Events & Festivals

September 2016

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 

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October 2016

Lunchtime @ The Library

First Tuesday October 2016 

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

01st October 2016
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 - 09th October 2016
The Galway Jazz Festival returns for its eleventh 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.
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Why Not? Adventure Film Festival

01st - 02nd October 2016
The Why Not? Adventure Film Festival was started in Galway on November 2012 and is entirely run by a small team of volunteers with a passion for adventure and music.
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Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

17th - 23rd October 2016
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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Connemara 4 Seasons Autumn Walking Festival

October 2016
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!
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Conamara Sea Week

23rd - 31st October 2016
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.
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Food on the Edge

24th - 25th October 2016
Food on the Edge is a two day symposium for chefs & food enthusiasts from all around the world. It is a coming together of chefs to listen, talk, debate and network over two days in Galway. Open to the public.
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Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway

25th - 31st October 2016
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

30th - 31st October 2016
The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway over the bank holiday weekend in October, 2016. 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

28th - 31st October 2016
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.
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Halloween Bonfire & Storytelling at Brigits Garden

October 2016
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.
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November 2016

Galway Masters International Basketball Tournament

05th - 06th November 2016
The 6th annual Galway Masters International open Basketball Tournament will take place at NUIG Kingfisher in Galway on the first weekend of November 2016. 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.
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Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge

05th November 2016
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.
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Bake Fest

07th - 08th November 2016
Galway sees the return of the unique baking phenomenon that is Bake Fest Galway 2016. The two day national baking festival is set to return to Leisureland Galway and promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s festival.
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Tulca Festival of Visual Arts

05th - 20th November 2016
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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Spirit Of Voice Festival

09th - 11th November 2016
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.
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Galway Science & Technology Festival

26th November 2016
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.
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December 2016

Connacht Rugby v Treviso (Guinness Pro12)

03rd December 2016
Connacht play host to Treviso at The Sportsground in the Guinness Pro12. Exact date and kick-off time to be confirmed.
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Galway Christmas Market

November - December 2016
The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square and at The Spanish Arch 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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Christmas Day Swim for Cope

25th December 2016
The COPE Galway Christmas Day swim is now in its 27th year and is held each year on Christmas morning between 10am and 12noon 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.
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Connemara 4 Seasons Winter Walking Festival

27th - 29th December 2016
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!
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