Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events
It’s always the right time to visit Sligo. The town and indeed the entire county has a jam packed calendar full of festivals and events for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.

It is a lively town with an excellent calendar of festivals and events – every week of the year has something different going on and visitors are welcome to join in. The theatres and arts centres always have shows and events on offer, and music is widely available in the local pubs.

Sligo Racetrack runs regular race meetings (both national hunt and flat racing) and it’s a great day out for everyone.

Some of the main festivals and events in Sligo are:

Shore Shots Surf Festival (April)

Shore Shots Irish Surf Film Festival is a celebration of film and surf. Films, talks and surf culture take place all weekend long at The Model Arts Centre.

West of Ireland Amateur Open (Easter) - NEW DATE for 2019 , April 4-7th 2019

West of Ireland Amateur Open (Easter) This popular event has been hosted by County Sligo Golf Club in Rosses point since it began in 1923.

Yeats International Summer School (July/August)

For 60 years The Yeats Society have run the annual Yeats International Summer School, a cultural event commemorating the strong connection between W.B. Yeats and Sligo. 

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day (August)

A five day celebration in Tubbercurry town celebrating all that’s best of times gone by. The highlight is the Old Fair Day on the second Wednesday in August and the Heritage Village. 

Warrior Run ( August)

This gruelling 15km road and hill race takes runner to the top of Knocknarea Mountain and back to the beachfront in Strandhill where live music and street entertainment entertain everyone, click here for more information.

Sligo Baroque Festival (September)Sligo has its own Baroque Orchestra and this well established festival at The Model Art Centre brings 17th and 18th century music to a wider audience.

Sligo Live (October)

Taking place every October Bank Holiday weekend in IT Sligo, Sligo Live celebrates folk, roots, and indie music. Over the years it has carved out a niche as a relaxed, intimate and enjoyable music festival, attracting visitors from all over Ireland and abroad. Past headliners include Van Morrison, Jools Holland, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Joan Armatrading and the Waterboys. Many of the performances are free of charge. 

Sligo International Choral Festival (November)

Sligo International Choral Festival (November)For 30 years Sligo has hosted this exciting choral festival. It takes place in the streets, shopping centres and churches of Sligo City and County empowering both choirs and the broader audience to imaginatively engage the musical arts.

For a full calendar of events for Sligo , check out