Skeffington Arms Hotel
Galway has so much to offer; so much that there is something happening in the city of the tribes every single week of the year. We have put together a calendar of festivals and events as well as a list of attractions for you.

Galway Races

The Galway Races is an annual horse-racing festival. It takes place on the last Monday of July for 7 days. It is the longest horse race meet in Ireland. The Galway races take place at the Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway. The Galway Races is a festival for everyone. Some of the highlights of the Galway Races include Ladies Day, Friday’s Fair Lady and Family Day.

Galway Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival is the Festival of extraordinary experiences, a creative collision of performance, music, visual art, theatre and spectacle. Whether turning a small Irish city on its head for two weeks, taking work on an international tour, or being a forceful year-round presence, every experience of the Galway International Arts Festival is an unforgettable encounter.

Rooted in Galway, the Festival unlocks peoples' passions and inspires new ways of thinking and acting. We are creative collision makers, sparking connections between the arts, between audiences and performers, between Galway and the world. Every encounter with Galway International Arts Festival is an invitation to join our 21st cultural pilgrimage seeking new horizons, embracing creativity and the unexpected.

Strolling along the cobbled streets, every turn offers the possibility for new adventure; surreal giant puppets snaking through the streets, enchanting music, enthralling musicans and awe-inspiring street theatre.

From the all-out party atmosphere at the Festival Big Top to the quiet contemplation in the Festival galleries...the Festival transforms the city through the arts in an engaging, fun and authentic way. If you happen to visit Galway during the arts festival, expect to be transformed too.

The Festival is special. Worlds, cultures and dreams collide inspiring passion, creativity and new ways of thinking.

Christmas Market Galway

Ireland’s longest running Christmas Market, the Galway Continental Christmas Market, will return to its home in Eyre Square, Galway City, from Friday 16th November 2017 until Friday 22nd December 2018. Right outside our door!

From €89 Per Room

Galway Christmas Markets