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.
March - October 2023, Glencolmcille
Irish language courses and cultural activity holidays for adults in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille, County Donegal, offers highly-acclaimed cultural programmes and Irish language courses for adults, catering for all levels from beginners to experienced speakers. Every year, participants from Ireland and worldwide enjoy learning in…
1st - 4th June 2023, Ballyshannon
Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival will return in 2023 for the 19th Festival - in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in June 2023. It will once again take place in the town where the world's greatest Guitarist was born - Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The Festival Organisers a…
2nd - 6th June 2023, Dungloe
𝟺 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚜 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚋𝚢 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙸𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍'𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚝..👏👏
The Marquee @ Bridge Inn Dungloe
One For The Road
Derek Ryan & Band
Support - Conor O Donnell
Mark McCabe+ Support
6th - 8th June 2023, Dungloe
The Celtic Media Festival, the International Summit of Sound and Screen, is an annual 3-day summit that promotes the Indigenous languages and cultures of the Celtic Nations and Regions in media. It combines a major conference of seminars and master classes with presentation of coveted prizes in an international competition across all the main content genres in TV, r…
16th - 18th June 2023, Bundoran
Feel the sand of the west coast between your toes as you listen to some of the best Irish and International Acts right on the beach in the capital of Irish Surfing at Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival.
Now in its 15th year Irelands biggest beach party sees beach sports, surf contests, skate ramps, food, fun and a whole lot of partying across five stages for three…
17th June 2023 - Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey
18th June 2023 - Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon
A new contemporary folk musical from Enchanted Croi Theatre.
'In the Midst of Plenty' is a soaring new contemporary folk musical produced by Roscommon-based Enchanted Croi Theatre touring Ireland in 2023. Featuring a cast of Ireland's best-loved actors and musicians, the piece delves deeply into…
30th June - 1st July 2023, Buncrana
Buncrana Music Festival 2023 returns to Buncrana’s Shore Front, from Friday 30th June until Saturday 1st July with an exciting line-up in one of the most beautiful settings for a music festival in Ireland.
Buncrana Music Festival has become one of the most popular festivals in the north west, and it is without doubt the best value music festival in Irelan…
30th June - 2nd July 2023, Donegal Town
Whether you're a music lover or a film buff, there's something for everyone at the Donegal Town Summer Festival 2023
Summer is just around the corner and with it comes one of the most anticipated events of the year - the Donegal Summer Festival. This year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a jam-packed schedule of entertainment f…
2nd - 10th July 2023, Ramelton
Our 52nd Lennon Festival commences on Sunday 2nd July with pre-festival events all week.
Official opening on Thursday 6th July. Family fun events over the weekend.
Amazing open air music nightly. Finishing off with our annual Fireworks display on Monday 10th July.
Full Festival programme to follow.
5th July 2023, Rathmullan
Experience open-air theatre for all the family with Chapterhouse's adaptation of the children's classic novel The Secret Garden.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents magical theatre in magical surroundings.
This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round …
6th - 9th July 2023, Carndonagh
Live in the Marquee is back, bigger and better for its 4th year. Two great Irish Country acts will be playing live each night from 7pm
Also new to this year's line-up is our Soapbox Derby. Our whacky racers will be hard at work building their karts to zoom them across the line to victory.
The drivers and their teams have been encouraged to create crazy …
7th & 8th July - Sult Music Festival 2023 - Sult Féile Cheoil 2023
Are you ready for a Bigger and Better Sult Music Festival in 2023!
8th - 23rd July 2023, Countywide
Donegal’s Premier Summer Festival on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which traditionally takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland.
Earagail Arts Festival brings inspiring performers to this capti…
21st - 23rd July 2023 - Ardara
The ever popular Bluegrass Festival featuring some of the finest acts in the world. This has now developed into a great event with the tops in Bluegrass in Town. A weekend not to be missed!
Programme of Events 2023 Coming Soon
29th July - 7th August 2023, Dungloe
Experience the magic of Donegal's most enchanting festival as the Mary from Dungloe brings together music, culture, and community in a vibrant celebration of tradition and talent.
The Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival is a community based festival which has been held annually since 1967 in Dungloe, County Donegal.
