What's on in the North-West?

Considering a North West stay?

Leitrim, and the broader North West of Ireland, offers plenty of events for all throughout the year. Whether it’s Music, Art, Comedy, Sports or delicious Food and Drink that’s your cup of tea – there’s an event for you.

Check out what’s happening across the North West below, including in our very own ‘Wild Rose County’!

Festivals in Donegal, Mayo, Roscommon, Cavan and Monaghan can all be accessed from your cosy base at Carrick Family Breaks, Leitrim.

This Carrick on Shannon festival offers Carnival entertainment and things to do for all. The annual 10-day festival includes plenty of free fun and really shows off the vibrant Carrick on Shannon. With events from its highly anticipated Opening Night to world-class street entertainment, live music, comedy, amusements, fireworks, water…
Leitrim also has the mid-summer Carrick Water Music Festival to boast. This musical and artistic venture is action-packed with art, literature, and street entertainment thrown in for good measure too. With both lunch-time and evening music events the festival is another great opportunity to experience the many wonderful café, restaurants…
An Tóstal (meaning the Pageant) is proudly held in Drumshanbo in County Leitrim and has continued to run every year since 1953 in celebration of Irish life and culture. This eccentric festival has it all - parades, street entertainment, art, water events, sports, games and general good craic for all…
You’ll find even more family fun at the local Ballinamore Family Festival, also in Leitrim. Ballinamore Family Festival is truly a celebration of summer, ‘clann’ (family) and rural Ireland. This one can really keep the children entertained, with a funfair, teddy bear picnic, duck hunt, water sports, swimming, GAA competitions,…
The annual John McKenna music weekend is a 4-day event held in Drumkeeran, County Leitrim. The festival is held in memory of the great John McKenna, a local flute player and has in recent years become a much-anticipated local and tourist hit. You can expect plenty of toe-tapping and knee-slapping…
This summer school may involve lessons but the ceol agus craic (fun and games!) is not dampened in this celebration of traditional Irish music, song and dance. The festival pays tribute to the late Leitrim man Joe Mooney, and is held in his home town of Drumshanbo. The Joe Mooney…
The Leitrim Roots Festival celebrates anyone and everyone with ancestral roots or links to the County of Leitrim. The event is a chance for people from all around the world with connections to the county to return home and get together with locals and others with a fondness for Lovely…
The Ballymote Heritage festival, organised by the local heritage group, has been going strong now for over a quarter of a century! The event succeeds to promote the local history, heritage and culture of this rich town. Highlights include outings to historical and natural landmarks (such as Roscommon medieval castle…
Be captivated at the annual Cairde Arts Festival - a myriad of colourful and bustling music, art and drama happenings that take place across Sligo. With over 200 performers and 100 visual artists – there is something to capture everyone’s interest and imagination. Not to mention, the beautiful ‘Concerts in…
Sligo’s Agricultural show takes place in Riverstown Community Park. The festival is a wonderful display and celebration of animals, home baking, garden vegetables and art. Animals showcased include cattle, poultry, horse, ponies, sheep as well as dogs and cats! Other fun competitions held are Bonny Baby, Celebrity Chef, Best Dressed…
This is the festival for chamber music lovers with performances of the highest calibre! The spectacular atmosphere at Sligo Festival of Baroque Music Festival keeps visitors returning year after year. The festival usually takes place in late September in the Model Arts centre. Musical offerings vary from established performers with…
Another musical feat hosted in Sligo is the internationally renowned Sligo Jazz Festival and Summer School. Here you’ll find worldwide respected jazz artists (over 120!) performing in local cafes, pubs and hotels across the town. The festival is well regarded as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe. Part…
A relatively new festival to the town, Sligo Summer Festival has successfully hosted some impressive past music acts such as Example, The Riptide Movement, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Scouting for Girls, Blizzards and Aslan. With only 3 Euro admission and children under eight going free, we reckon you’d be hard-pressed to…
The small town Tubbercurry Old Fair Festival is held on the second Wednesday in August and has been touted as one of the leading Fair Days in Ireland. The main event of the festival is usually the Crafts and Heritage displays, with plenty of traditional and handmade products on sale…
For an event on the more indulgent and intellectual side, travel no further than to County Sligo to the Yeats Winter School. The festival is held annually at the luxurious four-star Sligo Park hotel and immerses participants in knowledge about W.B Yeats and his family. Here, where Yeats spent many…
Can you imagine the country’s twins, triplets and quadruplets all together in one place for one day of the year? Well, you don’t have to imagine! In Ballymote, Sligo, Twin Fest brings together all of the above whether they are identical, fraternal, young or old. There are many competitions to…
Warrior of the Sea (or WOTS) is a 6km swim from Rosses Point to Strandhill, County Sligo. The event takes place on the second Saturday in July and is always a sell-out. The start line is at Sligo Yacht Club and competitors must be 18 years or older to swim.…
A celebration of the life and work of William and Helen Allingham, the Allingham Festival takes place in Ballyshannon, County Donegal. The couple are one of the town’s most famous ancestors. William was a writer and a poet, while Helen was an artist. This festival encompasses storytelling, arts and crafts,…
The best weekend in Bundoran, Donegal, is surely the buzzing and busy Sea Sessions Festival. This festival combines a love of the sea and water sports with some superb music acts. Undeniably one of the top music festivals in Ireland, the festival has hosted some of the biggest artists worldwide,…
The 4-day Rory Gallagher Festival is a popular festival usually taking place in late May, and is a celebratory event of, you guessed it, all things Rory Gallagher! The festival takes place in Ballyshannon, the birth-place of the late Rock Star. This Rock and Blues music festival attracts an impressive…
Another fine summer school, this time in Donegal, is The Patrick Mc Gill Summer School held in the small town of Glenties. This festival was established back in 1981 and celebrates Patrick McGill, otherwise known as the ‘Navvy Poet’. The Patrick McGill Summer School hosts an array of different lectures,…
If it’s Irish folk and traditional music you’re after, the Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Festival is the one for you. The festival has hosted many of the great Irish folk and trad names across the decades since it’s birth in the late 1970s, making it the longest-running Folk and Trad…
The Charles Mackinlin festival is a celebratory feat of the life and work of Charles Macklin, held in Culdaff, Inishowen, County Donegal. The October festival is one of arts and heritage and honours the late actor and playwright through theatre, music, art, poetry and heritage events. Charles Macklin was born…
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