May Events Guide
Things to do in Galway
Lunchtime Recital @ St. Nich'sTuesday 2nd May 2017 Taking place at 1.10pm in St. Nicholas' Church, the Lunchtime recital is a popular and long-standing event which features The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet.
Bealtaine Festival 1st - 31st May 2017Celebrating creativity in older age. Thousands of older people now take part in the Bealtaine festival. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases talents and creativity.
Connemara Mussel Festival28th April - 1st May 2017A celebration of local mussels takes place on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara. Eat your fill, enjoy the music, and bring the family.
Leenane Mountain Walking Festival28th April - 1st May 2017Includes a choice of high-level mountain walks or a low-level option, and enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea along the way. There will be transport to and from the mountains.
Inishbofin Arts Festival28th April - 01st May 2017Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic island of Inishbofin, this Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, poetry, creative workshops.
Connemara Adventure Challenge6th May 201732.5km stand-alone sprint race through the magnificent scenery around Killary Harbour in Connemara, Co Galway. This race involves trail running, cycling and kayaking.
International Mayfly FestivalMay 2017In Oughterard, this is an event for the all the family. Along with the main fishing events, the festival also includes art exhibitions, golf open days, walks, food foraging; tasting & kids activities.
Portumna Forest Run6th May 2017Portumna Forest Run is a running festival in the beautiful Coillte forest of Portumna in Co. Galway. The event includes 5km, 10km and Half Marathon runs.
Cliffs of Moher Seabirds FestivalMay 2017Over 60,000 seabirds can be seen at the Cliffs of Moher during the May breeding season including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars nesting at different levels of the cliffs.
Galway Early Music Festival19th - 21st May 2017The Galway Early Music Festival celebrates its 22nd birthday in 2017 with old world music and arts and features concerts, workshops, street performances of music, dance and historical re-enactment.
Galway County Fleadh19th - 21st May 2017The town of Portumna in County Galway will host the Fleadh in 2017. The Galway County Fleadh feature a wide variety of events including competitions, traditional Irish music sessions and dancing.
Galway African Film FestivalMay 2017Showcasing the rich diversity of African films, animations, shorts, and documentaries, offering both entertainment and a fresh perspective on life. Held in NUI Galway’s Huston School of Film
Burren Slow Food Festival12th - 14th May 2017Annual Festival that gives visitors the opportunity to sample local artisan foods, meet the producers and growers, mix with fellow foodies, see cookery demonstrations from well known chefs
Claddagh Hooker Regatta Late May 2017Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay.
Tour de Conamara27th May 2017Irish leg of a new international cycling sportive held in Clifden Connemara, with the option of 140km and 80km routes. A 14km Family cycle with free cycling tuition for kids will be hosted
Conamara Bog Week26th May - 4th June 2017A multi-disciplinary festival, celebrating the wonderful marine heritage of Conamara along with music and family events. Takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack.