Galway County

Galway International Arts Festival: One of Europe’s most vibrant celebrations of the arts, this festival takes place over two weeks in July, transforming Galway City with performances, exhibitions, and concerts. Featuring both international artists and homegrown talent, the festival spans theater, music, visual arts, and street performances, making it a highlight of Galway’s cultural calendar.

Galway Races: Held at the end of July and into August, the Galway Races are a centerpiece of the Irish social and sporting calendar. This week-long horse racing festival draws crowds from across Ireland and beyond, offering excitement, fashion, and the chance to partake in one of Ireland’s most beloved sporting traditions.

Clifden Arts Festival: The picturesque town of Clifden hosts Ireland’s longest-running community arts festival each September. The festival showcases a mix of music, literature, theater, and visual arts, with performances and workshops set against the stunning backdrop of Connemara.

Oyster & Seafood Festival: Celebrating Galway’s rich maritime and culinary heritage, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival takes place in September. The festival includes the World Oyster Opening Championship, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and street parades, offering a taste of local flavors and traditions.

Tedfest: A unique event inspired by the cult television series “Father Ted,” Tedfest is held on the Aran Islands. This quirky festival includes a range of activities such as the Lovely Girls Contest and Ted’s Got Talent, attracting fans of the show for a weekend of comedy and camaraderie.

Galway Film Fleadh: A leading film festival in Ireland, the Galway Film Fleadh is an international event that celebrates cinema in July. The festival showcases a selection of Irish and international films, documentaries, and shorts, with opportunities for filmmakers and enthusiasts to engage through workshops and discussions.

These events are just a taste of what Galway has to offer throughout the year. Whether you’re drawn by the allure of the arts, the thrill of sports, or the charm of local festivals, Galway’s event calendar is sure to provide something that captures your interest, offering insights into the county’s dynamic culture and community spirit.