Upcoming events in Galway

May & June in Galway sound amazing! From film, music, sport, sea and food festivals to charity swims in a nip – Galway has it all! Besides amazing festivals and events in Galway, make sure to check out Wild Atlantic Way or just book one of our Galway hostel special offers!  Salthill promenade is just a short walk from our hostel in Galway and you will find host of entertainment, pubs and restaurants in The Latin Quarter, where Barnacles is set!


Galway African Film Festival

Check out the rich diversity of African films, animations, shorts, and documentaries and open your eyes to both entertainment and a fresh perspective on life in the continent. this is 7th time the festival is taking place, and the projections will be 23rd – 25th May 2014 in NUI Galway’s Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Earl’s Island (across from the Cathedral – 2 minutes walk from our Galway hostel)

Running Against Cancer 5 Mile

Take part in annual 5 mile fun Run/walk in Aid of the East Galway Cancer Support Centre – Check it out on 25th May.

Galway Sea Festival

The Galway Sea Festival will run over the June Bank Holiday Weekend with a focus on maritime activities and will feature family events, including seafood trails, music, dance and entertainment. It takes place across Salthill beach, just a short walk from our hostel in Galway – we are in face the closest hostel to Salthill. We recommend going for an ice cream and a walk 🙂

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Dip in the nip

For the adventurous souls out there – Hundreds of people gather on a beach, shed their clothes and leggit into the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s the world’s first skinny dip for charity and a little bit of fun for a great cause! This event supports Irish cancel charities. Event is taking place on 1st of June. 

Galway Bike Week

14-22 June, there will be cycling events all over Galway county, organised the local authority, community groups, charities and cycling groups. This is great way to see more of the area, stunning scenery and make new friends on two wheels! 

Galway Rowing Regatta

Galway’s oldest rowing regatta, this year it celebrates its 130th anniversary, and once again entries from all four provinces with many of the top rowing clubs in Ireland are expected to compete.

The Galway Sessions

The Galway Sessions Festival, celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world, returns from Sunday June 15 to Sunday 22. As in previous years, the festival’s Scottish connection will be retained with an array of performers travelling from Galway’s cultural partner Stirling to take part. Events take place in the Town Hall Theastre and in pubs throughout the city with sessions planned in The Crane Bar, The King’s Head, Tigh Choili’s, Taaffe’s Bar ,The Quays, Tigh Neachtains, and Monroe’s Tavern.

All Ireland Karting Finals

There is a major Karting event being at Pallas Karting on the weekend of June 21st and June 22nd. Karters from all over the island of Ireland will be battling it out for the title of All Ireland Karting Champion and hold the coveted IRL Plate for 2014/15. There will be over a hundred entries from the age of 8 years old up. It is free to spectate and your ensured of a cracking two days of racing.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Inis Mór

Taking place 28th – 29th June 2014 The Serpent’s Lair on Inis Mór will once again be awoken this summer when the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to the Aran Islands. 27 meter plunge is only for the most amazing divers, but you can go and watch!


red bull cliff diving