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Festivals & Events in Donegal


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.

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Donegal Bealtaine Festival

1st - 31st May 2022, Countywide The Bealtaine Festival, Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age, will be celebrated throughout the month of May in Donegal. Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine 2022 festival, will celebrate In(ter)dependence as its theme and a welcome return to live in-person events. The festival, now in its 25th Year, will be officially launched on Sun…

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Comic Drawing Course

3rd May - 7th June 7:30 - 8:30pm 6 week Comic Drawing Classes are starting on the 03. May. This craic filled course is a great way to unleash your creativity and learn a new skill set!

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Oideas Gael — Ireland’s Language & Culture

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. The Donegal Gaeltacht, with its breathtaking s…

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The Saturday Stretch

21st May - 25th June 2022 - The Saturday Stretch 🎸 - a new live local music and food event running every Saturday in May and June with extended opening hours until 9pm! Enjoy the longer, sunnier evenings with live local music on the lawn under the stretch tents with delicious food and drinks. The Saturday Stretch evening takes place on Saturday 21st May and you can expect live music from local a…

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Cycle Against Suicide - Malin to Mizen Charity Cycle

21st - 28th May 2022 - 2022 Malin to Mizen Challenge - Cycle Against Suicide Charity Cycle Travelling from Ireland’s most northerly point to its most southerly, our Malin to Mizen Challenge is a tough but rewarding challenge. Immersing yourself in the beauty and splendour of the spectacular route. The cycle can be a healing process for many as we discuss mental health issues in a free and open …

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The Battle of Pettigo/Belleek – 100 Years

28th May 2022, Pettigo & Belleek The Battle of Pettigo/Belleek, took place along the Donegal /Fermanagh Border in late May, early June 1922 in the period between the War of Independence and the Civil War. It was the last time that Pro and Anti Treaty Forces fought side-by-side against British forces. It was part of Michael Collins's Northern Offensive, which was intended to destabilise the Unio…

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Trad Week

1st - 5th June 2022, Letterkenny Trad Week brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians from Ireland, the United Kingdom and further afield to Donegal. Our annual festival, Trad Week, presented by the Regional Cultural Centre & An Grianán Theatre, takes place in June 2022. The festival brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians from Ireland, the United Kingdom and fur…

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Rory Gallagher International Festival

2nd - 5th June 2022, Ballyshannon Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival will return in 2022 for the 18th Festival - 2nd to 5th June 2022 in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland. The hugely popular International Festival celebrating Ireland's Greatest Guitarist – Rory Gallagher with leading Festival Big Top acts appearing in 2022 in Ballyshannon. All Ticket Holders will receive new tic…

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Cruinniú na nÓg

11th June 2022, Across Donegal A day of free creativity for children and young people. Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. The inau…

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Let’s Play Donegal Town

11th June 2022, Donegal Town, 11am - 5pm Let’s Play Donegal is an exciting new event taking place in Donegal Town focused on creative play in public spaces as part of Cruinniú na nÓg. The Diamond and other local attractions in Donegal Town will be transformed into a playful places featuring chalk art, crafts, graffiti art and a variety of exciting outdoor games for the afternoon. Join u…

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Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon 2022

12th June 2022 - The Full Marathon starts in Killybegs and ends in Glencolmcille. The Half Marathon starts in Glencolmcille village and joins the Full marathon course with both events finishing at Glencolmcille Folk Village.

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Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival

17th - 19th June 2022, Bundoran Starting back in 2008 Sea Sessions is now regarded as one the top music festivals in Ireland and the only festival to bring together Music, Surfing, Skateboarding, BMX, Graffiti, Beach Sports, Beach Yoga and a lot more. Camp site opening hours: - Thursday 16th at 3pm closes on Monday 20th at 11am Festival opening hours: - Friday 17th - 6pm - 1am - Satu…

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Earagail Arts Festival

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…

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Burtonport Summer Festival

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

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Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival

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 Lá Gae…

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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

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 …

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Irish Legends presented by McGinley Foundation

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.

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Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show

21st August 2022, Ballyshannon Community Showing of Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Ponies, Homemade Baking, Crafts, Vegetables, Flowers & Children's Entertainment

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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.

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10th Annual Arranmore Country Fest

27th - 28th August 2022, Arranmore Island Donegal's Original Island Country Music festival featuring: Jimmy Buckley & Band Johnny Brady & Band David Craig & Band Eamonn Jackson Olivia Douglas Aidan Clerkin Conor O Donnell Ronan McGinty 16 Hours of music and Dancing to Ireland's Top Country Acts. #Keephercountry To Book Contact the ticket hotline on 0879080608 For further inf…

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Donegal Connect 2022

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 collaborative weekend event aiming to engage with the D…

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Django sur Lennon

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…

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Donegal East Running - Half, ¾ and Full Marathon 2022

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.

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Frances Browne Literary Festival

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,…

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Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

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.

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Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair

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…

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Atlantic Irish Fest

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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