Some popular events in Galway for you to experience

Galway Christmas Market, 13th November – 20th December 2020

Ireland’s Best Christmas Markets enjoys its tenth year of the market this year and visitors can expect to enjoy a variety of entertainment, food, and stalls. To make things even better, this year will feature amusement rides which includes a 32-metre high Big Wheel and traditional carousel. Aside from this, there’s going to be an Après Ski Bar, Santa’s Express Train, live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, and carol singing.Of course, we all know that it’s not Christmas without a visit to Santa’s Grotto – which will be run by local charities – while the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the market’s duration.

Food lovers can enjoy bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels, confectionery, crêpes, waffles, and loads of sweets. For those that enjoy their beer, you can buy a stein at the German Bierkeller which also offers a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine.

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Halloween Macnas Parade, 25th October 2020

A massive and magical evening. Macnas are master storytellers who inspire and engage audiences by creating big, bold, visual shows and performances through a world-class theatrical spectacle. Where they bring their epic storytelling to the streets of Galway City.

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Food On The Edge 19th – 20th October 2020

Food on the Edge is a two day symposium on the Future of Food for chefs & food enthusiasts from all around the world. It is a coming together of chefs to listen, talk, debate and network over two days in Galway. Open to the public.

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Vodafone Comedy Festival 20th – 26th October 2020

A week-long festival of world class comedy in Galway City. A full line-up of funny folk will make sure it is a must-attend for those in search of a good time.

“This could well be the best week of your life”
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Baboró International Children’s Festival 12th – 18th October 2020

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid 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 this beautiful family-friendly city.

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Galway International Oyster Festival 25th – 27th September 2020

“Ireland’s longest running and greatest gourmet extravaganza”

Events happening over the 3 days include the Best Dressed Lady competition, Street Party in the Latin Quarter and the Guinness World Oyster Opening Championships. For the best in gourmet seafood, live music and the best Guinness in town, it has to be the Galway Oyster Festival.

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Galway Races 27th July – 2nd August 2020

The Galway Races is one of the highlights of the summer racing calendar with seven days of top class action taking place. The week-long festival will provide it’s usual thrills and spills and will not only provide excellent racing on the track, but also a phenomenal atmosphere in and around the venue.

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Galway Fringe Festival 16th – 29th July 2020

Local, national and international artists will take to the stages around Galway for intimate shows and presentations of art, music, theatre, dance, literature, comedy, cabaret, and more. It’s a great way to see new performances and shows from up and coming names.

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Fleadh 7th – 12th July 2020

Irelands best loved Film Festival.​​Immerse yourself in the wonders of film and cinema. This international festival will be a mash-up of directors, film buffs, cinematographers and film lovers of all types.

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Galway International Arts Festival 13th – 26th July 2020

Discover the creative roots of the most imaginative arts Festival in Ireland.
An international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature & comedy. Featuring hundreds of artists and performers from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and of course Ireland and Galway. Galway International 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.

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Food Festival 9th – 13th Apr 2020

Five days of open-air markets, food trails, family fun and much, much more. The 2020 Galway Food Festival celebrates the city and county’s culinary landscape, showcasing the people, produce, and passion that have firmly established Galway as the food capital of the west.

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