fever Pitch Music Festival

The ‘Fever Pitch Music Festival’ takes place on the Bank Holiday Weekend, with UB40 and Rudimental already signed up as headline acts with more to be announced. The event will also feature a food village, comedy tent and silent disco, as well as a full bar, and it will run from 2pm to 11pm each day. 

more info: https://www.facebook.com/FeverpitchMusicFestival/

Féile na mBád (An Spidéal/Spiddal, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Carlsberg Salthill National Fives

The ‘Carlsberg Salthill National Fives’ annual tournament, now in its 42nd year has become a highly anticipated date in Galway’s soccer calendar and sees a great mix of Galway natives, visitors and friends gather to enjoy this great footballing festival. 

more info: www.salthilldevon.ie

Lough Corrib Cycle

This fun cycling sportive in support of Croí. Cyclists will have a choice of a 27.5 mile or a 75 mile route through the picturesque setting of Connemara. We will provide roadside assistance, support vehicles & plenty of refreshment stops along the way! 

more info: http://www.croi.ie/loughcorribcycle

Inis Mór Wildlife festival and BioBLITZ

With a programme of events for everyone to join in, learn more about wildlife and the cultural heritage of the island as well as experience the special charm and qualities of our offshore islands. This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the unique natural heritage of the island and help in recording the great range of species present. 

more info: www.bioblitz.ie/island-wildlife-festival/

Galway Bike Week

Galway Bike Week 2018 takes place in June with cycling events all over Galway county, organised the local authority, community groups, charities and cycling groups. 

more info: www.galwaycycling.org

Féile Ros Muc Regatta (Ros Muc, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Great Galway Bike Ride

The Great Galway Bike Ride is set to transform Galway on the final Sunday of Galway Bike Week. Organisers expect that 1,500 cyclists from all over the country will pedal their way through the city and outlying areas. The cycle routes include the 30k Bearna Loop, the 60k Spiddal Block , the 100k Shan route and the more challenging 125k Gran Shan which will take cyclists through the spectacular Connemara landscape. 

more info: www.greatgalwaybikeride.ie

Portumna Fit for Fun Festival

The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna are hosting the annual ‘Fit for Fun Festival’. It promises to be a fantastic weekend with lots to interest all ages – from Lego and activity workshops and an exploration dome for children, to a charity cycle (with the Lions Club) and heritage events for adults. 

more info: www.irishworkhousecentre.ie/events/

Clifden Lifeboat 10K Challenge

The Clifden Lifeboat Sky Road 10K race starts and finishes in Clifden, Co Galway and will bring you up the Sky Road which is one of the most scenic areas in Connemara. The course is officially measured and as in previous years AAI approval will be applied for. Individuals and teams of runners, walkers, joggers and stragglers of all abilities are welcome, with prize categories to suit everyone. All funds raised go to the Clifden RNLI. 

more info: www.clifden.ie

Portumna Forest Marathon

Forest Marathon is a running festival in the beautiful Coillte forest of Portumna in Co. Galway. The event includes a 10k, a full marathon, a half marathon and two ultra-running events - a 50k and 100k run. 

more info: www.forestmarathon.com/

Galway Rowing Regatta

This year’s Galway Regatta will take place at the NUIG grounds at Dangan. Galway’s oldest rowing regatta, this year it celebrates its 134th anniversary, and once again entries from all four provinces with many of the top rowing clubs in Ireland are expected to compete. 

more info: www.iaru.ie

The Galway Sessions

The Galway Sessions Festival returns celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world. As in previous years, the festival’s Scottish connection will be retained with an array of performers travelling from Galway’s cultural partner Stirling to take part. Events take place in the Town Hall Theatre and in pubs throughout the city with sessions planned in predominantly in The Crane Bar but also in The King's Head, Tigh Choili’s, Taaffe’s Bar ,The Quays, Tigh Neachtains, and Monroe’s Tavern. 

more info: www.galwaysessions.com

Bia Lover - Festival of Food Athenry

Bia Lover is a food festival will provide an exhibition in Athenry for quality food and drink suppliers based primarily in the west of Ireland. Parallel events include cookery demonstrations, food talks, a producers market on Saturday & Sunday in the park and partnership food and drink trails with local pubs, restaurants and farms from Friday. 

