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Festivals in Galway

This is Galway's only independent festival listing.

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

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.



Stars:  Astrofest


Anime and Manga:  Akumakon

Praying:  Galway Novena

 The Irish language and Galway as a bilingual city:  Tonnta

Storytelling and Improvisation: Moth and Butterfly



Housing action:  Féile Housing 2023

Music:  Eyre Square Music Festival - Easter weekend

Fr Ted (the docu-comedy) - Ted Fest  (Aran Islands)


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

Arts and island life:  Inishboffin Arts Festival 


Drama:  Theatre Festival 

Breton culture:  Mini Breton Festival 

UkulelesGalway Uke Fest

Seafaring customs and maritime life:  An Tóstal


Music, lace-making, community events  HeadFest in Headford

Original/local music:  Black Gate Introduces 

SkateboardingGalway Skate Fest

Ukulele musicGalway Uke Fest

Art, music, food, creativity, passion - Éalú Le Grá 


Galway Film Fleadh (festival) ... read more

Galway International Arts Festival ... read more

Galway Fringe Festival  ...  Web | Facebook

Bilingual, multidisciplinary music, arts and culture on the edge - Ar Imeal

Creativity in the community -  Westside Arts Festival 

Music ... South Galway Bay Music Festival 

Music and arts:  Livestock Festival- Aughrim


Horse racing:   Racing at Ballybrit, and a great party throughout the city

Galway Pride Festival:   ... read more.

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


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.

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.

Galway Oyster Festival - Celebrating  seafood ... read more

Local musicFall Right into Place in Claregalway 

Nomadic Cultures:  Misleór

Craft beer:   Saunter Festival

Arts in East Galway:  Shorelines Festival

Traditional crafts  Weekend in the Hills - Loughrea 

October / November 

Galway Cartoon FestivalRead more.

Galway Comedy Festival - Read more ...

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children ... read more

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts ... read more.

Circuit transdisciplinary arts festival  -  ... read more

Galway Science and Technology Festival ... read more

Misleór Festival of Nomadic Cultures.   Read more.

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

Maritime Events - Galway Docklands 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.

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