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Festivals in Galway

Known as the festival capital of Ireland, Galway is the perfect place to visit any time of year, with festivals and entertainment on during all seasons.

October 2016

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Baboro International Arts Festival for Children  17th - 23rd October 2016

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid-October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city.

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Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway

Galway Comedy Festival             25th - 31st October 2016

The Galway Comedy Festival under the new name 'Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway' has grown since its beginning in 2005 to become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for week leading up to and including the October Bank Holiday weekend. With several shows each day and night, with comedy show for children too, you are garaunteed to see well known comidians both Irish and international –and a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there.

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Galway Races - October Racing Festival

Galway Races    30th - 31st October 2016

The October Racing Festival takes place in Galway over the bank holiday weekend in October, 2016. So if you fancy some great racing and great fun, then this is the place to be. There will be great racing, free car parking, free entry for children under 14, free racecard draw each day, big screen, Tote, On course bookmakers, bar and restaurant facilities • Admission Price: €15 per adult Music will be by the Guinness Jazz Band.

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Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

Galway Aboo Halloween Festival             28th - 31st October 2016

Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday and Sunday of the October bank holiday weekend, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned for the weekend with high-spirits guaranteed. The highlight of the festival is expected to be the fiendishly creative Macnas Halloween Parade that will wind its way through Galway city centre on Sunday 30th October 2016 from approximately 5pm and spectators are encouraged to dress up too!

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November 2016

Bake Fest

Bakefest Galway              07th - 08th November 2016

Galway sees the return of the unique baking phenomenon that is Bake Fest Galway 2016. The two day national baking festival is set to return to Leisureland Galway and promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s festival.


Galway Science & Technology Festival

Galway Science and Technology Festival               26th November 2016

The Galway Science & Technology Festival is a two week festival which provides shows and workshops to primary and secondary schools in Galway City and County. The festival culminates on the last day with an exhibition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to bridge the gap between students and industry by showcasing local schools, companies, third level institutes and government bodies. A great day out at NUI Galway.

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December 2016 

Galway Christmas Market

Galway Christmas Market          November - December 2016

The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square and at The Spanish Arch in the centre of the city from the again this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old. Sample Christmas treats from all from around Europe including a Santa’s Grotto, a German bier keller, numberous gift and snack stalls and an entertainment area.

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Galway City On Ice

Galway City On Ice          November 2016 - January 2016

Galway City On Ice brings Christmas Ice Skating on a real ice skating rink to Galway City for Christmas 2016. Visitors can expect to see Galway’s Leisureland transformed into one of Ireland’s premier Christmas attractions with one massive 500m2 ice rink.

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