It is family friendly with a…
29th July 2023, Donegal Town
Donegal Dragons once again welcome you all to yet another DragonBoat Regatta.
We have 12 teams and paddlers from all over the world competing, and their families and friends are visiting Donegal Town for this annual event here on our wonderful Donegal Bay.
Donegal Dragons was founded in 2015 by Deborah Bonner with a lot of help from family , friends and the …
3rd - 6th August 2023, Ballyshannon
Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival was born in 1978, it is the oldest festival of its genre in the world and for the past 44 years has welcomed thousands of visitors annually to the town on the August bank holiday weekend. It is run on a voluntary basis by a team of experienced festival organisers. Our vision for the festival has always been a …
8th & 9th August 2023, Clonmany
One of the northwest's leading Agricultural Shows plays host to the All Nations Shearing and Wool Handling championships.
The bigger and better Clonmany Show returns boasting something for everyone. From traditional livestock classes and exhibitions, to live music on our grand stage and fashion shows from nationally renowned McElhinneys.
Drop into our food h…
19th - 20th August 2023, Arranmore Island
Donegal's Original Island Country Music Festival with 20 Hours of Music and Dancing to Ireland's Top Country Acts.
Jimmy Buckley & Band
Oliva Douglas & Band
David Craig & Band
David James & Band
Seamus Moore & Band
Conor O Donnell
Annual Jiving Competition
2 nights Accommodation, retu…
24th - 27th August 2023, Moville
Europe's biggest festival of Bob Dylan music
Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough, multi venue event tales place over 4 days in late August. It has been going since 2007 with it only off over the two Covid years. As well as the big headline acts it is very much participatory with many Open Mic sessions. Moville is a picturesque little town on a…
27th August 2023, Letterkenny
The tenth Donegal Half Marathon will get underway at 9.20 am near Letterkenny Aura Leisure Centre and finishing on the track at Aura.
See 'Register Now' page for entry fee breakdown. No entries will be taken on the morning of the race.
There is a cut-off time of 6 hours for the event. Runners will receive their number, race information, chip and at registrat…
2nd September 2023, Lifford
The award winning Cash Returns takes to the stage at Lifford Old Courthouse to celebrate Johnny Cash’s first ever Irish tour back in 1963.
60 years later the love for the Man In Black’s music is now as strong as it ever was. The exceptional 9 piece show will commemorate that very special debut tour that cemented Cash’s place in Irish people’s hearts all those ye…
3rd - 9th September 2023 - Donegal Camino
From Inishowen to Sliabh Liag
The 2023 Donegal Camino takes place from Sunday 3rd to Saturday 9th of September 2023. Now in its official third year, the unique 7 day walk and hike takes walkers on a myriad of stunning loop walks, coastal trails on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way Coastline while also taking in its majestic mountains, an island, its uniqu…
6th October 2023, Lifford
John Prine says........“The world should know about Tanya McCole. I love her voice. She is authentic in every way - and a great road buddy too.
Go Tanya, Go!” (January 2019)
Tanya McCole grew up in the unique village that is Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Having moved to London in '94 she returned to Ireland and settled in Galway city.
Her first band was the very…
7th October 2023, Lifford
Regarded as the quintessential Elvis tribute act, Jim Brown takes to the stage for the second time at Lifford Old Courthouse for what promises to be a special show.
The King’s own story is as steeped in legend as the good lord Elvis himself. Born in Belfast and married with five children, the young King was reluctantly hauled on stage at a works karaoke. When the crow…
12th - 15th October 2023, 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.
The festival is held in October of each year and is unique in featu…
3rd November 2023 - The Dolly Parton & Shania Twain Tribute Show
A night of brilliant live music as two of the greatest country stars come together for a star studded tribute night.
Featuring all the hits you'd imagine, this is a night not to be missed!
A guaranteed sell out, so don't leave it too late to secure your tickets!
25th November 2023, Lifford.
Trisha McCluney is Ireland's ONLY tribute to the music Icon CHER. Having exploded onto the tribute scene back in 2019 and making a massive impact all over the UK and Ireland she is going from strength to strength and is fast becoming one of the most sought after tribute acts.
Her ability to capture both the sound and look of the Goddess of Pop is so remarkable th…
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