Festivals in Galway 2015

Galway Film Fleadh

Date: 7th - 12th July 2015

The Galway Film Fleadh - Ireland's leading film festival, is a six day international film event held every July and welcomes a mad diversity of filmmaking from around the world. The Fleadh is very much a film lovers' festival and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds. Now in its 26th year, the central goal of the Galway Film Fleadh remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment, and share a common experience - the wonder of cinema. The Fleadh's diverse audience is made up of the general cinema going public, film buffs, student filmmakers, industry professionals and invited guests. 
Galway International Arts Festival

Date:  13th - 26th July 2015
Website: www.giaf.ie

Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland's largest annual arts festival, taking place each July in the city of Galway. Founded in 1978, the festival collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to produce and present an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy involving hundreds of artists and performers.

Galway Arts Festival is at the heart of all aspects of life in Galway City contributing immeasurably to the economic, social and cultural life of the west of Ireland. Over its 34-year history, the festival has become a vital showcase for Irish arts internationally and international arts in Ireland and is now firmly established as Ireland's leading arts festival.

The festival will highlight dance, physical theatre and spectacle from America and Europe illustrating the festival’s continuing commitment to staging extraordinary, ambitious and innovative projects, the world premiere of new Irish theatre and site specific visual arts commissions to add to the magic and diversity of Galway in July.

A festival highlight is the annual Macnas Parade which winds its way through the city streets, bringing a mixture of high excitment, spectacle and an abundance of energy to Galway.


Come and join in the fun with our Galway Arts Festival Escape!

Galway Races Festival

Date: 27th July - 2nd August 2015

Website: www.galwayraces.com

Ireland's biggest and most famous racing festival is held in Galway during the last week of July every year and involves seven days of unrivalled action. This years festival will run from 27th July until 2nd August 2015. Some  250,000 people attend the Galway Races throughout the week, and the town has a real buzz at  night, with hangovers aplenty the following day.  It is a joyous, fun-filled seven days where people might leave with a few less  Euros than they had when they arrived but they also leave with great new  experiences, new friends and a time that will never be forgotten. 

There are 49 races available in the 2015 Galway Races Summer Festival.  Betting held at the Galway  Festival over its seven day duration, the total Prize money on offer this year  is in excess of €2 million for the first time. The Blue Riband race is the  famous Galway  Plate, a race so central to the history of  Galway races. It takes place on Wednesday, the third day of the meeting and  it will be the race that attracts by far the most media attention and certainly  much of the Galway Festival betting. Galway Festival Ladies  Day is on the fourth day of the Festival and it is one of the most  colourful.

Enjoy the festivities with our Galway Race Week Package!


Date: 24th - 27th September 2015
Each September, Galway City comes alive with seafood & oysters as  it celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival,  the most internationally recognised food festival in Ireland and the  world's longest running International Oyster Festival.
Throughout  the festival, a host of tantalising events to whet your appetite will  take place, including; a seafood trail in some of Galway city’s  finest restaurants, Taste of  the Sea/Blas na Mara - showcasing Galway's seafood heroes, the Bollinger National Oyster Opening Championship,  The Food village at The Festival Marquee, the World Oyster Opening  Championship with Guinness, a Mardi Gras event through the streets of Galway and the Festival Finale with  family activities, kids fancy dress, live music, cooking demonstrations, 'Hot Oyster Awards' cooking challenge, Irish Coffee making and jive & jazz.

Come and enjoy an Oyster Festival Break!

Date: 12th - 18th October 2015
Website: www.baboro.ie
Baboro, Ireland's premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in late September/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 the beautiful family-friendly city.