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Check out the latest events that Galway has to offer! 

Shorelines Arts Festival  
18th – 21st September

Shorelines Arts Festival celebrates art and sculpture from local artists and guest artists, vintage machinery display, art talks and other art events over the weekend in the town of Portumna, Co. Galway.

More info: www.shorelinesartsfestival.com

Clifden Arts Week 
18th – 28th September

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 37th year yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.

More info: clifdenartsweek.ie


Marconi Half Marathon  
20th September

This years Marconi Half Marathon in the heart of Connemara takes place on Sept 20th. Starting at 11am, the race begins at the glorious Gurteen Bay outside of Roundstone. The route then follows the coast through Roundstone Village with amazing views of The Twelve Bens before turning onto The Old Bog Road where more stunning Connemara landscapes and scenery await.
More info: marconirun.com

Guinness Amplify in Galway 
25th – 28th September

GUINNESS AMPLIFY will present 42 live acts in 21 venues over 4 nights in Galway in a series of intimate gigs in venues and pubs across the city from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September 2014. Admission to all gigs is free; on a first-come, first-served basis.
More info: guinnessamplify.com


International Oyster Festival
25th – 28th September

On the last weekend of September each year, the picturesque town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster Festival, one of the biggest events in Ireland’s social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.
More info: galwayoysterfest.com


Leenane Autumnal Festival 
27th – 29th September

Taking place over the last weekend of September, the Leenane Autumnal Festival celebrates all things autumnal, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts from this exceptionally beautiful part of the country.
More info: leenane-festival.com

Sea2Sky European Researchers’ Night  1st – 30th September

Galway will celebrate European Researchers’ Night in September (date to be confirmed) together with 320 cities around Europe with its latest Sea2Sky event. Sea2Sky, organised by NUI Galway in collaboration with the Marine Institute, Galway Atlantaquaria and its new partner CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, will showcase science on the grandest of scales themed around marine science, atmospherics and astronomy. The main events will be held at the Galway Bay Hotel, Leisureland and Galway Atlantaquaria.
More info: sea2sky.ie


Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure  27th September

The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure race involves a combination of running, cycling and an assault course. There are 3 levels to choose from: the 17km intro course, the 32km sport course, and the expert-level 60km option. Each race includes the Fear Gorta assault course through Kylemore Woods, the details of which are a heavily guarded secret. Sumo wrestlers are rumoured, muck is gauranteed.
More info: connemararoughdiamond.com

Bake Fest Galway
4th – 5th October

Galway sees the return of the unique baking phenomenon that is Bake Fest Galway 2014. The two day national baking festival is set to return to Leisureland Galway on Saturday 04th and Sunday 05th October and promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s festival.
More info: bakefestgalway.com


Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering  
2nd – 6th October

Each year since 1995 an Autumn Gathering has been held in Coole Park, Gort to honour the memory of Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932). The cream of world speakers have contributed to the continued success of the weekend. Lady Gregory was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre for which she wrote many plays. She contributed enormously to the Irish Literary Renaissance and fostered the genius of W.B.Yeats. Poets, artists, playwrights and writers of every genre found a welcome in Coole Park. The Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering programme will include lectures, workshops and discussions on literature, creative writing, drama, novels, poetry and local history. A comprehensive list of entertainment items is organised including plays and music. A resident genealogist will help people to find their Irish roots.


Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10K  4th October

The Elverys Sports Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K race includes a half marathon (13.1 miles) and also a 10k run/walk in aid of Cancer Care West along a fast, flat, fun and scenic route starting and finishing along Galway’s famous coast line on the edge of the city and the Bay.
More info: galwaybayhalfmarathon.com


Lunchtime @ The Library  
7th October

The Lunchtime @ The Library is a popular and long-standing event which caters for all tastes and interest levels in classical music from the novice to the professional. Each month will feature The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet string quartets from their repertoire. All performances are preceded with a brief introduction of the music.
More info: thegalwaymusicresidency.ie


Baboró International Arts Festival for Children  11th – 20th October

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city.
More info: baboró.ie.


Connemara 4 Seasons Autumn Walking Festival  17th – 19th October

Explore Connemara in Autumn with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey who provide an insight into the unique cultural/archaeological/historic heritage of the area. The walks are suitable for beginners through to advanced… all you need is a good pair of walking boots!
More info: connemara4seasonswalkingfestival.com


Connemara Sea Week
17th – 27th October

The annual Connemara Sea Week takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack in North West Connemara, starting Friday Oct. 17th and running until Bank Holiday Monday Oct. 27th. The village of Letterfrack which is the focal point of the festival is situated at the butt of the magical Diamond Mountain and is the gateway to Connemara National Park. It is also adjacent to Kylemore Abbey surrounded by mountains and at the edge of the ocean. This is a fun packed festival celebrating our
wonderful marine heritage, with tons of great music and buckets of fun for all the family.
More info: ceecc.org