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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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Earagail Arts Festival

10 - 28 July 2019, Countywide 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 celebrated its Silver anniversary and 25 years of festiv…

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FestiFál 2019

19 - 21 July 2019, Falcarragh – Féile an Fháil Charraigh 19 – 21 Júil 2019 Beidh neart ceoil and damhsaí gaelacha, chomh maith le scealaíocht and cluichí go leor don teaghlach ar fad. FestiFál - Falcarragh Festival 19 - 21 Jul 2019. There will be plenty of Irish music and dances, as well as lots of entertainment and games for all the family

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Burtonport Summer Festival

19th - 27th July 2019, Burtonport Family friendly festival running in Burtonport, Co. Donegal. Were heading for the 43rd year of the festival. Easily described as one of the “Best Family Festivals” in Donegal, the Burtonport Summer Festival keeps the whole family in mind – from an action packed selection of children’s activities & outdoor adventures for all the family, street music thro…

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Shop LK Summer Sessions

20th July - 24th August 2019, Letterkenny Ahead of the 2019 Letterkenny Busking Festival, there will be Summer Music Sessions taking place along Letterkenny Main Street and in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre on various dates! Check out the performance list here: July 20th - Eamonn Russell and Dallen Davies - Main Street - 12pm to 3pm August 17th - Townlaw - Main Street - 12pm to 3pm A…

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Bundoran Street Party

20 July 2019, Bundoran The Bundoran Street Party will happen Saturday 20th July 2019 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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MacGill Summer School & Arts Week

21 - 26 July 2019, Glenties The MacGill Summer School has been in existence for thirty nine years and in that time has grown from modest beginnings to being one of the most important fora in Ireland for the analysis of topics of national interest. Founded by Dr Joe Mulholland and a local committee in Glenties to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, some of whose books beca…

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Canoe for Joan @ Campview Farm

27th July 2019 - Campview Farm, Ballyshannon On July 27th Campview Farm is hosting a fundraising event in memory of Joan Nugent for SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit). Commencing with a canoe from Enniskillen. This event will include: BBQ Country Music Kids Activities (Games + Face Painting) Auction Raffle Prizes Line Dancing Jiving Numerous Surprises! 😉💃EXCITING NEWS W…

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Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

27 July - 05 August 2019, Dungloe Enjoy a flavour of the Wild Atlantic Way at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival. In its 52nd 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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Donegal Fiddle Summer School

29 July - 02 August 2019, Glencolmcille An annual event attended by fiddle fans from the locality and worldwide, in the beautiful surroundings of Glencolmcille in southwest Donegal. An area with a rich history of music, archaeology Irish language, great people and a relaxed atmosphere. This is a specialist non-residential music school held in the first full week of August in Glencomlcille. …

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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

01 - 04 August 2019, Ballyshannon The 42nd annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August 2019) 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 include The Stunning , Sharon Shannon Band, Brian Deady, Dave…

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Muff Festival

02 - 05 August 2019, Muff Over the August Bank Holiday weekend each year Muff is a mass of color and crowds. Of course this is all due to Muff Festival taking place! The Muff Festival is really too much to be believed. Held in the town of Muff, County Donegal, this four day extravaganza hosts a veritable galaxy of daft competitions, street partying and parades - guaranteed to leave you reel…

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Letterkenny Busking Festival

24th August 2019, Letterkenny The Annual Letterkenny Busking Festival is taking place along Letterkenny Main Street on Saturday the 24th of August 2019. The festival is open to all types of musicians, singers, street entertainers and music groups. It is free to take part in the festival and there is 1000 Euro worth of cash prizes up for grabs. The festival attracts lots of visitors to the town …

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Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival

12th to 16th September 2019 - One of the best loved live music festivals in the land. This is the 12th year of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues and we look forward to seeing you all from Thursday September 12 to Monday 16th, 2019. More blues than you can use and all that jazz!

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Culture Night 2019

20 September 2019, Letterkenny This extraordinary night of cultural festivities has grown each year since its inception in 2006, with inspiring commitment from local authorities, cultural organisations and community collaborators throughout the country. This will be Letterkenny’s 10th occasion to take part in Culture Night, providing a terrific opportunity for families to sample aspects of I…

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Autumn Writing Retreat

23rd - 29th September 2019, Gweedore 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 awe-inspiring lands…

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Johnny Doherty Festival

27 - 29 September 2019, 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 Ard…

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Disappear Here Film Festival

27 September 2019, Ballyliffin The Disappear Here Film Festival returns for its third year to Donegal, Ireland. The DHFF is a three day festival taking place in Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal from Friday 27th September 2019. The Disappear Here Film Festival will take place in a series of unique locations on the Wild Atlantic Way, in and around the picturesque village of Ballyliffin, Co Donegal. Fr…

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Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2019

27 Sept - 06 Oct 2019, South West Donegal The Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival is an initiative of Donegal County Council, supported by The Arts Council and Creative Ireland. The event which is now in its 20th year, is set to support artists and engage communities throughout South and South West Donegal, with another packed programme of theatre, music of all kinds, spectacle, literary and …

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Wainfest Annual Arts & Book Festival

5th - 13th October 2019, Across Co. Donegal Wainfest Childrens Arts and Book Festival Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children across Donegal. Complimenting it’s ever-popular schools programme, the festival has grown to include an extensive family schedule of events over the past number of years to include partners such as Glenveagh National Par…

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Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music and Culture

11th - 13th October 2019 - Clonmany Local traditional musicians, singers and dancers will warmly welcome special guests onto the stage to give you an unforgettable weekend. There will be opportunities to attend workshops and join the musicians in some of our open sessions throughout the weekend

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Warp & Weft of Heritage Weekend

11 - 13 October 2019, Ardara This weekend event will feature lively talks on the archaeology, culture, history, heritage and more of Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo and surrounding areas.

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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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Allingham Arts Festival

07 - 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.

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