Donegal County

Earagail Arts Festival: A cornerstone of Donegal’s cultural calendar, this two-week festival in July features a diverse array of performances from both local and international artists. It includes concerts, outdoor events, visual arts exhibitions, and family-friendly activities, all set against the magnificent backdrop of Donegal’s landscapes.

Donegal International Rally: In June, the Donegal International Rally captivates motorsport enthusiasts worldwide. A key round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, this event promises a weekend of adrenaline-pumping action on the county’s roads.

Mary from Dungloe International Festival: A celebration of Irish culture and the iconic song “Mary from Dungloe,” this 10-day festival in July/August is filled with music, parades, and the crowning of “Mary from Dungloe.” Blending traditional Irish festivities with contemporary entertainment, it draws visitors and participants alike.

Ardara Matchmaking Festival: Ardara’s Matchmaking Festival in November offers a contemporary take on traditional matchmaking, including speed dating, dances, and music. This unique and vibrant event brings together singles and couples for a weekend of fun and connection.

Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival: Held in autumn, this festival honors the creative arts and cultural heritage of southwest Donegal. It showcases a mix of music, theatre, visual arts, and literary events, featuring local talent in the stunning settings of Donegal Bay and the Blue Stack Mountains.

Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival: In late May or early June, Ballyshannon, the birthplace of legendary guitarist Rory Gallagher, hosts a tribute festival attracting fans globally. It features performances by renowned blues and rock musicians, celebrating Gallagher’s enduring legacy.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades: St. Patrick’s Day in Donegal is celebrated with festive parades and activities across the county, highlighting the community spirit with bands, dancers, and colorful floats.

These events and more make Donegal a dynamic place to visit throughout the year, offering a glimpse into the county’s rich traditions, creativity, and communal life, making every visit memorable.