Festivals in Donegal 2017

Cara Challenge 2017 – 10th – 12th March

7th annual Cara Bundoran Challenge – 5 km & 10km – walking and running events.   www.carabundoranrun.com

Ballyshannon Drama Festival – 11th – 19th March

Laghey Blast Festival, Laghey – 30th April & 1st May

Join the thousands of people who have a blast in Laghey every May Bank holiday weekend.

Michael O’Clerigh Summer School, Creevy 12th – 14th May

This festival examines the life, works and times of Michael O Cleirigh.  This weekend is themed ‘Refugees and Strangers’ exploring the experience of the Irish Diaspora in Europe from 1500-1800.

Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, Ballyshannon – 1st – 4th June

The festival won the award ‘the Best Small Festival’ Feb 2017 at the Irish Festival Awards.  The hugely popular festival is one of the most unique annual Music Festivals in Ireland, celebrating Ireland’s best loved Rock n Blues Guitarist, the Late Rory Gallagher who was born in Ballyshannon – with international tribute bands.


Donegal International Rally – 16th – 18th June Letterkenny

Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival, Bundoran – 23th – 25th June

Europe’s best surf, skate and music festival, the 3 day long event of surfing, skating, partying and music!

Earagail Arts Festival, events all over the county – 7th – 23rd July

A wonderful festival with two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival at Ireland’s only countywide arts festival.

Bundoran Street Party, Main Street – 22nd July
Street Party & Fireworks!

Sligo Jazz Festival – 25th – 30th July  www.sligojazz.ie

The summer school and festival event

Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival, Ballyshannon – 5th & 6th August

The annual Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival takes place in Ballyshannon showcases and celebrates the very best in local craft beer, Irish music and Irish artisan food and other culinary delights from the North West!

Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional music festival, Ballyshannon – 3rd – 6th August

This fantastic festival has been running for over thirty years!

Discover Ballyshannon 7th – 13th August

Full itinerary of walks, history, music, dancing and other events.

All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship , Ballyshannon 18th – 20th August

Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon

Bundoran Heritage, Bundoran – 1st – 31st August

Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show, Ballyshannon – 20th August

Ballyshannon Agricultural Show will celebrate its 23rd annual event, all welcome to comeback and help us enjoy this wonderful community agricultural show event!

A Taste Of Donegal Food Festival, Donegal Town –  25th – 27th August

A three day celebration of great Food and Drink with Exhibitor Stands, Celebrity Chef demonstrations, Tutored Wine and Beer tastings, Entertainment and much more.

Bundoran and Sea Anglers Competition – Open International Festival Weekend, Bundoran Pier – 26th & 27th August

Surf Life Saving All Ireland Festival August, Rossnowlagh

Bundoran Railway Heritage Month  – 1st – 30th September

National SUP Championship  – Main Beach Bundoran 2nd – 3rd September

West Coast Golfing Challenge – Bundoran Golf Club –  4th – 8th September

National Surf Championships, Tullan Strand, Bundoran 23rd – 24th September

Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival, Ballyshannon & South Donegal  – September
The annual Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival runs in a host of towns, villages and rural communities throughout South Donegal.

The Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon – November
The Allingham Arts Festival is a celebration of the life and works of one of our town’s most famous ancestors writer and poet William Allingham and his wife the artist Helen Allingham.