Festivals in Donegal 2019
Cara Challenge – 8th – 10th March
8th annual Cara Bundoran Challenge – 5 km & 10km – walking and running events. www.carabundoranrun.com
Ballyshannon Drama Festival – 9th – 17th March
St Patrick’s Day Parades – Ballyshannon (2pm), Bundoran (3.30pm) & Donegal Town (1pm)
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 10th – 12th May
This festival examines the life, works and times of Michael O Cleirigh. This weekend is themed ‘The Annals and The Earls’.
Darkness into Light – Bundoran – 11th May
Irish National Junior Surf Tour – Bundoran – 18th & 19th May
May Country Music Festival – Bundoran – 24th – 26th May
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, Ballyshannon – 30th May – 4th 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.
June Country Music Festival – Bundoran 31st May – 2nd June
Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race – Bundoran 2nd June
Bundoran Golf Club Pro Am – Bundoran Golf Club – 7th June
Donegal International Rally – 21st – 23rd June Letterkenny
Mullaghmore Triathlon – Mullaghmore 22nd June (tbc)
Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival, Bundoran – 21st – 23rd 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 – 10th – 28th July
A wonderful festival with two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival at Ireland’s only countywide arts festival.
Lakeside Triathlon – Ballyshannon 20th July
Classic Car Show – Bundoran – 21st July
Bundoran and Sea Anglers Competition – Open International Festival Weekend, Bundoran Pier – July
Sligo Jazz Festival – July www.sligojazz.ie
The summer school and festival event
Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival, Ballyshannon – 3rd – 4th 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 – 2nd – 5th August
This fantastic festival has been running for over thirty years!
Ardara – Wild Atlantic Week – 4th – 10th August
Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show, Ballyshannon – 19th August
Ballyshannon Agricultural Show will celebrate its 25th annual event, all welcome to comeback and help us enjoy this wonderful community agricultural show event!
A Taste Of Donegal Food Festival, Donegal Town – 23rd – 25th August
A three day celebration of great Food and Drink with Exhibitor Stands, Celebrity Chef demonstrations, Wine and Beer tastings, Entertainment and much more.
Surf Life Saving All Ireland Festival August, Rossnowlagh
Bia Bundoran Food Festival – Bundoran – 27th – 29th September
Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival, Ballyshannon & South Donegal – Ballyshannon – Carnival Parade – 4th October
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.
Creevy Pier – annual Christmas Swim!