more info: www.bialover.ie

Galway County Show

The Galway County Show will be held on the 17th and 18th June at Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit. Saturday is Showjumping only. Sunday 18th June is a super family day with showjumping, showing section for Connemara ponies, young horses, ridden hunter section, IPS, side saddle, cattle, sheep classes, sheep shearing, dig section, tractor run, stands, children's section. 

more info : www.galwaycountyshow.com 

Dip in the Nip

Dip in the Nip is a fund raising initiative to support cancer charities in Ireland. Hundreds of people gather on a beach, shed their clothes and leggit into the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s the world’s first skinny dip for charity and a little bit of fun for a great cause! 

more info: www.dipinthenip.eu

Oughterard Trails Festival

The Oughterard Trails Festival aims to highlight the wonderful walks on our doorstep and to encourage visitors and locals alike to get outdoors and explore! The festival takes place over the last weekend in June and aims to attract tourists and day-trippers to enjoy the village of Oughterard. 

more info: www.discoveroughterard.com

Gaelforce West

Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course of approximately 67km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. The event is designed for solo competitors, but you can run it with a buddy or training partner. 

more info: www.gaelforceevents.com

Féile an Dóilín Regatta (Carraroe, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

 

July

SeaFest - National Maritime Festival

SeaFest is Ireland’s national maritime festival and takes place in Galway Harbour from 29th June to 1st July. Discover all about our oceans – from how we explore our seas, creatures of the deep, the ships that transport us and the fascinating tales from the deep. Take part in interactive activities, watch demonstrations and tour ships and vessels. SeaFest covers all things marine – from seafood cookery to science, cultural history to deep sea exploration and much more! SeaFest is a fun, free summer festival for all ages, and it has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in Ireland. The festival raises awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea and also celebrates our proud maritime heritage. 

more info: www.seafest.ie 

Féile na mBád (Kilkieran, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Galway Garden Festival

Galway Garden Festival is held in the beautifully restored Claregalway Castle in early July. Nursery suppliers from across Ireland will share a wealth of planting experience with all who browse the plant stalls’ extensive range of plants, trees, seeds, and shrubs. Garden equipment, from hoes to glasshouses to woven willow baskets. Celebrated gardeners will provide advice and the work of organisations such as Bóthar, The Beekeepers Federation, and The Organic Centre, Co Leitrim, can be appreciated at the stands in the castle grounds. 

more info: www.galwaygardenfestival.com

Traidphicnic

Traidphicnic is a weekend event with concerts by traditional music artists along with art and cultural workshops with the backdrop of the beautiful Connemara landscape. Indulge in delicious local cuisine or just sit back and soak up the wonderful music. Traidphicnic has something for everyone and is very much a family event. Based near to Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft and Design Studios, you can explore the shops, sneek a peek at the crafters at work, and nip to the beach or into the seaside village of An Spidéál and make your own discoveries. 

more info: www.traidphicnic.com 

Sunrise Children's Festival at Brigit's Garden

The Sunrise Children's Festival at Brigit's Garden is a family friendly weekend festival with camping in the beautiful surroundings of Brigit's Garden and woodlands in Rosscahill, Co. Galway. The festival will feature a full two-day programme of live music and theatre, a circus show, puppet shows, storytelling, yoga, a fire spectacular and more, in three tented areas. There will also be lots of delicious artisan food stalls along with the garden café and bar (only for grownups!).

more info: www.brigitsgarden.ie

Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show

The 12th Annual Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show takes place in mid-July, 2018, at the Show-ground. The main event, the Connemara Pony Show, consists of 20 in-hand classes showcasing all ages and varieties of Connemara Pony. A Dog Show and Sheep Show are also included in the day’s events. A great day out is assured for competitors and spectators alike. The deadline for entry is late June. 

more info: www.roundstoneevents.com 

Galway Film Fleadh

Film festival for feature films and shorts. 2018 marks the 30th Galway Film Fleadh, and the central goal of the festival remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment and share a common experience. 

more info: www.galwayfilmfleadh.com 

Féile Mhic Dara Regatta (Carna, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Westside Community Arts Festival

