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Sligo Festivals 2017

Lily Lolly Craftfest

WB’s creative sisters Susan (Lily) and Elizabeth(Lolly) will be celebrated in the LilyLolly Craftfest which will be launched on Yeats Day and will run for eight days. The LilyLolly Craftfest includes exhibitions and classes of drawing, spinning, pottery, hand embroidery techniques, automatic writing and tea leaf reading.

13-18 June at various locations in Sligo

For more details visit the Lilylolly facebook page.



Rosses Point Shanty Festival

Rosses Point Shanty Festival is well established as a fantastic festival of songs and music of the sea.

17-19 June 2017

Rosses Point, Co Sligo.

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The event attracts a great range of both Irish and overseas performers who fill the village with the sounds of the sea. It aims to celebrate the maritime heritage of Rosses Point, while promoting the lifesaving work of the R.N.L.I, along with bringing the songs and traditions of seafaring to a wide audience.

Other elements include literary events, boat races, swims, duck races, concerts and free music performances on the streets and in the pubs.

Come along and join in - add a little salt to your taste in music.


Havin’ a Laugh Adventure Fest

The charity event brings together the most exciting and diverse range of adventure and wellness activities happening in one county over one weekend.

The festival is run by the Rennafix Group, a local not-for-profit organisation, which pays for people in mental health counselling to carry out life-enhancing activities.

June 30th – July 2nd



Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival a week of Music, dance theatre, children’s events, visual art, street art and spectacle, Park Fest and more...

Sligo will transform into a kaleidoscope of exciting and colourful cultural fun and entertainment.

9 - 15 July 2017

Sligo Town

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South Sligo Summer School

A weeklong celebration of Irish traditional music, dance and song. Learn to play a traditional Irish musical instrument or advance your skills at the hands of a master

Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance. Class sizes are kept small and are graded. Traditional instruments taught include fiddle, flute, tin whistle, harp, concertina, uilleann pipes, banjo, button accordion, traditional guitar and bodhrán.

9 -15 July 2017
Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

Tel: +35371 9120912
email:  southsligosummerschool@eircom.net


Yeats International Summer School


In 2017, the Yeats International Summer School will launch its new ten-day programme

(July 20th - 29th) packed with world-class lectures, readings, trips and seminars.

Tuition and most cultural events €650.

Come to Sligo, Yeats’s “land of heart’s desire” and lose yourself in the words and landscape of Ireland’s national poet.

Yeats Society, Douglas Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Ireland;

Tel: +353-7191-42693,

Email: info@yeatssociety.com


20 - 30 July 2017



Sligo Jazz Festival

The Sligo Jazz Project has two parts: a festival and a school running side by side.  There are plenty of performances but also workshops and master classes for aspiring and working jazz musicians who come annually to work with leading international jazz educators and performers.

Since its foundation in 2005 the event has grown rapidly to become one of Europe’s most important jazz education events and one that is loved by both students and tutors – not to mention the audiences who get to hear them play. A nightly festival club is also the scene of some memorable sessions each year.

There are classes for piano, voice, guitar, percussion, trumpet, double bass, sax and more, with students coming from not just Ireland but all over the world.

July 25 to July 30, 2017
Sligo Town



Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival

One of the longest established old fair days in Ireland focussing on Irish heritage, crafts and culture with a host of family friendly activities.

The Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival’s highlight is the Old Fair Day, which is always held on the second Wednesday in August. This gives you the chance to relive yesteryear on the Fair Day in Our Heritage Village where you can experience the sights and sounds and Smells of Fair Days gone by with live animals, live demonstrations of thatching, weaving, Butter-making, trashing, pottery making, rush work and much, much more.

5 - 9 August 2017

Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

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For more information, see http://oldfairday.ie/


Warriors Festival 2017

The central event of this festival is the gruelling Warrior’s Run, a competitive and gruelling event, which takes runners from the beach front at Strandhill over a 10 mile (15km) route involving a seriously challenging 1050ft climb up Knocknarea and back down to the beach again.

The exact route changes each year, but the degree of difficulty does not – it’s definitely not for the faint hearted but each year hundreds of runner step up to the challenge.

Though this festival was first held in 1985, the origins of the run at its heart go back a little further, to a pub bet in 1979, when a group of drinkers began to speculate on the fastest way to the top of the nearby mountain.

In addition to the run, there is a music festival running over two days and a host of other events – plenty to keep non-runners and runners alike amused.

So popular is this run that the maximum number of entrants is usually reached by April or May – so if you want to take place get your entry in as early as possible.

August 26, 2017
Strandhill, Co Sligo



 Celtic Fringe Festival

A unique festival to remember which retells the fascinating story of the ill fated Spanish Armada voyage of 1588 through the medium of music, song, dance and much more.

Starts: 21 Sept 2017
Ends: 24 Sept 2017
Venue: Streedagh, Co Sligo


Sligo Festival of Baroque Music

There will be a dual focus in the festival this 22nd year: on the music of Telemann (and his contemporaries) and also on the viol – solo and consort music for viols
Telemann -  250th anniversary of his death in 1767 – 2017 & The Viola da Gamba and viol consort music

6th - 8th  October 2017
The Model, Sligo Town

For more info, see http://www.sligobaroquefestival.com/


Sligo Live 2017

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.

Sligo Live is one of the most relaxed, friendly and enjoyable music festivals in Europe, having hosted major international and Irish folk, roots and indie artists in intimate indoor venues for 12 years.

More info, see http://sligolive.ie/  Twitter  Facebook

25 - 30 October 2017

Sligo Town


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