Connemara Events 2020
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
7th March 2020
Starting on 2 February in Clifden, fiery celebrations will erupt in towns across the county over seven consecutive nights. Moving ever closer to the city through the first week of Imbolc, with events in Clifden, Spiddal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Athenry.
Gaelforce Sky Run
7th March 2020
The Gaelforce Sky Run is a mountain running event incorporating 3 distances to suit different levels of mountain running fitness and experience.
Set in the rugged wildness of the Maamturk mountains the event, which is now entering its 6th year, offers a 22KM or 13KM race on the open mountains, no trails, for more experienced runners and an 12KM trail/mountain race for those starting out in the sport.
Saint Patricks Day Parade
Tuesday 17th March 2020
There are three Saint Patricks Day Parades in Connemara so you have a choice. This year parades will be held in Clifden, Roundstone and Oughterard. Subject to change, Clifden parade starts at 12.30, Roundstone at 2.00pm and Oughterard from 1.00pm
Clifden Traditional Music Fesival
Thursday 2nd April - Sunday 5th April 2020
Clifden Tradfest goes from strength to strength with lots of interesting musicians and great bands.
A celebration of all that is traditional music in Ireland.
Connemarathon. Connemara International Marathon
Sunday 19th April 2020
With Half, Full and Ultra Marathons this increasingly popular marathon is run through what is possibly
the most stunning scenery of any marathon. Book you entry early as there is a big demand to compete!
Inishbofin Walking Festival
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2020
The 2020 Inishbofin Island Walking Festival gives visitors an opportunity to walk amid stunning Atlantic coastal scenery, crystal clear waters and award winning beaches surrounded by rich natural, built and cultural heritage.
Connemara Mountain Walking Festival
Friday 1st May - Monday 4th May 2020
Enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea as Leenane is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour and surrounded by mountains in all directions. This May will be the 11th year of the Connemara Mountain Walking Festival (formally the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival) which has become a major event on the calendar for Connemara and the region.The 2019 event will take place over the May bank holiday weekend.
Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Race
Saturday 2nd May 2020
Adventure racing is a mult-sport event that allows you to experience the land by foot, kayak, and bicycle. Entering it's 11th year Gaelforce Connemara is one of the original Gaelforce adventure races and always a favorite. Gaelforce Connemara is a 32km sprint distance adventure race through the Inagh Valley, Glen Valley, Maaumturk & 12 Ben Mountain ranges, Western Way and Killary Fjord
Inishbofin Arts Festival
May Bank Holiday Weekend 2020
Inishbofin Island is looking forward to the annual Arts Festival over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
A spectacular setting for this event.
This is a provisional date, check the read more link below for more information.
Gaelforce Night Sportif
Saturday 9th May 2020
Cycle through the perfect stillness of the Inagh valley, Sky Road, Cleggan & Renvyle peninsulas' as the sun sets over the Atlantic ocean. Your bike lights and the full moon will guide the way.Starting before the sun sets and moving into the night sky lit by a full moon, this is an incredible way to experience the stark beauty of a magical landscape.
Skoda Tour De Connemara
Saturday 23rd May 2020
Starting and finishing in Clifden, Connemara this event offers participants the choice of 140km or 80km routes and will travel through some of the finest coastal, lakelands, valleys and mountainous landscape in Ireland.
Ballyconneely Pony Show
Late July 2020
Running for over 35 years Ballyconneely Pony Show is a great family day out, with lots to see and do.
Ballyconneely is a centre for the breeding of Connemara Ponies and there is great competition in the Pony classes.
If you have not brought your pony with you there is a dog show too.
2nd August 2020
Omey Races is arguably the finest horse event in Ireland. The horses thunder past spectators on the famous Omey strand creating a spectacle that should not be missed.
This is a provisional date, check locally or click "the read" more link below for more information.
Clifden Pony Show
Late August 2020
Connemara Pony Show is one of the top summer events in Connemara.
Usually held the third weekend in August these dates are provisional.
Enquire locally or click the "read more" link below.
Clifden Arts Festival
Mid September 2020
The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 412nd year will take place in mid September and always promises to have something to excite everyone in the programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which 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.
Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge
Saturday 7th November 2020
What to expect from an outdoor obstacle course in the wild west?
Get ready for a fun 8km* of swinging, jumping and climbing your way through forests, bogs and rivers
all the way to Killary Fjord!