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Galway Festivals & Events

Bealtaine Festival
1st - 31st May 2016
Brought to you by Age & Opportunity the Bealtaine Festival 2016 will see hundreds of events for, by and featuring older people all across Ireland, offering theatre, visual arts, music and more. Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’.
More info: www.bealtaine.com
   
Cliffs of Moher Seabirds Festival
May 2016
During the month of May one of Ireland’s most astounding natural wonders is the host of seabirds found nesting at the Cliffs of Moher. Over 60,000 seabirds can be seen at the Cliffs of Moher during the breeding season including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars nesting at different levels of the cliffs. The Cliffs are a Special Protected Area for seabirds and are also home to other bird species such as Peregrine Falcons, Choughs and Ravens. The Cliffs of Moher Seabirds festival is a family friendly series of activities and events celebrating the presence of our feathered friends.
More info: www.cliffsofmoher.ie
   
Galway Early Music Festival
12th - 15th May 2016
The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment.
More info: galwayearlymusic.com
   
Burren Slow Food Festival
28th - 29th May 2016
The annual Burren Slow Food Festival gives visitors the opportunity to sample local artisan foods, meet the producers and growers, mix with fellow foodies, see cookery demonstrations from well known chefs and get a true taste of Co. Clare culture in the beautiful setting of the Burren. The three day event showcases the best elements of food culture in Clare from the local growers, producers and traders that make Clare such a unique and dynamic food destination.
More info: www.slowfoodclare.com
   
Clare Burren Marathon Challenge
28th May 2016
With a mini, half and full marathon this event with a starting point in Ballyvaughan, it is a great option for walkers, runners and have a go heroes!
More info: www.clareburrenmarathonchallenge.com
   
Galway Bike Week
June 2016
Bike Week 2016 takes place in June with cycling events all over Galway county, organised the local authority, community groups, charities and cycling groups.
More info: www.galwaycycling.org
   
Venture Cup Powerboat Race
15th June 2016
The Venture Cup is the longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race in the world and on the 15th June 2016 Galway will be the only port out of six around Ireland where the stunning powerboats will compete in inport racing which will be visible from the Promenade in Salthill.
More info: www.ventureoffshorecup.com
   
Challenge Galway Triathalon
26th June 2016
The Challenge Galway Triathlon will be held on June 26th 2016, and will involve half or full triathalon options. The half trianthalon covers a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run. The full triathalon covers a a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run. A race village will be built at the former ‘Topaz’ site at Galway Docks, which will include concerts, bars and other entertainment over the weekend.
More info: www.challenge-galway.eu
   
The Galway Sessions
13th - 19th June 2016
Galway The Galway Sessions Festival returns celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world. 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.
More info: www.galwaysessions.com
   
Dip in the Nip 2016
June 2016
Dip in the Nip is a fund raising initiative to support cancer charities in Ireland. Hundreds of people gather on a beach, shed their clothes and leggit into the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s the world’s first skinny dip for charity and a little bit of fun for a great cause!
More info: www.dipinthenip.eu
   
Galway Simon 10km or 10mile
June 2016
Galway Simon 10km or 10mile takes place in Salthill Galway. This is the annual running for charity event for Galway Simon with Early Bird registration Fee until April 30th. The AAI Certified 10km or 10mile course will follow a glorious route along Galway Bay and is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. Registration for the event is now open on www.GalwaySimon.ie and on www.RunIreland.com so why not sign up and set yourself a target of completing a 10km or 10mile or beating your personal best. Timing chips and T-Shirts provided for all participants.
More info: www.runireland.com
   
Galway Film Fleadh
5th - 10th July 2016
Film festival for feature films and shorts. 2016 marks the 28th 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.
More info: www.galwayfilmfleadh.com
   
Galway Fringe Festival
11th - 24th July 2016
Running alongside 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.
More info: www.galwayfringe.ie
   
Galway International Arts Festival
11th - 24th July 2016
One of Europe's most inventive, vibrant & colorful events. A truly international celebration of the performing and visual arts, music and theatre which takes place in and around Galway City each July. With over 200,000 atendences at the 365 performances,talks and exhibitions in 2015 the Galway Arts Festival is not to be missed.
More info: galwaybayblog.com
   
Galway Races 2016
25th - 31st July 2016
Ireland's premier horse racing festival. Experience the adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion at the famous Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned.
More info: galwaybayblog.com
   
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
9th - 11th September 2016
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
   
Galway International Oyster Festival
23rd - 25th September 2016
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
   
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