Events & Festivals


24th - 27th September 2015

GUINNESS® AMPLIFY will present 42 live acts in 21 venues over 4 nights in Galway in a series of intimate gigs in venues and pubs across the city from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 September 2015. Admission to all gigs is free; on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 Galway International Oyster Festival

 24th - 27th September 2015

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. 

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October 2015

 Lunchtime @ The Library

First Tuesday October 2015
Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month at 1.10pm in the Galway City Library, the Lunchtime @ The Library is a popular and long-standing event which caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music.
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Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K

03rd October 2015
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.
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 Galway Jazz Festival

07th - 11th October 2015
The Galway Jazz Festival returns for its tenth year, with an expanded programme 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.
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 Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

12th - 18th October 2015
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.
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 Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway

20th - 26th October 2015
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 garaunteed to see well known comidians both Irish and international –and a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there.
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Galway Races - October Racing Festival

25th - 26th October 2015

The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway on Sunday and Monday, 25th and 26th October, 2015. 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 racecard 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.
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Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

24th, 25th & 31st October 2015
Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st October, 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.
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 Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge

November 2015

 Galway Restaurant Week

November 2015
An initiative by the people who brought us Galway Food Festival will see the city’s restaurant owners come together to showcase the variety, quality, and standard of Galway’s restaurant scene. Galway Restaurant Week offers diners exclusive promotions, complimentary treats, and hefty discounts.
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 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.
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Tulca Festival of Visual Arts

06th - 22nd November 2015
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.
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 December 2015

 Galway Christmas Market

20th November - 22nd December 2015
The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city from the 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, numberous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.
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Galway City On Ice

Late November 2015 - Early January 2015
Galway City On Ice brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2015. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Harbour area transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m2 ice rink.
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