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Galway Festivals & Events

Festivals to look forward to in 2014. Why not plan ahead? There is always something exciting happening.
Galway Heritage Week (23rd - 31st August 2014)
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.
more info: www.heritageweek.ie
Oscar Wilde Festival (05th - 07th September 2014)
This September, a festival dedicated to Oscar Wilde will take place in Galway, to showcase Wilde in a west of Ireland setting. Not much is widely known of the huge influence the west of Ireland had on him and his family. His father, in particular, Sir William Wilde has strong family connections with the west of Ireland and displayed a huge interest in the area. The festival aims to educate and entertain people about Wilde and leave a lasting impression in their minds long after the festival is over.
more info: http://oscarwildefestival.weebly.com/
Galway Races Autumn Meeting (08th - 10th September 2014)
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.
more info: www.galwayraces.com
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival (12th - 14th September 2014)
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.
more info: www.clarenbridge.com
Clifden Arts Week (18th - 28th September 2014)
The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 37th year yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.
more info: www.clifdenartsweek.ie
Guinness Live in Galway’s Latin Quarter (25th September 2014)
Now in its 4th year, Guinness Live in The Latin Quarter will be a four day music festival featuring an extensive line-up of national and local acts in a series of intimate gigs in venues and pubs throughout the city’s Latin Quarter, with more than 50 live performances over four nights. Admission to all gigs will be free and on a first-come, first-served, basis.
more info: www.thelatinquarter.ie
Galway International Oyster Festival (25th - 28th September 2014)
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.
more info: www.galwayoysterfest.com
Sea2Sky European Researchers’ Night (September 2014)
Galway will celebrate European Researchers’ Night in September (date to be confirmed) together with 320 cities around Europe with its latest Sea2Sky event. Sea2Sky, organised by NUI Galway in collaboration with the Marine Institute, Galway Atlantaquaria and its new partner CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, will showcase science on the grandest of scales themed around marine science, atmospherics and astronomy. The main events will be held at the Galway Bay Hotel, Leisureland and Galway Atlantaquaria.
more info: www.sea2sky.ie
Galway Theatre Festival (29th September - 05th October 2014)
The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's seventh year, will take place throughout the city with the inclusion of more venues than before; the soon-to-be-reopened An Taibhdhearc will host two shows, as will Druid Lane Theatre, the Town Hall Theatre, and of course, the Nuns Island Theatre. Galway theatre companies feature heavily in the programme with Blue Teapot, Mephisto, Fregoli, Moonfish, and Vagabond all involved.
more info: www.galwaytheatrefestival.com


Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K (04th October 2014)
The Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K race includes a half marathon (13.1 miles) and also a 10k run/walk in aid of Cancer Care West along a fast, flat, fun and scenic route starting and finishing along Galway’s famous coast line on the edge of the city and the Bay.
more info: www.galwaybayhalfmarathon.com


Baboró International Arts Festival for Children (13th - 19th October 2014)
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.
more info: www.baboro.ie


Galway Comedy Festival (21st - 27th October 2014)
The Galway Comedy Festival has grown since its beginning in 2005 to become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for week leading up to and including the October Bank Holiday weekend. With several shows each day and night, with comedy show for children too, you are garaunteed to see well known comidians both Irish and international –and a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there.
more info: www.galwaycomedyfestival.com


Galway Races - October Racing Festival (26th - 27th October 2014)
The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway on Sunday and Monday, 26th and 27th October, 2014. 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 • Admission Price: €15 per adult Music will be by the Guinness Jazz Band.
more info: www.galwayraces.com
Galway Aboo Halloween Festival (25th, 26th & 31st October 2014)
Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Thursday 31st October, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned for the weekend with high-spirits guaranteed.
more info: www.thelatinquarter.ie
Galway Masters International Basketball Tournament (1st - 2nd November 2014)
The 4th annual Galway Masters International open Basketball Tournament will take place at NUIG Kingfisher in Galway on the first weekend of November 2014. Masters basketball denotes players must be over forty and thirty-five years old respectively for men and women, and the objective of this event is to promote competitive basketball for men and women and to offer players of various nationalities the opportunity to compete and socialise together over the two day event.
more info: www.galwaymasters.com
Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show (15th - 16th November 2014)
A host of the world’s greatest Fly-dressers, Casters and Angling Celebrities will once again gather in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill, Co. Galway to participate in the annual Irish Fly Fair and Angling Show.
more info: www.irishflyfair.com
Tulca Festival of Visual Arts (November 2014)
The Tulca Festival of Visual Arts is an annual festival taking place in Galway each year. Running since 2002, Tulca features dynamic and exciting work from national and international visual art practitioners.
more info: www.tulca.ie
Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition (23rd November 2014)
An exhibition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to bridge the gap between students and industry by showcasing local schools, companies, third level institutes and government bodies. A great day out at NUI Galway.
more info: www.galwayscience.ie
Galway Christmas Market (November - December 2014)
The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city from the again 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 from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numberous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.
more info: www.galwaychristmasmarket.ie
Galway City On Ice (November 2014 - January 2015)
Galway City On Ice brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2014. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Harbour area transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m2 ice rink.
more info: www.galwaycityonice.ie
Spirit Of Voice Festival (December 2014)
The Spirit Of Voice festival will return in December with concerts and events celebrating song, words, and the human voice.
more info: www.spiritofvoice.com


Fields of Athenry 10km (December 2014)
The 11th running of the Fields of Athenry 10km will take place on St. Stephen's day, December 26th at 11am. 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.
more info: www.athenryac.com/news/fields-athenry-10km
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