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.

Connemara Triathlon

connemara running
02nd September 2017 
Non-Adventure Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon in the most stunning location imaginable. Both distances start with a swim in the clean deep blue water of Killary Fjord. The cycle routes follow the Connemara coast passing lakes, stunning beaches and small Connemara villages. Both distances finish with a run into the picturesque village of Leenane. 2016 proved very successful as our first year of Connemara Triathlon. It really is the triathlon not to miss in 2017.
more info: http://gaelforceevents.com/en/connemara-triathlon

Galway Races Autumn Meeting

18th - 19th September 2017 
Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned. 
more info: www.galwayraces.com

Inis Meáin Regatta (Inis Meáin, Co. Galway)

13th - 14th September 2017 
Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare. 
more info : www.huiceiri.ie

Galway Tattoo Show

galway tattoo show
16th - 17th September 2017 
The 3rd Annual & International Galway Tattoo Show will bring together some of the best international tattoo artists in the world and mix that in with the amazing tattoo talent of some of Ireland's best tattoo artists. The show is not only a celebration of tattoo art, and will feature entertainment, live music, a stunning art gallery, a free tattoo cinema, photo booth, market stalls and traders on show to keep you entertained. 
more info: www.galwaytattooshow.ie

Clifden Arts Week

 clifden arts
14th - 24th September 2017 
The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 40th year yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival. 
more info: www.clifdenartsweek.ie


Galway Culture Night

                                 culture night
22nd September 2017 
The event is now in its 12th year provides free access to museums, galleries, theatres and public buildings is provided from 5pm until 11pm offering tours, exhibitions, readings, performances and films. Drama and poetry, music and dance, workshops and lectures, all free of charge.
more info: www.galwayculturenight.com

Carna Walking Festival

hiking south connemara
September 2017 
The year is the 3rd Carna Walking Festival which provides walking and hikers of all ages the opportunity to explore the wild and rugged coastline of southern Connemara. Organised walks include visits to the sacred St. MacDara's Island, to the deserted Feenish Island, a climb up Cashel Hill (311m) and a bog walk to Loch Scannive and it's historic crannóg. 

Burren Peaks Walking Festival

September 2017 
Organised by The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club with a choice of Grade A, B & C Guided walks on both Saturday & Sunday. Enjoy walking in this wonderfully rich limestone pavement...the land of the fertile rock with its precious and delicate terrain. 
more info: www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com

Galway International Oyster Festival

oysters galway
22nd - 24th September 2017 
On the last weekend of September each year, the picturesque town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster Festival, one of the biggest events in Ireland's social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world. 
more info: www.galwayoysterfest.com

National Hot Air Balloon Championships

24th - 29th September 2017 
Galway is set to host National Hot Air Balloon Championships from 24th to 29th September 2017. The 40 competing teams will come from all over the world – including USA, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Italy, France and Spain – and plans are advanced for the mass launch of all balloons, night glow and schools visits. The event will take place all over the county in different locations depending on wind direction – but Loughrea will be the base. 
more info: www.irishballoonchampionships.com

The Great Fjord Swim                                                                                                                                                                                                    

great fjord swim
30th September 2017 
Dive in at one of the most majestic settings along the Wild Atlantic Way, Killary Fjord. The The Great Fjord Swim is an open water swimming event with distances to suit all swimmers and a boat ride to the start line.
more info : www.gaelforceevents.com/en/the-great-fjord-swim 

Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure                                                                                                                                                                        

diamond hill
September 2017 
The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure race involves a combination of running, cycling and an assault course. There are 3 levels to choose from: the 17km intro course, the 32km sport course, and the expert-level 60km option. Each race includes the Fear Gorta assault course through Kylemore Woods, the details of which are a heavily guarded secret. Sumo wrestlers are rumoured, muck is guaranteed. 
more info: www.connemararoughdiamond.com                                                                                                                

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