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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.

Donegal Garden Trail

23 May - 30 October 2019, Countywide Welcome to the 13th season of the Donegal Garden Trail. We are delighted Brown’s Farm, a lovely spring cottage garden and well worth a visit, has re-joined the Trail after a short absence. We extend a very warm welcome to Castle Grove House Hotel which joins us both as a hospitality provider and as an interesting and historical garden to visit with specim…

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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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Ardara Bluegrass Festival

19th - 21st of July 2019 - Ardara 12th Annual Bluegrass Festival The ever popular Bluegrass Festival featuring some of the finest acts in the world. A weekend not to be missed!

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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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25th Churchill Fair

19th - 21st July 2019, Churchill This is a family orientated festival, which has events and activities to suit all. Each year proceeds from the Fair are given to a local charity. Thursday 18th of July 7.30pm Car Treasure Hunt - starting at Callaghan’s Bar Friday 19th of July 4.00pm Local Farmers Sheep Dog Trials in Parish Field 6.45pm Cloughaneely Marching Band 7.00pm OFFICIAL OPENING…

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Inishowen Agricultural Show

20 July 2019, Carndonagh The annual Agriculture Show takes place in Carndonagh on Saturday 20th July 2019. This is a great day out for all the family with a wide variety of events for everyone to enjoy. The Show features a wide variety of Animals, Arts & Crafts, Baking, Plants, Children’s Pet Show to name but a few. Come along and enjoy a great day out.

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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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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 Vintage Car Show

21 July 2019, Bundoran Bundoran Classic Car Show will take place on the 21st of July 2019, 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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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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Summer Concert Series 2019

Every Wednesday evening from the 24th of July to the 14th of August 2019. The Inishowen Traditional Music Project Presents the Summer Concert Series 2019 Wednesday 24th of July 2019 - Ciaran Tourish & Kevin Doherty Malin Presbyterian Church, Lagg Wednesday 31st of July 2019 - Patsy Toland, Dermot Toland & Evelyn McGonigle Christ Church Buncrana, Main Street, Buncrana. Wednesday 7th …

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Off The Street Food Fest LK

27 - 28 July 2019, Letterkenny Letterkenny Artisan Market and The Lemon Tree Restaurant Letterkenny presents a two day Food Festival in the heart of Letterkenny (just off the main street). 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 stor…

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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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Dunfanaghy August Fair

Dunfanaghy 27th of July to 5th of August 2019 A summer festival showcasing many of Dunfanaghys rich traditions. Saturday 27th July Selection and Crowning of Fair Queen Arnolds Hotel..Everyone Welcome 8pm Monday 29th July Beetle Drive Parish Hall Dunfanaghy Tuesday 30th July Table Quiz Arnolds Hotel 9pm Wednesday 31st July Supervised under 12s Disco Parish Hall Dunfanaghy Thursday…

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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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Ireland County Peaks Challenge

1st - 4th August 2019, Errigal Mountain We; Andrew Goulding, Peter Knox, David McKelvey, are aiming to climb the highest peak in each of the 32 counties in Ireland in aid of Make-A-Wish-Ireland and Make-A-Wish-UK (Northern Ireland). Beginning with Mweelrea in County Mayo Thursday 1st August and finishing with Errigal in County Donegal Sunday 4th August. Hiking/Running/Walking/Crawling a total d…

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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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Rathmullan Community Festival

2nd - 4th August 2019 - Rathmullan - Donegal’s top local festival celebrating its 21st year, 3 days and nights of music, competitions and craic on the green! Non-profit festival each August Bank Holiday weekend with music, competitions and craic on the street benefiting local and national charities.

