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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.

Wild Atlantic 500k Virtual Challenge

1st June - 31st August 2020, Donegal (Virtually), Ireland & Worldwide Take on the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, a 500km virtual challenge that can be done from anywhere in the world. A health / fitness challenge open to walkers, joggers or runners. Over the months of June, July & August challenge yourself to complete 500km, an average of 5.2km a day. Get fit and healthy this summer and use t…

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Virtual Artist-In-Residence

15th June - 10th July 2020, Virtual Event The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is delighted to announce Sarah E. Cullen as one of its June Virtual Artists-in-Residence. Sarah will introduce us to her musical project, The Reflection Box, which is the expression of a varied and eclectic musical experience by the artist. Over the next four weeks Sarah will give an insight into the inspi…

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Earagail Arts Festival

09 - 26 July 2020, Online Event We are delighted to bring you a re-imagined condensed festival of srutháin (small streams), featuring nomadic pop up theatre, mini documentaries, online and radio broadcast performances and interactive conversations across our original dates of 9th to 26th July 2020. The full festival line-up is available on our website: www.eaf.ie Whilst the challenge of t…

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Ceol na Coille Summer School of Irish Traditional Music 2020

2020 Event Cancelled Ceol na Coille Irish Music Summer School 2020 Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, Ceol na Coille Summer School 2020 will not take place this year. In these unprecedented times, the health and safety of students, tutors and the local community is of utmost concern. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but feel this is the correct action to be taken. Our dates for…

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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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Walk to Explore the Erne Estuary from Campview Farm

23rd & 25th July 2020, Campview Farm, Ballyshannon @ 2pm We are delighted to announce that we are officially reopening the farm! This year we have had to make some changes to accommodate for the Covid 19 regulations so instead of our usual farm tours and experiences we are kicking off this summer season with our first ever Campview Farm & Erne Estuary Walk 🐄🌊🐔 This walk will include: - …

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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

Event Cancelled 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 hear the stori…

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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

EVENT POSTPONED The latest Covid guidelines in relation to the hosting of festivals comes under Phase 5 due to be implemented on the 10th August, therefore, the Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival inform you of the postponement of our planned 43rd Festival, which was due to take place from 30th July to 2nd August, 2020. We look very much forward to welcoming you back to the Bally…

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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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Glencolmcille Agricultural Show

Event Cancelled Glencolmcille Agricultural Show 2020 Update: It is with great regret and sadness that we inform you of the cancellation of The Glencolmcille Agricultural Show 2020 due to the situation surrounding Covid-19. As a committee, we were all looking forward to welcoming you to the show grounds and work was well underway to ensure that we delivered a show that was bigger and bette…

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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

Event Cancelled Adhering to social distancing guidelines, our committee put measures in place to allow a meeting to take place safely to discuss the future of the 2020 Agricultural Show. After careful consideration, and taking all factors into account we have come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Clonmany Agricultural Show. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We have…

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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 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 landsc…

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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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Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555

28th August 2020, Start from Letterkenny The organisers of the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555K have decided to proceed with plans to hold this year’s event on the rescheduled date of Friday, August 28th. The organising committee came to the decision at a virtual meeting this week after reviewing the government of Ireland’s five phase plan for reopening the country and the Cycling Ireland road …

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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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Donegal Links Classic 2020

31st Aug - 2nd Sept 2020, Rosapenna, Portsalon & Ballyliffin The Donegal Links Classic played over three of Irelands finest links courses takes place from Mon, 31st Aug - Wed, 2nd Sept 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…

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Hooked

Event Cancelled We fish we had batter news, but the trout is we’ve decided to cancel #Hooked 2020. We did mullet over, but it’s probably for the bass. See you in 2021 - Ciao-der!

