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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.

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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Amharclann

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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Donegal's Lapland "Christmas Shows"

29th November to 22nd December 2019 - Doagh Famine Village, Clonmany - A FUN-FILLED FESTIVE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL THE FAMILY! Putting smiles on faces since 1999! Families flock back to Donegal’s Lapland year after year for many reasons and have done so since 1999! To keep people coming back we like to makes a few changes now and again, introduce new attractions and throw in a few special…

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The Santa Express 2019

1st - 23rd December 2019, Oakfield Park, Raphoe Returning for 2019 is The Santa Express! This truly unique event books out very quickly every year and to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking your preferred date now to secure your family’s place at this extraordinary Christmas experience! Itinerary • Board the Santa Express at the station and enjoy an enchanting train ride through Oakf…

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Santa @ Donegal Railway Museum

6th - 15th December 2019, Donegal Town Donegal Railway Museum is delighted to announce that its famous Christmas Santa event is back again bigger and better than ever before. After last year’s runaway success it has been extended by two extra days and is now also running in the evening! This year’s event for children includes not only a visit to Santa and a gift (and even a Selfie with Santa),…

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Mc Grorys Hotel Christmas Special

New Years Eve - Enjoy a sparkling wine reception followed by a five course meal, then ring in the New Year with entertainment by Cajun Moon. €49 per person. Why Not Enjoy a 2 Night Break from €169PPS Christmas Gift Vouchers Mc Grorys Gift Voucher is the ideal present they can be used for breaks away, music events or food in our bars or restaurant Also 2 Christmas Themed Menu Nights fol…

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Festive Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea Party

SATURDAY 7th, SUNDAY 8th and SUNDAY 15th of DECEMBER 2019 Lough Eske Castle Hotel COMMENCING AT 2 pm Experience our festive children’s Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea Party menu in the glorious setting of our Castle Ballroom followed by a disco and special visit from Santa. Don’t forget to bring your teddy along with you to the party.

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Christmas Presence Craft & Design Fair

14th - 15th December 2019, Rathmullan House Its all happening again this year! The Donegal Designer Makers Christmas Presence Craft & Design Fair is taking place in Rathmullan House. This event is showcasing the work of countys leading designers and artisan craft workers with a unique range of quality gifts. Please see poster below for details.

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Annual St. Stephens Day 5K at Finn Valley FC

26th December 2019, Stranorlar. Start 12 noon The continuing tradition of the Finn Valley AC St Stephen’s Day 5k will take place once again this year. It is the longest successive road event in the North West beginning as it did in the early 70’s and despite weather challenges on a small number of occasions the event has always gone ahead. There have been over the years, many notable personal…

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Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair

27th Dec 2019 - 1st January 2020, Ghaoth Dobhair 2019 sees Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair celebrating its sixth year with a stellar lineup of music performances including Dervish, Fidil, Julie Fowlis and Zoë Conway plus many more. You also get an opportunity to attend workshops in music, song and dance from some of our finest! All of this happens in the beautiful surroundings of the Donegal G…

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The Poor Farmers Auction

The Poor Farmers Auction Sat 28th December - Ardara - A night of fun and craic where everyone becomes a “poor farmer” for the night! Ardara Poor Farmers Association – Charity Auction 2019 The 14th Annual Poor Farmers Association (P.F.A.) Charity Auction takes place in Teague’s Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal on Saturday the 28th December 2019. The P.F.A. auction will be a great night’s crack as…

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Atlantic Irish Fest

18th to the 22nd of January 2020 - Bundoran The Northwest of Ireland has long been celebrated for its unique Atlantic culture and history. Now there is a festival which takes place on that Wild Atlantic Way, making the most of the cosy winter atmosphere, with the best of live music, cultural talks about the history of Ireland, outdoor activities along the spectacular coastline, and plenty of cra…

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

18th - 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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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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