Some popular events in Galway for you to experience

Galway Christmas Market, 18th November – 21th December 2022

Ireland’s Best Christmas Market enjoys is back this year and visitors can expect to enjoy a variety of entertainment, food, and stalls. To make things even better, this year will feature amusement rides which includes a 32-metre high Big Wheel and traditional carousel. Aside from this, there’s going to be an Après Ski Bar, Santa’s Express Train, live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, and carol singing.Of course, we all know that it’s not Christmas without a visit to Santa’s Grotto – which will be run by local charities – while the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the market’s duration.

Food lovers can enjoy bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels, confectionery, crêpes, waffles, and loads of sweets. For those that enjoy their beer, you can buy a stein at the German Bierkeller which also offers a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine.

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Halloween Macnas Parade, 30th October 2022

A massive and magical evening. Macnas are master storytellers who inspire and engage audiences by creating big, bold, visual shows and performances through a world-class theatrical spectacle. Where they bring their epic storytelling to the streets of Galway City.

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Food On The Edge 17th – 18th October 2022

Food on the Edge is a two day symposium on the Future of Food for chefs & food enthusiasts from all around the world. It is a coming together of chefs to listen, talk, debate and network over two days in Galway. Open to the public.

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Galway Comedy Festival 25th – 31th October 2022

A week-long festival of world class comedy in Galway City. A full line-up of funny folk will make sure it is a must-attend for those in search of a good time.

“This could well be the best week of your life”
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Baboró International Children’s Festival 14th – 23th October 2022

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city.

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Galway International Oyster Festival 23rd – 25th September 2022

“Ireland’s longest running and greatest gourmet extravaganza”

Events happening over the 3 days include the Best Dressed Lady competition, Street Party in the Latin Quarter and the Guinness World Oyster Opening Championships. For the best in gourmet seafood, live music and the best Guinness in town, it has to be the Galway Oyster Festival.

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Galway Races 5th Sept – 6th Sept 2022

The Galway Races is back again at the start of September with another 2 days of top class action taking place. The 2 day festival will provide its usual thrills and spills and will not only provide excellent racing on the track, but also a phenomenal atmosphere in and around the venue.

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Galway Fringe Festival 29th August – 30th Sept 2022

Local, national and international artists will take to the stages around Galway for intimate shows and presentations of art, music, theatre, dance, literature, comedy, cabaret, and more. It’s a great way to see new performances and shows from up and coming names.

Galway City Centre
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St Patrick’s Day Festival 17th March 2023

Pipe bands, dance groups, performance artists and community groups come from all over the world to Galway each year to experience a St Patrick’s Day parade that is widely regarded as one of the best in Ireland.
2020 marks the 117th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all things Irish. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Following the parade, family-oriented entertainment is expected to be held on Eyre Square including live music, a vintage carousel and amusements and children’s entertainment.

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