What's on in Galway - July 2023
Galway promises plenty of excitement, culture, entertainment, and more throughout July. With lots of enthralling events, get-togethers, and festival fun taking centre stage, it’s shaping up to be an unforgettable month!
GALWAY GARDEN FESTIVAL
Make time for the Galway Garden Festival 2023. As always, it promises a colourful and charming couple of days in the beautiful surroundings of Claregalway Castle. Anyone attending will get to enjoy garden displays, landscape showcases, music, and much more. A brilliant day out for the entire family, it's shaping up to be a fun time!
MATTHEW BOURNE'S SLEEPING BEAUTY
Pop along to the Eye Cinema and witness Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty in full flow. A great spectacle that would be a wonderful day out for all the family, this rendition of a classic fairytale is sure to wow everyone in equal measure.
GALWAY'S WESTEND WALKING TOURS
Take a walk on the Westend side! What better way to mix a bit of engaging entertainment with a dollop of exercise than with Galway’s Westend Walking Tours. You’ll hear some amazing yarns, you’ll find out about some of the locality’s standout highlights, and you’ll get to experience it all alongside a knowledgeable guide. What could be better?
GALWAY FILM FLEADH
The big screen in the little city of Galway! That’s right, it’s time for the Galway Film Fleadh, a film festival that brings together some amazing productions to be showcased to diverse audiences. Often eclectic, always thought-provoking, and consistently well made, these films are the epitome of what brave and daring filmmaking should be. With plenty of international and Irish premieres to look forward to this year, it’s going to be reel-y good – and well worth the entrance fee!
Immerse yourself in the Galway International Arts festival with a dramatic day of theatre! Colm Meaney is sure to provide a spellbinding performance as the father figure in Enda Walsh’s brilliantly funny play about communication. Also starring Brenda Meaney, this play is sure to live long in the memory thanks to its hard-hitting material and stand-up performances. A fitting way to introduce yourself to the paint and pageantry of the GIAF – and a wonderful result of challenging storytelling.
AL PORTER, OUT WEST
Al Porter plays the Galway international Arts Festival this July , and he promises to being his unique comedic timing to a whole new audience. Acclaimed by many to be an insightful and witty performer, Al Porter’s Out West show promises to be as belly-achingly funny and clever as always. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for this gig, you’re in for a hilarious time!
Come face to face with the magic, mystery, and colourful mayhem of the Galway International Arts Festival. This display will take centre stage in Eyre Square over the course of two days, and it’s sure to be as eye-catching, mind-blowing, and captivating as you can imagine with the title ‘Dragon’. Here, you’ll see an amazing street display brought to life, making it the perfect free entertainment for the entire family.
The Coronas are one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene, and they have been wowing audiences for many years. This time around, they will look to treat the expecting Heineken Big Top Crowd with a slew of huge hits, like San Diego Song and Someone Else’s Hands. This is sure to be an electrifying show from one of the country’s most respected bands – so make sure to grab a ticket.
GALWAYS RACES SUMMER FESTIVAL
July 31 - August 6
Set amid 40 sprawling acres, the Corrandulla Agricultural Show offers a whole host of activities, attractions, and fun things to do for all the family. The Food Village, Country Market, Connemara Pony Show, and children’s entertainment are just some of the things to do on the day. Now in its 45th year, this event is expected to welcome some 10,000 visitors.
THIS IS THE MODERN WORLD
Runs until September 23
A fascinating look at the music scene in Ireland from 1977 to 1982 is the focus of This is the Modern World, an absorbing exhibition that is a must-see for music-lovers. It uses live music posters that promoted gigs in Galway over the five years as a window into the social and cultural upheaval that the country was going through at the time. A revealing and explorative exhibition, it will also invite visitors to share their memories of that era by writing in the visitors’ comments book.