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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.

The Amazing Grace Festival 2020

Festival Cancelled In view of today's announcement regarding public events (coronavirus) we have taken the decision to cancel this year's Amazing Grace Festival. Although we're disappointed, our first priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our community! Stay Safe!

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Inishowen Traditional Music Project

Event POSTPONED until further notice Due to the Government announcement yesterday, it is with regret that we have to postpone the Inishowen Orchestra performance on the 4th of April until we receive further updates from the authorities. We will be in touch as soon as we are in a position to proceed. It is planned to reschedule at an appropriate time in the future. Tickets already purchase…

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Laghey Blast Festival

3rd May 2020, Laghey The Laghey Blast Festival is a community ran day of festival fun. Laghey village comes alive with street music & events for all the family. We have bouncy castles, obstacle course, rodeo bull, games tent, paintball target shooting, street games, wheelbarrow races and various competitions on the day. We have a farm & sheep shearing and many more events to keep you entertaine…

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Travel Writing Retreat 2020

May 4th-10th, 2020 - Travel Writing Retreat 2020 Want to be a seasoned travel writer? See your name in print while enjoying free trips abroad to interesting and historical places? It sounds glamorous, even ‘too good to be true.’ But it is possible - as many writers have shown - and learning the writing and editing skills necessary is one of the most important steps to success. That’s wh…

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Mícheál Ó'Cléirigh Summer School

Notice of postponement of summer school 2020. Based on current advice from HSE on social distancing to limit spread of Covid-19 virus, it has been decided by the committee of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School, Scoil Samhraidh Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh, to postpone until further notice the 2020 Summer School planned for the weekend of 8th-10th May in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal. We regret that we have…

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Darkness Into Light Donegal

09 May 2020 Donegal Locations: Arranmore Island, Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Carrick, Donegal Town, Falcarragh, Gweedore, Letterkenny, Maghery, Rathmullan, Tory Island Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, our annual 5km walk/run, will celebrate its eleventh year on Saturday, May 9th 2020, with over 100 venues acro…

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Rock on the Rock 2020

9th May- 10th May 2020, Rock on the Rock 2020 Arranmore Island Featuring the best in Keltic Rock Acts appearing are: Whislin Donkeys Tumbling Paddies One for the Road. This will be a ticket event and entry will be limited so booking is essential. There will be no sales on the door and the event will be strictly 18 years and above.

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The Rosses Walking Festival

22 - 24 May 2020, Dungloe Be with nature, let’s go outdoors is the slogan for the Rosses Walking Festival. Set in the Northern Headlands along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Rosses are located in the Gaeltacht in Donegal and our guided walks are all designed to enjoy the majesty of the coastline as well as the rugged magnificence of the mountains. Further details to follow

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Donegal Links Classic 2020

The Donegal Links Classic played over three of Irelands finest links courses takes place from Monday 25th to Wednesday the 27th of May 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 cards toward each team total. One of Irelands lon…

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The BAND Festival

04 - 08 June 2020, Dunfanaghy The festival is a Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy 3 day music event. The festival is a community initiative to promote the wonderful village of Dunfanaghy and the surrounding area as a great place to visit.

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All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Championships

06-07 June 2020 - All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Championships The All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Competition is the biggest national sheep event in Ireland 2020. • This event has been running now for a long number of years and will be hosted in Ballyshannon, Donegal for the first time ever. • The foot fall for over the 2-day event is up to 10,00…

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Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555

12 - 14 June 2020, Start from Letterkenny The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is an ultra cycling event along 555km of rugged and beautiful Donegal coastline. The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race route follows the Wild Atlantic Way around the rugged and beautiful coastline of Donegal. Competitors will depart Letterkenny and take on some of the most scenic roadways to be found anywhere in the…

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Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival

19 - 21 June 2020, Bundoran SEA SESSIONS is Europe’s best surf, skate and music festival taking place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland. A 3 day long event of surfing, skating, partying and music! Sea Sessions is rooted in a love of surfing. The cream of Irish and European surfers take part in the ASP sanctioned surf competition. In addition to surfing and music, other activities include str…

