Festivals & Exhibitions

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To Be Perfectly Frank

20th – 26th September at Kava Kinvara

Natural, intuitive, evocative, memory stirring, quietly present, are some of the words that spring to mind when you look at painter Frank Sanford’s work. Frank has lived in the Burren, County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland for over 25 years. His deep love of nature inspires all of his work.

Museum of Everyone Communal – The Art of Coexistence

Until 22nd September @ Nun’s Island Theatre

A series of workshops, talks, public events, communal meals and interactive exhibitions taking place until the 22nd of September 2023 at Galway Art Centre – Nun’s Island Theatre. Through invitation and an open call process, Communal will endeavour to collaborate with artists/curators/performers and writers from diverse backgrounds and seek to develop a series of artworks, performances, exhibitions and events around ideas of community & coexistence in the city of Galway.

Culture Night Galway

Friday 22nd September

Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is a national moment, celebrating all that makes up the richness and diversity of Culture in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally and aims to open up pathways to ongoing engagement.

An annual, all-island public event which takes place each year on the third Friday of September, Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir celebrates culture, creativity and the arts and seeks to actively promote the belief that this rich and varied culture is alive, treasured and nurtured in people’s lives, today and every day.

There are a huge number of events happening this year in Galway – check out the culture night website for the full listings

Concrete X Canvas 

Until October 15th @ Outset Gallery

The second edition of ‘’Concrete x Canvas’’ will feature a stellar line up of visual artists based in Ireland exploring abstraction through studio painting & Street Art. The 4 invited artists who represent the diversity & quality within Irish Street Art will produce a series of new works to be included in a curated exhibition with a corresponding series of vibrant indoor murals that will be unveiled on the Culture night  night.

More Human Than Human

20th September to 8th October @ Pálás Cinema

This season will not only be full of incredible big screen experiences and a chance to see some of the greatest sci fi films ever in all their glory but will also illustrate where the roads of technological evolution can lead. Join the conversation which asks the question, will technology eventually become More Human Than Human?

Galway Oyster Festival

22 – 24th September

With live music throughout, a variety of the freshest seafood you will ever taste, oyster opening competitions, family fun and cookery demos with celebrated national and local chefs there is something for everyone over the course of a fabulous weekend!


Until 23rd September at Galway Arts Centre

Fissure draws on the notion of gaps, marks, pauses, boundaries, and margins, questioning the interconnectedness between humans and nature and inviting the audience to reach a point where both worlds connect. Featuring artists: Dina Abusehmoud, Mohamed Alkurdi, Carine Berger, Dillon Cleary, Rocio Romero Grau, Kate Hodmon, Laurece Hynes, Cheryl Kelly Murphy & Evan Murray.


Until 23rd September at Galway City Museum
LIVE MUSIC POSTERS – GALWAY CITY 1977-1982. The title of this exhibition is inspired by The Jam album of the same name. This title reflects the societal and musical changes happening in Ireland during this period. Lyrics such as ‘Septic Isle, Suffer in the Screaming sea ‘by The Boomtown Rats in their 1981 hit ‘Banana Republic’ echoes the anger felt by the youth in a conservative Irish society. There was an increasingly visible feminist movement and Irish people had begun to question the political and religious establishment.

Galway Docklands Festival

29th September to 1st October

The heart of Galway’s maritime heritage comes to life with the much-anticipated Galway Docklands Festival, taking place from September 29th to October 1st, 2023. This three-day festival promises an unforgettable experience celebrating Galway’s rich marine industry, all while supporting charitable causes. Throughout the entire festival, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Galway Hooker Sailing Club’s restoration project, experience local history with guided walking tours, learn knots, visit stands from Galway Aquarium, Corrib Beo, Water Safety Ireland and much more. It’s a chance to connect with the maritime heritage of Galway like never before.


28th September to 1st October 

The only festival in Ireland that celebrates and connects nomadic cultures from around the world. The 3-day festival includes a vibrant programme of music, theatre, film, poetry, and visual art from Traveller, Roma, Sámi, Mongolian, Australian Aboriginal and Romany Gypsy communities

Architecture at the Edge Festival
29 September to 08 October
AATE is a not-for-profit arts dedicated to the making of great places across the West of Ireland

Something in the Water

6th – 8th October in Headford

A weekend long celebration of the place of arts in our community, the event is being organised by the Headford and District Association members.

Gospel Jamz

7-8th October in Ballybrit

Singing, Drama, Live podcasts Dance and Many more brought to you by Believers Connect and TPH Creatives.

Babaró International Arts Festival For Children

13 – 22nd October, Mutliple Venues

The festival is a curated programme of high quality, engaging, provoking work from the best makers around the world and around the country.

Galway Comedy Festival

24th – 30th October at Multiple Venues

See their website for details and ticket booking for this huge mutli day event.

Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland
Every Saturday
CCMI have spent much of the last year revamping this national treasure putting in place new thematic displays including a games zone with original Xbox consoles connected on a pre-broadband LAN (Local Area Network) to allow multiple players on one game. One of the new exhibitions is devoted to Apple Computer, highlighting different periods in the company’s history including the late 1970s to the mid 1980s with the themes of innovation, creativity, youth and counterculture.

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