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.
23 May - 30 October 2019, Countywide
Welcome to the 13th season of the Donegal Garden Trail. We are delighted Brown’s Farm, a lovely spring cottage garden and well worth a visit, has re-joined the Trail after a short absence. We extend a very warm welcome to Castle Grove House Hotel which joins us both as a hospitality provider and as an interesting and historical garden to visit with specim…
1st June to 28th October 2019 - Oideas Gael has been recognised, on a number of occasions, as one of Ireland’s unique cultural education providers and was the 1997 winner of the National Rural Tourism Award sponsored by Bord Fáilte, The Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Allied Irish Banks. They also achieved the distinction of being the winner of the BARR 50 businesses in Irish, from the daily Ir…
The Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre is situated at the top of the beautiful and ancient market town of Ballyshannon. It opened its doors originally as a cinema in 1959 and currently serves the local communities of South and West Donegal, Leitrim, North Sligo, Fermanagh and Tyrone with a rich programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, education and film.
For full list of events see li…
The Balor Arts Centre is made up of two sister companies – The Butt Drama Circle Company Ltd and Balor Developmental Community Arts Group Ltd (Balor DCA).
The Butt Drama Circle Company Ltd looks after the Balor Theatre venue which hosts circa 120 local, national and international performances details of which can be found on our Events Page
Balor DCA conducts a wide range of outreach and Dev…
Fáilte go dtí Amharclann An Ghrianán! Located in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, An Grianán Theatre is an integral part of the county’s thriving cultural life and a flagship venue in the North West of Ireland.
We give local audiences and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the very best local, national and international arts and entertainment events.
An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapi…
RCC Letterkenny is a multi-disciplinary arts facility developed by Donegal County Council.
The distinctive glass and aluminium structure was designed by award winning Letterkenny-based MacGabhann Architects. It presents a programme of exhibitions, concerts, film, digital media and education and outreach.
The centre incorporates a first floor art gallery, an auditorium with 150 retractable se…
The Amharclann aims to nurture and preserve the Irish language, culture and arts. We are the only Irish language theatre in the country that is situated in the heart of the Gaeltacht. Gweedore is a deep well for the Irish language, and this depth and wealth of language contributes to the fact that the local population are particularly talented and creative. The Amharclann provides an exemplary art…
12th October to 23rd November 2019 - Wild Strands, Malin Head - A Journey to experience a Wild Taste on the Edge - Malin Head, an adventure awaits you as you go on a slow adventure through the mythical landscape and seascape of Inishowen, Donegal, from Moville to Malin Head. A wild culinary tour traveling from Moville through stunning natural scenery where you will go on a food journey to arrive …
13th – 22nd October - Breac House - Dunfanaghy - Food Coast Experiences
Following on from our series of special food evenings in 2018, we are delighted to announce a series of food experiences at Breac House this September and October. In October, Tony Davidson and Lina Reppert from Fisk in Downings will treat our guests to a series of small plates celebrating the best of local Donegal fi…
18th - 20th October 2019, Letterkenny
Cathedral Quarter Goes Literary!
Following on from the success of its Literary Festival in recent years Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter is aiming for even bigger and better things this year when its fourth festival kicks off on Friday October 18. And the main organiser of the event, Donnan Harvey, has no hesitation in putting out there that there is som…
Oct 18th- Oct 20th - 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 Cran…
Wednesday 23rd October - 8pm - National Museum of Ireland
Come along to hear the intriguing story of Ireland’s and Donegal’s Bog Bodies. Bog bodies are the preserved remains of ancestors from earlier times. Because of the lack of oxygen in bog environment, organic material, including human bodies can be preserved to an exceptional degree with hair, skin, hands, internal organs and other soft t…
23rd - 24th October 2019, Buncrana ~ Greencastle
11th Annual Laurentic Forum (Sustaining Coastal Communities)
This years Laurentic Forum is being Organized and Facilitated by the Inishowen Development Partnership in Conjunction with the Ulster Canada Initiative working in collaboration with all the regional stakeholders
The Laurentic Forum - Sustaining Coastal Communities, that looks at sh…
Friday 25th October - St. John Bosco Centre - Halloween Disco & Haunted House
Date for your diary !! The Halloween Disco is taking place on Friday 25th of October @ 6.30pm - 8.30pm in the St John Bosco Centre.
Prizes for best dressed adults and children
Everyone welcome. Children must be supervised.
25th - 28th October 2019, Glencolmcille
Are you learning Irish for the first time or do you already speak Irish? Oideas Gael language courses are specially designed to cater for the needs of adults at all learning stages, including those who are more advanced but in need of practice. Each course contains three or more levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
25th - 27th October 2019, Ranafast
This is a festival to celebrate the life and literary works of one of the most famous Irish writers of all time - Séamus Ó Grianna ‘Máire’. This is to commemorate 50 years of his death.
