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Festival and Events


Each year the Galway Festival & Events calendar is jam packed with a wide variety of events. There are however, some events which due to their popularity and durability, hold a special reverence in Galway. See some of these heavy hitters listed below:


The Galway Races

The most exciting time of the year in Galway is almost upon us once again – The Galway Races. Nothing compares with the excitement, fun and festivities that surround The Races, so this year join the fun.

So why not discover the wonders of The Galway Races for yourself? Join us for this year’s Festivities or email us with any queries you may have.

Galway Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland’s largest arts festival and through the years has grown to an unmissable international event in the arts calendar.
Each year the programme provides a varied offering of music, theatre, dance, comedy, discussion groups and family events. This is a colourful, vibrant festival that caters to all tastes and age groups, with many attendees coming from outside Ireland to add to the cultural and international tone of the event. A word of warning, don’t delay in booking your tickets as so many big names feature in the festival and many of the art world’s heavy hitters choose to premier their latest work, tickets go quickly!

The Food Festivals

Galway is famous for having a proud food culture and the summer is always packed with food festivals like Taste of Galway and Food on the Edge. From demonstrations to debates, talks to taste trails to food tours there is a plethora of food, fun and festivities on offer. Have a check on our Upcoming Events page for updates on festivals on the way to whet your appetite!

The Comedy Carnival

Drawing both Irish and international big name comics for some truly hilarious performances right in the heart of Galway, Vodafone Comedy Carnival brings headliners from around the world for a diverse mix of comedy styles spread in venues across the city. The festival is made up of full stand up sets, improv., theatre, and a late night show in Roisin Dubh. Sure to tickle just about anyone’s funny bone! Tickets sell out for the big nights quickly so don’t delay!

Galway Jazz Festival

Fancy taking in some culture this autumn? How about adding a little soul to brighten those October days. Then come to Galway for the Galway Jazz Festival which takes place every October.