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Unmissable Wild Atlantic Way Festivals 2019

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On the Wild Atlantic Way, regional festivals both old and new celebrate some of the most exciting aspects of life way out west, inviting folks from far and wide to join the fun and taste, see, play, explore and discover something amazing.

From music and food to film, arts and culture, literature, and the outdoors, host towns and villages up and down the coast come to life with creativity and craic, providing the perfect way to disconnect, decompress, and fully embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of life.

Share your love of something special in 2019 by checking out our selection of unmissable Wild Atlantic Way festivals below.  Whatever your tastes you will find the perfect experience in one of the categories below.

The Sea Sessions festival gives music lovers plenty to shout about.

For music aficionados


Sligo Live

When: 23rd-28th October 2019
Where: Co. Sligo
Now in its thirteenth year, this folk, roots, and indie extravaganza has previously featured headline acts like Van Morrison, Jools Holland, The Waterboys, and many more.


When: 23rd-28th October 2019
Where: Westport, Co. Mayo
Sporting a fresh new name and face, the former Westport Arts Festival brings a jam-packed programme of music, culture, art, and family activities to this pretty Co. Mayo town.

Experience heaven by the forkful at the Galway International Oyster Festival.

For foodies 


A Taste Of West Cork

When: 6th-15th September 2019
Where: Various locations in West Cork, Co. Cork
One of Ireland’s longest-running food festivals, this ten-day event brings together local producers and chefs to share their passion for artisan food and regional delights.

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival

When: 27th-29th September 2019
Where: Galway City, Co. Galway
One of the most sought-after food festivals in the world, this event is the perfect excuse to explore the City of Tribes whilst sampling the best of the best in seafood and local produce.

Bia Bó Finne

When: October 2019 TBC
Where: Inishbofin, Co. Galway
Learn to make beer, forage for seaweed, and learn from world-class chefs before relaxing with live music and a pint at this intimate immersion into rural Irish island food culture.

One of Ireland’s newest festivals - May the 4th Be With You Festival

For arts & culture connoisseurs


Clifden Arts Festival

When: 19th-29th September 2019
Where: Clifden, Co. Galway
With 42 years to its name, this annual community bash is the longest-running of its kind in Ireland, going from strength to strength each year with world-class literature, art, and music.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

​When: 30th August-29th September 2019
Where: Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
Love is in season each autumn in Co. Clare – just ask the 40,000 hopeful singles who flock there to see if Willie Daly’s 160-year-old matchmaking book can offer them a little spark.

Be swept along on a tide of outstanding cinema at any one of the Wild Atlantic Way's world-class film festivals.

For film buffs


Richard Harris International Film Festival

When: 22nd-28th October 2019
Where: Co. Limerick
This beloved festival pays fitting tribute to the life and career of Irish actor Richard Harris by serving as a showcase for every stripe of filmmaker, theatrical artist, poet, writer and singer.

Kerry Film Festival

When: October 2019 TBC
Where: Killarney, Co. Kerry
Set against the backdrop of spectacular Killarney, Co. Kerry, this internationally renowned film festival is perhaps best-known for its unique and exciting film score programme.

Experiences to write home about – the Wild Atlantic Way's literary festivals are world-renowned.

For outdoors enthusiasts


Gaelforce Events

When: Various dates in 2019
Where: Connemara & Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way
Various events taking place throughout 2019 on the Wild Atlantic Way.  From marathon runs in wildest Connemara to the most unique adventure races in Donegal. Get your adrenaline pumping on the Wild Atlantic way with events taking place between March and October.

Battle For The Lake Kitesurfing & Music Festival

When: 27th-29th September 2019
Where: Achill Island, Co. Mayo
This festival takes place on gorgeous Achill Island, inviting kitesurfers, beachgoers and music lovers to help mark the true end of summer with live tunes, food, races, and more.


Mayo Dark Sky Festival

When: 1st -3rd November 2019
Where: Co. Mayo
The future is written in the stars at this unique, multi-day festival that brings together three Mayo communities for a fascinating celebration of the region’s exemplary dark skies.


However you want to celebrate, there’s a Wild Atlantic Way festival with your name on it. Eager to get planning? Find the best places to stay, eat and drink near your festival of choice, or learn more about the area here


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