July and August are not only busy months for Galway locals, but also the perfect time for travellers to visit this lovely Irish city: during the summer Galway is buzzing with all kinds of different festivals, from horse races to film screenings. Here are our highlights!
Sports: The Galway race
Ireland’s largest horse racing festival of the year, The Galway Races, kicks off on 25 July and offers action packed days filled with sport, glamour, fun and an unforgettable day out. It’s one of the city’s biggest events of the year, attracting up to 150 000 visitors over 7 days. Radisson Blu Galway is a long-term partner of the festival, offering a varied nightly entertainment programme for race attendees. Here, you can soak in the fascinating atmosphere even in the after hours, which really makes it the best place to stay at during the festivities. Remember, horse races are also a major fashion event in Ireland, so if you ever wanted to try a daring hat creation, this is the place!
Arts: Galway International Arts Festival
Galway International Arts Festival, which runs from 11 to 24 July, could not be better placed than in the cultural hub of Ireland. An eclectic mix of cultural activities such as theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, shows, comedy and more make up the packed programme of events. With over 35 years of planning and experience, the festival offers powerful and inspirational shows, brings the city’s streets to life with street performers and encourages audience participation.
Culture: The Galway Film Fleadh
Film Fleadh is the country’s leading film festival and brings the world of cinema to Galway. The vast line-up of feature length and short films brings with it directors, cinematographers, actors and more to the shores of western Ireland. Celebrating its 28th year, this well-established festival is loved by film fanatics. One of the venues hosting screenings and parties is the Radisson Blu Galway, and thus many film professionals and movie fans make it their home base during the festival, creating a unique and artsy atmosphere.
Sports: Streets of Galway
If you’re a runner, make sure to plan your trip to Galway around the local 8 km race, taking place on 8 August. Its gorgeous route follows the city’s landmarks, taking participants to iconic locations such as Salthill, Long Walk and The Claddagh. A different kind of sightseeing!