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Whatever your interest, there´s a festival for you! Donegal boasts a year-round programme of unique and exciting festivals and events with something to suit every taste. Check out our comprehensive calendar of Festivals and Events in Donegal.

Cara Bundoran Run 10 Mile Challenge

06th to 08th of March 2020 - Bundoran - While fashions change and cycles revolve, Bundoran’s star has been in the ascent recently for healthy pursuits and outdoor activities. Surfing, golf, horse-riding, angling, walking and kayaking are just some of the things to do while in town and there is a big welcome waiting for the Cara Bundoran Challenge as an addition to our yearly calendar of events…

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Ardara Walking Festival 2020

Ardara’s Renowned Walking Festival. Discover some of the region’s most spectacular scenery and hidden gems with our expert local guides. Friday 13th March: Registration in the Heritage Centre from 7pm to 9pm Fee: €25 for one day or €40 for two Day 1 14th March 2020 Pickup for both walks 9am at the Car Park behind Nancy’s with bus to Glencolmcille. Easy to Moderate Walk Glen to Por…

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Letterkenny St. Patrick's Day Parade

17th March 2020, Letterkenny Letterkenny St.Patrick's Day Parade is the biggest Parade in County Donegal. It will take place on Tuesday, 17th March at 3pm. It is a traditional family day out celebrating all things Irish. Floats are welcome from schools, businesses, community organisations and anyone who wants to get involved in a fun day out.

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Letterkenny St Patricks Day 5k Road Race

Tuesday 17th March - Letterkenny St Patricks Day 5k Road Race Registration begins 10am at the Aura Leisure Centre with the race beginning at the AIB Bank at the top of main street

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Ballyshannon St Patrick's Day Parade

17th March 2020 - Ballyshannon St Patrick's Day Parade This years Ballyshannon St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Tuesday 17th March at 2pm. The Parade is only possible with your help and support. Therefore, we are asking for your continued assistance in providing a Float for the Parade, create a Window Display, and Decorate your Premises as part of the of the festivities. As you…

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Bundoran St Patrick's Day Parade

17th March 2020 - Bundoran St Patrick's Day Parade Ahead of the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Bundoran on March 17th, the theme for this year has been announced as “Welcome” or “Fáilte”. Bundoran is renowned for its welcome or “Céad Míle Fáilte” to guests from all over the world on an annual basis for hundreds of years now and we thought it more than appropriate that it be theme of our p…

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Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar

20th - 23rd March 2020, Clonmany The 31st Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle works to foster and promote the singing tradition of the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal Full programme of events available online at: www.inishowensinging.ie

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The Race 2020

The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. race-about-new To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. Crucially, they must complete all this in under 24 hours. It is aimed at providing the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance. North West Donegal h…

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Rebel Fest 2020

28th - 29th March 2020, Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal The Arranmore Rebel Fest is a music festival which takes place on Arranmore Island of the North West Coast of Donegal on 28th – 29th March 2020. Attendees will enjoy and dance to a range of performances from local and national Irish, folk and rebel music stars over this weekend festival. Appearing this year at the Arranmore Rebel Fest 202…

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The Amazing Grace Festival 2020

2nd to the 8th of April 2020 - Buncrana Irelands beautiful Lough Swilly in County Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way, was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of John Newton, a foul-mouthed slave trader who went on to pen one of the most famous and well loved songs of all time - Amazing Grace. Newton later mentored William Wilberforce in his long battle to abolish the Tra…

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Inishowen Traditional Music Project

4th April 2020, Buncrana Inishowen Traditional Music Project is delighted to announce 'INISHOWEN', a special event to celebrate the 21st anniversary of (ITMP). To commemorate and celebrate this momentous achievement, ITMP has embarked on its most ambitious project to date. It has assembled a group of over 100 musicians and singers to form the Inishowen Trad Orchestra. Renowned musician and c…

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Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge 2020

11th April 2020 Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge It attracts not only walkers, joggers and runners from the wider Inishowen hinterland but nationally and indeed internationally with many spending the weekend in the area to enjoy a break all centred on the event and in some cases the attraction of the world class golf courses at the Ballyliffin Golf Course. The event is unique in …

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All Ireland Drama Festival 2020

17th - 25th April 2020, Ballyshannon 2020 is a very exciting year for Ballyshannon Drama Society, as we play host to the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals from the 17th to 25th April. This event will be run under the auspices of the ‘Amateur Drama Council of Ireland’. Over the 9 days, see plays from all over Ireland compete and enjoy a host of fringe events and of course the nightly Festiva…

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(*New) TUFF-INISH Adventure Race 2020

Saturday 25th April 2020 - (*New) TUFF-INISH Adventure Race 2020 105km/10hr TITAN – 62km EXTREME – 41km REBEL – 26km SPRINT Formerly “Shore 2 Summit” the new TUFF-INISH Adventure race in Inishowen, Donegal, offers everything that an Adventure race possibly can, 4 diverse courses encompassing novice to elite adventurers, situated in an idealistic rural landscape that is simply an adventure para…

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Laghey Blast Festival

3rd May 2020, Laghey The Laghey Blast Festival is a community ran day of festival fun. Laghey village comes alive with street music & events for all the family. We have bouncy castles, obstacle course, rodeo bull, games tent, paintball target shooting, street games, wheelbarrow races and various competitions on the day. We have a farm & sheep shearing and many more events to keep you entertaine…

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Travel Writing Retreat 2020

May 4th-10th, 2020 - Travel Writing Retreat 2020 Want to be a seasoned travel writer? See your name in print while enjoying free trips abroad to interesting and historical places? It sounds glamorous, even ‘too good to be true.’ But it is possible - as many writers have shown - and learning the writing and editing skills necessary is one of the most important steps to success. That’s wh…

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Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School

08 - 10 May 2020, Franciscan Friary, Rossnowlagh The 7th Summer School will be held over the weekend of Friday 8th May until Sunday 10th May in the Uí Cléirigh (Friary) Hall and the Sandhouse Hotel, both in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. The theme of the Summer School is “Women in 17th Century Ireland”. The Summer School explores aspects of this fascinating topic when life in Ireland was very raw. …

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Wild Atlantic Adventure Race (WAAR)

9th May 2020, Mullaghdearg, West Donegal WAAR - Donegal’s biggest Adventure Race, is a fundraiser for CLG Naomh Muire. Enter as individual or as part of a team for the ultimate challenge. RUN ~ BIKE ~ HIKE ~ KAYAK WAAR comprises of four disciplines, Run, Bike, Hike and Kayak, making up a 55.5K(approx) route. Individual All individuals must complete all four disciplines. Run, Bike, H…

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Darkness Into Light Donegal

09 May 2020 Donegal Locations: Arranmore Island, Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Carrick, Donegal Town, Falcarragh, Gweedore, Letterkenny, Maghery, Rathmullan, Tory Island Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, our annual 5km walk/run, will celebrate its eleventh year on Saturday, May 9th 2020, with over 100 venues acro…

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The Rosses Walking Festival

22 - 24 May 2020, Dungloe Be with nature, let’s go outdoors is the slogan for the Rosses Walking Festival. Set in the Northern Headlands along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Rosses are located in the Gaeltacht in Donegal and our guided walks are all designed to enjoy the majesty of the coastline as well as the rugged magnificence of the mountains. Further details to follow

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