Events in Galway

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Galway International Oyster Festival

22nd - 24th September 2017

This is one of Ireland longest running festivals and more notably the original food festival in Galway. It is not just for lovers of the delicious bivalve but for anyone who fancies a weekend of good fun in good company. Local pubs are filled with live entertainment and the culturally iconic street entertainers, who seem to turn up in Galway at the flimsiest of excuses, will be out along the city centre.


Cannonball Run

8th - 10th September 2017

Cannonball Ireland is the annual gathering of supercar enthusiasts who drive in convoy on an adventurous and picturesque three-day road trip around Ireland, raising funds for the Make a Wish chairty in Ireland. Now in it's ninth year running, this parade of supercars, monster trucks and wacky vehicels this motorised mascarade this event is enjoyable for all automobile enthusiasts and their families.





Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

5th - 8th October 2017

The Clarenbridge Oyster festival is a celebration of the native Oyster, of the history of the beautiful village of Clarenbridge and of the energy of a vibrant and modern day community respecting tradition. This year marks the 63rd Anniversary of the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival. Great food, great Guinness, great music and entertainment all in a splendid marquee on the banks of the Claren River which flows through the village of Clarenbridge on the edge of Galway Bay.



Food on the Edge

9th October  2017

Food on the Edge is a two day symposium for chefs & food enthusiasts from all around the world. It is a coming together of chefs to listen, talk, debate and network over two days in Galway. Open to the public.



Baboró Childrens Festival

16th October 2017

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city.



Galway Races October Racing Festival

29th - 30th October 2017

The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway over the bank holiday weekend. So if you fancy some great racing and great fun, then this is the place to be. There will be great racing, free car parking, free entry for children under 14, free racecard draw each day, big screen, Tote, On course bookmakers, bar and restaurant facilities. Music will be by the Guinness Jazz Band

Admission Price: €15 per adult


Carnevil: An Exorcise in Fear

October 2017

Carnevil is the west of Ireland’s first scare attraction, housed in the haunted former Connacht Tribune printing press on Market Street. Carnevil begins in mid October and will end at midnight on Halloween night. This haunted house provides a maze of rooms with live actors in terrifing costume. Admission is strictly for ages 16 and older and tickets can also be purchased in advance.




Gael Force Turf Warrior Challenge

4th November 2017

The Turf Warrior Challenge offers the chance to round off the season in a flurry of mud and sweat on the banks of Killary Harbour in Co. Galway. The deceptively short 10km course is packed full of climbing, swinging, leaps into the Atlantic and all kinds of other mayhem and madness. Said to be the toughest course in Ireland, it promises to test competitors' stamina, nerve and camaraderie. The fun does not end with the race. Once they have washed the mud off, all warriors are invited to the themed party in Killary Adventure Centre.



Bake Fest

November 2017

Galway sees the return of the unique baking phenomenon that is Bake Fest Galway 2017. The two day national baking festival is set to return to Leisureland in Salthill and promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s festival. Their website includes many tps and reciepes for back to school and upcoming celebrations in need of some baked goodness.






Galway Christmas Market

December 2017

The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square and at The Spanish Arch in the centre of the city this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numerous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.


Galway Skates

November 19th 2017 - January 8th 2018

Galway Skates brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2017. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Leisure land, located across from the Salthill prom, transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m ice rink. The opening hours for the rink are 1.30pm - 9pm during Mon-Fri and 10.30am - 9pm Sat & Sun.


Christmas Day Swim for Cope

25th December 2017

The COPE Galway Christmas Day swim is now in its 28th year and is held each year on Christmas morning from 10am - 12pm at Blackrock, Salthill, Galway. Support COPE by taking a dip while and raising funds to help vulnerable and isolated men, women and families in Galway. If you are interested in helping this cause further, more volunteer and donation opportunities can be found on the COPE website.


Fields of Athenry 10k

26th December 2017

The 13th running of the Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen's day at 11am and is hosted by the Athenry Athletic Club. Over the last number of years this has has become of of the leading road races in the country, and this year it aims to raise the bar higher. The race returns to its now traditional route, finishing under the medival arch in Athenry.

The entry fee is €20 and participants must be 18 years or older.



Connemara 4 Seasons Winter Walking Festival

27th - 29th December 2017

Explore Connemara in wintertime with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey who provide an insight into the unique cultural, archaeological, and historical heritage of the area. The walks are suitable for beginners up to advanced walkers, all you need is a good pair of boots. A map of the walking course and more information on how to enter the festival can be found on their website.

The Forster Court Hotel | Galway | Location


Situated in the East Village of Galway city on Forster street
The Forster Court Hotel | Galway | The hotel bar

The hotel bar

with live music every evening and a delicious bar bite menu

Reservations online