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Festivals & Events

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Glencolmcille Agricultural Show

4th of August 2019 - Glencolmcille - The Glencolmcille Agricultural Show or Taispeántais Ghleann Cholm Cille was first set in 1953 by Fr McDyer. In its heyday, the exhibition featured over 1600 entries in various categories, second only to the Balmoral Show in Belfast. Anyone interested in taking a stall for the 2019 show should contact the Glencolmcille Agricultural Show Committee (details bel…

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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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Clonmany Festival

04 - 11 August 2019, 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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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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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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Muckish Music Fest

9th - 11th August 2019 - McCarrys Bar, Drumaneany, Kildarragh, Co. Donegal Friday 9th of August 7:30pm to 9:00pm - Ailish McBride 9:30pm to 11:00pm - Cliona Hagan 11:30pm - Live DJ til late Saturday 10th of August 2:00pm - Kids Bouncy Castles 5:00pm to 6:30pm - Kids Disco in the Marquee 7:30 to 9:00pm - Last Orders 9:30pm to 11:00pm - Keltic Kaos 11:30pm - Live DJ til…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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