Events in Galway

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Music for Galway Midwinter Festival

19th - 21st January 2019

Music for Galway

This years theme is "Beloved - Composors in Love." The three day Midwinter Festival celebrates classical music with performances from outstanding composers and orchestra groups. Book today for tickets and showtimes.


Subtitle Fil Festival

26th - 28th January 2019

Subtitle Film Festival Galway

Come and see popular titles in Comedy, Drama, Thrillers and more from subtitled films across Europe. Located in the Town Hall Theater in Galway, you can purchase tickets and see upcoming showings on the Town Hall website.




22nd - 25th February 2019


From the Irish hit show Ted, comes a celebration of the madness and tom foolary that is Tedfest. Large numbers of Ted fans dress as characters from the show and make their way to the islands for a tribute to not only the show itself, but to the late Dermot Morgan. Be sure to book your tickets in advance since this festival tends to fill up quickly!



Corofin Trad Music Festival

29th February - 3rd March 2019

Corofin Trad Fest

Get ready for the session with local traditional Irish music and a concert nightly in Teach Ceoil. Find out the full list of shows and locations on the event website.

Múscailt Arts Festival at NUIG

 March 2019

Múscailt Arts Festival Galway

"To awaken, to inspire, to create." The Múscailt Arts Festival is heald on the NUIG campus and provides a platform for artists to showcase their skills in performance, film, music and more. Find more information on their event website today.

St. Patricks Day Parade

17th March 2019

Saint Patricks Festival Galway

This year's parade highlights include Galway Arts Centre, Colours Street Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival with community groups such as Foróige, GAA clubs, Amnesty International and The Russian Culture Club creating a kaleidoscope of of Galway's rich mix of cultural and ethnic diversity. The parade festivites include a free concert for patrons of all ages. The parade begins at 11.30pm and will last about an hour and a half.

Aran Celtic Music Festival

8th - 11th March 2019

Aran Celtic Music Festival

Visit the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór, for a celebration of traditional Irish music. This weekend long event includes celtic readings, storytelling, and fantastic showcase of Irish performers. Visit the event website today for more information.




Connemara Marathon

2019 is the 18th Connemara Marathon and comprises of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon all taking place in April. Book early to avoid disappointment.




Galway Theater Festival

3rd - 11th May 2019

Galway Theater Festival

Focusing on Irish performance in the realm of storytelling, dance, playwriting etc. The Galway Theater Festival is in it's 11th year as a staple event in the city and hopes to bring spirited adventure and excitment to theater enthusiasts everywhere. You can find more information regarding tickets and showtimes on the event website.


The Cuckoo Festival

3rd - 6th May 2019


Held in the scenic fishing village of Kinvara Co. Galway, this weekend long festival with over 50 traditional music sessions along with poetry readings, dance and craft shows. More information and timelines can be seen on the event website.



Ed Sheeran in Concert

After breaking the record of most ticket sales in a single day by an Irish performer, Ed Sheeran is coming to Galway for what is sure to be the main event of the year. Tickets are sold out, but there is always a chance of a few left over and the buzz around town will certainly be an experience in itself.

Galway Traditional Boat Festival

May 2019

Galway Traditional Boat Festival

The Galway Traditional Boat Festival is a regetta displaying unique Irish boats that you would see along the Galway Bay and coastal areas. Perfect for the sea enthusiast or a lovely day out for all ages.



Galway Early Music Festival

24th - 26th May 2019


Galway Early Music Festival

Simone Sorini will be playing at Nun’s Island Theatre on Saturday 26th May at 4pm, with his medieval duo Simone Sorini Syrenarum which includes Claudia Viviani on voice and percussion with Simone on Lute and voice.
The other festival highlights and performers can be viewed here. 



Lough Corrib Cycle

9th June 2019

Lough Corrib Cycle

You can choose between 45KM and 120KM route and see the beautiful country side through Connemara. In support of Croí Cyclists, there will be plenty of food and refreshments stops along the way. You can register today on the event website.

The Galway Sessions

12th-16th June 2019

Galway Sessions Festival

Throughout this week long event you will find trad music pub sessions, street buskers, and outstanding performances at the Town Hall Theater all to celebrate Irish heritage through music and performing art. Galway city comes alive with this festival and really showcases the emmense history of ireland through song.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

June 2019

Red Bull Cliff Diving Ireland

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.



Galway Film Fleadh

July 9th - 14th  2019

Galway Film Fleadh

Galway Film Fleadh

For one week in the summer the entire Irish film industry descends on our “Cannes on the Corrib”, alongside filmmakers, talent, financiers and more from every corner of the world. They share ideas, collaborate and watch films in the uniquely welcoming, intimate and informal atmosphere that only a Galway festival experience could provide. More important, however, are our audiences which come from Galway, all over Ireland, and from almost every point of the globe, to see the best in new Irish and world cinema.  

