A Guide to Family Events in Galway

The summer months are officially festival season in County Galway. Events will take place in every corner of Galway over those sunny and warm months celebrating culture, arts, food, music, and everything in between. Here are our top picks for family festivals in Galway during the summer months:

Westend Street Feast

The Westend Street Fest brings together the much loved and award-winning businesses in the area and allows visitors to sample a taste of each. Participants include Kai Restaurant, Dela Restaurant, John Keogh’s Bar, An Tobar Nua, and lots more.

Entry is free and traffic will be closed off from Ravens Terrace on the day. There’ll be entertainment with live music and face painting for the kids. This is a family-friendly day in the Westend that aims to encourage people to cross the bridge and enjoy this much-loved area of Galway.

Galway International Arts Festival

The Galway International Arts Festival is an annual festival that has a proven track record for showcasing amazing productions across stage, film, music, and art that have gone on to tour the world. You might even spot some famous faces in attendance.

Most of the festival’s events are ticketed and you can choose which ones you would like to attend from their extensive program. There are family friendly events too with street performers, children’s theatre, visual arts and First Thought Talks.

Galway Garden Festival

The  Galway Garden Festival takes place annually at Claregalway Castle. Festival highlights include expert gardening talks, rare and native plant exhibitions, gardening supplies stalls and artisan food stands.

What about entertainment you ask? There’ll be live music, street performers, magicians, clowns, dancers, and more. There’s something for everyone in the family! Entry is €10 per person each day of the festival and children go free. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Christian Blind Mission.


A celebration of traditional Irish music, Traidphicnic takes place in the Gaelteacht region of Spiddal. Traidphichnic’s program is jam-packed with traditional Irish music, singing, and dancing as well as visual art performances and crafts.

Entry to the festival is free, however, a donation is encouraged upon entry for its upkeep. There will be lots happening over the weekend for children too so grab the family, pack a picnic and make your way to the Wild Atlantic Way for Traidphicnic.

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Four Star Hotel in Galway City

Conveniently located at the centre of it all, Clayton Hotel Galway is the perfect choice for family breaks in Galway with a range of offers on family packages including deals on family passes to local attractions such as Galway Atlantaquaria. There are lots to keep children entertained at the hotel, between the leisure centre and the Crafty Kids Club they’re bound to have a blast!

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Start planning your trip to Galway and book your perfect break at Clayton Hotel Galway.


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Reasonable evidence confirming the stay is for essential travel must be provided on arrival, otherwise your booking will be cancelled.

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