City attractions

Lunchtime @ The Library

It takes 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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Date: 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016

Clifden Traditional Music Festival

If there wasn't already enough traditional music in the city centre itself, why not a take a trip out into the beautiful town of Cliden.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. 
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Date: 09.04.2016 - 12.04.2016

Connemara International Marathon

This year 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. 
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Date: 10.04.2016 - 10.04.2016 

Japanese Film Festival

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. 

Date: 12.04.2016 - 14.04.2016

Galway Watersports Show

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. Come join us to participate or enjoy this incredible display of talent
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Date: 14.04.2016 - 15.04.2016 

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Ireland’s premier literary event. Every year, the festival brings approximately sixty authors of local, national and international repute to Galway for readings, workshops, discussions, book signings and much, much more. 
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Date: 19.04.2016 - 25.04.2016

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. 
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Date: 24.04.2016 - 24.04.2016

Fleadh na gCuach Festival

Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) is taking place every year in the scenic fishing village of Kinvara, Co. Galway on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. It is a very popular Traditional Irish Music festival with over 50 music sessions in the villages' pubs over the weekend. In addition to the music, one can also find Art & Crafts, Poetry, Drama during the festival. 
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Date: 28.04.2016 - 02.05.2016

Connemara Mussel Festival

A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested from “One of the Forty Places to See Before you Die” is taking place on the beautiful Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara. This is the festivals nineth year 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 devoured 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. 
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Date: 29.04.2016 - 01.05.2016

Galway Theatre Festival

The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's eighth year running, will take place all throught the city now including 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. 
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Date: 29.04.2016 - 07.05.2016

Leenane Mountain Walking Festival

The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival includes a choice of high-level mountain walks or a low-level option, and enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea along the way. There will be transport to and from the mountains, including a speedboat across Killary Harbour to Mweelrea Mountain. 
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Date: 29.04.2016 - 01.05.2016

Féile na Ceardlainne

Féile na Ceardlainne a free Festival of Art, Craft, Music and Dance celebrating the very best of Irish craft and design on Saturday and Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend. The two-day festival of events will take place at Ceardlann, home to nine unique Arts, Craft and Design studios in Spiddal village whose members have planned free open day workshops for people of all ages to try their hand at craft. 
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Date: 30.04.2016 - 01.05.2016

Bealtaine Festival 2016

The Bealtaine Festival 2016 will see hundreds of events for, by and featuring older people all across the country, offering theatre, visual arts, music and more. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’. The Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s unique nationwide celebration of creativity as we age and is an initiative of Age & Opportunity. 
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Date: 01.05.2016 - 31.05.2016

Galway County Fleadh

The Galway County Fleadh feature a wide variety of events including competitions, sessions and dancing. 2016 dates and location yet to be confirmed. So come along and enjoy true Irish traditional music and dance and all things Gaelic.
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Date: 01.05.2016 - 31.05.2016 

Connemara Adventure Challenge

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. 
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Date: 07.05.2016 - 07.05.2016

Galway Early Music Festival

The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates its 21st birthday in 2016 with old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment. 
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Date: 12.05.2016 - 15.05.2016

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. 
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Date: 13.05.2016 - 15.05.2016

Cliffs of Moher Seabirds Festival

During the month of May one of Ireland’s most amazing natural wonders is the host of seabirds found nesting at the Cliffs of Moher. Over 60,000 seabirds can be seen at the Cliffs of Moher during the breeding season including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars nesting at different levels of the cliffs. The Cliffs are a Special Protected Area for seabirds and are also home to other bird species such as Peregrine Falcons, Choughs and Ravens. There is nowhere else on the mainland of Ireland where you can so easily see such a host of nesting seabirds from accessible viewing points on the cliffs of or from the boat of the Cliffs of Moher cruises from Doolin. The Cliffs of Moher Seabirds festival is a family friendly series of activities and events celebrating the presence of our feathered friends. 
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Date: 13.05.2016 - 18.05.2016

Conamara Bog Week

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. 
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Date: 27.05.2016 - 06.06.2016

Tour de Conamara

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. 
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Date: 28.05.2016 - 28.05.2016

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon Festival

The Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon takes place amidst the stunning surroundings of one of Ireland's hidden castle treasures overlooking Europe's largest privately-owned lake, just outside Gort, Co Galway. The race has a distance for all levels, whether first timers or elites. 
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Date: 29.05.2016 - 29.05.2016

The CAFE Arts Festival

Galway’s newest arts festival, the CAFE (Carrabane Arts for Everyone) Festival will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend in the village of Carrabane, five minutes from Loughrea. The festival will centre on three locations – Carrabane’s newly opened Village Theatre, a forest walk which will be transformed by local children into The Enchanted Forest, and Carrabane Hall. 
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Date: 29.05.2016 - 31.05.2016

Venture Cup Powerboat Race

June 2016 
The Venture Cup is the longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race in the world and in June 2016 Galway will be the only port out of six around Ireland where the stunning powerboats will compete in inport racing. Using the Aran Islands as a chicane along the route, the races whih are held over four days will involve vessels that have broken speed records of 244mph and will be visible from the Promenade in Salthill. 
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Date: 11.06.2016 - 19.06.2016

