Galway International Arts Festival

Top 10 Festivals and Events in the West of Ireland To Watch Out for in 2017

  1. Shore Shots Surf Film Festival returns to The Model Arts Centre in Sligo from April 22nd – 23rd. The weekend brings the international surf community as well as film-makers and photographers together for one weekend of big waves on the big screen. 22-23 April. The Model, Sligo Town. See shoreshots.ieshoreshots
  2. Doolin Folk Festival presents powerful music in an intimate setting and ensures that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit. 16 – 18 June. Doolin, Co Clare. See doolinfestivals.ie
  3. The Coronas and Primal Screen are set to headline this year’s Sea Sessions in Bundoran this June. Grab your surfboard and pack up the car for a weekend on the road to the Northwest. 23 – 25 June. Bundoran, Co Donegal. See seasessions.comsea-sessions
  4. Over 60,000 people visited Seafest in 2016 along the docks at Galway Bay. Don’t miss out on Ireland’s national maritime festival set to take place the last weeekend of June. 30 June – 02 July. Galway City. See www.seafest.ie
  5. The Carrick Water Music Festival is now in its 12th year, taking place from July 13th for 5 days of musical and artistic discovery in Carrick-on-Shannon. 13-18 July. Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. See carrickwatermusicfestival.com
  6. An explosion of creativity on the edge of Ireland perfectly describes the annual Galway International Arts Festival. A stalwart on the cultural calendar of the West of Ireland since 1978, GIAF brings the best of Irish and international arts to Galway City over three weeks in July. 07-30 July. Galway City. See www.giaf.ie
  7. If you’re in Boyle at the end of July, you can catch the lively Boyle Arts Festival, which features music, theatre, storytelling and contemporary Irish art exhibitions. 20-29 July. Boyle, Co Roscommon. See boylearts.com
  8. Join the world’s largest traditional Irish music festival. The Fleadh Cheoil returns to Ennis this August and promises to be bigger and better than eve. 14-22 August. Ennis, Co Clare. See fleadhcheoil.iefleadh-cheoil-inis
  9. Country music fans should head for Westport House this August for the inaugural Harvest Festival; 2 days of live country entertainment, including country superstars Miranda Lambert and Nathan Carter and featuring over 30 acts performing across 3 Music Stages. There will also be dedicated Dancing sessions over the weekend. For those country music fans who want to enjoy the full Festival experience, a food village, boutique camping and campervan facilities including family friendly zones will be on offer. 26-27 August, Westport, Co Mayo. See westporthouse.ie/event/harvest-festival
  10. Inisbofin Food Festival, Bia Bo Finne, celebrating island foods on Inisbofin. Events include shoreline foraging, fish filleting, and butchery as well as numerous cookery demonstrations in late September. 30 September – 01 October. Inisbofin. Co Galway. See biabofinne.ie