Autumn in Galway – A Look Ahead

Last month was officially the wettest ever July in Ireland. This followed fast on the heels of the warmest June on record. All bets are off for how we’ll fare in the next few months but that shouldn’t stop you filling your calendar with things to see and do.

We’re nothing if not optimistic in this country, so we decided to share a selection of some of the upcoming events in Galway this Autumn so you can be prepared, whatever the weather.


9thThe Great Fjord Swim. Not for the faint hearted, this is an open water swimming event with distances to suit all swimmers.

14th – 24thClifden Arts Festival. The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, the festival is in its 46th year and is jam-packed with superb literary, musical and visual art content.

16th – 17thFall Right Into Place Festival. Taking place on the grounds of Claregalway Castle, the festival is back for its second year with an excellent lineup, and an array of Craft beer options to tickle your tastebuds.

22nd – 24thGalway International Oyster Festival. The world’s longest running oyster festival (since 1954!), this popular event features talks, tasting events, tours, live music, competitions and much more, for those who love their seafood.

22nd – 24thInishbofin Food Festival. If oysters ain’t your thing, visitors are welcome to the authentic Irish community of Inishbofin Island for the Bia Bó Finne Food Festival to celebrate all things local, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts.


7thRun Galway Bay. Choose your distance (10K, Half or Full Marathon) and run with over 5,000 participants along the magnificent setting of Galway Bay.

24th – 30thGalway Comedy Festival. Featuring leading Irish and international comics, improv, theatre, mime, table quizzes, photography, hip hop – Ireland’s biggest comedy festival returns with 70+ shows over 7 days.

28th – 30thGalway Races. Fancy a flutter and some light entertainment? The bank holiday weekend sees the Galway Races return to Ballybrit.

These are just a few of the events taking place in the coming months, with plenty more still to be confirmed.

If you are in the city and want to see a little more of the county and surrounding regions, you can check out some of our full and half-day tours which include the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Aran Islands and much more.

Visit our tours page for more information.

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