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County Donegal enjoys a rich cultural heritage, and as part of this, we invite you to join celebrations throughout the year with diverse events, ranging from activities on the water, to family festivals!

Donegal's Lapland "Christmas Shows"

29th November to 22nd December 2019 - Doagh Famine Village, Clonmany - A FUN-FILLED FESTIVE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL THE FAMILY! Putting smiles on faces since 1999! Families flock back to Donegal’s Lapland year after year for many reasons and have done so since 1999! To keep people coming back we like to makes a few changes now and again, introduce new attractions and throw in a few special…

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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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Festive Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea Party

SATURDAY 7th, SUNDAY 8th and SUNDAY 15th of DECEMBER 2019 Lough Eske Castle Hotel COMMENCING AT 2 pm Experience our festive children’s Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea Party menu in the glorious setting of our Castle Ballroom followed by a disco and special visit from Santa. Don’t forget to bring your teddy along with you to the party.

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Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair

27th Dec 2019 - 1st January 2020, Ghaoth Dobhair 2019 sees Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair celebrating its sixth year with a stellar lineup of music performances including Dervish, Fidil, Julie Fowlis and Zoë Conway plus many more. You also get an opportunity to attend workshops in music, song and dance from some of our finest! All of this happens in the beautiful surroundings of the Donegal G…

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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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Trib Bash 2020

14th and 15th February 2020 - Trib Bash 2020 ‘TRIB BASH 2020’ IRELAND’S BIGGEST EVER TRIBUTE WEEKEND COMES TO DONEGAL ‘TRIB BASH’ comes to the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny on the 14th & 15th February 2020 FOUR of the biggest and very best LIVE tribute shows in Ireland and the UK will come together to take stage under one roof in just ONE weekend! Trib Bash will showcase four of the most elite t…

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Rathmullan Film Fest 2020

20th - 23rd February 2020, Rathmullan Join our Film Festival in February for four days of‭ ‬great film screenings‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬from local films‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬documentaries‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬Irish shorts to new releases‭ ‬&‭ ‬old favourites‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬as well as food‭ ‬&‭ ‬film experiences‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬industry talks‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬sports fun‭ ‬&‭ ‬pub entertainment‭.‬

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Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar

20th - 23rd March 2020, Clonmany The 31st Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle works to foster and promote the singing tradition of the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal Full programme of events available online at: www.inishowensinging.ie

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The Amazing Grace Festival 2020

2nd to the 8th of April 2020 - Buncrana Irelands beautiful Lough Swilly in County Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way, was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of John Newton, a foul-mouthed slave trader who went on to pen one of the most famous and well loved songs of all time - Amazing Grace. Newton later mentored William Wilberforce in his long battle to abolish the Tra…

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Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge 2020

11th April 2020 Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge It attracts not only walkers, joggers and runners from the wider Inishowen hinterland but nationally and indeed internationally with many spending the weekend in the area to enjoy a break all centred on the event and in some cases the attraction of the world class golf courses at the Ballyliffin Golf Course. The event is unique in …

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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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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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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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Clonmany Festival

02 - 09 August 2020, Clonmany Once again this family event is a week of summer fun for all ages. This is Irelands longest running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany in the Inishowen Peninsula. Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand wit…

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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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