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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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Rock on the Rock 2020

19th - 20th September 2020, Arranmore Island Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus we have had to reschedule the Rock on the Rock Festival which was due to take place on May 9th & 10th 2020 our new dates as mentioned on the Poster are the 19th & 20th September 2020. First of all we would like to take this oppurtunity to thank the bands and the band management for being so…

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Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge 2020

NEW DATE: 19th September 2020, Ballyliffin Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge Committee have decided to postpone the event on April 11th and have refixed for September 19th. 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 y…

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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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Johnny Doherty Festival

25th - 27th September 2020, Ardara The Johnny Doherty Festival is a traditional music festival in memory of the late John Doherty, a local fiddle legend. Held in the scenic heritage town of Ardara in Co Donegal, The Johnny Doherty Festival aims to promote the music and dance traditions of the area. John Doherty was a world renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in…

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The Rosses Walking Festival

Changed date: 26th - 27th September 2020, Dungloe The Rosses Walking Festival Dates have been changed to September 26th and 27th. All ticket holders have been contacted via email. September is a beautiful month in Donegal and the walks will be even better now that nature is allowed to flourish again. Please join us for the Walks and support this festival. Thank you. Saturday, 26th Septemb…

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Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

15th - 18th October 2020, Letterkenny Festival details to be announced in due course.

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Cranafest 2020

17th - 18th October 2020, 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…

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2020 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon & Half Marathon

25th October 2020, Killybegs - Glencolmcille The Donegal Wild Atlantic Maraton & Half Marathon due to take place July 19th has been postponed until October 25th. With the health & safety of our community being an utmost priority, and with an ongoing uncertainty in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been postponed to October 25th. A final decision regarding this future date will…

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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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Cara Bundoran Run 10 Mile Challenge

5th - 6th March 2021, Bundoran Cara Bundoran Run deferred until 2021 The organising committee of the annual Cara Bundoran Run has made the decision to defer this year’s postponed run until 2021 with the event now taking place on the 5th and 6th of March 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was impossible to run the event earlier this year as scheduled and having examined all possibili…

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Rebel Fest 2021

Event POSTPONED until 2021 Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus we have unfortunately had to postpone Rebel Fest. However the event has been rescheduled to the 27th & 28th March 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic acts for being so accommodating in helping us to reschedule this event, to The Arranmore Blue Ferry and to Early's Bar. …

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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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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

30th April - 2nd May 2021, Donegal Town Following the recent announcement that A Taste of Donegal 2020 had been cancelled, a new date has been announced. The event which normally takes place on the last full weekend of August will instead by held over the May Bank Holiday weekend in 2021. The new dates are Friday, April 30; Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, 2021.

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Wild Atlantic Adventure Race (WAAR)

Postponed until 8th May 2021, West Donegal WAAR 2020 BREAKING NEWS Since Covid-19 restrictions came into place in March, the WAAR cabinet has been working hard to alter our event in such a way that it could be run safely for our community. We initially moved the date of the event, and then began to put measures in place, through risk assessments and problem solving solutions, to ensure ever…

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2021

3rd - 6th June 2021, Ballyshannon Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival have announced that they are postponing the 18th Annual Festival to 2021 with the New Festival dates - 3rd to 6th June 2021. The hugely popular International Festival celebrating Ireland's Greatest Guitarist – Rory Gallagher was due to take place on the final weekend of August, however the voluntary organising co…

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Donegal Town Summer Festival

June 2021, Donegal Town (exct date tbc) Due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions and a ban on mass gatherings unfortunately we can confirm the Donegal Town Summer Festival will not take place in 2020. This is a regrettable decision, but one that has to be made in the interest of public safety and respect for the frontline workers. We would like to use this opportunity to thank all of yo…

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Greencastle Regatta

2020 Event Cancelled New 2021 date: 5th - 8th August It is with heavy heart, that in the interest of public safety, we have decided to cancel this year’s Regatta and Festival. As one of the longest running regatta's in the country we had hoped to run the event in some form this year but given the government recommendations and in the interests and safety of everyone involved, we now see tha…

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