Summer and Autumn Events in Galway

 
 

A land of clear rivers, wild coastline and verdant countryside dotted with cobbled villages and old-fashioned pubs, Galway is a tourist’s daydream of Ireland. But beyond its picturesque setting, Galway possesses a vibrant cultural background. Whether you’re looking to swim in an icy fjord or gorge yourself at an oyster festival, our luxury Irish hotels,

 
Ashford Castle

07th August 2015

Ashford Castle

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A land of clear rivers, wild coastline and verdant countryside dotted with cobbled villages and old-fashioned pubs, Galway is a tourist’s daydream of Ireland. But beyond its picturesque setting, Galway possesses a vibrant cultural background. Whether you’re looking to swim in an icy fjord or gorge yourself at an oyster festival, our luxury Irish hotels, Ashford Castle and The Lodge At Ashford Castle, are the perfect gateways to the plethora of fantastic events in Galway over the coming months.

Cruinniu na mBad

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Don’t miss the chance to watch the boats in Kinvara © Rob Hurson/Flickr

Held in the seaport village of Kinvara, Cruinniu na mBad, which means “Boat Meeting” in Gaelic, is a celebration of Galway’s age-old boating heritage. Held over two days, local families (many of whom have sailed the famous Turf Boats and Galway Hookers for hundreds of years) will take part in boat races against a backdrop of farmer’s markets, jazz, Irish dancing and fancy dress.

From 14th – 16th August 2015. 
Cruinniu na mBad

Sugar Beat Music Festival 

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Hometown are one of the headline acts at this year’s Sugar Beat Music Festival © Sugar Beat

Returning triumphant after its sell-out inaugural event in 2014, the Sugar Beat Music Festival has set itself the lofty ambition of being the highlight of the programme of summer events in Galway. Found within walking distance of Galway’s city centre, this year’s festival programme offers the best in Irish and international pop and ska music.

From 22nd – 23rd August 2015.
Sugar Beat Music Festival

Galway Heritage Week

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Celebrate all things Galway at the Heritage Festival © Dairne O’Sullivan

Every August, hundreds of local organisations throughout County Galway come together to host a week of cultural and historical events in Galway to shine a spotlight on western Ireland’s traditions. Highlights of this year’s Heritage Week include medieval banquets, walking tours, workshops and talks. And with many events free to attend, this is an unmissable opportunity to delve deeper into Galway’s past and present.

From 22nd – 30th August 2015.
Galway Heritage Week

Oscar Wilde Festival

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The man himself–Oscar Wilde © Photos.com/Thinkstock

Encompassing tours of Galway City and expert discussions on the man himself, this two-day celebration of Oscar Wilde’s writing and personal life hopes to paint a faithful picture of the great author, playwright and Irishman and discover how he was influenced by Galway, one of his favourite cities.

From September 4th – 6th 2015.
Oscar Wilde Festival

Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival 

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The oysters at the festival are world-class © Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival

The Galway Oyster Festival has become one of Ireland and Europe’s best-loved annual culinary attractions in the years since its launch in 1954, with over 20,000 people paying homage to the world-renowned Galway oyster every year. Seafood-stands, live music and free-flowing Irish stout make this a vibrant and delicious celebration of everyone’s favourite mollusc. 

From 24th – 27th September 2015.
Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival

The Great Fjord Swim  

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Cheer on the swimmers at the Great Fjord Swim © Gael Force Events

Aside from being one of Ireland’s most dramatically beautiful landscapes, Killary is also home to the Great Fjord Swim, an event held every October in which brave participants don a wetsuit (the braver still choose to go without) and swim a 750m, 2km, or 3.9km route through the rejuvenating waters of the natural harbour. Watching the swim and cheering on the brave souls in the water is great fun, plus it’s a great excuse to take in the staggering scenery.

10th October 2015.
The Great Fjord Swim

Vodafone Comedy Carnival 

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Dylan Moran is one of the hotly anticipated acts at this year’s festival © Vodafone Comedy Festival

Taking place in venues throughout the city of Galway and featuring some of Ireland and Britain’s best-known comics, the Comedy Carnival is a boisterous annual event dedicated to stand-up. Over the course of six days, stars such as Patrick Kielty, Nina Conti, and Dylan Moran will strut their stuff onstage to the delight and amusement of fervent crowds.

From 20th – 26th October 2015.
Vodafone Comedy Carnival

After a day spent enjoying the best events in Galway this summer and autumn, head back to Ashford Castle or The Lodge at Ashford Castle to enjoy the luxurious surrounds, fine cuisine, and the whole host of top-notch activities on the estate.

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