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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.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

19th - 26th January 2020, Letterkenny A world of traditions for Letterkenny Trad Week 2020. The sixth annual Letterkenny Trad Week, presented by the Regional Cultural Centre & An Grianán Theatre, takes place in January 2020. The festival brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians from Ireland, the United Kingdom and further afield to Donegal.

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Ardara Country & Western Weekend

Fri 24th January - Sun 26th January 2020 - Ardara - The Country & Western Weekend. A weekend of fun and dance with Irelands top country bands. This year features Shawn Cuddy and Jim Devine with line dancing and jive classes as well as music in all the pubs! A must for all country music fans

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Trib Bash 2020

14th and 15th February 2020 - Trib Bash 2020 ‘TRIB BASH 2020’ IRELAND’S BIGGEST EVER TRIBUTE WEEKEND COMES TO DONEGAL ‘TRIB BASH’ comes to the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny on the 14th & 15th February 2020 FOUR of the biggest and very best LIVE tribute shows in Ireland and the UK will come together to take stage under one roof in just ONE weekend! Trib Bash will showcase four of the most elite t…

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Rathmullan Film Fest 2020

20th - 23rd February 2020, Rathmullan Join our Film Festival in February for four days of‭ ‬great film screenings‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬from local films‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬documentaries‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬Irish shorts to new releases‭ ‬&‭ ‬old favourites‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬as well as food‭ ‬&‭ ‬film experiences‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬industry talks‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬sports fun‭ ‬&‭ ‬pub entertainment‭.‬

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Aoife Scott Live @ Lifford Old Courthouse

21st February 2020 - Aoife Scott Live @ Lifford Old Courthouse We're delighted to make our first gig announcement of 2020! On Friday 21st February we'll have Aoife Scott joining us for what is sure to be an unforgettable night. Born into the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, and has long enjoyed success as an established artis…

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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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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 - Bundoran St Patrick's Day Parade The annual St Patrick's Day parade will take place on Tuesday March 17th at 3.30pm starting at East End, routing through Main Street, The West End and returning to venue TBC for prizegiving. If you are a community group, a business or band and wish to take part in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Bundoran please contact John at 086 2266 799 or…

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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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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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(*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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