Festivals in Galway in July

Galway is full of festivals year round, but July is just crazy busy with some of the best and most visited festivals in Ireland taking place back to back! Festivals in Galway in July include theatre, film and highly anticipated Galway Races!

Galway Film Fleadh

11th – 16th July 2017
The Galway Film Fleadh is Ireland’s leading film festival. You can expect a mad diversity of films from around the world! Their aim is to bring wonder of cinema and film making to everyone from occasion cinema visitors to film lovers who cannot wait to experience hottest new arthouse cinema delight. The international and national cinema industry are heavily present, with the festival attracting directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds.


Galway Fringe

15-30 July
Running in parallel with the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival aims to provide a platform for local artists, writers, playwrights, poets, actors and musicians to perform and showcase new work.

Galway International Arts Festival

17 – 30 July 2017
The festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland and covers a range of art forms. In 2016, over 200 events took place in 26 venues over the course of 14 days with an attendance in excess of 200,000. Festival highlights include an impressive Absolut Big Top programme featuring Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James, Passenger, The Coronas and The Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, who will present Pet Sounds in its entirety for the last time. Other Absolut Big Top acts include Jenny Greene & the RTE Concert Orchestra and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. There is so much to do during the festival and streets will be alive with buskers, performers and impromptu theatre sessions!
Have a look at full program on their website! 


Galway Races – Summer Festival Meeting

31 July – 6 August
We wrote about Galway races before and if you have never experienced them, you really should! The Galway Races is an Irish horse-racing festival that starts on the last Monday of July every year. Held at Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway, Ireland over seven days, it is one of the longest of all the race meets that occur in Ireland. The busiest days of the festival are Wednesday, when the Galway Plate is held, and Thursday, when the Galway Hurdle and Ladies’ Day take place. Ladies, make sure to pack your best dress and fascinators to enter the competition! This is social event of the year, with plenty of street parties following the day of racing. It is not to be missed!