Galway Festivals Hotels

The Gathering Ireland is a year-long celebration of all that is great about Ireland and Galway has lots of Gatherings planned over the coming months. The perfect choice for Galway Festivals Hotels. Stay with us in Galway should you wish to attend any of the gatherings and visit The Gathering website for a full listing. If you are looking for Galway Arts Festival Hotels or Galway Races Hotels, then the Ardilaun will not disappoint.


Galway Heritage Week

23rd – 31st August
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.
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Oscar Wilde Festival

5th – 7th September
This September, a festival dedicated to Oscar Wilde will take place in Galway, 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

8th – 10th September
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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Galway Culture Night

19th September
The event is now in its nineth year provides free access to museums, galleries, theatres and public buildings.
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Guinness Live in Galway’s Latin Quarter

25th September 2014
Now in its 4th year, Guinness Live in The Latin Quarter will be a four day music festival featuring an extensive line-up of national and local acts in a series of intimate gigs in venues and pubs throughout the city’s Latin Quarter, with more than 50 live performances over four nights. Admission to all gigs will be free and on a first-come, first-served, basis.
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Galway International Oyster Festival

25th – 28th September 2014
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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Galway Theatre Festival

29th September – 5th October 2014
The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it’s seventh year, will take place throughout the city with the inclusion of more venues than before; the soon-to-be-reopened An Taibhdhearc will host two shows, as will 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.
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Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K

4th October 2014
The Elverys Sports 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

8th – 12th October 2014
The Galway Jazz Festival returns for its ninth 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

13th – 19th October 2014
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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Galway Comedy Festival

21st – 27th October 2014
The Galway Comedy Festival 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

26th – 27th October 2014
The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway on Sunday and Monday, 26th and 27th October, 2014. 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

25th, 26th & 31st October 2014
Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Friday 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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Galway Masters International Basketball Tournament

1st – 2nd November 2014
The 4th annual Galway Masters International open Basketball Tournament will take place at NUIG Kingfisher in Galway on the first weekend of November 2014. 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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Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show

15th – 16th November 2014
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

7th – 23rd November 2014
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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Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition

23rd November 2014
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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Galway Christmas Market

November – December 2014
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

November 2014 – January 2015
Galway City On Ice brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2014. 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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