In Sligo, we know how to organize a great festival. And some of these festivals occur every year and seem to be getting bigger and better every year. But every year, new festivals make their entrance in Sligo's busy events calendar. So why not visit one of these great festivals and immerse yourself in the great party atmosphere and enjoy the craic.
Sligo International chamber music Festival
Treat yourself to a weekend of exquisite music this May bank holiday as the Sligo International Chamber Music Festival returns with some of the finest Irish and international musicians to perform with the acclaimed ensemble-in-residence, the Vogler Quartet.
Taking place in the intimate surrounds of St. Columba's Church Drumcliffe, nestled below Benbulben and The Model, a contemporary arts centre in Sligo town, Chamber Music Festival has long been a highlight in the annual calendar of music events in Ireland.
Alongside the Vogler Quartet, this year's festival boasts an exciting line-up of Irish and international guest artists including Finghin Collins (piano) Noam Greenberg (piano) Fionnuala Moynihan (piano); Dermot Dunne (accordion); Vashti Hunter (cello); Jonian Ilias Kadesha (violin) and Malachy Robinson (double bass)
Dates: 30th April - 2nd May
Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival
Every year in June, the seaside village of Rosses Point is home to the Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival. The festival is there to celebrate the maritime heritage, but also to promote the great work done by the RNLI. It is the perfect festival to make new friends, have fun and join in singing some shanties.
Dates: 10th to 12th june 2022
Wild Roots Festival
This is a brand new festival for County Sligo . The Wild Roots festival is Ireland's first music, performing arts and adventure festival.
The festival will have festival areas like the Circus, the baths, Wild West, Fun Fair, Woodlands, Craft village, foodcourt,... Located on the banks of Lough Gill with Benbulben in the background, the festival will bring you back to nature.
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Dates: 3 to 5 June 2022
Yeats Day Festival
Yeats Day celebrates the birthday of Ireland’s national poet, WB Yeats. It promotes all that is culture and creativity in County Sligo. Enjoy drama, poetry, educational talks and they will even slice a birthday cake!
Date: 8th to 12th June 2022
Cairde Sligo Arts Festival
The Cairde Arts festival is an 8 day long festival which takes place in Sligo. Inspired by the creative energy of Ireland's Northwest, Cairde Sligo Arts festival is a unique coming together of artists and audiences. It is a celebration of imagination and shared experiences that welcomes all.
Dates: TBD (normally early July)
Website: Cairde Sligo Arts Festival (cairdefestival.com)
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Ballygawley music festival
The Ballygawley music festival was founded in 2019. This 3 -day music festival has grown year upon year and will see this year Patrick Feeney, Wistlin Donkeys and Derek Ryan gracing the stage in the festival tent.
Dates: 15th to 17th July 2022
The Sligo Jazz Project
The Sligo Jazz Project has two parts: a festival and a school running side by side. There are plenty of performances but also workshops and master classes for aspiring and working jazz musicians who come annually to work with leading international jazz educators and performers.
Dates: 19th to 24th July 2022
Sligo Summer Festival
This year will see the 10th anniversary of the Sligo summer festival. And the festival promises to be extra special kicking off with our own Kieran Quinn.
Friday will see the brilliant Dec Pierce on stage, and sure he will get everybody dancing. Saturday will kick-off with family fun day followed by Nathan Carter
Dates: 04 - 06th August
Sligo Pride Festival
The Sligo Pride Festival is one of the highlights of Sligo's cultural calendar. With a week long calendar of events, you be guaranteed a good time in Sligo.
Enjoy the many events across town, make new friends, chat to old friends, party until the early hours, engage in workshops, go on a nature walk ... most importantly , have a great time.
Dates: TBD (Normally early August)
Website: Sligo Pride Festival
The Hagstravaganza is a day long festival for beer lovers. The White Hag will bring a mix of brilliant international brewers to Sligo for their annual international brewery festival. Some are established as global industry leaders while some are just breaking onto the scene.
Dates: 6th August 22
Website: HAGSTRAVAGANZA 8 Tickets, Sat 6 Aug 2022 at 13:30 | Eventbrite
Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival
THE OLD FAIR Day Festival whiuch is held in Tubbercurry is considered by many to be one of the best old fair days in the counrty. On the week-end prior to the Old Fair Day itself there were plenty of activities and attractions for all ages.
Dates: 06th to 10th August 2022
The Warriors Run festival
Each year runners from all over Ireland (and various parts of the world) converge on Strandhill to follow in the footsteps of her ancient warriors.
The Warriors Run takes competitors from the Cannon Gun at the beachfront in Strandhill to the top of Knocknarea, around Queen Maeve’s Cairn and back to the beachfront again. For the uninitiated, a 15 Kilometre race might seem easy.
Dates: 27th August 2022
Website: Warriors Run – Strandhill Warriors Run
Sligo Baroque Music Festival
The Sligo Baroque Music Festival takes place every year on the last weekend of September. With an ambitious programme, it draws people from near and far.
Dates: 23rd to 25th September 2022
Spilt Milk festival
The Spilt milk festival is an annual festival of music, art and film which takes place in November around venues in Sligo town. We will be returning, live and in person
Dates: TBD (normally November)
Website: Spilt Milk Festival – Music, Film, Art | Sligo, Ireland