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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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Straw-Man Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

24th March 2023, Lifford StrawMan returns to Lifford Old Courthouse for a full band show with support from the N15 Experience. StrawMan AKA Tom Bonner first started penning songs while at University in Galway in the mid-90s. He moved to Hungary in 2003 to work as an English tutor. While there, he wrote and recorded his debut album ‘Some Belated Truths’ under the moniker ‘Urban Hermits’. This…

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Inishowen Singing Weekend 2023

24th - 27th March 2023, Ballyliffin A four day celebration of traditional singing with formal & informal sessions, concert, workshop, and talks, featuring local Inishowen, national and international singers. Now in its 33rd year, this is the longest running festival of traditional singing on the island of Ireland. Friday 24 March 2023 8:00pm The Ballyliffin Hotel Festival Opening Address,…

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Silk Painting Workshop

15th - 16th April 2023, Ramelton Join textile artist Karen to learn serti silk painting. In her studio you will learn how to silk paint. Individualised tuition, all materials provided.

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Links of Donegal Challenge 2023

17th - 19th April, 2023, Portsalon GC, North West GC, Donegal GC Ireland's Biggest Amateur Tournament 3 Days of Championship Links Golf Across Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way. The Links of Donegal Challenge is taking place on Monday 17th April to Wednesday 19th April 2023 across three of Donegal's links courses including Portsalon Golf Club, North West Golf Club and Donegal Golf Club. With a …

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Tom Sweeney - An Intimate Evening of Fireside Songs, Ballads & Poetry

21st April 2023, Lifford An intimate evening of Songs & Ballads with the Tyrone singer-songwriter & folklorist Tom Sweeney. Tom is a grandson of the legend Ulster ballad singer, Sarah Makes and nephew of folk legend Tommy Makem. He has performed a wealth of songs, stories, poems and tunes in venues around the world for over fifty years. Constantly touring abroad, Tom is delighted to be …

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Clonleigh Church of Ireland Fundraising Concert

22nd April 2023, Lifford A special night of country gospel & more in aid of Clonleigh Church of Ireland with Leslie Matthews, Lynn Campbell, Jessica McKean, The Mood Swings & Dan O'Kane. All proceeds will be donated to the Church Restoration Fund.

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The 'Cup of Tae' Traditional Music Festival 2023

The famous traditional music festival honouring renowned fiddler John “The Tae” Gallagher Workshops, Schools of Music & Street Music all weekend 28th April - 1st May 2023 - Ardara The Festival Committee is delighted to announce that Donna Harkin will be Guest of Honour at the Cup of Tae Festival 2023. Programme of Events coming soon

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Mícheál Ó'Cléirigh Summer School

5th - 7th May 2023, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal The 10th Annual Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School will take place over the weekend of Friday 5th May until Sunday 7th May 2023 in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. The theme for the 10th Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School is Feast – Food – Famine / Féasta – Bia – Ganntanas. Following the ‘Blood and Retribution’ theme of the 9th Summer School, Feast – Food…

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Sliabh Liag Adventure Weekend

6th May 2023 - A great Adventure Weekend on one of Ireland’s most Iconic landscapes- Slieve League. Events can be done as a Hike or Run. Choose from Sat 13k / 5k uphill. - Sun 7th 25k / 50k (consisting of 2 or 4 laps around the Slieve League loop. Starting at Sea Level, participants will ascend the pilgrim path to over 550m above sea level, then run adjacent to some of Europe’s highest sea clif…

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Rory Gallagher International Festival

1st - 4th June 2023, Ballyshannon Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival will return in 2023 for the 19th Festival - in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland. The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in June 2023. It will once again take place in the town where the world's greatest Guitarist was born - Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland The Festival Organisers a…

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Sweeney Todd - Musical

2nd & 3rd June 2023, Letterkenny @ 7.30pm North West Opera Proudly Presents Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street A barber who seeks revenge, a Pie-maker who loves him and a corrupt and lusty Judge, - a match made in hell! Serving up A little Priest or Shepherd's pie, peppered with actual shepherd Sweeney and Mrs Lovett, get a juicy business going while he works towards his reven…

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Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival

16th - 18th June 2023, Bundoran Feel the sand of the west coast between your toes as you listen to some of the best Irish and International Acts right on the beach in the capital of Irish Surfing at Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival. Now in its 15th year Irelands biggest beach party sees beach sports, surf contests, skate ramps, food, fun and a whole lot of partying across five stages for three…

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Lennon Festival Ramelton

2nd - 10th July 2023, Ramelton Our 52nd Lennon Festival commences on Sunday 2nd July with pre-festival events all week. Official opening on Thursday 6th July. Family fun events over the weekend. Amazing open air music nightly. Finishing off with our annual Fireworks display on Monday 10th July. Full Festival programme to follow.

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The Secret Garden

5th July 2023, Rathmullan Experience open-air theatre for all the family with Chapterhouse's adaptation of the children's classic novel The Secret Garden. Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents magical theatre in magical surroundings. This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round …

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Sult Gaobh Dobhair

7th & 8th July - Sult Music Festival 2023 - Sult Féile Cheoil 2023 Are you ready for a Bigger and Better Sult Music Festival in 2023!

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Earagail Arts Festival

8th - 23rd July 2023, 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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Ardara Bluegrass Festival

21st - 23rd July 2023 - Ardara The ever popular Bluegrass Festival featuring some of the finest acts in the world. This has now developed into a great event with the tops in Bluegrass in Town. A weekend not to be missed! Programme of Events 2023 Coming Soon

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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

3rd - 6th August 2023, 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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DylanFest on the Lough

24th - 27th August 2023, Moville Europe's biggest festival of Bob Dylan music Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough, multi venue event tales place over 4 days in late August. It has been going since 2007 with it only off over the two Covid years. As well as the big headline acts it is very much participatory with many Open Mic sessions. Moville is a picturesque little town on a…

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Cash Returns - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

2nd September 2023, Lifford The award winning Cash Returns takes to the stage at Lifford Old Courthouse to celebrate Johnny Cash’s first ever Irish tour back in 1963. 60 years later the love for the Man In Black’s music is now as strong as it ever was. The exceptional 9 piece show will commemorate that very special debut tour that cemented Cash’s place in Irish people’s hearts all those ye…

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Tanya McCole - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

6th October 2023, Lifford John Prine says........“The world should know about Tanya McCole. I love her voice. She is authentic in every way - and a great road buddy too. Go Tanya, Go!” (January 2019) Tanya McCole grew up in the unique village that is Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Having moved to London in '94 she returned to Ireland and settled in Galway city. Her first band was the very…

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Jim Brown - The King - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

7th October 2023, Lifford Regarded as the quintessential Elvis tribute act, Jim Brown takes to the stage for the second time at Lifford Old Courthouse for what promises to be a special show. The King’s own story is as steeped in legend as the good lord Elvis himself. Born in Belfast and married with five children, the young King was reluctantly hauled on stage at a works karaoke. When the crow…

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Essentially Cher - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

25th November 2023, Lifford. Trisha McCluney is Ireland's ONLY tribute to the music Icon CHER. Having exploded onto the tribute scene back in 2019 and making a massive impact all over the UK and Ireland she is going from strength to strength and is fast becoming one of the most sought after tribute acts. Her ability to capture both the sound and look of the Goddess of Pop is so remarkable th…

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