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Galway Food Festival
9th - 13th April 2020

Galway Food Festival 2020

The Galway Food Festival is 5 days of fantastic food and free, family-friendly events on the Easter bank holiday weekend, showcasing the best that Galway has to offer. Featuring over 100 individual events this will mark the 9th year of this fantastic festival.
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19th April 2020

Connemarathon 2020

The Connemara International Marathon comprises a Half, Full and Ultra marathon on a course through the dramatic scenery of Connemara. Now in its seventeenth year this event attracts thousands of participants. The Connemara Hostel is the ideal base from which to participate in or watch this amazing marathon.
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May 2nd - 4th 2020

Connemara Mussel Festival 2020

A celebration of local food, culture and heritage this festival is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara. Delicious Killary mussels served throughout the weekend. Artisan food market showcasing the best of local food and craft offerings. Kids’ entertainment: theatre, cooking, sports, art and more. Fantastic live music every night of the Festival.
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May 1st - 4th 2020

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival 2020

Formerly Leenane Mountain Walking Festival, celebrates it’s 12th anniversary. Each year the organisers offer stunning walks to suit all abilities and like the name states, they bring people to the summits of the local mountains. Leenane is situated in a unique region of Ireland, where the mountains roll down to the sea and where there are an abundance of mountain ranges to choose from. There will be entertainment throughout the weekend finishing with the much loved Céili.
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4th May 2020

Connemara Adventure Challenge 2020

This event is an adventure challenge with 3 disciplines; trail/mountain running (walking and jogging also accepted!), Kayaking and cycling. The whole challenge will operate from the Killary Adventure Centre which is a short walk from The Connemara Hostel.
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1st - 4th May 2020

The Cuckoo Fleadh 2020

A well-established and richly deserved reputation has ensured that the Fleadh has become a showcase for the best in traditional music, attracting musicians from all over. To make a booking at The Burren Hostel during Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) go to Book Now, email info@sleepzone.ie or call +353(0)91 566 999.
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9th May 2020

Night Rider Sportif 2020

This is not a race but a journey, although it is timed. Starting from Clifden just before sunset you will cycle into the darkness. This is the perfect landscape for night cycling. The darkness is complete and unpolluted but the full moon and the stars will help light your way.
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15th - 17th May 2020

Burren Slow Food Festival 2020

A weekend festival celebrating the food and culture of Co. Clare. Markets, demonstrations, BBQs, kids cooking, talks and lots of food and fun for all! From Friday to Sunday you can sample the very best of what Co. Clare has to offer in food and culture. Including indoor and outdoor farmer's markets, cookery demonstrations by local and well known celebrity chefs, gala dinner, talks and information sessions, "LocalSource" helping you source local foods, exhibitions, food activities for children, BBQs with local produce and a huge variety of other local, artisan and organic foods for sale.
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23rd May 2020

Clare Burren Marathon Challenge 2020

May 23rd 2020 - The Clare Burren Marathon Challenge is a road, green road and trail challenge. Enjoy some of Europe's most unique landscapes and see the riches of the Burren in Bloom. Each participant has a choice of a full, half or mini marathon on the day.
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May 2020

Burren in Bloom 2020

Month of May 2020 - the villages of The Burren are the perfect location for discovering the botanical riches of this unique limestone landscape. The month of May reveals an abundance of flowers throughout The Burren, with spring gentians, mountain avens, turlough violets, spring sandworth and a profusion of orchids, among them early purple orchids, bee orchids, spotted orchids. (Birds Foot Image - Burren Trust)
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7th -12th July 2020

Galway Film Fleadh 2020

The Galway Film Fleadh is Irelands best loved film festival. It takes place over six days every July. This well known Fleadh attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations.
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13th - 26th July 2020

Galway International Arts Festival 2020

The Galway International Arts Festival, founded in 1978, is a multidisciplinary arts festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy.
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22nd - 27th July 2020

Feakle Traditional Festival 2020

Celebrating the best of the Irish traditional music especially the distinctive style of east Clare with five days of traditional music, song, dance and theatre with workshops, lectures, concerts, ceili's, set dancing, sessions and open-air events. This is truly an event not to be missed.
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27th July - 6th August 2020

Galway Races - Summer Meeting 2020

27th July - 6th August 2020- The Summer Festival Race Meeting at the Galway Races is renowned worldwide for its electric atmosphere, excellent racing and infectious sense of fun.
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19th - 20th Sept 2020

Burren Peaks Walking Festival 2020

September 19th -20th 2020 - this festival weekend promises a real taste of the Burren and offers guided hill and lowland walks varying in distance and grade catering for all walkers. Enjoy walking in this wonderfully rich unique limestone pavement with its Karst landscape, grykes, clints, paths, and green trail roads…..the land of the fertile rock with its precious and delicate terrain.
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September 25th - 27th 2020

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival 2020

September 25th -27th 2020 - One of the biggest events in Ireland's social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.
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4th - 30th Sept 2020

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival 2020

4th - 30th Sept 2020 - Throughout the month of September, the spa town of Lisdoonvarna close to the Burren in Co. Clare, celebrates the world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival with music and lots of fun. The Burren Hostel is perfectly located just off the main town square, making it a great base to be close to the action!
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Oct 2020

Willie Keane Memorial Music Festival Weekend

October 2020 (Dates TBA) - A weekend which promotes traditional music, song & dance and in doing so ensures that the aspirations of Willie Keane, one of the greatest exponents of both set and sean nos style dancing is kept alive to be enjoyed by both locals and visitors to Doonbeg.
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1st February 2020

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Opening

Galway 2020 will officially commence on the 1st February . It will start with a week long series of launch events, culminating in a large two-hour public spectacle in the Claddagh area of Galway city. There will be an official launch event on Saturday February 8th at 5pm which will raise the curtain on Galway’s year of events as European Capital of Culture and will involve live music, fireworks and other pyrotechnics. This will be an unforgettable year to visit Galway! #Galway2020

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