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Festivals in Galway

Galway is the Festival capital of Ireland - you name it, Galway city or county has a festival for it.

This is an updated list of festivals which are "open" in 2020 and beyond, in Galway city and county.

The Covid-19 pandemic has means radical change for many festivals:  we've seen (hopefully temporary) cancellations for some festivals, and changes to the programme and delivery of others - and some new festivals and events have emerged, celebrating what we can do, now.

If there is a festival that needs to be added, leave a message in the Comments box at the bottom of the page, or message Open in Galway in Facebook.



Galway  Festival

Galway's alternative to the big name arts fest:  running between July and September, with a series of pop-up, online, at home and outdoor events.

Galway Walking Festival 

Over 30 walks in July 2021, run by professional guides based in Galway city.


Galway Races Summer Meeting 

The racing was behind closed gatescl in  2020 - but the party is in the city centre anyway.  See the list of open pubs in Galway for inspiration. 

Galway Pride Festival

Mix of online and in-person events ... read more.

Woodford Furnace Festival 

In 2020, an online celebration of smelting .... read more


Clifden Arts Festival

A long standing community arts festival, this year running as a five-day event in September.  See the programme on their website

Culture Night

A nation-wide event on  the third Friday in September.   Will be more online than usual in 2020, but some in-person events will go ahead.  See their website.

Galway International Arts Festival  autumn edition 

Again in 2021, a programme of limited-audience or on-line events in late August / early-mid September.  Read more ....


An online gospel choir festival hosted by the director of Ignite GospelChoir.  ... read more

Galway Bike Festival 

A week of events promoting bicycle use.

Galway's Oyster Festival 

Celebrating our most-famous seafood ... read more

October / November 

Galway Cartoon Festival

In 2920, a physical exhibition and some online events   ... read more

Galway Comedy Festival - back with live events from October  2021.  Read more ...

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

A programme in October.   Includes online and small in-person events  ... read more

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts

A programme of events, starting in October and continuing until March 2021  (expanded timeline to cater for post-Covid restrictions) .. read more.

Circuit transdisciplinary arts festival 

Street art starting in October ... read more


Galway Science Festival  .... this year as a virtual festival.


3 Kinds of Music - this year a digital pop-up festival with music from different genres throughout the day.

Winter Festival - Galway Early Music:   in 2020, two-day online event featuring Christmas carols, wassals and other seasonal songs from Europe and America.

Circuit Arts Festival - transforming vacant spaces around the city into visual art showpieces. Venues include the Cornstore:  Circuit One exhibition.




CELLISSIMO - Galway cello festival


Cúirt International Festival of Literature - one of Europe's oldest book and litereary festivals.



Skateboarding - Galway Skate Fest.

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