Westside Arts Festival is an annual celebration of creativity in the community. It is held every July and brings together artistic talents from all over the world. Come along and take part in the events and workshops. 

more info: www.facebook.com/westsideartsfestival

Galway Bay Weekend Cruise

Boats of all sorts from all around Galway Bay head out from their numerous home ports to assemble at Kilronan in the Aran Islands. This unique annual event will in turn usher in the WIORA (West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association) Annual Racing Festival, which will takes place under the Galway Bay Sailing Club burgee from Wednesday July 22nd to Saturday July 25th, but will be staged at Galway Harbour rather than at GBSC's home anchorage across the bay at Rinville. 

more info: www.gbsc.ie

Joyce Country Challenge Walks

The Joyce Country Challenge Walks provides you with a chance to experience Connemara by walking a circuit of Lough Nafooey, an area of exceptional natural beauty. On the walks you will take in the plateau of Maumtrasna and the Devils Mother and see outstanding views of the Maam Turks, Mweelrea, Killary harbour, the Sheefrys and the Western Lakes. There are 4 separate routes planned for the day, each with varying degrees of difficulty. 

more info: www.lakedistricthwc.com/joycedetails.aspx

Galway Fringe Festival

Running in parallel with the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival aims to provide a platform for local artists, writers, playwrights, poets, actors and musicians to perform and showcase new work. 

more info: www.galwayfringe.ie 

Galway International Arts Festival

One of Europe's most inventive, vibrant & colourful events. A truly international celebration of the performing and visual arts which takes place in and around Galway City each July. From awe-inspiring visual arts to tantalising theatre, giant puppets snaking through the medieval streets to late-night musical parties in the Big Top, this Galway festival is fabulous from start to finish. 

more info : www.giaf.ie

Féile Cloch na Rón Regatta (Roundstone, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Gaelforce Women's Adventure Race

The race has three disciplines: Trail / Mountain Running, Kayaking and Cycling. The course is in the stunning scenery of Connemara, so now all that's needed is a bit of nice weather. Gaelforce Women's Adventure Race is 27km in total and it is open to female racers of all levels. 

more info: http://gaelforceevents.com/en/women-s-ad-race-gallway-the-course

Omey Races

The Omey Races take place annually on the strand at Omey Strand, Claddaghduff in Connemara. The annual summer races have been steadily attracting greater numbers every year for a wonderful day of sand, sea, possibly sun and of course, horse racing. With up to nine races on the card, there's opportunities for young, upcoming jockeys to hone their skills, while providing a great day out for spectators. The first race will be off at 1pm sharp. 

more info: https://goo.gl/UBJwuF

Féile Chuigéal (Lettermullen, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Galway Races - Summer Festival Meeting

Galway Race course, Ballybrit, Galway. Ireland's premier horse racing festival. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion, you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned. 

more info: www.galwayraces.com

 

August

Galway Races - Summer Festival Meeting

Galway Race course, Ballybrit, Galway. Ireland's premier horse racing festival. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion, you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned. 

more info: www.galwayraces.com

Rásaí Ros a Mhíl (Rossaveal, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Streets of Galway 8k Road Race

Galway’s most popular athletic event, the Streets of Galway 8k Road Race event will take place in mid-August 2018 at 7pm and include more than 3000 entrants. It starts on Fr Griffin Road, winds its way through the city's streets, follows a course out around Salthill, before taking in the delights of the prom on the way to the finish in The Claddagh at South Park.

more info: www.galwaycityharriers.com 

Omey Dash Triathlon

The Omey Dash is probably the most scenic Tri-Sprint Triathlon in the West. The race starts with a 0.75km swim on Omey Strand. Then there is a 24km cycle which takes in the beautiful scenic areas of Omey, Claddaghduff, Leegaun, Streamstown, Cleggan Village, Aughrismore and ends back at Omey Strand where the participants start the 5km run across the beautiful Omey Strand and onto Omey Island. The race finishes back on the strand again. Registration is only available through the Triathlon Ireland website: www.triathlonireland.com and a One Day Licence is needed in advance of the day of the race. Come along and join in the fun. Presentation of prizes, food, music, craic and more at Sweeney’s Strand Bar in Claddaghduff after the race. 

