8 Cool Events to Discover in Galway this January

By Megan Millisky

If you're looking for a fun place to explore this winter, check out Galway. This city on the water has fun events year-round. Start your trip at a street fair, then skate a few laps around an ice rink! Plan ahead for your next Galway trip with these events happening in January.

1. Galway Skates

Through January 5, skate on one of Galway’s biggest ice rinks! Wander through the seasonal market at Leisureland. The rink is located in the popular Salthill area, near a large public park and other attractions.

Address: Salthill Rd Lower, Galway, Ireland

2. Galway Midwinter Festival

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday with three days of music! Head to the Town Hall Theatre in Galway for this awesome lineup. Internationally-known violinists and pianists will be performing from January 17-19.

Address: 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland

3. Tiny Trader’s Market

Get to know the Galway community at this popular market! Stop in here to find handmade crafts and fresh Irish treats like sourdough bread. The market is open Saturdays in January from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Address: Nun's Island, Galway, Ireland

4. Mummer’s Festival

The New Inn Mummer’s Festival is full of song, dance, and storytelling. January 3-5, you can watch the procession at the New Inn Leisure Center.

Address: New Inn An Cnoc Breac Knockbrack Co. Galway Ireland

5. Akumakon

Come to one of the biggest anime conventions in Ireland! January 18-20, fans of anime and manga will gather at the National University of Ireland.

Address: University Rd, Galway, Ireland

6. Salsa Masters

January 25, join the salsa course of a lifetime! Participants will learn salsa in groups and in one-on-one training. Then attend a dance party that goes late into the night.

Address: Galway Gaillimh Ireland

7. Retro Games Night

January 3, play retro video games at this fun event! Visitors can play the best arcade games from the 80s and 90s. The free gaming session, hosted by The Computer and Communication Museum of Ireland, runs from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Address: Lower Dangan, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland

8. Creative Paint Experience

Kids ages five to seven will get a kick out of this Creative Paint Experience! On January 25, head to Just Art It. The paint studio is in a lovely section of Galway surrounded by bookshops, museums, and restaurants.

Address: 33 Dominick Street Lower, Galway, H91 YN93, Ireland

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