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Féile Ghleanncholmcille 2019

03- 10 August 2019, Glencolmcille Féile Ghleanncholmcille is a week long festival that has something for all the family and for every age group. Come along and enjoy yourself! Events held during previous Festivals: Archery in Roarty’s Field, Mr Majestic Entertainment Show, Open day at the Folk Village, Children’s Art workshops (Monday), Variety Concert in Halla Muire, sea angling competit…

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Errigal International Youth Tour

3rd - 5th August 2019, Co. Donegal Errigal Cycling Club is delighted to announce that the 7th Errigal International Youth Tour will again take place this year over the three days of the August Bank Holiday weekend, and that entries are now invited from teams and individuals. The club looks forward to welcoming back old friends to what is now not just the top youth race in the Irish Calendar …

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Walk in the Footsteps of the Spanish Armada

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 - Departure from Ardara Community Centre 9:30am to 6:00pm. Donegal G.A. P. Heritage and History Group Walk in the Footsteps of the Spanish Armada. 9:30am - Registration in Ardara Community Centre 10:00am - Departure by Bus to Sheskinmore 10:30am - Phase one of walk (4.5km to Sandfield: Trackway) 11:30am* - Collection by Bus from Sheskinmore to Ardara 12:…

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Wild Atlantic Week

4th - 10th August 2019 - Ardara - A Week of Special Events for Visitors and the Community Alike The Wild Atlantic Festival takes place 4th-10th August – a week filled with activities, tours, walks and events to celebrate our unique part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Programme of Events will be available in due course Great Music in the pubs and the unmissable Show Dance in the Nesbitt Arms to c…

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Ballintra Races 2019

Monday 5th of August 2019 - Murvagh, Co. Donegal Family Fun guaranteed at the races this year in Murvagh. Event starts at 2pm. All horses must be pre entered. Prize for best dressed Lady sponsored by Get that Trend Donegal Town. Prize for best Jockey

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Fleadh Cheoil Chill Chartha (Kilcar Fleadh)

05 - 10 August 2019, Kilcar The Kilcar Fleadh organisers invite everyone to come join them for a 5 day festival of traditional music, songs and dance, celebrating the living heritage of traditional music in South West Donegal. The events will include Concerts, Ceili, Cross roads dance, ‘Echos in the Glen’ – a music recital featuring fiddles and pipes in the Gleann a’Bhaile Dubh, recreating …

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Clonmany Agricultural Show

06th August 2019 - The biggest and best agriculture show in Donegal enters its 52nd 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, livestock and sheep…

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Maghery Community Festival

6th - 11th August 2019, Maghery Welcome to our annual Maghery Community Festival! This Festival is all about Fun! Fun for young & old, families & singles! We can guarantee youre going to have some craic!

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Ardara Agricultural Show

10th August 2019 - Ardara has been running the biggest Show in Donegal for over 100 years. The Ardara Agricultural and Industrial Show, the culmination of the Wild Atlantic Week, is a day promising everything from top cattle, sheep, horses and ponies to a packed marquee of exhibits and a thrilling afternoon programme. It really is a day for the whole family, offering a wide range of entertainm…

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Donegal Dragons Regatta

10 August 2019, Donegal Town The organisers look forward to welcoming everyone back to Donegal Town and the beautiful Donegal Bay for the 3rd Donegal Dragons Regatta. Races take place over 200m with the finish at Donegal town Pier providing a great spectator attraction and showcasing beautiful Donegal Bay. Participants and spectators will enjoy an exciting sprint style racing with 2 boats ea…

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The Big Week by the Beach

14th to 18th August 2019 - Bundoran’s newest festival – the Big Week by the Beach has been officially launched. The event will take place from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th of August offering a wide variety of events, activities and live music across the 5 days with something for all the family. The festival was the brainchild of Tourism Officer Shane Smyth who wanted to have an event that sho…

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Extreme North - Quadrathon Challenge

15th - 18th August 2019 - Inishowen -This is not just another running event, it’s more personal than that, the concept of this event is experiencing camaraderie, lasting friendships, amazing scenery and unequaled hospitality during this iconic 4 day running festival. Witness the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, run a different route daily along rugged coastal roads in the unspoilt Inishowen Peninsula,…

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Heritage Week 2019 in County Donegal

17 - 25 August 2019, 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 17 to Sunday, August 25, 2019 and most of them are free. …

