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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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Abbey Arts Centre

The Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre is situated at the top of the beautiful and ancient market town of Ballyshannon. It opened its doors originally as a cinema in 1959 and currently serves the local communities of South and West Donegal, Leitrim, North Sligo, Fermanagh and Tyrone with a rich programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, education and film. For full list of events see li…

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Balor Arts Centre

The Balor Arts Centre is made up of two sister companies – The Butt Drama Circle Company Ltd and Balor Developmental Community Arts Group Ltd (Balor DCA). The Butt Drama Circle Company Ltd looks after the Balor Theatre venue which hosts circa 120 local, national and international performances details of which can be found on our Events Page Balor DCA conducts a wide range of outreach and Dev…

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An Grianán Theatre

Fáilte go dtí Amharclann An Ghrianán! Located in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, An Grianán Theatre is an integral part of the county’s thriving cultural life and a flagship venue in the North West of Ireland. We give local audiences and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the very best local, national and international arts and entertainment events. An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapi…

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The Regional Cultural Centre

RCC Letterkenny is a multi-disciplinary arts facility developed by Donegal County Council. The distinctive glass and aluminium structure was designed by award winning Letterkenny-based MacGabhann Architects. It presents a programme of exhibitions, concerts, film, digital media and education and outreach. The centre incorporates a first floor art gallery, an auditorium with 150 retractable se…

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The Amharclann aims to nurture and preserve the Irish language, culture and arts. We are the only Irish language theatre in the country that is situated in the heart of the Gaeltacht. Gweedore is a deep well for the Irish language, and this depth and wealth of language contributes to the fact that the local population are particularly talented and creative. The Amharclann provides an exemplary art…

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Wild Taste Food of the Edge - Malin Head

12th October to 23rd November 2019 - Wild Strands, Malin Head - A Journey to experience a Wild Taste on the Edge - Malin Head, an adventure awaits you as you go on a slow adventure through the mythical landscape and seascape of Inishowen, Donegal, from Moville to Malin Head. A wild culinary tour traveling from Moville through stunning natural scenery where you will go on a food journey to arrive …

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Fisk @ Breac.House Autumn 2019 - Food Coast Experiences

13th – 22nd October - 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 October, Tony Davidson and Lina Reppert from Fisk in Downings will treat our guests to a series of small plates celebrating the best of local Donegal fi…

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Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

18th - 20th October 2019, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Goes Literary! Following on from the success of its Literary Festival in recent years Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter is aiming for even bigger and better things this year when its fourth festival kicks off on Friday October 18. And the main organiser of the event, Donnan Harvey, has no hesitation in putting out there that there is som…

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Cranafest 2019

Oct 18th- Oct 20th - Buncrana Crana Fest is a 2-day event for all disciplines of kayaking; sea, lough and river from Grade 2 to Grade 4. It is based in Buncrana, Inishowen, Co. Donegal and takes place in Lough Swilly and the Crana River. This exciting event is now in its 10th year, its open to all abilites and attracts participants from all over the world. Inish Adventures who organise Cran…

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‘Bog Bodies’ by Isabella Mulhall

Wednesday 23rd October - 8pm - National Museum of Ireland Come along to hear the intriguing story of Ireland’s and Donegal’s Bog Bodies. Bog bodies are the preserved remains of ancestors from earlier times. Because of the lack of oxygen in bog environment, organic material, including human bodies can be preserved to an exceptional degree with hair, skin, hands, internal organs and other soft t…

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The Laurentic Forum

23rd - 24th October 2019, Buncrana ~ Greencastle 11th Annual Laurentic Forum (Sustaining Coastal Communities) This years Laurentic Forum is being Organized and Facilitated by the Inishowen Development Partnership in Conjunction with the Ulster Canada Initiative working in collaboration with all the regional stakeholders The Laurentic Forum - Sustaining Coastal Communities, that looks at sh…

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Halloween Disco & Haunted House

Friday 25th October - St. John Bosco Centre - Halloween Disco & Haunted House Date for your diary !! The Halloween Disco is taking place on Friday 25th of October @ 6.30pm - 8.30pm in the St John Bosco Centre. Prizes for best dressed adults and children Everyone welcome. Children must be supervised.

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Weekend of Irish Language and Culture

25th - 28th October 2019, Glencolmcille Are you learning Irish for the first time or do you already speak Irish? Oideas Gael language courses are specially designed to cater for the needs of adults at all learning stages, including those who are more advanced but in need of practice. Each course contains three or more levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

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Féile Máire 2019

25th - 27th October 2019, Ranafast This is a festival to celebrate the life and literary works of one of the most famous Irish writers of all time - Séamus Ó Grianna ‘Máire’. This is to commemorate 50 years of his death. Born into a family of poets and storytellers in Ranafast, County Donegal, he trained formally as a teacher in St. Patricks College, Dublin, 1912–14, and taught mostly in Cou…

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Halloween Fun Day @ Donegal Railway Museum

26th & 27th October 2019, Donegal Town One of Donegal’s favourite annual Halloween events returns again this year with Donegal’s Railway Museum’s famous Halloween Fun Day. In light of the huge success of last year’s event, this year we have added another day with the family event now running from 2pm – 6pm each day over the weekend before Halloween. Come and check out our Spooky event which i…

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The Scary Bank Walk

Saturday 26th October - The Fairy Bank Walk Back by popular demand Prizes for best dressed adults and children For crowd safety and comfort, the organisers ( Donegal Bay Rowing Club) are offering 4 different times to choose from: 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm . While you dont HAVE to pre book, it would be helpful to give the organisers some idea of numbers etc Simply click on the link below…

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Halloween Night at the Movies

27th October 2019, Ballyshannon Join us in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon for a ‘Halloween Night at the Movies’ on Sunday 27th October with two movies - 6pm family fun with The Addams Family and at 8.30pm – Rocky Horror Picture Show. The fun will continue afterwards in Dicey Reillys with music by the Showoffs – free Halloween Cocktail for all those in fancy dress! Please see poster…

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Glenties 5km

Sunday 27th October - Glenties 5k Starts 12:30 Registration 11.30am at Glenties Comprehensive Funding towards track development

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