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Festivals & Events in Donegal


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.

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Oideas Gael — Ireland’s Language & Culture

11th May - 27th Aug 2022, Glencolmcille Enjoy learning Irish with Oideas Gael's programme of Irish language courses and cultural activity holidays for adults in the breath-taking Donegal Gaeltacht. Since its foundation in 1984, Oideas Gael has attracted thousands of participants to its highly-acclaimed adult Irish language courses and cultural programmes in the northwest of Ireland. The…

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'Life in the Workhouse' - Living History Workhouse Tours

12th - 30th August 2022, Letterkenny Donegal County Museum is delighted to announce ‘Life in the Workhouse’ - Living History Workhouse Tours, starting this Friday at 2pm. We invite you to step back in time to hear the stories of those who worked and stayed in the County Donegal Workhouses during the Revolutionary Period. By using the records preserved in the Donegal Archives Service, visito…

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Register your ‘Heritage Week’ Events

13 - 21 August 2022 -National Heritage Week. The Heritage Council is encouraging people, community groups, families, organisations, newcomers and enthusiasts to get involved in National Heritage Week by organising an event or project. This year’s theme is sustainable heritage and biodiversity and event organisers are encouraged to address this theme through built, cultural and natural heritage ev…

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Irish Legends presented by McGinley Foundation

16th - 20th August 2022 - The Irish Legends presented by McGinley Foundation returns to Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in 2022. The Old Tom Morris Links at the stunning Rosapenna resort will host the event from 16 August – 20 August 2022. In 2021, Thomas Bjørn claimed his maiden Legends Tour title with a birdie on the second play-off hole to defeat Welshman Phillip Price. The tournaments will fea…

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Donegal Festival of Golf - Na Mooneys

Na Mooneys will headline the Donegal Festival of Golf on 19th August in the gorgeous surrounds of Na Dúnaibh GAA pitch, Downings. This festival is being hosted by Donegal County Council as part of the prestigious Irish Legends Golf Tournament and in association with the McGinley Foundation on the 19- 20 August. Na Mooneys are an Irish folk music family from Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, who form…

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Donegal Festival of Golf - Nathan Carter

20th August 2022, Downings This event is SOLD OUT Country music's brightest star, Nathan Carter will be the headline act at the Donegal Festival of Golf which will take place on Saturday 20th August in Downings. This festival is being hosted by Donegal County Council as part of prestigious Irish Legends Golf Tournament and in association with the McGinley Foundation on the grounds of Na…

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Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show

21st August 2022, Ballyshannon Community Showing of Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Ponies, Homemade Baking, Crafts, Vegetables, Flowers & Children's Entertainment

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25th - 28th August 2022, Moville A multi venue festival of Bob Dylan's music over 4 days. Ireland's only annual festival of Bob Dylan music which takes place in Moville and surrounding towns with the salmon fishing sea lough, Lough Foyle as a backdrop.

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Savour the Flavour of Donegal Town

26th - 28th August 2022, Donegal Town A Taste of Donegal Food Festival has not taken place in the last two years due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Following the Government announcement regarding the decrease in restrictions a committee meeting was held to decide whether to proceed with the 2022 festival. The consensus was that as a voluntary organisation it would be too risky to go ahead given…

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10th Annual Arranmore Country Fest

27th - 28th August 2022, Arranmore Island Donegal's Original Island Country Music festival featuring: Jimmy Buckley & Band Johnny Brady & Band David Craig & Band Eamonn Jackson Olivia Douglas Aidan Clerkin Conor O Donnell Ronan McGinty 16 Hours of music and Dancing to Ireland's Top Country Acts. #Keephercountry To Book Contact the ticket hotline on 0879080608 For further inf…

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Oakfest 2022

10th - 11th September 2022, Oakfield Park, Raphoe Oakfest 2022 returns to Oakfield Park – Back with a rather loud bang for 2022, get your teenage kicks on 10th & 11th September this Autumn with a stellar line-up across two stages plus acoustic sessions all day and into the night. Headlined this year by legendary Derry band, The Undertones; supported by dynamic folk orchestra No Crows featuri…

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The Johnny Doherty Music & Dance Festival

23rd - 25th September 2022, Ardara A traditional music and dance festival, held in honour of the fiddler, John Doherty, comprising concerts, ceili dances and sessions in the heritage town of Ardara. John Doherty was a world-renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in Ardara, and he is the figurehead of our festival. We present, in concert and informal settings, the …

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Django sur Lennon

23rd - 24th September 2022, Ramelton The Djanjo-sur-Lennon is the only music festival on the island of Ireland celebrating the musical style of guitarist Django Reinhardt. This is an international jazz festival featuring world class musicians from abroad, which takes place in Ramelton on an annual basis starting in 2016. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions it has not been possible to hold the fes…

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Donegal Connect 2022

23rd - 25th September 2022, Countywide Donegal Connect is a weekend celebration of all things Donegal offering a programme of events that will take place from 23rd – 25th September 2022. The theme of Donegal Connect 2022 is ‘reconnecting’ with our Diaspora and with each other focused on the importance of connecting people and places. Donegal Connect is a very exciting county-wide collabora…

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Donegal East Running - Half, ¾ and Full Marathon 2022

2nd October 2022 - Ballybofey A great fast running course along the River Finn, with amazing countryside views along the way. Registration is open for the very popular Donegal East Half & 3/4 Marathon.

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Frances Browne Literary Festival

13th - 16th October 2022, Ballybofey & Stranorlar The Annual Frances Browne Literary Festival celebrates the legacy and spirit of Frances Browne. We work to bring not only Frances's writing and astonishing life story to new generations but to celebrate the works of contemporary and modern writers who continue in her tradition. Ranging across poetry, prose, music, spoken word, theatre, talks,…

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Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

14th - 17th October 2022, Letterkenny The Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival celebrates the area's connections to historical literary figures such as Jane Austen and Brendan Behan as well as celebrating the best in local in artistic talent.

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Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair

27th Dec 2022 - 1st January 2023, Ghaoth Dobhair Irish Traditional Music Festival A Celebration of the music, language and culture of North West Donegal Gaeltacht with a variety of instruments, song and dance workshops, as well as concerts, lectures and sessions, happening each year during the Christmas holidays. Formerly known as Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy, Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth…

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The Music of ABBA

8th January 2023 - The Music of ABBA - ARRIVAL from Sweden was founded by Vicky Zetterberg in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden and very soon became one of the world’s most popular and most selling ABBA show bands. Since the start in 1995 the band has toured in over 70 countries, done 82 succcessful USA tours and has appeared in several TV and radio shows all over the world. Selling out arenas seated up …

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Atlantic Irish Fest

21 - 25 January 2023 - Bundoran The Northwest of Ireland has long been celebrated for its unique Atlantic culture and history. Now there is a festival which takes place on that Wild Atlantic Way, making the most of the cosy winter atmosphere, with the best of live music, cultural talks about the history of Ireland, outdoor activities along the spectacular coastline, and plenty of craic and ceoi…

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