Events & Festivals

January 2016

Galway Midwinter Festival 22nd - 24th January 2016

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


Galway Astronomy Festival 30th January 2016

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 12th year, has become one of the most popular events in Ireland of the Iirsh astronomical calender, 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

February 2016

Safety Direct Galway International Rally 06th - 07th February 2016

Galway International Rally, sponsored by Colm Quinn BMW 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.  The Ardilaun Hotel is the perfect choice for Galway Rally Accomodation.
more info: www.galwayinternationalrally.com


Tedfest Fr. Ted Festival 25th - 28th February 2016

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

Corofin Trad Festival 29th February - 06th March 2016

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

March 2016

Seachtain na Gaeilge festival 01st - 17th March 2016

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 

Head of the River Rowing Regatta 19th March 2016

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. Patricks Festival 17th March 2016

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

Galway Food Festival 24th - 28th March 2016 

Celebrating Galway as a good food destination, 2016 will be the 5th year of the Galway Food Festival and is sure to build on the success of the 2015 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 March 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


Galway Dance Days Festival March 2016

Dancers, activists and academics from around the world will attend the fifth Galway Dance Days Festival at the Black Box and other city venues.
more info : www.facebook.com/galwaydancedays

April 2016

Ras Chonamara April 2016 

The 12th annual Rás Chonamara takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. In aid of Galway Autism Partership the route goes right through the heart of Connemara.
more info: www.raschonamara.ie


Connemara International Marathon 10th April 2016

2016 is the 15th 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


Japanese Film Festival April 2016

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


Clifden Traditional Music Festival April 2016

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 2015 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 Watersports Show April 2016

The Galway Watersports Show is an annual event showcasing the a wide variety of Watersport activities aimed at the recreational, intermediate & professional Watersport enthusiast’s of Ireland.
more info : www.galwaywatersportshow.com/

Cuirt International Festival of Literature 19th - 25th April 2016

The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Ireland’s premier literary event. The festival annually brings approximately 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


Galway Theatre Festival 29th April - 7th May 2016

The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's eighth 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

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/

May 2016

Connemara Mussel Festival 28th April - 01st May 2016 

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 nineth 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


Connemara Adventure Challenge 07th May 2016

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

Galway County Fleadh May 2016

The Galway County Fleadh feature a wide variety of events including competitions, sessions and dancing. 2016 dates and location yet to be confirmed.
more info : www.comhaltas.ie


Connemara Cycle 4 Light Festival May 2016

This is thesecond year of the ‘Connemara Cycle 4 Light Festival’, a partnership between Delphi Adventure Resort and Aware. The Festival will consist of a variety of cycling events for all ages and abilities in support of Aware. The main event of the Festival will be Aware’s annual Connemara Cycle. There are two cycle routes to choose from: a 65 kilometre route and a 125 kilometre route, both of which start and finish in Delphi and take in the spectacularly beautiful surrounds of Connemara, Co. Galway. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to take part and all funds raised will go towards Aware’s information, education and support services. more info : www.aware.ie

Tour de Conamara May 2016

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

Conamara Bog Week May 2016
The annual Conamara Bog Week 2016 festival takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack. This is the 32nd 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

June 2016

Galway Rowing Regatta June 2016 

This year’s Galway Regatta will take place at the NUIG grounds at Dangan. Galway’s oldest rowing regatta, this year it celebrates its 132nd 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

Dip in the Nip June 2016

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

Connemara Green Festival June 2016

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.theecologycentre.ie/connemaragreenfestival/

Roundstone Bay 8K June 2016

The 6th annual Roundstone Bay 8K takes near the village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. The course itself consists of a figure of eight loop, beginning and ending in Roundstone village, and taking in some spectacular coastal views along the way. Both runners and walkers are welcome and the organisers have endured to put on an event that will cater to all types of participant. Proceeds from the race will go towards the local RNLI Lifeboat service, a hugely worthwhile charity that relies entirely on donations and fundraising to ensure its viability.
more info: www.roundstonebay8k.com

Galway Simon 10k June 2016

Galway Simon 10km or 10mile takes place in Salthill Galway. This is the annual running for charity event for Galway Simon with Early Bird registration Fee until April 30th. The AAI Certified 10km or 10mile course will follow a glorious route along Galway Bay and is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. Registration for the event is now open on www.GalwaySimon.ie and on www.RunIreland.com so why not sign up and set yourself a target of completing a 10km or 10mile or beating your personal best. Timing chips and T-Shirts provided for all participants.
more info: www.galwaysimon.ie / www.runireland.com

July 2016

Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show July 2016

The 11th Annual Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show takes place in mid-July, 2016, at the Showground. 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 July 2016

Film festival for feature films and shorts. 2016 marks the 28th 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

Galway Fringe Festival 11th - 24th July 2016

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 11th - 24th July 2016

One of Europe's most inventive, vibrant & colorful events. A truly international celebration of the performing and visual arts which takes place in and around Galway City each July.
more info : www.giaf.ie


Westside Community Arts Festival July 2016

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 Races - Summer Festival Meeting
Galway Races 25th July - 31st July 2016

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 2016

Omey Races August 2016
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: www.omeyraces.com

Streets of Galway 8k Road Race
Streets of Galway 8k August 2016

Galway’s most popular athletic event, the Streets of Galway 8k Road Race is in it's 31st year the event will include more than 2,500 runners. Starting from South Park in the Claddagh, the race takes in the city centre streets, following a course out to Salthill before finishing with a two kilometre final stretch along with prom.
more info : www.runireland.com/events/streets-galway

The Connemara 100

The Connemara 100 August 2016
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

Great Spin Out West August 2016

The Great Spin Out West (GSOW) is the fastest growing cycling sportive in Ireland. Now in its 5th year, it takes place every August in Connemara, Co. Galway. In just two 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 2016, the 125 km route takes in some of Galway’s most scenic views.
more info : www.greatspinoutwest.com

Connemara Pony Festival
Connemara Pony Show 14th - 21st August 2016 

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

Etape Connemara August 2016
The Étape Connemara is a 150km cycling sportive which will take in August 2016. 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 Heritage Week 20th - 28th August 2016

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

Oughterard Agricultural & Horticultural Show August 2016
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 2016

Oscar Wilde Festival
Oscar Wilde Festival Galway September 2016

A festival dedicated to Oscar Wilde will take place in Galway in September to showcase Wilde in a west of Ireland setting. Not much is widely known of the huge influence the west of Ireland had on him and his family. His father, in particular, Sir William Wilde has strong family connections with the west of Ireland and displayed a huge interest in the area. The festival aims to educate and entertain people about Wilde and leave a lasting impression in their minds long after the festival is over.
more info : www.oscarwildefestival.com/

Galway Races Autumn Meeting - September 2016

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

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival September 2016

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

Clifden Arts Week
Clifden Arts Week September 2016

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 39th 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

Marconi Half Marathon
Marconi Half Marathon September 2016

This years Marconi Half Marathon in the heart of Connemara takes place in Sept 2016 (exact date to be confirmed). Starting at 11am, the race begins at the glorious Gurteen Bay outside of Roundstone. The route then follows the coast through Roundstone Village with amazing views of The Twelve Bens before turning onto The Old Bog Road where more stunning Connemara landscapes and scenery await.
more info: http://marconirun.com/

Galway International Oyster Festival September 2016
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

Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure
Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure September 2016

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

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