The Galway Sessions

The Galway Sessions Festival returns celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world. As in previous years, the festival’s Scottish connection will be retained with an array of performers travelling from Galway’s cultural partner Stirling to take part. Events take place in the Town Hall Theastre and in pubs throughout the city with sessions planned in The Crane Bar, The King's Head, Tigh Choili’s, Taaffe’s Bar ,The Quays, Tigh Neachtains, and Monroe’s Tavern. 
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Date: 13.06.2016 - 19.06.2016

Connemara Green Festival

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. 
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Date: 19.06.2016 - 21.06.2016

Roundstone Bay 8K

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. 
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Date: 27.06.2016 - 27.06.2016

Galway Simon 10km or 10mile

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 and on 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. 
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Date: 28.06.2016 - 30.06.2016


Traidphicnic is a weekend event with concerts by traditional music artists along with art and cultural workshops with the backdrop of the beautiful Connemara landscape. Indulge in delicious local cuisine or just sit back and soak up the wonderful music. Traidphicnic has something for everyone and is very much a family event. Based near to Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft and Design Studios, you can explore the shops, sneek a peek at the crafters at work, and nip to the beach or into the seaside village of An Spidéál and make your own discoveries.

Date: 01.07.2016 - 03.07.2016

Galway Film Fleadh

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. 
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Date: 05.07.2016 - 10.07.2016

Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show

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. 
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Date: 10.07.2016 - 10.07.2016

Galway International Arts Festival

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. From awe-inspiring visual arts to tantalising theatre, giant puppets snaking through the medieval streets to late-night musical parties in the Big Top, this Galway festival is fabulous from start to finish. 
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Date: 11.07.2016 - 24.07.2016

Galway Garden Festival

Galway Garden Festival is held in the beautifully restored Claregalway Castle in mid July. Nursery suppliers from across Ireland will share a wealth of planting experience with all who browse the plant stalls’ extensive range of plants, trees, seeds, and shrubs. Garden equipment, from hoes to glasshouses to woven willow baskets. Celebrated gardeners will provide advice and the work of organisations such as Bóthar, The Beekeepers Federation, and The Organic Centre, Co Leitrim, can be appreciated at the stands in the castle grounds. 
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Date: 11.07.2016 - 24.07.2016

Galway Fringe Festival

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. 
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Date: 11.07.2016 - 24.07.2016

Galway Bay Weekend Cruise

Boats of all sorts from all around Galway Bay head out from their numerous home ports to assemble at Kilronan in the Aran Islands. This unique annual event will in turn usher in the WIORA (West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association) Annual Racing Festival, which will takes place under the Galway Bay Sailing Club burgee from Wednesday July 22nd to Saturday July 25th, but will be staged at Galway Harbour rather than at GBSC's home anchorage across the bay at Rinville. 
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Date: 22.07.2016 - 25.07.2016

Galway Races Summer Festival

Ireland's biggest and most famous horse racing festival is held in Galway during the last week of July every year and involves seven days of breath taking action. The 2016 festival will run from 25th July until 31st July. Quarter of a million people are set to attend the Galway Races throughout the week, and the town has a real buzz at night, with hangovers aplenty the following day. It is a joyous, fun-filled seven days where people might leave with a few less Euros than they had when they arrived but they also leave with great new experiences, new friends and a time that will never be forgotten.  
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Date: 25.07.2016 - 31.07.2016

Ladies Day at The Galway Races

The widely renowned Ladies Day at the Galway Races combines both the very best in racing world and also in the world of ladies fashion. The Thursday of Race week is not to be missed!
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Date: 28.07.2016 - 28.07.2016

Connemara Pony Festival

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. 
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Date: 14.08.2016 - 21.08.2016

Etape Connemara

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.. 
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Date: 14.08.2016 - 14.08.2016

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Ennis 2016

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be held in Ennis County Clare in August 2016. Only an hour from Galway it is the most anticipated event in the Irish traditional music calendar. For participants it is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion. For others it is a unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts that offers a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all. 
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Date: 16.08.2016 - 22.08.2016

Cruinniu na mBad Festival

Date: 19.08.2016 - 21.08.2016

Sugarbeat 2016

Sugarbeat 2016 is one of Galway's newest outdoor music festivals. Sugarbeat takes place in Tuam Stadium, Co. Galway. The two-day festival includes two live music stages, 20 acts and a wide range of food and beverage offerings. The festival grounds are within walking distance of the town centre. 
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Date: 20.08.2016 - 21.08.2016

Galway Heritage Week

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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Date: 20.08.2016 - 28.08.2016

Loughrea Medieval Festival

August 2016 
Loughrea Medieval Festival is a 3 day festival which takes place every August. The theme for this years festival is the ‘Gathering of the Clans’ is being held during National Heritage Week and comprises of scenes of everyday life in Medieval Loughrea, as well as being jam-packed with fun events and performances.

Date: 28.08.2016 - 30.08.2016

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. 
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Date: 29.08.2016 - 29.08.2016

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