It’s always the right time of the year to visit Sligo with exciting events, festivals and fun days out all year round. We always have something to look forward to and our festival calendar is jam packed with events, especially during the summer months. Whether you’re looking for family fun, food festival, live music or culture, Sligo’s festival scene is varied. If you’re looking for a great value break with some of the finest views of the Wild Atlantic Ocean, make sure to book Ocean Sands Hotel for your Sligo stay. Here are some of our favorite annual events in and around Sligo:

Sligo Walking Festival:

January

One of our newest festivals, only in its third year in 2019, the Sligo Walking Festival brings together people from all walks of life to enjoy gorgeous Sligo walking trails and hikes. There are walks for all abilities and fitness levels and all are guided by professional hikers. They have also arranged many adventure and wellness activities in bars, restaurants, and cafes across the city. The guided hikes all take place in January so make sure to wrap up well!

Shore Shots:

April

A relative newcomer on the Sligo festival scene, Shore Shots celebrates cold water surfing in Ireland – something Sligo is renowned for all over the world. There is a great line up of acts, talks, live music and exhibitions from surfers, suppliers and enthusiasts from all around Ireland and beyond. They’re also passionate about the environment and run talks to encourage less plastic usage and to support Irish Craft and Design.

Cairde Summer Arts Festival:

July

This week-long festival celebrates creativity, culture and community against the stunning backdrop of the Wild West of Ireland. While most festivals have a focus, Cairde is an eclectic mix of performances and exhibitions in various mediums – theatre, music, film and art. There are events throughout the festival for all ages and tastes and tickets are individually priced per performance.

Sligo Summer Festival:

August

Sligo town comes alive on a warm August weekend with the biggest live music festival in the city. Since 2012 the attendance and line-up have been getting bigger and bigger and they have hosted many 90s classic acts such as Samantha Mumba, Bewitched, Sister Sledge, Boney M, Wheatus and Whigfield. The tickets are affordable but sell out early so make sure to keep your eye out early if you plan to go.

Yeats International Summer School:

August

2019 marks the 60-year anniversary of the Yeats International Summer School which promotes the life’s work of famous Irish poet, William Butler Yeats. The summer school, aimed at school children, explores the meaning behind some of his most famous poems and those of other international poets. Yeats considered Sligo as his spiritual home and drew inspiration from the landscape that was reflected in his works and we are very proud to host this annual event and be the permanent home of the Yeats Society.

Sligo Food Trail & Harvest Feast:

October

Driving through Sligo you can witness for yourself the lush greenery and gorgeous landscapes that help to grow the amazing fresh produce you’ll find used in restaurants across the county, including our very own Onyx Bistro. The Sligo Food Trail is an annual celebration of our local food and drink, culminating in the Harvest Feast. Follow their guide and tramp your own trail this October, traveling across the county and sampling some of the best products we have to offer. The Harvest Feast is a sumptuous 9-course tasting menu and an evening showcasing some of the finest Sligo produce and culinary talent.


So there you have it, a small sample of the many exciting events in Sligo that take place each year. To ensure your accommodation in Sligo is as impressive as our events calendar, Ocean Sands is your ideal place to stay. Our coastal hotel offers luxurious bedrooms, a fantastic restaurant and bar with live music over the weekend and great value special offers which are only available when you book directly.

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