more info : www.facebook.com/OmeyDash

The Connemara 100

The Connemara is a 100 mile endurance run with 30 hour limit taking place every August. The course is simply fabulous, taking participants from Clifden through Letterfrack, Leitirgeish, the Inagh alley, Maam Cross, Leenane, Inagh Valley again, then on to Roundstone, Ballyconeely and back to Clfden to complete 100 miles. 

more info: www.connemara100.com 

Galway Community Pride

The annual Galway Pride Festival takes place every August throughout Galway City. This new event will encompass everything that makes our city the cultural magnet that it is. The aim is to encourage involvement from the wider community, and to highlight the great variety of people that make Galway such a vibrant and exciting place to live and visit. 

more info: galwaypride.com

Cruinniu na mBad Festival

Up to 100 unique Irish boats, the Galway Hookers, once the workhorses of the coast of Connemara and North Clare, will gather for a weekend of racing and celebration at Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) festival in Kinvara, Co. Galway, in August. 

more info: www.kinvara.com/cruinniu/index.html

Inishbofin Maritime Festival

The Inishbofin Maritime Festival will expand on the successes of the recently rejuvenated Inishbofin Currach Regatta, extending the programme to include yachts, púcáns, sailing dinghies and much more! 

more info: www.inishbofin.com

Connemara Pony Festival

Premier show for Connemara Ponies in Ireland for breeders and owners from home and overseas. The annual Connemara Pony Festival & Show in Clifden, Co Galway attracts visitors from all over the world. The highlight of the festival is on Thursday and Friday, when the biggest showcase of Connemara Ponies in the world takes place. Ponies compete in in-hand classes, ridden classes, working hunter classes, and a puissance (or high jump) competition. For non-pony enthusiasts, there is a dog show, a domestic arts show and Irish Dancing. 

more info: www.cpbs.ie 

Great Spin Out West

The Great Spin Out West (GSOW) is the fastest growing cycling sportive in Ireland. Now in its 7th year, it takes place every August in Connemara, Co. Galway. In just a few years over 500 people of all ages and ability have cycled the GSOW with all proceeds going toward Cancer Care West, a west of Ireland focused charity. Starting and finishing in Oughterard in August 2018, the 125 km route takes in some of Galway’s most scenic views. 

more info: www.greatspinoutwest.com 

Féile na mBád (Inishmaan, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Wild Air Run

The Super Milk Wild Air Run at Galway Racecourse is a sporting experience not to be missed. The run involves climbing up, sliding down, bouncing and jumping your way along a 5km inflatable obstacle course which includes a 60 Metre Long Inflatable Water Slide!! People from 7 years to 70+ and of all fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s biggest inflatable obstacle course. 

more info: www.wildairrun.com

Claregalway Agricultural Show

The Claregalway Agricultural Show features classes for horses/ponies, cattle, sheep and dogs in the outdoor arena. There are indoor arts, crafts, home baking, horticulture, photography and flower arranging classes too. There will be live music and novelty events such as the donkey derby, best dressed lady, glamorous granny competitions. The event is affiliated with The Irish Pony Society and The Irish Shows Association. Horses and Ponies are pre-entry only with entries taken on the day for all other classes. 

more info : www.claregalwayagriculturalshow.ie 

Etape Connemara

The Étape Connemara is a 150km cycling sportive which will take place in August 2018. This is a chip-timed event on open roads in Connemara. The event is organised by Croí, the heart & stroke charity, with all proceeds going back to the charity.. 

more info : http://www.croi.ie/event/etape-connemara 

Galway Heritage Week

Galway’s rich heritage is set to be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week. Over 100 different events are planned from Ballinasloe to Inishbofin and will take in everything from genealogy workshops to talks on the history of the Connemara pony. 

more info : www.heritageweek.ie

Loughrea Medieval Festival

Loughrea Medieval Festival is a 3 day festival which takes place every August. The theme for this years festival is the ‘Gathering of the Clans’ is being held during National Heritage Week and comprises of scenes of everyday life in Medieval Loughrea, as well as being jam-packed with fun events and performances. 

more info: www.loughreamedievalfestival.com

Féile an tSrutháin (Carraroe, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Corribdale Pony Show & Country Fair

