This is one of the main events on the Irish Comedy festival round, attracting some major international and Irish comedians. There are heaps of pop up events around town throughout the week as well as ticketed events in lots of different venues. You can check out the different acts on the Vodafone Comedy Carnival page. It hasn't been updated yet for 2017 yet though. This is a non-competitive event. The acts from the day normally meet up for a comedy bonanza in the Radisson blu hotel each evening.
People from all around the world come to this famous seven day horse racing event. Next year it will be on 31st July - 6th August, 2017. There will be top racing, great food and a fantastic atmosphere. The whole of Galway seems to get involved and there is a great buzz in the city all week. Don't miss out on the infamous ladies day and remember your hats!!!!
This is one of Galway's major calendar events and the biggest arts festival in Ireland, taking place every year since 1978. Artists and companies from all over the world get together with hundreds of volunteers and performers to produce a spectacle of theatre, dance, music, comedy, visual art and literature.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Paul Fahy, featuring over 500 artists and writers from all around the world.
See the Galway International Arts Festival for details.
Féile na Ceardlainne a free Festival of Art, Craft, Music and Dance celebrating the very best of Irish craft and design on Saturday and Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend. The two-day festival of events will take place at Ceardlann, home to nine unique Arts, Craft and Design studios in Spiddal village whose members have planned free open day workshops for people of all ages to try their hand at craft.
more info: www.ceardlann.com
The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's eighth year, will take place throughout the city with the inclusion of more venues than before including An Taibhdhearc, Druid Lane Theatre, the Town Hall Theatre, and of course, the Nuns Island Theatre. Galway theatre companies feature heavily in the programme with Blue Teapot, Mephisto, Fregoli, Moonfish, and Vagabond all involved.
more info: www.galwaytheatrefestival.com
A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested from “One of the Forty Places to See Before you Die” takes place on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara. This is the nineth year of the festival and promises that more mussels will be eaten here this weekend than in any other part of the country. Last year, over a ton of mussels were eaten and organisers are set to harvest three tonnes of Killary Mussels for this year's celebrations, which include music, fun, mussel cooking competitions, children's treasure hunts and set dancing, to name a few.
more info: www.connemaramusselfestival.com
Each year, on the last weekend of September, Galway City celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and the world’s longest running Oyster Festival.
Throughout the Irish food festival, there will lots of tantalising events for all to enjoy; seafood trails, oyster opening (shucking) championships including the Oyster ‘Olympics’ or World Oyster Opening Championship, foodie talks & tasting events in some of Galway’s bestrestaurants, The Festival Marquee, a Mardi Gras style Gala Event along with family activities, live music, cooking demonstrations and more.
Established in 1954, The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has welcomed over half a million visitors, consumed more than 3 million oysters – washed down with champagne and stout whilst listening to some of the best musicians in Ireland.
The Galway Sessions Festival returns celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world. As in previous years, the festival’s Scottish connection will be retained with an array of performers travelling from Galway’s cultural partner Stirling to take part. Events take place in the Town Hall Theastre and in pubs throughout the city with sessions planned in The Crane Bar, The King's Head, Tigh Choili’s, Taaffe’s Bar ,The Quays, Tigh Neachtains, and Monroe’s Tavern.
more info: www.galwaysessions.com