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Festivals and events – Féilte agus imeachtaí

Galway has officially been announced as the European Capital of Culture 2020. It is known as the City of the Tribes and really is a true capital of festivals. It is the first bilingual city in Ireland, and being situated along magical Wild Atlantic Way, it is home to thousands of tourists annually who are attracted to the city because of its multicultural atmosphere and popular festivals. With food festivals, racing festivals and arts festivals to name but a few, there certainly is something to suit every taste.

The first few months of the year are consumed by festivals such as the annual St. Patricks day festival in March and the famous Galway Food Festival. Following this, festivals take place all the way through until the Comedy Festival in October. The Galway Film Fleadh precedes the two largest events of the year, the Galway International Arts Festival and the Galway Races in July & early August.

Galway Arts Festival

The Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland’s largest annual arts festival which takes place in July each year. Founded in 1978 the arts festival includes over 200 shows in over 35 locations throughout the city, and it is all packed into a 14 day period. This Galway Arts festival produces and presents an amazing international programme to include theatre, dancing, visual arts, literature, comedy and a huge selection of Irish and internationally renowned music.

Whether it is in an intimate theatre performance, an outdoor performance along the medieval cobbled streets of Quay Street or Shop Street or in the specially commissioned Festival Big Top Tent located on the banks of Galway’s River Corrib; this is an experience not to be missed.

The Galway Races

The Galway Races which takes place at the end of July or early August annually is Ireland’s biggest and most famous racing festival. It entails seven days of action packed racing, attracting crowds in the region of 250,000 annually!

One of the highlights of the week is undoubtedly Ladies Day, which takes place on the Thursday of the festival. With fashionistas descending on the racetrack from early morning, it is certainly as much about the fashion on this day as it is about the horse racing!

Clayton Hotel Galway is ideally located directly across the road from the world famous Ballybrit race course. The hotel has very much become the home to the festival over the years. It is the perfect place to base yourself to be in the centre of all of the racing and partying activity. The hotel offers an incredible line up of entertainment both indoors and outdoors throughout the week. Firm favourites such as Smash Hits, Raindance, Oddity, Weightless Astronauts and Sean Slattery to name but a few will get the party started at Clayton Hotel Galway for this outstanding festival.

Galway Race Week 2017 brochure

More Festivals

Galway is also home to many more festivals including the Galway International Oyster Festival, the Galway Sessions Festival, Baboró Children’s Festival, and much more. Galway certainly is a festival lover’s dream come true. Why not soak up this magical atmosphere and enjoy a luxury stay at Clayton Hotel Galway. Find out more on the details of the amazing Galway accommodation packages available at Clayton Hotel Galway