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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 Half Marathon

30th August 2020, Letterkenny The half marathon races will start at 9.20am on August 30th 2020. No entries will be taken on the day of the race.

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Donegal Links Classic 2020

31st Aug - 2nd Sept 2020, Rosapenna, Portsalon & Ballyliffin The Donegal Links Classic played over three of Irelands finest links courses takes place from Mon, 31st Aug - Wed, 2nd Sept 2020. The competition is both a singles & team event with teams of four, open to both ladies and gents any combination, marking a singles (stableford) card each day. The team competition counts the best three…

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Hooked

Event Cancelled We fish we had batter news, but the trout is we’ve decided to cancel #Hooked 2020. We did mullet over, but it’s probably for the bass. See you in 2021 - Ciao-der!

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2020 O'Donnell Clan Gathering

2020 Clan Gathering Dates of Gathering: 9, 10, 11 & 12 September 2020 Location: Donegal, Ireland. Organised by: O’Donnell Clan Association Committee. ODonnell of Tyrconnell – Ó Domhnaill Tír Chonaill is the ruling clan of the ancient Kingdom of Tyrconnell who reigned until the completion of the English Conquest of Ireland in 1601. The clans seat today remains focused mostly around Coun…

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AIG All Ireland Cups and Shields Finals

16th - 20th September 2020, Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh Donegal Golf Club are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the AIG All Ireland Cups and SHields Finals in September 2020. The All Ireland Cups & Shields Finals has been described by Brian Keogh of the Independent.ie as a three-day festival of golf and is the pinnacle for all Irish Amateur golfers as they look to represent thei…

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Rock on the Rock 2020

19th - 20th September 2020, Arranmore Island Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus we have had to reschedule the Rock on the Rock Festival which was due to take place on May 9th & 10th 2020 our new dates as mentioned on the Poster are the 19th & 20th September 2020. First of all we would like to take this oppurtunity to thank the bands and the band management for being so…

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Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge 2020

NEW DATE: 19th September 2020, Ballyliffin Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge Committee have decided to postpone the event on April 11th and have refixed for September 19th. As you no doubt understand this decision is beyond our control and in the interest of the health of our participants. Watch our Facebook page for further updates. Thank you and looking forward to welcoming y…

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Autumn Writing Retreat 2020

September 21st - 27th, 2020 - Autumn Writing Retreat 2020 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 aw…

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Johnny Doherty Festival

25th - 27th September 2020, Ardara The Johnny Doherty Festival is a traditional music festival in memory of the late John Doherty, a local fiddle legend. Held in the scenic heritage town of Ardara in Co Donegal, The Johnny Doherty Festival aims to promote the music and dance traditions of the area. John Doherty was a world renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in…

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The Rosses Walking Festival

Changed date: 26th - 27th September 2020, Dungloe The Rosses Walking Festival Dates have been changed to September 26th and 27th. All ticket holders have been contacted via email. September is a beautiful month in Donegal and the walks will be even better now that nature is allowed to flourish again. Please join us for the Walks and support this festival. Thank you. Saturday, 26th Septemb…

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Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

15th - 18th October 2020, Letterkenny Festival details to be announced in due course.

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Cranafest 2020

17th - 18th October 2020, Buncrana Crana Fest is a 2-day event for all disciplines of kayaking; sea, lough and river from Grade 2 to Grade 4. It is based in Buncrana, Inishowen, Co. Donegal and takes place in Lough Swilly and the Crana River. This exciting event is now in its 10th year, its open to all abilites and attracts participants from all over the world. Inish Adventures who organise…

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2020 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon & Half Marathon

25th October 2020, Killybegs - Glencolmcille The Donegal Wild Atlantic Maraton & Half Marathon due to take place July 19th has been postponed until October 25th. With the health & safety of our community being an utmost priority, and with an ongoing uncertainty in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been postponed to October 25th. A final decision regarding this future date will…

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Atlantic Irish Fest

23 - 27 January 2021 - 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 ceo…

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Cara Bundoran Run 10 Mile Challenge

5th - 6th March 2021, Bundoran Cara Bundoran Run deferred until 2021 The organising committee of the annual Cara Bundoran Run has made the decision to defer this year’s postponed run until 2021 with the event now taking place on the 5th and 6th of March 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was impossible to run the event earlier this year as scheduled and having examined all possibili…

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Rebel Fest 2021

Event POSTPONED until 2021 Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus we have unfortunately had to postpone Rebel Fest. However the event has been rescheduled to the 27th & 28th March 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic acts for being so accommodating in helping us to reschedule this event, to The Arranmore Blue Ferry and to Early's Bar. …

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All Ireland Drama Festival 2021

New Date: 16th-24th April 2021, Ballyshannon Ballyshannon will host the 2021 Bostik All Ireland Confined Drama Finals from 16-24 April. This event will be run under the auspices of the ‘Amateur Drama Council of Ireland’. Over the 9 days, see plays from all over Ireland compete and enjoy a host of fringe events and of course the nightly Festival Club.

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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

30th April - 2nd May 2021, Donegal Town Following the recent announcement that A Taste of Donegal 2020 had been cancelled, a new date has been announced. The event which normally takes place on the last full weekend of August will instead by held over the May Bank Holiday weekend in 2021. The new dates are Friday, April 30; Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, 2021.

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Wild Atlantic Adventure Race (WAAR)

Postponed until 8th May 2021, West Donegal WAAR 2020 BREAKING NEWS Since Covid-19 restrictions came into place in March, the WAAR cabinet has been working hard to alter our event in such a way that it could be run safely for our community. We initially moved the date of the event, and then began to put measures in place, through risk assessments and problem solving solutions, to ensure ever…

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2021

3rd - 6th June 2021, Ballyshannon Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival have announced that they are postponing the 18th Annual Festival to 2021 with the New Festival dates - 3rd to 6th June 2021. The hugely popular International Festival celebrating Ireland's Greatest Guitarist – Rory Gallagher was due to take place on the final weekend of August, however the voluntary organising co…

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