The Corribdale Pony Show & Country Fair is a great family day out with activities such as in-hand ponies, riding classes, a dog show, vintage show, sheep racing, BBQ, craft stands, children’s inflatables, zorb balls and more. All proceeds going to Cancer Care West & Galway Hospice.

more info: www.corribdaleponyshowandcountryfair.com 

Oughterard Agricultural & Horticultural Show

The Oughterard Show is one of the leading agricultural and horticultural shows in the West of Ireland. It gives both locals and visitors to see the best of Connemara with performance ponies, livestock, pets, dogs, farm and garden produce and vintage displays as well as a large variety of art and craft exhibits along with fun provided for children on both days. 

more info: www.oughterardshow.com 

 

September

Connemara Triathlon

Non-Adventure Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon in the most stunning location imaginable. Both distances start with a swim in the clean deep blue water of Killary Fjord. The cycle routes follow the Connemara coast passing lakes, stunning beaches and small Connemara villages. Both distances finish with a run into the picturesque village of Leenane. 2017 proved very successful as our first year of Connemara Triathlon. It really is the triathlon not to miss in 2018.

more info: http://gaelforceevents.com/en/connemara-triathlon

Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds

Ballinasloe, Co. Galway will be alive with Traditional Irish Music, Culture and Heritage for Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds. The weekend has a packed itinerary including Trad Music, Song & Sean Nós Dance workshops followed by a Tutors Recital, an Irish Music Pub Trail, a Lecture on The East Galway Style of Music, Craft Exhibitions, Schools Art and Poetry Competitions. 

more info : www.larryreynoldsweekend.com

Cannonball Run

The Cannonball convoy is expected to return to Galway with some of the top supercars in Ireland taking part. Cannonball Ireland is the annual gathering of supercar enthusiasts who drive in convoy on an adventurous and picturesque road trip around Ireland, raising funds for charity. 

more info: www.cannonball.ie

Burren Peaks Walking Festival

Organised by The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club with a choice of Grade A, B & C Guided walks on both Saturday & Sunday. Enjoy walking in this wonderfully rich limestone pavement...the land of the fertile rock with its precious and delicate terrain. 

more info: www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com

Inis Meáin Regatta (Inis Meáin, Co. Galway)

Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 

more info : www.huiceiri.ie

Galway Tattoo Show

The 3rd Annual & International Galway Tattoo Show will bring together some of the best international tattoo artists in the world and mix that in with the amazing tattoo talent of some of Ireland's best tattoo artists. The show is not only a celebration of tattoo art, and will feature entertainment, live music, a stunning art gallery, a free tattoo cinema, photo booth, market stalls and traders on show to keep you entertained. 

more info: www.galwaytattooshow.ie

Shorelines Arts Festival

Shorelines Arts Festival celebrates art and sculpture from local artists and guest artists, vintage machinery display, art talks and other art events over the weekend in the town of Portumna, Co. Galway 

more info: www.shorelinesartsfestival.com

Clifden Arts Week

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 41st year yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival. 

more info: www.clifdenartsweek.ie

Galway Races Autumn Meeting

Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned. 

more info: www.galwayraces.com

Galway Culture Night

The event is now in its 13th year provides free access to museums, galleries, theatres and public buildings is provided from 5pm until 11pm offering tours, exhibitions, readings, performances and films. Drama and poetry, music and dance, workshops and lectures, all free of charge.

more info: www.galwayculturenight.com

Carna Walking Festival

The year is the 3rd Carna Walking Festival which provides walking and hikers of all ages the opportunity to explore the wild and rugged coastline of southern Connemara. Organised walks include visits to the sacred St. MacDara's Island, to the deserted Feenish Island, a climb up Cashel Hill (311m) and a bog walk to Loch Scannive and it's historic crannóg. 

more info: https://facebook.com/carnawalkingfestival/

Galway International Oyster Festival

On the last weekend of September each year, the picturesque town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster Festival, one of the biggest events in Ireland's social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world. 

more info: www.galwayoysterfest.com

Leenane Autumnal Festival

Taking place over the last weekend of September, the Leenane Autumnal Festival celebrates all things autumnal, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts from this exceptionally beautiful part of the country. 

