Participants in the Macnas parade during the galway arts festival



Seachtain na Gaeilge 2006
Galway City
4-17 Mar, 2006
A 13-day international festival in Galway city celebrating the Irish language and culture.  A variety of events are offered daily, including concerts, singing and dancing workshops.  There is something for all ages.     

Galway Early Music Festival
Galway City
18-21 May, 2006
Festival offers an authentic Irish musical experience complete with pre-historic bronze horns and wire-strung harps.  Visitors will enjoy the exciting atmosphere of Galway and a unique glimpse into the culture of Elizabethan Ireland.

Galway Arts Festival
Galway City
17- 30 July, 2006
The Galway Arts Festival is known as Ireland’s largest and most impressive annual arts festival.  Galway, a city of cultural distinction, serves as the perfect location for this celebration of art, literature, and musical and theatrical performance. The highlight of the festival is the impressive Macnas street parade with magnificent costumes and a cast of over 500. This festival is at the heart of the city and all Galway has to offer.  

Galway Races
Ballybrit, Co Galway
31 July - 6 Aug, 2006
The Galway Races Summer Festival is the biggest of all Irish Racing Festivals. This world renown festival lasts for seven days, and offers an exciting time for everyone.  There are a variety of food and drink tents as well as jazz bands and “Special Race Days” to add more fun to the daily activities.  It is not only a great sporting event but also a treasured social event, attracting a mixed crowd of socialites and race fans. 
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
Clarenbridge, Co Galway
8-10 Sept, 2006
A festival in the picturesque town of Clarenbridge on the edge of Galway Bay to celebrate the start of the oyster season.  Highlights of the festival include a gala, barbecue, and a best-dressed competition.  Clarenbridge oysters are world-famous and visitors can expect to indulge in plenty of wonderful food and drink.
Galway International Oyster Festival
Galway City
28 Sep - 1 Oct, 2006
A fall festival that is noted as one of the biggest parties Ireland's West. Events include the Guinness Irish Oyster Championship, parades, oyster tasting, elegant lady competition, and a “mardi-gras” party.  Visitors can expect lots of great eating and Guinness drinking.
Ballinasloe October Fair and Festival
Ballinasloe, Co Galway
30 Sept - 8 Oct, 2006
This 9-day horse fair is Europe’s oldest of this kind.  Although this fair is perfect for horse-lovers, it has plenty of activities to suit all tastes.  Aside from its world-renown horse and dog shows, the festival also hosts a giant tug-o-war contest, parades, and fireworks.
Connemara 4 Seasons Walking Festival
Connemara, Co Galway
Varies each season
Walks intended to explore the wilderness of Connemara’s highlands and islands during each respective season.  Hiking in the 12 Bens and Maumturk Mountains, walking on the offshore islands of Aran, Omey, and Isnishbofin, and trekking through bogs allow for varying levels of intensity.
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