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.
24th March 2023, Lifford
StrawMan returns to Lifford Old Courthouse for a full band show with support from the N15 Experience.
StrawMan AKA Tom Bonner first started penning songs while at University in Galway in the mid-90s. He moved to Hungary in 2003 to work as an English tutor. While there, he wrote and recorded his debut album ‘Some Belated Truths’ under the moniker ‘Urban Hermits’. This…
24th - 27th March 2023, Ballyliffin
A four day celebration of traditional singing with formal & informal sessions, concert, workshop, and talks, featuring local Inishowen, national and international singers. Now in its 33rd year, this is the longest running festival of traditional singing on the island of Ireland.
Friday 24 March 2023
8:00pm The Ballyliffin Hotel
Festival Opening Address,…
15th - 16th April 2023, Ramelton
Join textile artist Karen to learn serti silk painting. In her studio you will learn how to silk paint. Individualised tuition, all materials provided.
17th - 19th April, 2023, Portsalon GC, North West GC, Donegal GC
Ireland's Biggest Amateur Tournament
3 Days of Championship Links Golf Across Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way.
The Links of Donegal Challenge is taking place on Monday 17th April to Wednesday 19th April 2023 across three of Donegal's links courses including Portsalon Golf Club, North West Golf Club and Donegal Golf Club. With a …
21st April 2023, Lifford
An intimate evening of Songs & Ballads with the Tyrone singer-songwriter & folklorist Tom Sweeney.
Tom is a grandson of the legend Ulster ballad singer, Sarah Makes and nephew of folk legend Tommy Makem. He has performed a wealth of songs, stories, poems and tunes in venues around the world for over fifty years.
Constantly touring abroad, Tom is delighted to be …
22nd April 2023, Lifford
A special night of country gospel & more in aid of Clonleigh Church of Ireland with Leslie Matthews, Lynn Campbell, Jessica McKean, The Mood Swings & Dan O'Kane.
All proceeds will be donated to the Church Restoration Fund.
The famous traditional music festival honouring renowned fiddler John “The Tae” Gallagher
Workshops, Schools of Music & Street Music all weekend
28th April - 1st May 2023 - Ardara
The Festival Committee is delighted to announce that Donna Harkin will be Guest of Honour at the Cup of Tae Festival 2023.
Programme of Events coming soon
5th - 7th May 2023, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The 10th Annual Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School will take place over the weekend of Friday 5th May until Sunday 7th May 2023 in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.
The theme for the 10th Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School is Feast – Food – Famine / Féasta – Bia – Ganntanas. Following the ‘Blood and Retribution’ theme of the 9th Summer School, Feast – Food…
6th May 2023 - A great Adventure Weekend on one of Ireland’s most Iconic landscapes- Slieve League.
Events can be done as a Hike or Run.
Choose from Sat 13k / 5k uphill. - Sun 7th 25k / 50k (consisting of 2 or 4 laps around the Slieve League loop.
Starting at Sea Level, participants will ascend the pilgrim path to over 550m above sea level, then run adjacent to some of Europe’s highest sea clif…
1st - 4th June 2023, Ballyshannon
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival will return in 2023 for the 19th Festival - in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in June 2023. It will once again take place in the town where the world's greatest Guitarist was born - Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The Festival Organisers a…
2nd & 3rd June 2023, Letterkenny @ 7.30pm
North West Opera Proudly Presents Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A barber who seeks revenge, a Pie-maker who loves him and a corrupt and lusty Judge, - a match made in hell!
Serving up A little Priest or Shepherd's pie, peppered with actual shepherd Sweeney and Mrs Lovett, get a juicy business going while he works towards his reven…
16th - 18th June 2023, Bundoran
Feel the sand of the west coast between your toes as you listen to some of the best Irish and International Acts right on the beach in the capital of Irish Surfing at Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival.
Now in its 15th year Irelands biggest beach party sees beach sports, surf contests, skate ramps, food, fun and a whole lot of partying across five stages for three…
2nd - 10th July 2023, Ramelton
Our 52nd Lennon Festival commences on Sunday 2nd July with pre-festival events all week.
Official opening on Thursday 6th July. Family fun events over the weekend.
Amazing open air music nightly. Finishing off with our annual Fireworks display on Monday 10th July.
Full Festival programme to follow.
5th July 2023, Rathmullan
Experience open-air theatre for all the family with Chapterhouse's adaptation of the children's classic novel The Secret Garden.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents magical theatre in magical surroundings.
This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round …
7th & 8th July - Sult Music Festival 2023 - Sult Féile Cheoil 2023
Are you ready for a Bigger and Better Sult Music Festival in 2023!
8th - 23rd July 2023, Countywide
Donegal’s Premier Summer Festival on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which traditionally takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland.
Earagail Arts Festival brings inspiring performers to this capti…
21st - 23rd July 2023 - Ardara
The ever popular Bluegrass Festival featuring some of the finest acts in the world. This has now developed into a great event with the tops in Bluegrass in Town. A weekend not to be missed!
Programme of Events 2023 Coming Soon
3rd - 6th August 2023, Ballyshannon
Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival was born in 1978, it is the oldest festival of its genre in the world and for the past 44 years has welcomed thousands of visitors annually to the town on the August bank holiday weekend. It is run on a voluntary basis by a team of experienced festival organisers. Our vision for the festival has always been a …
24th - 27th August 2023, Moville
Europe's biggest festival of Bob Dylan music
Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough, multi venue event tales place over 4 days in late August. It has been going since 2007 with it only off over the two Covid years. As well as the big headline acts it is very much participatory with many Open Mic sessions. Moville is a picturesque little town on a…
2nd September 2023, Lifford
The award winning Cash Returns takes to the stage at Lifford Old Courthouse to celebrate Johnny Cash’s first ever Irish tour back in 1963.
60 years later the love for the Man In Black’s music is now as strong as it ever was. The exceptional 9 piece show will commemorate that very special debut tour that cemented Cash’s place in Irish people’s hearts all those ye…
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