more info: www.leenane-festival.com

National Hot Air Balloon Championships

Galway is expected to host National Hot Air Balloon Championships in September 2018. 40 competing teams will come from all over the world – including USA, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Italy, France and Spain – and plans are advanced for the mass launch of all balloons, night glow and schools visits. The event will take place all over the county in different locations depending on wind direction – but Loughrea will be the base. 

more info: www.irishballoonchampionships.com

Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering

Each year since 1995 an Autumn Gathering has been held in Coole Park, Gort to honour the memory of Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932). The cream of world speakers have contributed to the continued success of the weekend. Lady Gregory was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre for which she wrote many plays. She contributed enormously to the Irish Literary Renaissance and fostered the genius of W.B.Yeats . Poets, artists, playwrights and writers of every genre found a welcome in Coole Park. The Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering programme will include lectures, workshops and discussions on literature, creative writing, drama, novels, poetry and local history. A comprehensive list of entertainment items is organised including plays and music. A resident genealogist will help people to find their Irish roots.

Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure

The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure race involves a combination of running, cycling and an assault course. There are 3 levels to choose from: the 17km intro course, the 32km sport course, and the expert-level 60km option. Each race includes the Fear Gorta assault course through Kylemore Woods, the details of which are a heavily guarded secret. Sumo wrestlers are rumoured, muck is guaranteed. 

more info: www.connemararoughdiamond.com

 

October

Ballinasloe International October Fair & Festival

An extravaganza of all things equestrian, with entertainment, music and great family fun, the 176th Ballinasloe International October Fair & Festival is held in the town of Ballinasloe, County Galway. The equestrian days are Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On the Sunday and Monday, the Fairgreen is the place to be, with every breed of horse and pony on display from the beautiful Connemara Pony to trotting ponies and wonderful Irish draughts. With an assortment of fun events, street stalls, fireworks, tug-o-war, street & vintage parade, arts & crafts, music and children's events, there’s a sense of community about the show, but with around 85,000 visitors a year the word has spread. 

more info: www.ballinasloe .com

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

Great food, great Guinness, great music and entertainment all in a splendid marquee on the banks of the Claren River which flows through the village of Clarenbridge on the edge of Galway Bay. 

more info: www.clarenbridge.com

The Great Fjord Swim

Dive in at one of the most majestic settings along the Wild Atlantic Way, Killary Fjord. The The Great Fjord Swim is an open water swimming event with distances to suit all swimmers and a boat ride to the start line.

more info : www.gaelforceevents.com/en/the-great-fjord-swim 

Bia Bó Finne

Visitors are welcome to the authentic Irish community of Inishbofin Island to join in a host of hands-on food related events. With beer making and foraging sessions planned, as well as panel discussions and cooking workshops with some seriously skilled chefs, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in unique, natural surrounds. In touch with nature, you'll learn to truly savour the pure essence of each ingredient and tasty dish. 

more info: www.biabofinne.ie

Run Galway Bay (Full / Half Marathon & 10K)

The Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K race includes a half marathon (13.1 miles) and also a 10k run/walk in aid of Cancer Care West along a fast, flat, fun and scenic route starting and finishing along Galway’s famous coast line on the edge of the city and the Bay. 

more info : www.galwaybayhalfmarathon.com/ 

Galway Jazz Festival

The Galway Jazz Festival returns for its 13th year, with shows to be held in An Taibhdhearc, Druid Theatre, The Black Cat in Salthill, the Meyrick Hotel, The Electric Garden, various schools in the city and county, as well as public spaces around the city. 

more info : https://www.facebook.com/galwayjazz/ 

Connemara Green Festival

The Connemara Green Festival is a relatively new festival in Letterfrack which aims to raise awareness of this ecology and help raise funds for biodiversity actions. The festival includes an ecology walk linking the national park to the seashore, pond dipping, a talk on the history of Letterfrack & a Leave No Trace workshop. There will also be Kayaking & Stand Up paddle boarding available throughout the Saturday and a number of associated events on the Sunday. 

