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Arts & Culture Events in Donegal

Festivals & Events

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 Busking Festival

29th August 2020, Letterkenny The Letterkenny Busking Festival is returning to Letterkenny’s Main Street on Saturday the 29th of August. Many performers have already signed up for this exciting competition so if you would like to take part, we would encourage you to apply now. The fest is open to buskers of all types, giving a platform to performers such as magicians, dancers, street entertaine…

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Culture Night 2020

18th September 2020, Letterkenny Connect through culture on Friday 18th of September! Le chéile trí chultúr ar 18ú Meán Fómhair! We’re excited to confirm that Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir will return on Friday 18 Sep 2020. Given the events of recent months, there are obviously some new challenges this year, but we know that we can still create a memorable night. Many of this year’s events…

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Autumn Writing Retreat 2020

September 21st - 27th, 2020 - Autumn Writing Retreat 2020 A week-long, creative writing holiday with a difference – scenic walks, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all in a land that time forgot, in probably the most scenic part of Ireland, along the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Plus lively, traditional Irish music concerts; island and castle tours of an aw…

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Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2020

25th Sept - 10th Oct 2020, South West Donegal Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2020 will take place from September 25th to October 10th. Preparations are continuing for the Festival which will include a combination of both live and online events, due to current Covid19 restrictions. Watch this space for the programme of events..... We can't wait to share it with you! The Donegal B…

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Johnny Doherty Festival

25th - 27th September 2020, Ardara The Johnny Doherty Festival is a traditional music festival in memory of the late John Doherty, a local fiddle legend. Held in the scenic heritage town of Ardara in Co Donegal, The Johnny Doherty Festival aims to promote the music and dance traditions of the area. John Doherty was a world renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in…

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All Ireland Drama Festival 2021

New Date: 16th-24th April 2021, Ballyshannon Ballyshannon will host the 2021 Bostik All Ireland Confined Drama Finals from 16-24 April. This event will be run under the auspices of the ‘Amateur Drama Council of Ireland’. Over the 9 days, see plays from all over Ireland compete and enjoy a host of fringe events and of course the nightly Festival Club.

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Donegal Town Summer Festival

June 2021, Donegal Town (exct date tbc) Due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions and a ban on mass gatherings unfortunately we can confirm the Donegal Town Summer Festival will not take place in 2020. This is a regrettable decision, but one that has to be made in the interest of public safety and respect for the frontline workers. We would like to use this opportunity to thank all of yo…

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Ceol na Coille Summer School of Irish Traditional Music 2021

12th-16th July 2021, Letterkenny The Summer School will be our 10th anniversary year and with an even bigger ‘Jammed Packed’ program of events, we hope to welcome you all again. Take Care and Stay Safe

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