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Summer Writing Retreat 2020

June 22nd - 28th, 2020 - Summer 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 awe-insp…

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Colgan Heritage Weekend

26 - 28 June 2020, Colgan Hall, Carndonagh A weekend of Talks, Walks, Exhibitions, Music , Photography, Cooking with Seaweed, Shirt making in Carndonagh, Schools and Heritage exhibitions all based on the theme “Living and working in Inishowen”

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Buncrana Music Festival 2020

26th - 27th June 2020, Buncrana Following the first year, with a new lease of life, and a new location at Buncrana’s Shore Front, 2018 saw Welsh rock band Feeder, and Grammy Award winning DJ Roger Sanchez along with Ministry of Sound DJs enthral the crowds as the sun baked down. Roger Sanchez commented that the location was more like Ibiza, as boats and yacht watched from a distance off-shore, …

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Finn Valley Agricultural Show

27 June 2020, Russel Bros. Farm, Kilcadden, Killygordon Finn Valley Agricultural Show will celebrate its 29th annual event in 2020 and want to encourage those who have attended in the past, to come back and help us enjoy this wonderful community agricultural show. The Show also intends to invite Judges from various associations to travel from overseas to participate at the event. Finn Valley…

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Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge 2020

NEW DATE: 4th July 2020, Ballyliffin Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge Committee have decided to postpone the event on April 11th and have refixed for July 4th. 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 you to Ballyl…

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Earagail Arts Festival

09 - 26 July 2020, Countywide Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal – two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard. In 2013 Earagail Arts Festival celebrated its Silver anniversary and 25 years of festi…

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Ceol na Coille Summer School of Irish Traditional Music 2020

13 - 17 July 2020, Letterkenny Welcome to the Ceol na Coille’s 9th Annual Summer School of Irish Traditional Music in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, in association with Craobh Seamus Mac Giolla Bhríde CCE. The Summer School comprises a 5-day programme of workshops, recitals, sessions and concerts. Learn Irish Traditional Music, Song in a county known for its culture, its bea…

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Bundoran Street Party

18 July 2020, Bundoran The Bundoran Street Party will happen Saturday 18th July 2020 from 2pm – 5pm on Lower Main Street. This is a FREE event for all the family and will include bouncy castles, a bungee run, a gladiator ring and a rodeo ring, facepainting and more! Traffic Restrictions: Main Street Bundoran will be closed to through traffic from 1pm until approximately 6pm on Saturday…

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Bundoran Vintage Car Show

19 July 2020, Bundoran Bundoran Classic Car Show will take place on the 19th of July 2020, starting from 12 noon till 5 pm. Classic and Vintage Cars & Unusual vehicles very welcome. The Show has gone from strength to strength each year. Providing a vast range of makes and models, there’s something to interest everyone. The event takes place in Bundoran’s West End car park. Due to the prim…

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2020 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon & Half Marathon

19 July 2020, Killybegs - Glencolmcille Donegal Wild Atlantic half and full marathon takes place in Killybegs along the stunning South West coast. The course consists of a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a Full Marathon (26.2 miles) and runs entirely along the Wild Atlantic Way. Runners and walkers will enjoy spectacular scenery and all finish together in Glencolmcille folk Village. The full mar…

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Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

25 July - 03 August 2020, Dungloe We may be a small town, but boy do we know how to throw a festival! Start planning your trip to the 53rd annual Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival today. We are a warm, family-friendly festival held from July 25th to August 3rd 2020. Featuring contestants from all corners of the world The Mary From Dungloe brings elegance and charm to the festival…

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Off The Street Food Fest LK

25 - 26 July 2020, Letterkenny Letterkenny Artisan Market and The Lemon Tree Restaurant Letterkenny presents a two day Food Festival in the heart of Letterkenny. With a huge variety of food stalls selling amazing street, fresh local produce & more. Two days of live music by local musicians, live cookery demos in the marquee by local talented chefs and producer story sections where you get to…

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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

30th July - 03rd August 2020, Ballyshannon The 43rd annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 30th July to Monday 3rd August 2020) as the sounds of traditional and folk music echo from the streets, pubs and Marquee concerts along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. This years Acts to be announced as well as plenty of pub ses…