more info: www.connemaragreenfestival.ie/

Sky Road TV & Film Festival

Sky Road TV & Film Festival is now in its 6th year and takes place at the Station House Theatre, in Clifden, Co Galway. The aim of Sky Road TV and Film Festival is to give Irish film makers a better opportunity to screen their content at festival level. 

more info: www.SkyRoadFilmFestival.ie

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city. 

more info : www.baboro.ie 

Connemara 4 Seasons Autumn Walking Festival

Explore Connemara in Autumn with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey who provide an insight into the unique cultural/archeological /historic heritage of the area. The walks are suitable for beginners through to advanced… all you need is a good pair of walking boots! 

more info : www.connemara4seasonswalkingfestival.com 

Conamara Sea Week

The annual Conamara Sea Week takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack in North West Conamara. The village of Letterfrack which is the focal point of the festival is situated at the butt of the magical Diamond Mountain and is the gateway to Connemara National Park. It is also adjacent to Kylemore Abbey surrounded by mountains and at the edge of the ocean. This is a fun packed festival celebrating our wonderful marine heritage, with tons of great music and buckets of fun for all the family. 

more info: www.ceecc.org

Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway

The Galway Comedy Festival under the new name 'Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway' has grown since its beginning in 2005 to become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for week leading up to and including the October Bank Holiday weekend. With several shows each day and night, with comedy show for children too, you are guaranteed to see well known comedians both Irish and international –and a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there. 

more info: www.vodafonecomedycarnival.com

Burren Food Fayre

The Burren Food Fayre is an annual food themed event in Lisdoonvarna over the October bank holiday weekend at Halloween, showcasing the fabulous produce of The Burren through workshops, food stalls, competitions and chef demonstrations and more. 

more info: www.burren.ie/event/burren-food-fayre/

Galway Races - October Racing Festival

The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway over the bank holiday weekend in October 2018. So if you fancy some great racing and great fun, then this is the place to be. There will be great racing, free car parking, free entry for children under 14, free race card draw each day, big screen, Tote, On course bookmakers, bar and restaurant facilities • Admission Price: €15 per adult Music will be by the Guinness Jazz Band. 

more info : www.galwayraces.com

Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday and Sunday of the October bank holiday weekend, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned for the weekend with high-spirits guaranteed. The highlight of the festival is expected to be the fiendishly creative Macnas Halloween Parade that will wind its way through Galway city centre on Sunday of the bank holiday weekend from approximately 5.30pm and spectators are encouraged to dress up too!

more info: www.thelatinquarter.ie

Carnevil - An Exorcise in Fear

Carnevil is the west of Ireland’s first scare attraction, housed above McGettigan's Pub, in the old Cuba nightclub on Eyre Square. Carnevil begins in mid October and will end at midnight on Halloween night. The event is strictly over 16s.

more info: www.carnevil.ie

Festival of Wild Atlantic Writing

The Festival of Wild Atlantic Writing takes place in Doonregan, Cashel, Co Galway and celebrates publications inspired by the people and places along the Irelands beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Held at the former home of Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, this stunning location will host a packed programme of events to suit every taste. Enjoy talks from established writers while exploring the rugged coastal with fellow literature lovers. 

more info: www.wildatlanticwriting.com

Halloween Bonfire & Storytelling at Brigits Garden

Experience a special Halloween evening for all ages at Brigits Garden. Dress up the family in your spookiest fancy dress and enjoy lots of ghostly fun and games, wonderful storytelling and a special Halloween bonfire with the Púca. Suitable for all ages. 

more info: www.brigitsgarden.ie

 

November

Galway Masters International Basketball Tournament

The 7th annual Galway Masters International open Basketball Tournament will take place at NUIG Kingfisher in Galway on the first weekend of November 2018. Masters basketball denotes players must be over forty and thirty-five years old respectively for men and women, and the objective of this event is to promote competitive basketball for men and women and to offer players of various nationalities the opportunity to compete and socialise together over the two day event. 

more info: www.galwaymasters.ie

Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge

The Turf Warrior Challenge offers the chance to round off the season in a flurry of mud and sweat on the banks of Killary Harbour in Co. Galway. The deceptively short 10km course is packed full of climbing, swinging, leaps into the Atlantic and all kinds of other mayhem and madness. Said to be the toughest course in Ireland, it promises to test competitors' stamina, nerve and camaraderie. The fun does not end with the race. Once they have washed the mud off, all warriors are invited to the themed party in Killary Adventure Centre. 

