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Eight Great Events Happening Across Donegal This September

As we wave goodbye to another summer, it’s time to start looking forward to the long autumnal days and the routine of September. Whether you’re living and working in Donegal or indeed planning a trip to our northern shores this September, be sure to check out the wide variety of events and things happening across the county. 

We’ve compiled some of great events happening across Donegal this September. There’s something for everyone from walkers and hikers to music and art lovers and adventure seekers. 


The annual Donegal Camino kicked off earlier this week and will run until 9th September. From Inishowen to Sliabh Liag, this unique seven day walk and hike takes walkers on a myriad of stunning loop walks, coastal trails on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way Coastline. To book, find out about accommodation in Donegal or general inquiries, see HERE.



Enjoy a night of live music on Friday 8th September with a magical performance by Duke Special. This is a very special solo show in The Music Loom, Killybegs with support from Donegal singer/songwriter George Houston. Find out more about the event and get tickets HERE.



Donegal’s biggest family-friendly music festival Oakfest takes place in Oakfield Park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. Top music acts include Suzi Quatro, Boyzlife, The Bay City Rollers, Onóir, The Davy K Project and Lisa McHugh. As well as top performances, there will also be a host of activities for children across the parklands and train rides. For tickets and to find out more, see Oakfield Park.



Co-ordinated by Donegal County Council’s Economic Development team, #LoveDonegal day is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with Donegal and shout about our wonderful county! Get behind the campaign on Thursday 14th September by visiting or travelling to Donegal, sharing your favourite images on social or simply reconnect! To take part online, use the hashtags #LoveDonegal or #DúnnanGallAbú and tag @Donegal_IrelandsDNA.



On Wednesday 6th September, the Abbey Theatre in Ballyshannon will show Tár. Composer and conductor Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) is a classical music superstar. Her acclaimed run as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic is about to reach its crescendo with a performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Tár also has a history of abusing her power. As investigations into Tár’s past behaviour begin, her professional and personal lives start spiralling out of control. Find out more HERE.




BLUESURFEST is a three-day festival combining inclusive sporting events, music, film and educational events as part of a wider network of European Blue Surf Festivals happening across Europe in 2023. Running from 22nd – 24th September, the events, targeted to raise awareness of inclusion in sport at local and regional levels, will highlight the benefits of surfing for physical and mental health and wellbeing. Guest speakers will include Maria Walsh MEP, Dr. Easkey Britton & Dr. Jamie Marshall, Blue Space Researchers, The Liquid Therapy Panel of Experts with Dr. Karl Thomas from Creatovation and Mark Pollock, Explorer, Founder and Performance Coach. For a full schedule and more information on this exciting BLUESURFEST event in Donegal, see HERE



Get ready for an electrifying night of Irish traditional music as the iconic Sharon Shannon takes the stage at the Johnny Doherty Festival in Ardara, Co. Donegal. On September 23rd, for one night only, prepare to be enthralled by Shannon's spellbinding accordion skills and the infectious rhythms that have made her a star of the genre. For tickets see HERE



If you’re looking for a thrill and enjoy a murder-mystery, check out The Murder Express at Oakfield Park. Running on 30th September, The Murder Express: Criminals at the Carnival invite you to enter a world of mystery. Set in the year 1891, The Borlotti Brothers’ Carnival is on tour across Europe and their next stop is Oakfield! Book tickets HERE



As well as the longest coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way, Donegal has golden beaches, jaw dropping scenery and totally unspoilt landscapes to enjoy. The delicious food scene and local craft drinks, along with a friendly welcome is what makes Donegal the best destination for your next trip! 

To plan your next Donegal adventure, visit Go Visit Donegal. 

Are you a local business, community group or service hosting an event in Donegal? Register your festival or event on,  https://www.govisitdonegal.com/festivals-and-events

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