Galway International Arts Festival

July 15th - 28th  2019

Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival




Galway Races Summer Festival

July 29th - August 4th 2019

Galway Races

Galway Races Summer Festival

The famous Galway Races Summer Festival returns with top racing, fabulous fashion, delectable foods and an electric atmosphere with an infectious sense of fun. The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. Highlights of the Summer Festival include Ladies Day, Friday’s Fair Lady, Ladbrokes Day, and Family Day including our very popular Mad Hatters Competition. Turnstiles will open each day at approximately two hours before the first race. audience. 

The Galway Fringe Festival

July  2019

Galway Fringe Festival

The Galway Fringe Festival

The Galway Fringe Festival is a boutique multidisciplinary Arts Festival based in Galway City. The festival has an international roster of talented artists and encompasses visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, cabaret and exciting street spectacles. The Galway Fringe Festival also realises the vital importance of providing a platform for home-grown artists and aims to showcase our national talent to the world and to Galway. As always, we will be extending invitations to international artists across all disciplines, bringing acclaim and attention to our city and breathing life into the Arts. We also aim to encourage the reservoir of Irish-language talent Galway has to offer in terms of the arts and, to present this internationally as a centre of the Irish language. audience. 


Galway Cup

August 2019

Galway Cup

The Galway Cup is now regarded as one of the leading underage tournaments in Europe. Played in Drom Soccer Park located just 20 mins drive from the Connacht Hotel. Teams are provided with the stage to showcase their talents to coaches, scouts and an appreciative audience. 














Galway Races September Festival 

September 16th - 17th 2019

Galway Races September  - Hotel in Galway City Centre

Galway Races - September Festival

Autumn racing returns to Ballybrit, kicking off with a two day meeting in September, Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th. The September race meeting is always popular due to its relaxed atmosphere. 

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival 

September 27th - 29th 2019

Galway Oyster Festival - Hotel in Galway City Centre

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival 

A celebration of seafood, each year this festival attracts crowds who want to get a taste of the unique Galway oysters.
With the World Oyster Opening Championships and a Gala Mardi Gras that visits different venues throughout the evening, starting with an Oyster and Prosecco reception, parading to the second venue for a starter course and finish up at the final venue for main course, dessert and dancing ’till the wee hours!

Culture Night 

September 20th 2019

Culture Night Galway Events 2018 - Hotel in Galway City Centre

Culture Night 

Switch on Culture Night with venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland as they open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culturec


Galway Jazz Festival 

October 2019


Galway Jazz Festival

The Galway Jazz Festival in October,  four days of top class local, national and international jazz and improvised music.Over the four days of the festival, we will hear musicians from 14 countries, in 20 venues, and over 50 gigs. Plus plenty of talk, both formal and informal, some cinema, kids stuff, masterclasses and loads of unexpected and unplanned delights. 

Clarinbridge Oyster Festival

 October 2019

Clarinbridge Oyster Festival

Established in 1954 and going from strength to strength, this Clarenbridge Oyster Festival has become an integral part of life in the picturesque village of Clarenbridge in the south Galway on the shores of Galway Bay.


Run Galway Bay

5th October 2019

Run Galway Bay 

Run Galway Bay 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon is set to return to the shores of Galway Bay on October 5th, 2019.
The largest multi-distance running event in Galway City attracted a record number of over 3,200 people to the City of the Tribes in 2017 and is expected to increase in numbers again next year



14th - 21st October 2019

Babaro Festival Galway

Baboró International Arts Festival

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages.

Vodafone Comedy Carnival

22nd - 28th October 2019

Vodafone Comedy Carnival 2019

The 2019 Vodafone Comedy Carnival will feature a line-up of the best of the international and Irish international comedy talents. 
Dotted along a variety of venues across the city, a top class selection of unmissable shows ensures there is something for everyone including top international headliners, Irish comedy legends and the best new performers around. Full lineup to be announced. 

Galway Races  - October Bank Holiday Festival 

26th - 28th October 2019

Galway Races - October Bank Holiday Festival

We will be offering three days of fantastic horseracing, hospitality, entertainment and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the magic that is the Galway Races. 



Christmas Lights  

22nd November 2019

Christmas Lights 

Santa is coming to Galway City on the 16th November to officially Light up Galway City.  This year Santa will parade through the streets of Galway on the Santa Express Train, turning on the lights as he goes.  He will finish up with a trip to Galway’s East Village,where he will turn on the final lights of the city and the Christmas market live from the stage at the main entrance to the Eyre Square Shopping Centre. 

Christmas Markets  

22nd November - 22nd December 2019

Christmas Markets 

The Galway Continental Christmas Market makes its return to the City Of The Tribes from 6pm on Friday 22nd November. 
Soakup the festive atmosphere with over 50 wooden chalets in Eyre Square, with crafts, gifts and artisan product along with the Santa's Grotto, the German Bier Keller numerous other theatrical delights throughout the four week fair.
The 2019 Christmas Market is the tenth year of the market in Galway and visitors can expect to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and stalls located in Eyre Square in Galway City centre.
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