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Muff 40th Festival

30th July - 3rd August 2020, Muff We are glad to announce the return of Muff Festival 2020, the 40th Festival in our history. This year's Muff Festival will take place from Thursday 30th July to Monday 3rd August, the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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TUFF-INISH Adventure Race 2020

Originally Sat 25th April 2020. – Rescheduled date Sat, 1st August 2020, Inishowen 105km/10hr TITAN – 62km EXTREME – 41km REBEL – 26km SPRINT Formerly “Shore 2 Summit” the new TUFF-INISH Adventure race in Inishowen, Donegal, offers everything that an Adventure race possibly can, 4 diverse courses encompassing novice to elite adventurers, situated in an idealistic rural landscape that is simp…

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Clonmany Festival

02 - 09 August 2020, 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 hand wit…

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Clonmany Agricultural Show

04th August 2020, Clonmany The biggest and best agriculture show in Donegal enters its 53rd year and we would like you to join us at the annual show to make this year even more special. The Clonmany Agricultural Show has grown in popularity every year and now attracts thousands of visitors from across Ireland and the UK from farmers to young families. In addition to the agriculture, livestoc…

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Greencastle Regatta

13 - 16 August 2020, Greencastle Greencastle Regatta is one of the longest running Maritime Festivals in Ireland, and its four days of fun packed festivities celebrating maritime heritage along the Foyle. There will be activities for all ages on the shore and on the water, plus live music each evening on the main stage with some of Ireland’s biggest headliners. If it’s anything like last ye…

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Quadrathon Challenge (Extreme North)

13th - 16th August 2020 - Quadrathon Challenge (extreme North) This is not just another running event, it’s more personal than that, just ask anyone who’s experienced it, the concept of camaraderie, lasting friendships, amazing scenery and unequaled hospitality during this iconic 4 day running festival is unequaled at any event Witness the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, run a different route dail…

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Seven Sisters Skyline

15th & 16th August 2020 - Seven Sisters Skyline An EPIC Mountain running event in the Derryveagh mountains in Donegal. The Seven Sisters Skyline - 50km with 4,000m ascent! The event is being held in Donegal, the most Northerly county on the island of Ireland…. But still only 3 hours from Dublin, and 2 hours from Belfast. Donegal is a mystical, magical place, which boasts wild rugged unspoilt…

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Heritage Week 2020 in County Donegal

15th - 23rd August 2020, Countywide National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council & Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from Fáilte Ireland. County Donegal has become one of the places to be during ‘Heritage Week’.Over 120 events are taking place for National Heritage Week in County Donegal from Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 23, 2020 and most of them are free.…

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Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show

16th August 2020, Ballyshannon The 2020 Ballyshannon Agricultural show takes place on Sunday 16th August. Judging Times: Cattle from 11am; Horse and Ponies from 11am; Sheep from 11am; Poultry from 1pm; Marquee Judging from 11am The line-up of entertainment includes • Free Novelty Events for the kids • Dog Show starts at 1.30pm (entries open at 12.30pm at Dog Ring) • Bonny Baby starts at 3…

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Wild Atlantic Adventure Race (WAAR)

22nd August 2020, West Donegal The WAAR organising committee have had an emergency meeting and in the light of the fast moving Coronavirus pandemic, as necessity, we have made the decision to postpone the event. The last 48 hours has seen a real escalation in the situation. It was felt that the next few weeks will see this only escalate further. While all our voluntary work is focused on run…

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2020

27th - 30th August 2020, Ballyshannon Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival rescheduled for August 2020 It is the largest annual International Festival in the North West of Ireland and the organisers of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival have announced today that they are deferring this year’s 4 day festival to the last weekend in August with the new Festival dates fo…

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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

28 - 30 August 2020, Donegal Town This year’s Festival once again gathers Top Restaurants, Hotels, Food and Drink Providers. With 130 renowned exhibitors being showcased; you can meander, browse, meet the producers, smell, taste and purchase some of the finest food and drink available from all over the country. Cookery Demonstrations by high profile Celebrity Chefs including “Cherrymore Kids Ki…

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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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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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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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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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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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