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Sligo Festivals 2017

St Patricks Day Parade

Come to Sligo when the town bursts into life, jam packed with free family friendly events.

Sligo St. Patricks day was established in 1971. It is the one of the only events in Sligo that has been consistent throughout 46 years

This years parade starts at 12 noon on Mail Coach Road and finishes at Our Lady Of Mercy Primary School.

For details of the parade please check out the parade route here

Sligo Town
17th March
From 12 Noon

Other Parades and Start times;

Easkey  3pm
Ballymote  3.30pm
Grange  2pm
Enniscrone  1.30pm
Riverstown   2.30pm


Shore Shots Surf Festival

Artists, creatives and action sports fans are coming together for a unique event in The Model, Sligo, this Spring.

The Shore Shots Surf and Adventure festival is a weekend of Discovery, Adventure, Inspiration and Creativity taking place over the weekend of April 22nd - 23rd.

Featuring the latest films from the world of surfing, live music and a range of inspiring talks from designers and creatives, the fifth Shore Shots festival is a special gathering to celebrate all that’s great about the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Model
Sligo Town
April 22nd - 23rd 2017



Music in Drumcliffe

Since its establishment in 2000, Music in Drumcliffe has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals. Each year the festival presents a high standards of programming with Irish and international artists all performing alongside the acclaimed Vogler Quartet.

Concerts are held in St Columba’s Church, a lovely intimate venue with great acoustics which stand at the foot of Benbulben mountain close to the graveyard where W.B. Yeates is buried. This is the centre of Yeats Country, so if visiting for the festival there is plenty to see between concerts.

After the main programme there is a festival club at the Yeats Country Hotel each evening, where there are informal performances and concert goers mix with performers in a relaxed social setting.

April 29 to May 1 2017
Drumcliffe, Co Sligo



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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



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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