Mayo County

Westport Festival of Music and Food:

This is a pretty renowned festival held in Westport, Ireland, which brings together live performances of top quality music with the gastronomic delights of local and national artists traveling with their world-class chefs. The festival presents a family-friendly atmosphere with many amusements and entertainments, humanizing summer in Mayo.

Gaelforce West:

This adventure race, started in 2006, has since emerged as one of the most grueling on the outdoor calendar of events in Ireland and further afield. Participants of Gaelforce West take in running, hiking, cycling, and kayaking across Mayo’s stunning but demanding landscapes, from the shores of Clew Bay to the summit at Croagh Patrick.

Ballina Salmon Festival:

This is one of the largest festivals to take place in Mayo. Taking a family event-filled week with a river-rafting orientation, the festival attracts thousands of visitors every July with fishing competitions, street theatre, fireworks, and more.

Achill Island Maritime Festival:

This festival celebrates the maritime culture of Achill through traditional currach racing, sea shanties, and seafood. A lively island festival celebrating a deep connection with the sea and its seafaring traditions.

Castlebar International Four Days’ Walks:

An annual walking festival since 1967, it invites all the people of all ages and even those with different levels of experience to take to the highways and byways of the Castlebar region. Walks are graded in accordance with ability and desire, so there’s something for everyone in the beautiful Mayo countryside.

Feile Chixois:

Louisburgh, hosted in the traditional home of the International Feile tradition, annually hosts Feistle Cois Cuain as Ireland’s best festival of traditional music, showcasing some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians in some of the country’s most remote and beautiful locations, authentically promoting the preservation of Ireland’s rich musical heritage.

Harvest Time Blues in Monaghan:

Though technically out of Mayo, but so close that you’d really be remiss not to consider this if you’re a fan of the blues. Home to international and Irish blues acts, it takes place in a number of venues around the town, giving it a lively feel cherished by fans of the genre.

Cong Food Village Festival:

This is an event hosted right in the historic Cong village. Here, one gets to see the best local produce and culinary skills demonstrated. It also offers cooking demonstrations, tastings, and workshops on everything from sustainability to health and well-being. This culinary surprise is the best for any tourist food lover visiting Cong Food Village.

Mayo Dark Sky Festival:

The annual festival involves talks, workshops, and astronomy-based night activities organized by the Mayo Dark Sky Park team. Great opportunity for families and astronomy enthusiasts to learn about the night sky in one of the few spots in Ireland without light pollution.

These types of events happening in County Mayo give a great insight into the region with its rich cultural offer. One will know from the motive of enjoying the natural beauty and outdoor activities to the musical and culinary tradition present. All these festivals and events humanize a chance not only for the local community to get involved but also for the visitors to experience the magic that is Mayo.