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.
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.
3rd June - 31st July 2022, Letterkenny
The Community Soccer Festival is an 8 week sporting event held at the Letterkenny Community Centre and open to teams from across Donegal and the surrounding counties.
The Festival will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The aim of the festival is to bring together communities from Donegal and surrounding counties and it presents an opp…
8 and 9 July 2022, Gweedore
Sult Feile is delighted to announce that the festival is back for 2022 Fri July 8th & Sat July 9th 2022 with our biggest lineup yet!
𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺
King Kong Company
Camping also available for the first time this year.
9th - 24th July 2022, 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…
9th July 2022 - The Original Voice Of Smokie Chris Norman and Band “Only Irish Date” 2022
Welcome to Ceol na Coille's 10th Annual Summer School & Trad Camp.
Learn Irish Traditional Music and Song in a county known for its culture, its beauty and friendliness. We welcome enthusiasts – adults and children from beginners to advanced on a full range of instruments, and boast a list of first-class tutors. A busy programme of masterclasses, workshops, recitals, nightly sessions and conce…
15th - 23th July 2022, Burtonport
A week long festival with over 80 events including children's events daily, trips to the neighbouring islands, heritage walks, sporting events, car treasure hunts and free outdoor music nightly as well as a la Gaelach on the Thursday promoting the Irish language and culture
22nd - 28th July 2022, Sliabh Liag - An Gartán
This week long Pilgrimage Walk is an experience like no other.
Bookings are now open for our Slí Cholmcille Pilgrimage in July. Get insights into the faith of St. Colmcille while exploring the wilds of Donegal.
- 6 nights hotel, B&B and hostel accommodation
- 6 evening meals
- Bus transfers
- Daily liturgy/eucharist
23rd July 2022, From Burtonport Pier & around the surrounding islands
This year the 2nd annual Float For Hope Boat Run will take place on Sat 23rd July. All boats welcome on the day! It will be a great flotilla again this year, when we will take to the seas from Burtonport Pier around the Islands of Arranmore and surrounding islands. (There will be no flotilla unfortunately to Tory Island this …
24th July - 1st August 2022, Dungloe
Family orientated festival with a wide variety of cultural, musical, artistic, children's, novelty and sporting events with a focus on showcasing local artists, musicians and indigenous arts.
The Mary From Dungloe International Festival is a popular Irish music & arts festival held annually in the town of Dungloe.
Our flagship events include
28th - 31st July 2022, 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 …
30th July, Donegal Town
Donegal Dragons Regatta. Boat racing in the bay.
The organisers look forward to welcoming everyone back including boat teams coming from Ireland/UK/Italy to Donegal Town and the beautiful Donegal Bay for the Donegal Dragons Regatta.
Races take place over 200m with the finish at Donegal town Pier providing a great spectator attraction and showcasing beautiful Donegal…
30th July 2022, Letterkenny Busking Festival
The Letterkenny Busking Festival is returning to Letterkenny’s Main Street on Saturday the 30th of July. Many performers have already signed up for this exciting competition so if you would like to take part, we would encourage you to apply now.
The festival is open to buskers of all ages and types, giving a platform to performers such as magici…
31st July - 7th August 2022, 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 …
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…
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…
21st August 2022, Ballyshannon
Community Showing of Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Ponies, Homemade Baking, Crafts, Vegetables, Flowers & Children's Entertainment
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.
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…
27th - 28th August 2022, Arranmore Island
Donegal's Original Island Country Music festival featuring:
Jimmy Buckley & Band
Johnny Brady & Band
David Craig & Band
Conor O Donnell
16 Hours of music and Dancing to Ireland's Top Country Acts.
To Book Contact the ticket hotline on 0879080608
For further inf…
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…
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 …
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…
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.
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,…
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.
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…
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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