Galway Food Festival (Easter Weekend | 29 March - 02 April 2018)
Celebrating Galway as a good food destination, 2018 will be the 7th year of the Galway Food Festival and is sure to build on the success of the 2017 event. Enjoy 5 days of exceptional food and loads of free events suitable for all the family. The festival celebrates Galway as a good food destination with a strong focus on artisan, seasonal and local produce. More than 70,000 people attended last year’s Galway Food Festival with over 100 food outlets and producers from across the city and county taking part. Watch Galway showcase its diverse and ever-evolving food movement as the Festival celebrates ten decades of Irish Food. Head West for Easter 2018 and don’t miss what promises to be a spectacular celebration of Ireland’s diverse history of food!
Galway Theatre Festival (04 - 12 May 2018)
The goal of Galway Theatre Festival is to bring a fresh and lively programme of performance to the streets and venues of Galway, evoking a raw energy and adventurous spirit in our audiences that captures the essence of the Wild Atlantic Way. Galway Theatre Festival draws on Galway's unique theatrical heritage as the home of Druid Theatre, and is one of Ireland's only festivals dedicated to theatre and performance. The Festival provides a platform for national artists and artists based in the West of Ireland, bringing together a high-quality programme that showcases the best and newest talents in theatre, spectacle, circus, story-telling and immersive performance.
Galway International Arts Festival (16 – 29 July 2018)
The Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland's largest annual arts festival and celebrated it's 40th anniversary in 2017 in the city of Galway. Founded in 1978, the Festival collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to produce and present an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature & comedy involving hundreds of artists and performers. 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. Over its 40-year history, the Festival has become a vital showcase for Irish arts internationally and international arts in Ireland and is now firmly established as Ireland's leading arts festival.
The Galway Races (30 July - 05 August 2018)
Ireland's biggest and most famous racing festival is held in Galway during the last week of July every year and involves seven days of unrivalled action. The 2018 festival will run from 30th July to the 5th August 2018. Some 250,000 people attend the Galway Races throughout the week, and the town has a real buzz at night, with hangovers aplenty the following day. It is a joyous, fun-filled seven days where people might leave with a few less Euros than they had when they arrived but they also leave with great new experiences, new friends and a time that will never be forgotten.
The Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival (28 - 30 September 2018)
Each year, on the last weekend of September, Galway City celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and the world’s longest running Oyster Festival. Throughout the Irish food festival, there will lots of tantalising events for all to enjoy; seafood trails, oyster opening (shucking) championships including the Oyster ‘Olympics’ or World Oyster Opening Championship, foodie talks & tasting events in some of Galway’s best restaurants, The Festival Marquee, a Mardi Gras style Gala Event along with family activities, live music, cooking demonstrations and more.