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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.

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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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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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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Photography Weekend

1st & 2nd November 2019 - Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy - Two nights Bed & Breakfast + 1 Dinner, Weekend Photography Tour and Expert Tuition. Donegal is a photographers paradise. From an abundance of nature and wildlife to the rugged coastline, charming islands, dramatic mountains and ancient mountains - Donegal has it all! Join award-winning photographers Trevor Cole & Ashley Kidd as they share their …

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Allingham Arts Festival

06 - 10 November 2019, Ballyshannon The Allingham Arts Festival is a community arts festival which takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, each November, in honour of the poet William Allingham. The 2019 Festival will include Children’s Poet Laureate PJ Lynch, an evening with Sean McGinley and Marie Mullen, live final of the Song Writing Competition and many other events. Allingham 2019 Fi…

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Writers Weekend

08th - 10th November 2019 - Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy Have you ever dreamed of writing an article for a magazine or newspaper, a family history or even a book but you just don’t know how to go about it? Or maybe you have written something which you would like to see in print but you need advice about how to have it published? Then why not escape to the magical beauty of the North Donegal lands…

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Earagail Arts Festival

03rd - 22 July 2020, Countywide - Date and details for 2020 subject to confirmation.- Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal – two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard. In 2013 Earagail Arts Festival…

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Bundoran Street Party

18 July 2020, Bundoran The Bundoran Street Party will happen Saturday 18th July 2020 from 2pm – 5pm on Lower Main Street. This is a FREE event for all the family and will include bouncy castles, a bungee run, a gladiator ring and a rodeo ring, facepainting and more! Traffic Restrictions: Main Street Bundoran will be closed to through traffic from 1pm until approximately 6pm on Saturday…

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Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

25 July - 03 August 2020, Dungloe Enjoy a flavour of the Wild Atlantic Way at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival. In its 53rd year, this Festival attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the best of Donegal through events focused on our traditions, heritage and culture. A festival with a packed itinerary over a 10 day period, this year’s highlights include Done…

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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

30th July - 03rd August 2020, Ballyshannon The 43rd annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 30th July to Monday 3rd August 2020) as the sounds of traditional and folk music echo from the streets, pubs and Marquee concerts along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. This years Acts to be announced as well as plenty of pub ses…

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