The Galway Races is a Horse-racing festival that takes place
for a week starting on the last Monday in July. The races
are held at Ballybrit race course and are the only seven-day
race meeting in Ireland. The main days of the festival are
on Wednesday, when the Galway Plate is held and Thursday
when the Galway Hurdle and Ladies' Day take place.
Galway Arts Festival
The Galway Arts Festival takes place in Galway, Ireland
every July. It first began in 1978 and since has grown into
one of the biggest arts festivals in Ireland. It attracts
international artists as well as providing a platform for
local and national performers also. The Festival includes
parades, street performances and numerous plays, musical
concerts and comedy acts. Over the years the Festival has
developed a reputation to rival the near-hedonistic
atmosphere which envelopes the city of Galway during those
weeks. Highlights of the festival tend to be Macnas and
Druid performances, two large local performance groups.
Oyster Festival Sept
The first Oyster Festival was in 1954 and since then
Clarinbridge has hosted many National and International
celebrities and has contributed enormously to the
development of the tourist trade in the region.
September 1st ends the oysters honeymoon and the eating
season opens with the Gala Oyster Celebration in the
festival marquee. That's when oyster lovers head for
Clarenbridge to sample what are recognised as "probably the
most succulent Oysters in the World!"
Galway Oyster Festival
The Galway International Oyster Festival is a food festival
held annually in Galway during September, the first month of
the oyster season. Inaugurated in 1954, it was begun by
Great Southern Hotel manager, Brian Collins, and in 2000 was
described by the Sunday Times as "one of the 12 greatest
shows on earth and was listed in the 1987 AA Travel Guide
one of Europe's Seven Best Festivals.
The main events are two Oyster Opening Championships, the
Guinness Irish Oyster Opening Championship and the Guinness
World Oyster Opening Championship. Other events include a
beauty pageant to select the Oyster Pearl, and a
Galway Early Music
Festival, May 17-20
This year’s theme, 'Social Harmony: When Tradition & High Art Meet', looks at what happens when popular culture and high art meet and mingle: when tunes played at a peasant’s wedding find their way into the music played at a castle feast, when hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes become the fashion at court and when baroque harp discovers the rhythms of Africa and the New World. A foot-tapping weekend of simple melody and complex harmony in the liveliest medieval town in Europe!
Programme & Tickets: www.galwayearlymusic.com
Arts Festival For Children
Hynes Building, St. Clare's Walk, Merchants Road, Galway
Each October the popular Baboro International Arts Festival
brings a riot of sound and colour to Galway at this event
dedicated to children. Aimed at school groups, there is an
incredible choice of over 40 performances by production
companies from around the world with shows covering a wide
range of art forms including puppetry, music, theatre,
storytelling and juggling.
Brasilian Festival -
Gort, County Galway
The annual Brasilian Festival started 3 years ago in Gort
and has become a popular medium for the local Brasilians to
express themselves and share a little of their culture with
the Irish people. The festival takes place in June and is
modelled on the 'Quadrilha' one of the most popular public
events in Brasil. There are demonstrations of traditional
dances such as 'Quadrilha', 'Axe', 'Forro'; the renowned 'Capoeira'
and ample servings of native cuisine.
Cruinniú na mBád Boat
Festival - Kinvara, County Galway
The first Cruinniú na mBád, held in 1979, brings us back to
the time, when the majestic Galway Hookers, used to sail to
Kinvara from Connemara laden down with turf. Before the
introduction of gas and electricity, turf was the main fuel
used for cooking and heating, of which there was a scarce
supply around Kinvara, but plentiful in Connemara, and thus
this trade became established.
The Cuckoo Festival - Kinvara, County Galway
Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) which is held each
year on the May Bank Holiday Weekend is a Traditional Irish
Music festival, where one will find over 50 music sessions
in the villages' pubs. In addition to the music, one can
also find Art & Crafts, Poetry, Drama during the festival.
Féile an Dóilín -
Féile an Dóilín is the west of Ireland's premier maritime
festival, taking place annually on the shores Carraroe on
the shores of Galway Bay. Celebrating this unique region's
rich maritime history, the festival has something to offer
to everyone, young and old. The festival revolves around the
ancient and beautiful Galway Hooker boat. From Paráid na
bhFathach (Parade of the Giant) to the Parade of Sail,
lectures on maritime history and boat-making exhibitions,
there really is no better place in Ireland to spend the
August Bank Holiday weekend. The aim of Féile an Dóilín is
to promote the area's maritime heritage.
Dunmore Festival of Song
- October each year
Tuam Arts Festival
Held in August of each year.
Earwig! Tuam Community
Arts Group was formed in October 2003 to provide Tuam and
its surroundings with an outlet for its wealth of creative
talent, using street theatre as an active and practical
approach to expanding Community involvement in Artistic
activities. The group consists of a number of experienced
community arts practitioner, professional writers,
directors, performers and musicians and members of the local
community sector in Tuam.
Connemara Pony Show -
August each year
The Festival of the Connemara Pony is a celebration of the
Connemara Pony breed with week-long activities including a
visit to the Connemara National Park, culminating in the
famous Connemara Pony Show. The Connemara Pony Breeders
Society was originally established in 1923 for the purpose
of taking steps that would lead to the preservation and
improvement of the Connemara Pony.
Ballinasloe Horse Fair
Today, over 80,000 horse lovers visit Ballinasloe during the week long
During the fair, the usually quiet town of Ballinasloe, is
transformed into a sea of cars, trucks, trailers, horse
floats and people.