Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Festivals in Galway

Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Festivals in Galway


Summer is here…..FINALLY! With warmer temperatures and endless hours of daylight Galway attracts many locals and tourists alike. Whether you want to enjoy nature, live music, delicious food and more, you can rest assured a summer in Galway doesn’t disappoint.

There are so many fun summer festivals to attend it can be hard to choose which one you should choose. That’s why we put together this simple guide to inform you about fun festivals in Galway you can enjoy.


Galway Film Festival- July 5th – July 10th

Head to Galway for one of the biggest events of the summer: The Galway Film Feadh. This is a 6-day event that draws in film makers, movie goers, directors, and all film enthusiasts from around the world. This year marks the 28th birthday of the Galway Film Feadh. There will be movie screenings, public interviews, seminars, master classes, and the infamous Galway Film Fair; a specialty market providing a unique experience for film makers and financiers around the world. Find out more at:


Galway International Arts Festival – July 11th – July 24th 

Arguably, one of the best festivals o the summer, Galway International Arts Festival offers an eclectic and eccentric mix of music, visual arts, and more. Whether you want to spot the hard to miss giant puppets, listen to your favorite band, or dance the night away in the Big TOP, this fun and vibrant festival has something for you! Find out more here:


Galway Race Week 2016 – July 25th – July 31st

Get ready for an adrenaline boosting summer as you prepare for 7 days of exciting horse races in Galway. This world infamous race week draws in about a quarter of a million people from around the world. It’s one of Ireland’s biggest and famous racing festivals. This year 49 races will be available where you can place your bets and have fun. Of course, there will be food and fun entertainment through the week. This is one event you don’t want to miss this summer! Find out more at


Galway Oyster Festival-  September 23rd – 25th

This year marks the 62nd Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival. It’s a festival full of fun, food, and music that your entire family can enjoy. What draws the attention is the yearly shucking championships where you can show your oyster opening skills! Whether this is your first time attending, or you are an avid festival goer, you will enjoy the many tasting events, seafood trails, cooking demonstrations and more! Find out more information at


Galway Comedy Festival-  October 20th – 26th

No laughing gas needed here. Get ready to shed tears of joy as you listen to some of the most talented and funny comedians from around the world. This is a festival where International and national comics of all genres improve, stand -up and sketch come together and spread joy throughout the week. This a great comedy festival for all ages. Find out more information here:

Whether you want to rock out to your favorite bands, or place a bet on your favorite horse, you can rest assured that one of these many festivals has a lot of fun, entertainment and excitement for your entire family to enjoy! And, if you work up an appetite, which, we are sure you will, don’t forget to stop by Martine’s for some delicious food and cocktails!