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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.

Donegal Garden Trail

23 May - 30 October 2019, Countywide Welcome to the 13th season of the Donegal Garden Trail. We are delighted Brown’s Farm, a lovely spring cottage garden and well worth a visit, has re-joined the Trail after a short absence. We extend a very warm welcome to Castle Grove House Hotel which joins us both as a hospitality provider and as an interesting and historical garden to visit with specim…

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Oideas Gael – Irish Language & Cultural Activity Holidays

1st June to 28th October 2019 - Oideas Gael has been recognised, on a number of occasions, as one of Ireland’s unique cultural education providers and was the 1997 winner of the National Rural Tourism Award sponsored by Bord Fáilte, The Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Allied Irish Banks. They also achieved the distinction of being the winner of the BARR 50 businesses in Irish, from the daily Ir…

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Shop LK Summer Sessions

20th July - 24th August 2019, Letterkenny Ahead of the 2019 Letterkenny Busking Festival, there will be Summer Music Sessions taking place along Letterkenny Main Street and in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre on various dates! Check out the performance list here: July 20th - Eamonn Russell and Dallen Davies - Main Street - 12pm to 3pm August 17th - Townlaw - Main Street - 12pm to 3pm A…

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Heritage Week 2019 in County Donegal

17 - 25 August 2019, 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 17 to Sunday, August 25, 2019 and most of them are free. …

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Donegal Railway Summer Events

18th - 23rd August 2019, Donegal Town & Letterkenny Donegal Railway Heritage Centre AGM and Launch of The Phoenix Saturday 17th August, 3pm @ Donegal Railway Heritage Centre The DRHC will be holding their annual AGM where members can hear about our work over the last year as well as our ambitious plans for the year ahead. We will also be launching the latest edition of our railway magazine T…

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The Life of a Prisoner (Heritage Week 2019)

19th to the 24th of August 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse, Lifford Co. Donegal - Experience the life of a prisoner in Lifford Gaol in 19th century Ireland in this interactive tour where youll explore crime, punishment, the prison diet and much more. Drawing from prison reports and research, visitors will get a glimpse into the life of a prisoner in Lifford Gaol during the 19th century. To be…

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22nd - 25th of August 2019 - Moville, Culdaff, Greencastle and Derry Irish Bob Dylan Festival Spreads Its Wings The 13th annual festival of Bob Dylan music, Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough is starting to spread through the surrounding area. For the first time it will take place in four different towns – Moville, Culdaff, Greencastle and Derry / LondonDerry. It takes place f…

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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

23 - 25 August 2019, Donegal Town A Taste of Donegal Food Festival would like to remind all Foodie Friends that it is their 11th Anniversary. This must attend foodie event is a three day celebration of great Food and Drink located in a beautiful tented village on the pier in Donegal Town. It takes place on Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2019. Its absolutely worth making the journey North …

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Inch - Mile Open Water Swim from Inch Island to Rathmullan.

24th August 2019 - Rathmullan - Gartan Open Water Swimmers, are hosting a new event this August the inaugural Inch - Mile Open Water Swim from Inch Island to Rathmullan. Its taking place on at noon on the 24th of August, we have over 100 experienced sea swimmers taking part. All proceeds to Lifeboats RNLI & Sheephaven Sub-Aqua

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Letterkenny Busking Festival

24th August 2019, Letterkenny The Annual Letterkenny Busking Festival is taking place along Letterkenny Main Street on Saturday the 24th of August 2019. The festival is open to all types of musicians, singers, street entertainers and music groups. It is free to take part in the festival and there is 1000 Euro worth of cash prizes up for grabs. The festival attracts lots of visitors to the town …

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The Trial

29th of August to the 14th of September 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse, Lifford, Co. Donegal. The Trial is a compelling film and sound installation on healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system. On four screens, three characters - Tommy, Charlie, Neilí - tell the real-life stories of those who have been held and worked in Irish penal institutions during the nineteenth and …

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Déjà Vu Donegal 2019 Tour

30th - 31st August 2019, Ballybofey REMEMBERING ‘MANDY’ Déjâ Vu Donegal will honour the memory of Manus Kelly, who so tragically was killed during the Joule Donegal International Rally this year, during their rally re-union weekend at the end of August. First, and most importantly, the organisers are delighted to announce that Bernie Kelly, Manus’s widow will be their guest at the Gala Dinner…

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Summer Seafood & Jazz Nights

30th August 2019. Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy @ 8:30pm Visit the buzzing seaside resort of Dunfanaghy on the Wild Atlantic Way and join us for our Summer Seafood & Jazz Nights: Friday 30th August. Our Head Chef Marquison Brandos has compiled an exciting Five Course Seafood Menu using locally sourced seafood, served in our Restaurant accompanied by Live Jazz Music. A night out not to be missed. T…

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The Donegal Appalachian Trail Walk

31st of August 2019 - Ardara - Beautiful scenery and breathtaking views, spectacular coastlines and some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Registration and bus pickup at the Heritage Centre, Ardara on Saturday August 31st at 9.00am. Duration approximately 8 hours. Good hiking gear, waterproof jackets, boots, packed lunch, water etc. a must. Let us know if you intend to take part …

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Lifford Old Courthouse

31/ August / 2019 8pm – 10.30pm. Lifford - Cash Returns San Quentin 50th Anniversary Tour 2019 CASH RETURNS - has been hailed hands down the greatest and most exciting Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute in the UK ,Ireland and beyond by Man In Black fans everywhere. It is regarded as one of the best touring live shows in the country with a fan base that grows daily with them having recently pi…

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West Coast Challenge

02 - 05 September 2019, Bundoran The 2019 West Coast Challenge will be played over four of the finest links Courses along the Wild Atlantic Way - Bundoran, Donegal, Enniscrone and Strandhill. Each course will provide a superb test of a golfers skills and each is magnificently situated against the rolling seascapes and mountain backed hinterland of Donegal and Sligo. For the first time in …

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28th Infantry Military Tattoo Event

7th - 8th September 2019, Donegal Town The 28th Infantry Battalion Association are pushing the boundaries for their Annual Day in September. This will be a great family day out in Donegal Town on 7th & 8th September 2019 with Veteran Associations attending also various military vehicle groups and reenactment organisations. The lineup will be particularly good. Be sure to be there!

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7 September 2019, Killybegs Killybegs Community Council, in conjunction with Killybegs Tourism college (LYIT) and BIM are holding our Second Fish Fest. Hooked! Killybegs 2019 is a family friendly event which invites you to experience the many sides of the fishing industry in Ireland’s premier fishing port. Discover the fascinating history of the boats, factories and people of the town or meet t…

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Ciaran Sweeney @ Breac.House Autumn 2019 Food Coast Experiences

8th - 12th September - Breac House - Dunfanaghy - Food Coast Experiences Following on from our series of special food evenings in 2018, we are delighted to announce a series of food experiences at Breac House this September and October. In September, Donegal native, Ciaran Sweeney, Head Chef at Forest and Marcy, Dublin will return to Breac.House to create for our guests a modern seasonal …

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Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival

12th to 16th September 2019 - One of the best loved live music festivals in the land. This is the 12th year of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues and we look forward to seeing you all from Thursday September 12 to Monday 16th, 2019. More blues than you can use and all that jazz!

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