Born into a family of poets and storytellers in Ranafast, County Donegal, he trained formally as a teacher in St. Patricks College, Dublin, 1912–14, and taught mostly in Cou…
26th & 27th October 2019, Donegal Town
One of Donegal’s favourite annual Halloween events returns again this year with Donegal’s Railway Museum’s famous Halloween Fun Day.
In light of the huge success of last year’s event, this year we have added another day with the family event now running from 2pm – 6pm each day over the weekend before Halloween. Come and check out our Spooky event which i…
Saturday 26th October - The Fairy Bank Walk
Back by popular demand
Prizes for best dressed adults and children
For crowd safety and comfort, the organisers ( Donegal Bay Rowing Club) are offering 4 different times to choose from: 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm . While you dont HAVE to pre book, it would be helpful to give the organisers some idea of numbers etc Simply click on the link below…
27th October 2019, Ballyshannon
Join us in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon for a ‘Halloween Night at the Movies’ on Sunday 27th October with two movies - 6pm family fun with The Addams Family and at 8.30pm – Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The fun will continue afterwards in Dicey Reillys with music by the Showoffs – free Halloween Cocktail for all those in fancy dress!
Please see poster…
Sunday 27th October - Glenties 5k
Registration 11.30am at Glenties Comprehensive
Funding towards track development
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 …
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…
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…
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 …
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.
Arrive at B…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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
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 …
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…
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…
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!
• Board the Santa Express at the station and enjoy an enchanting train ride through Oakf…
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),…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
18th to the 22nd of January 2020 - 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 …
Fri 24th January - Sun 26th January 2020 - Ardara - The Country & Western Weekend.
A weekend of fun and dance with Irelands top country bands. This year features Shawn Cuddy and Jim Devine with line dancing and jive classes as well as music in all the pubs! A must for all country music fans
Join our Film Festival in February for four days of great film screenings | from local films | documentaries | Irish shorts to new releases & old favourites | as well as food & film experiences | industry talks | sports fun & pub entertainment.
06th to 08th of March 2020 - Bundoran -
While fashions change and cycles revolve, Bundoran’s star has been in the ascent recently for healthy pursuits and outdoor activities. Surfing, golf, horse-riding, angling, walking and kayaking are just some of the things to do while in town and there is a big welcome waiting for the Cara Bundoran Challenge as an addition to our yearly calendar of events…
20th - 23rd March 2020, Clonmany
The 31st Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle works to foster and promote the singing tradition of the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal
Full programme of events available online at: www.inishowensinging.ie
The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal.
To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. Crucially, they must complete all this in under 24 hours. It is aimed at providing the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance.
North West Donegal h…
2nd to the 8th of April 2020 - Buncrana
Irelands beautiful Lough Swilly in County Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way, was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of John Newton, a foul-mouthed slave trader who went on to pen one of the most famous and well loved songs of all time - Amazing Grace. Newton later mentored William Wilberforce in his long battle to abolish the Tra…
11th April 2020 Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge
It attracts not only walkers, joggers and runners from the wider Inishowen hinterland but nationally and indeed internationally with many spending the weekend in the area to enjoy a break all centred on the event and in some cases the attraction of the world class golf courses at the Ballyliffin Golf Course.
The event is unique in …
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…
9th May 2020, Mullaghdearg, West Donegal
WAAR - Donegal’s biggest Adventure Race, is a fundraiser for CLG Naomh Muire. Enter as individual or as part of a team for the ultimate challenge.
RUN ~ BIKE ~ HIKE ~ KAYAK
WAAR comprises of four disciplines, Run, Bike, Hike and Kayak, making up a 55.5K(approx) route.
All individuals must complete all four disciplines. Run, Bike, H…
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…
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…
28th - 31st May 2020, Ballyshannon
Get ready for our very Special 25th Anniversary Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2020 in the town of Rorys birth - Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland - 28th to 31st May 2020 - Remembering Rory 25 Years After!
We are proud to host this wonderful Festival to Rory Gallagher, Born at the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon in 1948 and since 2002 the Rory…
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.
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…
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…
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”
03rd - 22 July 2020, Countywide - Date and details for 2020 subject to confirmation.-
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…
17 - 26 July 2020, Tory Island
Féile Shoilse Thoraí highlights the rich culture of Tory Island, the ancient stronghold of the Formorians and the land of Balor of The Evil Eye! Aside from the free family events, traditional games and bbq, Hothouse Flowers will lead the concerts at the infamous Social Club.
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!
Main Street Bundoran will be closed to through traffic from 1pm until approximately
6pm on Saturday…
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…
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…
25 July - 03 August 2020, Dungloe
Enjoy a flavour of the Wild Atlantic Way at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival. In its 53rd year, this Festival attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the best of Donegal through events focused on our traditions, heritage and culture.
A festival with a packed itinerary over a 10 day period, this year’s highlights include Done…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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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