Ballina Salmon Festival 2018

Festivals in County Mayo in the West of Ireland


July 2018

Ballina, the Salmon Capital of Ireland, hosts this very popular and family-friendly festival with over 250,000 visitors each year.

This year the event runs from Sunday 8th July to Sunday 15th July.

Now in its 54th year, the 2018 Ballina Salmon Festival includes the Heritage Day on Wednesday 11th July.

Visitors will step back in the early 20th century and watch craftspeople displaying their trades of tinsmiths, thatching, butter making, woodturning and blacksmithing.

The Festival also offers different daily programmes of events and workshops especially for children, while all over the week delicious food stalls and traditional music make a fantastic atmosphere.

Along the week the Historical Walking Tour of Ballina will take place. Participants will discover landmarks and buildings of historical interest and learn some of the fascinating stories of Ballina’s history.

The annual Ballina Athletic Club Ballina 5k run/walk will take place as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival Programme of events on Tuesday 10th July at 7.30 pm.

Also, on Wednesday 11th July there will be the Festival of Flowers in the Methodist Church and the Fringe Festival with the event “The 10 Dark Secrets of 1798”.

On Saturday 14th July the famous Mardi Gras and the fantastic fireworks display overlooking the River Moy will take place. This is the main event of the Festival and is fully packed with colour, Latin rhythms, street theatre and dance.

On Sunday 15th July the Festival ends with the favourite for kids Teddy Bears Picnic in the beautiful Town Park on the banks of the river.