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Galway Festivals & Events

Festivals to look forward to in 2015. Why not plan ahead? There is always something exciting happening.
Bealtaine Festival 2015
01st - 31st May 2015
The Bealtaine Festival 2015 will see hundreds of events for, by and featuring older people all across Ireland, offering theatre, visual arts, music and more. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’. The Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s unique nationwide celebration of creativity as we age and is an initiative of Age & Opportunity.
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Inishbofin Arts Festival
01st - 03rd May 2015
The Inishbofin Community Arts Festival runs from the 01st to the 3rd of May 2015. Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic island of Inishbofin, this Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, poetry, creative workshops and fun family activities.
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Connemara Adventure Challenge
09th May 2015
The race has three disciplines: Trail / Mountain Running, Kayaking and Cycling. The course will be exceptional, the scenery spectacular, so now all that's needed is good weather. The Connemara Adventure Challenge is 31km in total and it is open to racers of all levels.
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Galway Early Music Festival
14th - 17th May 2015
The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment.
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Galway Hooker Festival
30th - 31st May 2015
2015 will be the second year of this festival celebrating Galway’s status as a maritime city. The Galway Hooker Sea Festival will run over the June Bank Holiday Weekend with a focus on maritime activities and will feature family events, including seafood trails, music, dance and entertainment.
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The Galway Sessions
14th - 21st June 2015
The Galway Sessions Festival, celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world, returns from Sunday June 14th to Sunday 21st. As in previous years, the festival’s Scottish connection will be retained with an array of performers travelling from Galway’s cultural partner Stirling to take part. Events take place in the Town Hall Theastre and in pubs throughout the city with sessions planned in The Crane Bar, The King's Head, Tigh Choili’s, Taaffe’s Bar ,The Quays, Tigh Neachtains, and Monroe’s Tavern.
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03rd - 04th July 2015
Traidphicnic is a weekend event with concerts by traditional music artists along with art and cultural workshops with the backdrop of the beautiful Connemara landscape. Indulge in delicious local cuisine or just sit back and soak up the wonderful music. Traidphicnic has something for everyone and is very much a family event. Based near to Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft and Design Studios, you can explore the shops, sneek a peek at the crafters at work, and nip to the beach or into the seaside village of An Spidéál and make your own discoveries.
Galway Garden Festival
04th - 05th July 2015
Galway Garden Festival is held in the beautifully restored Claregalway Castle in mid July. Nursery suppliers from across Ireland will share a wealth of planting experience with all who browse the plant stalls’ extensive range of plants, trees, seeds, and shrubs.
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Galway Film Fleadh
07th - 12th July 2015
Film festival for feature films and shorts. 2015 marks the 27th Galway Film Fleadh, and the central goal of the festival remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment and share a common experience.
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Currafest Music Festival
July 2015
Currafest Music Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever this year, and is set to become the most highly-anticipated Music Festival in the West of Ireland. The festival will be held on the grounds of Curra West Golf Club and boasts an exciting line up. In addition the festival will include a comedy tent, food festival and Currakids playzone, along with the new option of camping overnight on the Saturday. The festival promises to remain a great day out for people of all ages, and families, and raises funds for worthwhile charities. Since its first year the festival has been successful in raising vital funds and this year Currafest has partnered with Our Lady’s Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
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Galway Fringe Festival
13th - 26th July 2015
Running in parallel with the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival aims to provide a platform for local artists, writers, playwrights, poets, actors and musicians to perform and showcase new work.
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Galway International Arts Festival
13th - 26th July 2015
One of Europe 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.
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Galway Races - Summer Festival Meeting
27th July - 02nd August 2015
Galway Race course, Ballybrit, Galway. Ireland's premier horse racing festival. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion, you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned.
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Galway Heritage Week
August 2015
Galway’s rich heritage is set to be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week. Over 100 different events are planned from Ballinasloe to Inishbofin and will take in everything from genealogy workshops to talks on the history of the Connemara pony.
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Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
September 2015
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.
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Galway International Oyster Festival
24th - 27th September 2015
On the last weekend of September each year, the picturesque town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster Festival, one of the biggest events in Ireland's social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.
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Galway Jazz Festival
07th - 11th October 2015
The Galway Jazz Festival returns for its tenth year, with an expanded programme with shows to be held in An Taibhdhearc, Druid Theatre, The Black Cat in Salthill, the Meyrick Hotel, The Electric Garden, various schools in the city and county, as well as public spaces around the city.
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Baboró International Arts Festival for Children
10th - 19th October 2015
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.
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