The city’s biggest shindig is the two-week Galway Arts Festival in July (wwww.galwayartsfestival.com), a volatile mix of drama, music, poetry, dance and the visual arts, with a headlining parade by flamboyant local street-theatre company Macnas. Hard on its heels, in late July or early August, comes the even headier brew of the Galway Races at Ballybrit, about 5km east of town (wwww.galwayraces.com), when farmers and politicians rub shoulders to party and bet. The diverse festival calendar also includes part of the Father Ted jamboree, Cúirt, an international festival of literature in late April (wwww.galwayartscentre.ie/cuirt), the Galway Early Music Festival in late May (wwww.galwayearlymusic.com), the Galway Sessions of Irish and Scottish music in June (wwww.galwaysessions.com) and a prestigious, week-long cinema festival in early July, the Film Fleadh (wwww.galwayfilmfleadh.com). There’s a weekend jazz festival in mid-September (wwww.galwayjazzfestival.com), while at the end of September, the riotous, four-day Galway Oyster Festival (wwww.galwayoysterfest.com) includes the world oyster-shucking championships. Towards the end of the year, Baboró is an international arts festival for children in October (wwww.baboro.ie), while November’s TULCA is a festival of contemporary visual art (wwww.tulca.ie).

Book through Rough Guides’ trusted travel partners

Ireland features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

6 of the best road trips in Ireland

6 of the best road trips in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland’s phenomenally popular Wild Atlantic Way takes in a dizzying 2500km coastal route from Cork to Donegal, but not all of us have three w…

02 Jan 2018 • Rachel Mills insert_drive_file Article
20 picturesque Christmas destinations

20 picturesque Christmas destinations

Dreaming of a trip this Christmas? We're here to help. From glittering cities to a few snowy escapes, here are 20 classic destinations for a festive break. …

12 Dec 2017 • Rough Guides Editors camera_alt Gallery
The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

There's nothing like an amazing view to inspire you to book your next trip, whether you're drawn by rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain …

30 Aug 2017 • Rough Guides Editors camera_alt Gallery
View more featureschevron_right