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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.







 

January





February




March

CELLISSIMO - Galway cello festival

April

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



May




June

Skateboarding - Galway Skate Fest.






July

Galway Film Fleadh (festival) ... read more


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 ... read more

August

Galway Races Summer Meeting:   Racing at Ballybrit, and a great party throughout the city ... read more


Galway Pride Festival:   ... read more.


Woodford Furnace Festival - online celebration of smelting .... read more


September


Clifden Arts Festival:   A long standing community arts festival, ... their website



Culture Night: A nation-wide event on  the third Friday in September.   .... their website.


Galway International Arts Festival  autumn edition:  for Covid-times, a programme of limited-audience or on-line events in late August / early-mid September.  Read more ....


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


Galway Bike Festival - A week of events promoting bicycle use.   www.bikeweek.ie


Galway's Oyster Festival - Celebrating our most-famous seafood ... read more



October / November 


Galway Cartoon FestivalRead more.


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


Baboró International Arts Festival for Children ... read more


Tulca Festival of Visual Arts ... read more.


Circuit transdisciplinary arts festival  -  Street art starting in October ... read more


Galway Science Festival ... read more


Misleór Festival of Nomadic Cultures.   Read more.


Galway Wandering Kite Festival ... in Oughterard over the Bank Holiday weekend.  Read more ...


December

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.












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