more info: www.gaelforceevents.com

GamerFest 18

Galway City is gearing up for the arrival of GamerFest, the biggest gaming convention to date in the west of Ireland. Taking place in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa this November, the event promises to be an awe-inspiring celebration of gaming and entertainment for it’s 2,000 visitors.

more info: www.gamerfest.ie

Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show

A host of the world’s greatest Fly-dressers, Casters and Angling Celebrities will once again gather in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill, Co. Galway to participate in the annual Irish Fly Fair and Angling Show. 

more info: www.irishflyfair.com/

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts

The Tulca Festival of Visual Arts is an annual festival taking place in Galway each year. Running since 2002, Tulca features dynamic and exciting work from national and international visual art practitioners. 

more info: www.tulca.ie

Spirit Of Voice Festival

The Spirit Of Voice festival will return in November with all aspects of song and spoken word are on show at An Taibhdhearc for a weekend of hip hop, sean nós, percussive chant, avant-garde electronic concerts and events celebrating song, words, and the human voice. 

more info: www.spiritofvoice.com

Galway Science & Technology Festival

The Galway Science & Technology Festival is a two week festival which provides shows and workshops to primary and secondary schools in Galway City and County. The festival culminates on the last day with an exhibition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to bridge the gap between students and industry by showcasing local schools, companies, third level institutes and government bodies. A great day out at NUI Galway. 

more info: www.galwayscience.ie

Galway Christmas Market

The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city again this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numerous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area. 

more info: www.galwaychristmasmarket.ie

Galway Skates

Galway Skates brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2018. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Leisureland transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m2 ice rink. 

more info: www.galwayskates.com

Elf Town

Treat your children to an experience unlike any other and let them become Trainee Elves at Elf Town this Christmas. Santa will host this wonderful Christmas journey at the Galway Race Course in Ballybrit where he and his Elves have been very busy building Elf town.

more info: www.elftowngalway.com

 

December

Galway Christmas Market

The Galway Christmas Market takes up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city again this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numerous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area. 

more info: www.galwaychristmasmarket.ie

Galway Skates

Galway Skates brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2018. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Leisureland transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m2 ice rink. 

more info: www.galwayskates.com

Elf Town

Treat your children to an experience unlike any other and let them become Trainee Elves at Elf Town this Christmas. Santa will host this wonderful Christmas journey at the Galway Race Course in Ballybrit where he and his Elves have been very busy building Elf town.

more info: www.elftowngalway.com

Santa's Christmas Magic at Brigit's Garden

Conjure up the real magic and wonder of Christmas with Santa's Christmas Magic at Brigit's Garden! This year Elfie and Santa will be joined again by Mrs Claus to make a full Santa experience with the professional show as the delightful highlight of the day.

more info: www.brigitsgarden.ie

Christmas Day Swim for Cope

The COPE Galway Christmas Day swim is now in its 28th year and is held each year on Christmas morning between 10am and 1pm at Blackrock, Salthill, Galway. Support COPE by taking a dip while and raising funds to help vulnerable and isolated men, women and families in Galway. 

more info: www.coopegalway.ie

Loughrea Icebreakers Christmas Day Swim

The annual Christmas Day Swim takes place on Christmas morning at 11.30 am at the Long Point Loughrea. proceeds are in aid of CASA LOUGHREA in association with Loughrea Lions Club. 

more info: www.casa.ie/christmas-day-swim-for-casa-loughrea/

Fields of Athenry 10km

The 13th running of the Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen's day, December 26th at 11am. Over the last number of years this has has become of of the leading road races in the country, and this year it aims to raise the bar higher. The race returns to its now traditional route, finishing under the medieval arch in Athenry. 

more info: www.athenryac.com/news/fields-athenry-10km 

Connemara 4 Seasons Winter Walking Festival

Explore Connemara in wintertime with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey who provide an insight into the unique cultural/archeological/historic heritage of the area. The walks are suitable for beginners through to advanced… all you need is a good pair of walking boots! 

more info: www.connemara4seasonswalkingfestival.com

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