Festivals

Festivals in Donegal 2018

Cara Challenge 2018 – 9th – 11th March

8th annual Cara Bundoran Challenge – 5 km & 10km – walking and running events.   www.carabundoranrun.com

Ballyshannon Drama Festival – 10th – 18th March

Laghey Blast Festival, Laghey – first week May

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

Michael O’Clerigh Summer School, Creevy 11th – 13th May

This festival examines the life, works and times of Michael O Cleirigh.  This weekend is themed ‘The Annals and The Earls’.

Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, Ballyshannon – 31st May – 3rd June

The festival won the award ‘the Best Small Festival’ Feb 2018 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 – 15th – 17th June Letterkenny

Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival, Bundoran – 22nd – 24th June

Europe’s best surf, skate and music festival, the 3 day long event of surfing, skating, partying and music!  Winner IMRO Live Music Festival 2017 awards.

Earagail Arts Festival, events all over the county – 11th – 29th 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 – 21st July
Street Party & Fireworks!

Sligo Jazz Festival – 24th – 29th July  www.sligojazz.ie

The summer school and festival event

Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival, Ballyshannon – 4th & 5th 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!

Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show, Ballyshannon – 19th August

Ballyshannon Agricultural Show will celebrate its 24th annual event, all welcome to comeback and help us enjoy this wonderful community agricultural show event!

A Taste Of Donegal Food Festival, Donegal Town –  24th – 26th August

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

Bundoran and Sea Anglers Competition – Open International Festival Weekend, Bundoran Pier – 14th – 15th July

Surf Life Saving All Ireland Festival August, Rossnowlagh

West Coast Golfing Challenge – Bundoran Golf Club –  3rd-6th September

National Surf Championships, Tullan Strand, Bundoran 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 – 8th – 11th 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.