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Donegal Half Marathon

18th of August 2019, Letterkenny See Register Now page for entry fee breakdown. NO ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN ON THE MORNING OF THE RACE. The half marathon races will start at 9.20am on August 18th 2019. There is a Cut-off time of 3 hours for the half marathon event, so walkers must be aware of this. Collection of goody bag and t-shirt will be held at Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre o…

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Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show

18th August 2019, Ballyshannon Judging Times: Cattle from 11am; Horse and Ponies from 11am; Sheep from 11am; Poultry from 1pm; Marquee Judging from 11am The line-up of entertainment includes • Free Novelty Events for the kids • Dog Show starts at 1.30pm (entries open at 12.30pm at Dog Ring) • Bonny Baby starts at 3pm (entries open at 2pm at Marquee) More Details to Follow

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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

23 - 25 August 2019, Donegal Town A Taste of Donegal Food Festival would like to remind all Foodie Friends that it is their 11th Anniversary. This must attend foodie event is a three day celebration of great Food and Drink located in a beautiful tented village on the pier in Donegal Town. It takes place on Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2019. Its absolutely worth making the journey North …

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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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Déjà Vu Donegal 2019 Tour

30th - 31st August 2019, Ballybofey Seven times Belgium and Dutch Rally Champion in 1992 and European Rally Champion in 1994 Patrick Snijers will be a celebrity guest at Déjà Vu Donegal, the event that is giving it’s support to the Donegal Hospice, on the 30 – 31 August. Although Patrick never rallied in Donegal he turned many heads and hearts on his five appearances at the Lurgan Park Rally…

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Hooked

7 September 2019, Killybegs Killybegs Community Council, in conjunction with Killybegs Tourism college (LYIT) and BIM are holding our Second Fish Fest. Hooked! Killybegs 2019 is a family friendly event which invites you to experience the many sides of the fishing industry in Ireland’s premier fishing port. Discover the fascinating history of the boats, factories and people of the town or meet t…

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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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Glenties Harvest Fair

12th - 15th September 2019 - Glenties Harvest Fair Festival – The Glenties Harvest Fair Festival is one of the highlights of the Donegal calendar every year and is normally held over a long weekend in early September. This traditional Irish event has been held for more than two hundred years and is a real living celebration of Donegal’s rich heritage. The fair always proves a big hit with local…

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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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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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Tip O'Neill Awards

27th September 2019 - Ballyliffin - Tip O’Neill Awards Inishowen Gateway Hotel Railway Rd, Ballymacarry Lower, County Donegal Ireland 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Tip O’Neill Awards - The Tip O ‘Neill Irish Diaspora Award is presented on an annual basis to a chosen member of the broad Irish Diaspora in recognition of achievements in their chosen field and their interest in, and support for Irelan…

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Dunfanaghy Food Festival

27 - 29 September 2019, Dunfanaghy A festival highlighting the vast array of local artisan food producers with demonstrations, special offers, traditional music and entertainment. Now in its fourth year, the Dunfanaghy Food Festival continues to grow and this year it will take place over three days from the 27th to the 29th of September. The main festival will take place on the Village Green…

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Donegal Connect

27 September - 06 October 2019, Letterkenny ​ Donegal Connect is a collaborative project between the private and public sector in Donegal aimed at creating new opportunities for our county. Through the project we want to engage with our Diaspora, both overseas and within Ireland, and anyone considering coming to Ireland , to entice them to make the journey to Donegal to explore the county and …

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Twin Towns Walking Festival

5th - 6th October 2019, Stranorlar It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the second Twin Towns Walking Festival where on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October we will have a series of events that will get you close to nature, doing a spot of walking and learning something about where we live. The Twin Towns is such an amazing place with a huge range of landscapes to explore and we are delig…

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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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Ardara Matchmaking Festival 2019

Fri 8th November - Sun 10th November 2019 The Matchmaking Festival - Ardara Love is in the air, with many novel matchmaking games and some of Irelands best matchmakers. With music by Gerry Guthrie, Jim Devine, and more. The most romantic weekend of the year! Stay tuned for more information.

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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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