20th April-8th May
Wild Atlantic Way Cycling Sportif

The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is Ireland’s only
fully supported, multi–stage cycling event and will take
place twice in 2018: in April (20th April – 8th May) and
September (8-26th). The cyclists can experience the
stunning landscape and challenging terrain over the
2,152km route beginning in Kinsale, Co. Cork, and ending in
Muff on Co. Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula.

20th April
Sligo Food Trail Spring Banquet

Sligo Town
Celebrate the bounty of springtime at Sligo Food Trail’s
banquet – a feast as visually stunning as it is delicious. The
best chefs in the northwest present courses each using the
seasonal bounty of Spring as inspiration.

20th-22nd April
Shore Shots Film Festival

The Model, Sligo
Shore Shots 2018 festival will be the sixth annual gathering
of Irish surfers and athletes from around the world. It is a
big annual celebration of surfing, film, ideas and discovery
on the west coast of Ireland.

4th-6th May
“My Old Hometown Gurteen”

Country Music Festival!
Teach Murray, Gurteen, Sligo
A weekend of Country Music with Jimmy Buckley and many

4th-7th May
Sligo International Chamber

Music Festival
Drumcliffe & The Model, Sligo
Sligo International Chamber Music Festival is a highlight
in the annual calendar of music events. Under Artistic
Director Tim Vogler, the festival offers the opportunity to
experience high standards of programming through a fresh
choice of artists performing.

6th & 22nd May
Sligo Races

Sligo Racecourse, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Sligo Racecourse is a right, handed track situated on
56 acres overlooking Ben Bulben in the heart of Yeats

6th May
Innisfree Wheelers Classic

Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
A leisure-cycling event with several distances exploring
Sligo catering for all levels. Everyone welcome.

7th-13th May
2018 Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival

Rathcormac, Co. Sligo
The annual Cos Cos Sean-Nós Festival, now in its 12th year,
brings together some of the country’s finest Sean-Nós
dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers.

12th May
Darkness into Light

IT Sligo, Knocknarea Arena, Sligo
A flagship fundraising event for Pieta House, which starts
in the small hours and finishes just as the sun is rising.

1st-3rd June
Sligo County Fleadh

Mercy College, Chapel Hill, Sligo Town
Sligo County Fleadh takes place annually at a different
venue in the County. This year it is being held in Sligo Town.
Competitions will take place on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd
June in the Mercy College, Chapel Hill, Sligo.

2nd June
Riverstown Annual Vintage Day

Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
A Family day with live demonstrations, exhibitions,
traditional food, music children’s activity centre, games
and fun sports on the day.

2nd-3rd June
Benbulben Carnival 2018

Stephen St Car Park, Sligo
The Benbulben Carnival Will be centred around 2 nights of
Music and Dance and carnival parades. Some of the acts
include Hot House Flowers, Dervish, Charlie McGettigan,
The Dartry Ceili Band, Sandy Kelly & Dean Gurrie.

3rd June
Don McClean in Concert

Knocknarea Arena, Sligo
All seated concert.

7th-15th June
Lily Lolly CraftFest

Sligo Town
Celebrating the craft legacy of Susan & Elizabeth Yeats &
encouraging craft and craft workers today.

9th June-21st October
Portrait of a Family

The Model, The Mall, Sligo
An intimate look at the Yeats Family through the portraits
of John Butler Yeats. This exhibition features a considerable
body of work newly added to The Niland Collection from
the recent Yeats Family sale.

13th-17th June
Yeats Day

Celebrations to mark the birth of W.B Yeats
A birthday celebration for Ireland’s national poet; with
music, talks, poetry, cake and a trip to the Lake Isle of

15th June
Paddy Kiloran Traditional

Music Festival
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Paddy Killoran is regarded among Sligo’s greatest fiddlers
and the Festival features Irish traditional music, song and
dance events throughout the weekend to commemorate
his memory and musical legacy.

15th-17th June
Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival

Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Sligo’s Maritime Village is hosting the Annual International
Festival. Lots of fun with a great standard of music, song,
poetry and performances.

19th June (E)
Sligo Races

Sligo Racecourse, Cleveragh, Sligo Town
Sligo Racecourse is a right handed track situated on
56 acres overlooking Ben Bulben in the heart of Yeats
Country. Flat & national hunt racing. Day race meeting.

22nd June
Knocklane Festival Weekend

Maugherow, Sligo
A must for all traditional music lovers- this weekend hosted
by Benbulben Comhaltas comprises of music, song &

23rd June
Warrior of The Sea 2018

Rosses Point/Strandhill, Co. Sligo
An open water challenge for the adventurous swimmer.
6km of Wild Ocean, swirling tides, thunderous waves and
spectacular surrounds stand in the way of becoming a
Warrior of the Sea.

24th June
Strandhill Show and Craft Fair

The Craft Fair at Strandhill Show is one of the longest
established country craft fairs in the region. Having
begun its life under blue canvas awnings secured to
the ancient stone walls of the Lisheen farmyard, it now
flourishes in a huge marquee, providing colour, interest and
entertainment whatever the weather with an emphasis on
local talent.

A Country Under Wave

Celebrating Yeats’ theatre by presenting his plays at the
Factory Performance Space and at a number of other
outdoor locations throughout the summer calendar.

7-15 July
Cairde Summer Festival

Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
One week of Music, dance theatre, children’s events, visual
art, street art and spectacle. Park Fest and much more.

7th July
Sligo Camino

Trek 34km from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim to Coolaney, Co.
Sligo and discover the Sligo Camino. The Camino follows
the Sligo Way through some of the finest scenery in the
West of Ireland. The route is a challenging mixture of
tracks, trails, forest paths, finishing with 8km of country
lanes around the Annaghmore Estate.

8th July
Benbulben Country Music Festival

Grange, Co. Sligo
A wonderful day of country music featuring Derek Ryan,
Jimmy Buckley, Patrick Feeney, Mike Denver, Micheal
English and Cliona Hagan.
Benbulben Country Music Festival

8th July
Sligo Stages Rally

Sligo Park Hotel
Sligo Stages Rally is an annual event run by Connacht
Motor Club with special stages run in the surrounding Sligo
and Leitrim areas.

15th-21st July
South Sligo Summer School

Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
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.

15th July
Sligo Races-Family Day NH Day

Sligo Racecourse, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Sligo Racecourse is a right handed track situated on
56 acres overlooking Ben Bulben in the heart of Yeats
Country. Flat & National Hunt Racing. Day Race meeting.

19-27 July
59th International Summer

School – The Greening of Yeats
Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
The Yeats International Summer School is a highly
prestigious academic summer school catering for people
of all stages of learning and achievement, and of all ages
including lectures, poetry workshop, readings, music and
walks in the Sligo landscape.

19th-28th July
Tread Softly

Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Tread Softly is a brothers – William Butler and Jack B Yeats
– inspired festival held during the late summer in Sligo.

21 July
Sligo County Agricultural Show

Riverstown, Co. Sligo
Agricultural Show with Dog Trails, Dog Shows, fancy dress
and Arts & Crafts.

24-29 July
Sligo Jazz Project & International

Summer School Festival
Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Annual International Summer School and Festival of Jazz &
World Music.

28 July

at The White Hag Brewery
Ballymote, Co. Sligo, 2.00pm-10.00pm
Celebrating the 4th birthday with an International Brewery

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