Summer Vibes in the ‘City of the Tribes’
Galway comes alive each summer, with festival after festival. Celebrating everything from maritime culture, to street theatre and horse racing. Galway is overflowing with history, music, arts and culture ready for you to discover.
A short stroll down the winding streets our small city brings you into another world. Dubbed ‘Ireland’s most Charming City’ by The New York Times and ‘World’s Friendliest City’ by US magazine Travel & Leisure you soon discover it’s infectious charm and relaxed, bohemian vibe. Plus, if you happen to be in Galway for one of our festivals, you’ll meet with the locals, have the craic and make memories that will last forever!
For film-buffs – The Galway Film Fleadh is a six day international film event held every July. It is one of Ireland’s great cultural success stories, an event that attracts great films and top directors and actors from around the world. Taking place this July from, 10 – 15 July with over 100 feature films throughout the week.
For culture vultures -, The Galway International Arts Festival #GIAF, is one of the most important cultural events in Europe. During a whirlwind two weeks every July, 16th – 29th July 2018, writers, musicians, performers and artists descend on the city in a creative collision. A showstopper of a festival with a host of world-class theatre, music, visual art, talks and street theatre for all ages to enjoy. For more visit: Galway International Arts Festival 2019
If you fancy your bets, the Galway Racing Festival is 7 day festival, from the 29th July to 4th August 2019. The Galway Races are not just about the racing – there’s lots of music, great food, fashion and style and some serious people-watching too! For details visit: Galway Races Summer Festival 2019
Become a history buff and explore the history and culture of Galway courtesy of the weeklong National Heritage Week programme from 18th – 26th August. Each year events range from medieval fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks. Check out the Galway Events for National Heritage Week.
The Galway Oyster Festival, the world’s longest running oyster festival returns from 28th – 30th September. A celebration of seafood, each year this festival attracts crowds who want to get a taste of the unique Galway oysters. With the World Oyster Opening Championships and a Gala Mardi Gras that visits different venues throughout the evening, starting with an Oyster and Prosecco reception, parading to the second venue for a starter course and finish up at the final venue for main course, desert and dancing ’till the wee hours! For further visit Galway International Oyster Festival.