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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.

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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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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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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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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Laghey Blast Festival

3rd May 2020, Laghey The Laghey Blast Festival is a community ran day of festival fun. Laghey village comes alive with street music & events for all the family. We have bouncy castles, obstacle course, rodeo bull, games tent, paintball target shooting, street games, wheelbarrow races and various competitions on the day. We have a farm & sheep shearing and many more events to keep you entertaine…

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2020

28th - 31st May 2020, Ballyshannon 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the sad passing of the Late Great Rory Gallagher and the town of Rory’s birth are set to remember the Blues Rock legend with the 18th Edition of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival. There will be a fantastic line-up of Blues Rock, Rock and Classic Rock, Blues and Acoustic Guitar performers and legendary bands …

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The BAND Festival

04 - 08 June 2020, Dunfanaghy The festival is a Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy 3 day music event. The festival is a community initiative to promote the wonderful village of Dunfanaghy and the surrounding area as a great place to visit.

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Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555

12 - 14 June 2020, Start from Letterkenny The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is an ultra cycling event along 555km of rugged and beautiful Donegal coastline. The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race route follows the Wild Atlantic Way around the rugged and beautiful coastline of Donegal. Competitors will depart Letterkenny and take on some of the most scenic roadways to be found anywhere in the…

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Colgan Heritage Weekend

26 - 28 June 2020, Colgan Hall, Carndonagh A weekend of Talks, Walks, Exhibitions, Music , Photography, Cooking with Seaweed, Shirt making in Carndonagh, Schools and Heritage exhibitions all based on the theme “Living and working in Inishowen”

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Finn Valley Agricultural Show

27 June 2020, Russel Bros. Farm, Kilcadden, Killygordon Finn Valley Agricultural Show will celebrate its 29th annual event in 2020 and want to encourage those who have attended in the past, to come back and help us enjoy this wonderful community agricultural show. The Show also intends to invite Judges from various associations to travel from overseas to participate at the event. Finn Valley…

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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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Bundoran Vintage Car Show

19 July 2020, Bundoran Bundoran Classic Car Show will take place on the 19th of July 2020, starting from 12 noon till 5 pm. Classic and Vintage Cars & Unusual vehicles very welcome. The Show has gone from strength to strength each year. Providing a vast range of makes and models, there’s something to interest everyone. The event takes place in Bundoran’s West End car park. Due to the prim…

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2020 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon & Half Marathon

19 July 2020, Killybegs - Glencolmcille Donegal Wild Atlantic half and full marathon takes place in Killybegs along the stunning South West coast. The course consists of a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a Full Marathon (26.2 miles) and runs entirely along the Wild Atlantic Way. Runners and walkers will enjoy spectacular scenery and all finish together in Glencolmcille folk Village. The full mar…

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Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

25 July - 03 August 2020, Dungloe We may be a small town, but boy do we know how to throw a festival! Start planning your trip to the 53rd annual Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival today. We are a warm, family-friendly festival held from July 25th to August 3rd 2020. Featuring contestants from all corners of the world The Mary From Dungloe brings elegance and charm to the festival…

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Off The Street Food Fest LK

25 - 26 July 2020, Letterkenny Letterkenny Artisan Market and The Lemon Tree Restaurant Letterkenny presents a two day Food Festival in the heart of Letterkenny. With a huge variety of food stalls selling amazing street, fresh local produce & more. Two days of live music by local musicians, live cookery demos in the marquee by local talented chefs and producer story sections where you get to…

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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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Clonmany Agricultural Show

04th August 2020, Clonmany The biggest and best agriculture show in Donegal enters its 53rd year and we would like you to join us at the annual show to make this year even more special. The Clonmany Agricultural Show has grown in popularity every year and now attracts thousands of visitors from across Ireland and the UK from farmers to young families. In addition to the agriculture, livestoc…

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Heritage Week 2020 in County Donegal

15th - 23rd August 2020, Countywide National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council & Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from Fáilte Ireland. County Donegal has become one of the places to be during ‘Heritage Week’.Over 120 events are taking place for National Heritage Week in County Donegal from Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 23, 2020 and most of them are free.…

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