By Nicole Hoey
Nestled on the coast of Ireland, Galway is a great city to explore as the summer season comes to a close. Full of Irish history and great events, the city is the perfect blend of modern day and historical Ireland. Here are 10 great things to do in Galway this September!
1. Catch and Cook
With Renvyle House Hotel’s Catch and Cook event throughout the month of September, you’ll have a chance to learn how to prepare your own dinner front start to finish. Along with an overnight stay at the hotel, catch your own fish dinner on the hotel’s own lake and learn how to cook it from the hotel’s fabulous chefs!
Address: Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara, Co. Galway, H91 X8Y8, Galway, Ireland
2. Clarenbridge Oyster Festival
On Sept. 8-15, enjoy the beginning of oyster season at the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival. The event’s goal is to continue community tradition in the modern age, giving you a look into the values that matter most in this village while you enjoy the Clarenbridge oyster. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the festival, so it’ll be an extra special celebration for you to see!
Address: Clarenbridge Oyster Festival, Galway, Ireland
3. The 7th Annual Galway Tattoo Show
Besides honoring the great work of Irish tattoo artists, The 7th Annual Galway Tattoo Show invites guest to enjoy other art pieces, live music, merch and more. You yourself get a new tattoo yourself, or simply watch some international artists at work and appreciate their craft. The event stretches from Sept. 14-15, so be sure to check it out to see some great artists at work.
Address: The Galmont Hotel, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway, H91 CYN3, Ireland
4. Quest Lough Derg
Biking and running and kayaking: oh my! These are the three types of events that daring racers perform throughout Quest Lough Derg, an actual athletic quest that naivates the terrain in and around this Irish lake. If participating in this event isn’t your cup of tea, you can watch from the sidelines (and enjoy the great nature views) as the event starts on Sept. 14.
Address: Lough Derg, Ireland
5. Galway Races Autumn Meeting
The Galway Races Autumn Meeting has been a part of Irish tradition for about 150 years, making the horserace a staple in the changing season. From Sept. 18-19, you can join in on the excitement of the race for yourself as you watch horses fly by toward the finish line.
Address: Galway Races, Ballybrit, Galway, H91 V654, Ireland
6. Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival
The Shorelines Arts Festival acts as a showcase for local artists and their various crafts, like music, drama and more, giving you a great chance to learn and see more about an Irish community. Besides admiring the arts, you can participate in workshops to improve your own artist ability! The festival runs from Sept. 19-22, giving you plenty of time to check out the showcase.
Address: Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland
7. Clifden Arts Festival
From Sept. 19-29, come experience the longest-running arts festival in Ireland that combines literature, music and the arts in one fantastic event. The Clifden Arts Festival began 42 years ago as a way for children to celebrate the arts and, since then, as grown into a community-wide event that allows art to flourish. A great family event to check out the latest local art, this event is a great one to let your inner artist shine.
Address: href="https://www.google.com/mapsq=clifden&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS849US849&um=1&ie=UTF8&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj8r_LwJvjAhWn1lkKHUuPCa8Q_AUIECgB" target="blank"> Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
8. Galway Culture Night
Sept. 20 is known as Galway Culture Night, an event dedicated to celebrating the great lifestyle of the city. Various venues across town will invite guests to exciting events, such as live music or other entertainment, as visitors and local come together in one great community event!
9. Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival
If you weren’t able to get to the first oyster festival on the list, don’t fret: the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival hits the shore from Sept. 27-29. The most internationally known Irish event besides St. Patrick’s Day, this festival invited visitors from across the world and locals to celebrate the oyster harvesting season. You can enjoy street parades, shucking contests, various entertainment, and (hopefully) you can make a few new friends along the way! Address: Clarenbridge, Ireland
10. Carna Walking Festival
Explore the beautiful coastline of Connemara, a cultural region in Galway, as you hike through the Irish countryside in this nature-based event. The walk is designed for people of all ages, so quite a large crowd of people join in to see the land and get some exercise. Sometimes, the best way to explore new terrain is on foot, and the Carna Walking Festival gives you this exact chance from Sept. 27-28.
Address: Carna, Galway, Ireland