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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.


29th October to 1st of November 2019 - Lifford ASYLUM is a special HALLOWEEN edition of our Jailbreak Escape Room! Set in a real dungeon cell, which used to be part of the infamous Donegal Lunatic Asylum beneath Lifford Old Courthouse, you and your group will be placed in a dark cell and challenged to escape. With completely new puzzles, and a few extra nasty surprises your group will have to …

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Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Parade 2019

31st October 2019, Apartotel, Bundoran The annual Discover Bundoran pumpkin carving competition and pumpkin parade takes place on Thursday 31st October from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Atlantic Apartotel followed by the pumpkin parade between 5:30pm & 6pm to Bundoran Community Library. Come along with the whole family for an enjoyable and creative afternoon out, get your face painted and maybe w…

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Letterkenny Halloween Fest 2019

31st October 2019, Letterkenny The annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest returns this year on October 31st. Join us in town for a day of Halloween fun and activities. Head to the Letterkenny Halloween Fest hub at Market Centre from 12.30pm and take part in fancy dress competitions, our trick or treat trail, face painting, our scream room and lots of Halloween games. Families can also enjoy our st…

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Photography Weekend

1st & 2nd November 2019 - Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy - Two nights Bed & Breakfast + 1 Dinner, Weekend Photography Tour and Expert Tuition. Donegal is a photographers paradise. From an abundance of nature and wildlife to the rugged coastline, charming islands, dramatic mountains and ancient mountains - Donegal has it all! Join award-winning photographers Trevor Cole & Ashley Kidd as they share their …

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THE SLEEPERS – Terrifying Immersive Experience

On 2nd of November 2019, Oakfield Park’s Difflin Woods will play host to a terrifying immersive Halloween experience The Sleepers. This uniquely horrifying outdoor event from International Theatre company Almost Burgundy, will be performed by West End actors is strictly ticket only and has limited availability. Do you dare to join them? Book now to avoid disappointment. Itinerary Arrive at B…

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Jim Harte, Farmer & Friends

2nd of November 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse - After a stunning performance supporting younger brother Mickey Joe at a sold-out performance in February, were delighted to announce the return of Jim Farmer Harte for a headline show at Lifford Old Courthouse. Returning with his band in tow and a whole range of special guests, this night promises to be one of the best nights of the year. P…

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Allingham Arts Festival

06 - 10 November 2019, Ballyshannon The Allingham Arts Festival is a community arts festival which takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, each November, in honour of the poet William Allingham. The 2019 Festival will include Children’s Poet Laureate PJ Lynch, an evening with Sean McGinley and Marie Mullen, live final of the Song Writing Competition and many other events. Allingham 2019 Fi…

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Writers Weekend

08th - 10th November 2019 - Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy Have you ever dreamed of writing an article for a magazine or newspaper, a family history or even a book but you just don’t know how to go about it? Or maybe you have written something which you would like to see in print but you need advice about how to have it published? Then why not escape to the magical beauty of the North Donegal lands…

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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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Annual Remembrance 5k run

10th November - Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town Starting at 10:30am - Registration from 9am Annual Remembrance 5k run. All proceeds to charity and club development

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Savour the Flavour of Donegal Town

28th to 30th November 2019 - Donegal Town - As we are heading into the Christmas Season and to create a Christmassy Atmosphere, the Annual Christmas Lights Switch On will be part of Savour the Flavour of Donegal Town Festivities. There will be bargains and discounts galore during the weekend with the Annual Shopping Spree. Savour the Flavour of Donegal Town will create a distinctive experience by …

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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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Christmas Lighting Ceremony

Sunday 1st December | 5PM Make this Christmas special with a visit to the award-winning Lough Eske Castle, the luxurious 5-star hotel and spa located outside Donegal Town. We are excited to begin the Christmas season with our annual lighting ceremony followed by a children’s disco in our ballroom. This event marks the launch of the hotel’s charity drive that was designed to assist local f…

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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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Adrian Knight Comedy Hypnotist

7th of December 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse - Ireland’s foremost comedy hypnotist Adrian Knight has delighted and excited audiences for more than 25 years, playing to packed shows and entertaining tens of thousands of people every year. An experienced performer and professional hypnotist, Adrian’s ability to read a crowd and tailor his show to match the audience makes him stand out from h…

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Mc Grorys Hotel Christmas Special

New Years Eve - Enjoy a sparkling wine reception followed by a five course meal, then ring in the New Year with entertainment by Cajun Moon. €49 per person. Why Not Enjoy a 2 Night Break from €169PPS Christmas Gift Vouchers Mc Grorys Gift Voucher is the ideal present they can be used for breaks away, music events or food in our bars or restaurant Also 2 Christmas Themed Menu Nights fol…

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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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Annual St. Stephens Day 5K at Finn Valley FC

26th December 2019, Stranorlar. Start 12 noon The continuing tradition of the Finn Valley AC St Stephen’s Day 5k will take place once again this year. It is the longest successive road event in the North West beginning as it did in the early 70’s and despite weather challenges on a small number of occasions the event has always gone ahead. There have been over the years, many notable personal…

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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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