Clifden Arts Festival
The Clifden Arts Festival is Ireland’s longest running arts festival and is now in it’s 42nd year. Running from the 18th -29th of September, the Arts Festival brings together both national and international artists from the world of music, literature, dance and visual arts. What started out as a school festival for the Community School students has over the years become one of the highlights on the Connemara social calendar with something for everyone to enjoy. https://clifdenartsfestival.ie
Inishbofin Set Dancing and Trad Weekend
Inis bo Finne (Island of the White Cow) lies 7 miles of Galway’s coast and is home to this Set Dancing and Trad weekend, which is held annually in September and as it says itself “it’s the perfect way to wrap up the end of the Summer and embrace the Winter”. This weekend event will showcase an overflow of talent from dancers, musicians and artists of all ages and will see the older generation of local islanders in passing on the ‘Inishbofin Half Set’.
Connemara Green Festival
Now in it’s 5th year, the Connemara Green Festival is continuing to grow and expand. The aim of the festival is to “Raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara” and all funds raised during the festival goes back into the biodiversity projects and conservation of the local environment. Based in the Quaker village of Letterfrack at the foot of Diamond Hill, the festival will include basket weaving workshops, walks with local ecologists, outdoor activities, water sports in Letterfrack Bay and many talks and demonstrations for all ages.
Find out more on their website https://connemaragreenfestival.ie/
Gaelforce Turf Warrior
The Turf Warrior challenge takes place in the beautiful area of Leenane and puts competitors through their paces while enjoying the views of the hills of Connemara and the Killary Fjord, via the mud, bog and rivers route- not for the faint hearted! Sponsored annually by John West, the obstacle course changes routes each year but the end goal is always the same – to have a great time and enjoy the after party at Killary, minus the mud! Definitely one way to enjoy the sites of Connemara in the late Autumn.
*Photo Credit to Clear Skies Ahead Photography
Maam Cross Fair – October 29th 2019
Connemara Pony enthusiasts from the around the world will be in Maam Cross once again this year. Whether they are just stopping off for the one day event or returning home from the Clifden Pony Sales over the long weekend, the Maam Cross fair falls on Tuesday 29th October. This historic fair stems from the tradition of local farmers selling their surplus produce at the crossroads and features not only Connemara ponies but cattle,sheep and other farm produce. This year there will also be some horse shoe demonstrations as well as prizes for the best pony of the fair. Please note as this is located on the Maam Road, this will be closed for a portion of the day and there will be traffic delays on the main Galway to Clifden route, the N59