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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.

Wild Atlantic 500k Virtual Challenge

1st June - 31st August 2020, Donegal (Virtually), Ireland & Worldwide Take on the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, a 500km virtual challenge that can be done from anywhere in the world. A health / fitness challenge open to walkers, joggers or runners. Over the months of June, July & August challenge yourself to complete 500km, an average of 5.2km a day. Get fit and healthy this summer and use t…

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Campview Farm Tour Summer Special

Monday to Sunday 2pm & 5pm Campview Farm, Ballyshannon Enjoy a 1.5 hour tour in which you will have the opportunity to feed animals, walk around the farm and compete in some farm games 🐄🌊🐔 to book please call: 0863861302/0877787199 Please wear appropriate footwear and bring your own picnic. Social distancing and hand hygiene will be in place. See you soon! The Campview Farm Team

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Alice in Wonderland

08-16 August 2020, Murvagh Forest (Murvagh Beach) Using the backdrop of Murvagh Forest located on the Murvagh peninsula in South Donegal, audiences will be immersed down the rabbit hole after Alice as she struggles to come to terms with the strange new world around her. Eager to find her way home, she encounters a particularly-unhelpful Cheshire cat, a wildly silly socially-distant Mad Hatter’s…

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Heritage Week 2020 in County Donegal

15th - 23rd August 2020, Countywide National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council & Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from Fáilte Ireland. County Donegal has become one of the places to be during ‘Heritage Week’.Over 120 events are taking place for National Heritage Week in County Donegal from Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 23, 2020 and most of them are free.…

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Seven Sisters Skyline

15th August 2020 - Seven Sisters Skyline An EPIC Mountain running event in the Derryveagh mountains in Donegal. The Seven Sisters Skyline - 50km with 4,000m ascent! The event is being held in Donegal, the most Northerly county on the island of Ireland…. But still only 3 hours from Dublin, and 2 hours from Belfast. Donegal is a mystical, magical place, which boasts wild rugged unspoilt landsc…

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Wild Atlantic Adventure Race (WAAR)

As you know this year WAAR is going virtual so you can add to your WAAR bling collection. All you have to do is register, train and be ready to run, bike, hike and record your time. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! LIMITED ENTRIES AVAILABLE @ WAAR.ie 🏅CLAIM YOUR 2020 WAAR BLING & SUPPORT DONEGAL MIND WELLNESS 🏅 ➡️Dates: August 21/22/23 2020 ➡️Entry Fee: €15 ➡️Choose your distance: Full dista…

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Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555

28th August 2020, Start from Letterkenny The organisers of the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555K have decided to proceed with plans to hold this year’s event on the rescheduled date of Friday, August 28th. The organising committee came to the decision at a virtual meeting this week after reviewing the government of Ireland’s five phase plan for reopening the country and the Cycling Ireland road …

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Letterkenny Busking Festival

29th August 2020, Letterkenny The Letterkenny Busking Festival is returning to Letterkenny’s Main Street on Saturday the 29th of August. Many performers have already signed up for this exciting competition so if you would like to take part, we would encourage you to apply now. The fest is open to buskers of all types, giving a platform to performers such as magicians, dancers, street entertaine…

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Donegal Half Marathon

30th August 2020, Letterkenny The half marathon races will start at 9.20am on August 30th 2020. No entries will be taken on the day of the race.

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Donegal Links Classic 2020

31st Aug - 2nd Sept 2020, Rosapenna, Portsalon & Ballyliffin The Donegal Links Classic played over three of Irelands finest links courses takes place from Mon, 31st Aug - Wed, 2nd Sept 2020. The competition is both a singles & team event with teams of four, open to both ladies and gents any combination, marking a singles (stableford) card each day. The team competition counts the best three…

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West Coast Challenge Golf

7th - 10th September 2020, Bundoran GC, Donegal GC, Enniscrone, Strandhill The West Coast Challenge, played over four of the finest links Courses in the North West of Ireland, which are unique in their own way, presents a challenge to golfers of all abilities. This Golf Tournament which has been running for more than 30 years, is known for the camaraderie amongst the competitors and the welcome…

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2020 O'Donnell Clan Gathering

2020 Clan Gathering Dates of Gathering: 9, 10, 11 & 12 September 2020 Location: Donegal, Ireland. Organised by: O’Donnell Clan Association Committee. ODonnell of Tyrconnell – Ó Domhnaill Tír Chonaill is the ruling clan of the ancient Kingdom of Tyrconnell who reigned until the completion of the English Conquest of Ireland in 1601. The clans seat today remains focused mostly around Coun…

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AIG All Ireland Cups and Shields Finals

16th - 20th September 2020, Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh Donegal Golf Club are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the AIG All Ireland Cups and SHields Finals in September 2020. The All Ireland Cups & Shields Finals has been described by Brian Keogh of the Independent.ie as a three-day festival of golf and is the pinnacle for all Irish Amateur golfers as they look to represent thei…

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Culture Night 2020

18th September 2020, Letterkenny Connect through culture on Friday 18th of September! Le chéile trí chultúr ar 18ú Meán Fómhair! We’re excited to confirm that Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir will return on Friday 18 Sep 2020. Given the events of recent months, there are obviously some new challenges this year, but we know that we can still create a memorable night. Many of this year’s events…

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Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge 2020

19th September 2020 - Virtual Run Unfortunately due to HSE / Government continuing guidelines of 200 limit outdoors as of yesterday (04/08/20), we are moving to a virtual option for our event. T-shirt and medallion will be posted out on receipt of an email when complete to ballyliffincoastalchallenge@gmail.com with photo if you wish or can be collected in Ballyliffin village from next week. …

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Rock on the Rock 2020

19th - 20th September 2020, Arranmore Island Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus we have had to reschedule the Rock on the Rock Festival which was due to take place on May 9th & 10th 2020 our new dates as mentioned on the Poster are the 19th & 20th September 2020. First of all we would like to take this oppurtunity to thank the bands and the band management for being so…

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Autumn Writing Retreat 2020

September 21st - 27th, 2020 - Autumn Writing Retreat 2020 A week-long, creative writing holiday with a difference – scenic walks, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all in a land that time forgot, in probably the most scenic part of Ireland, along the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Plus lively, traditional Irish music concerts; island and castle tours of an aw…

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Johnny Doherty Festival

25th - 27th September 2020, Ardara The Johnny Doherty Festival is a traditional music festival in memory of the late John Doherty, a local fiddle legend. Held in the scenic heritage town of Ardara in Co Donegal, The Johnny Doherty Festival aims to promote the music and dance traditions of the area. John Doherty was a world renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in…

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Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2020

25th Sept - 10th Oct 2020, South West Donegal Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2020 will take place from September 25th to October 10th. Preparations are continuing for the Festival which will include a combination of both live and online events, due to current Covid19 restrictions. Watch this space for the programme of events..... We can't wait to share it with you! The Donegal B…

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The Rosses Walking Festival

Changed date: 26th - 27th September 2020, Dungloe The Rosses Walking Festival Dates have been changed to September 26th and 27th. All ticket holders have been contacted via email. September is a beautiful month in Donegal and the walks will be even better now that nature is allowed to flourish again. Please join us for the Walks and support this festival. Thank you. Saturday, 26th Septemb…

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