Festivals in Castlebar in Co. Mayo

The Blues Festival

This well established music festival is held each year over the June Bank Holiday Weekend. It boasts an excellent line up of Irish and international musicians and draws a big crowd from all over the country and from overseas.

Gigs are free of charge and take place throughout the night so just about everybody gets involved! Its a great chance to let tour hair down, enjoy some fantastic music and meet new friends. The weekend culminates in The Blues Ball at The TF Royal Hotel & Theatre.

Mayo International Choral Festival

The Mayo International Choral Festival takes place annually in Castlebar during the month of May. From humble beginnings, the festival has grown in popularity in just a few short years. The event now attracts Male and Female Choirs from Mainland Europe and the United States of America.

Along with the music and the competitve side of the feastival, there is a strong focus on meeting participants from other choirs and visiting the scenic sites on the west coast of Ireland. The driving force behind the Mayo International Choral Festival is Edward Horkan, who is a member of the Mayo Male Voice Choir. More information can be obtained by e-mailing info@mayochoral.com

Celebration Of The Senses

This amazing festival celebrates the five senses - sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. The pleasures brought by our senses are indeed something to celebrate during the October Bank Holiday Weekend in Castlebar.

Each of the senses will be stimulated with the mediums of dance, music, film, art and food - coming from many different countries and cultures. Events run during the final weekend of October.

International Four Day Walks

A wonderful walking festival with a truly international frlavour takes place in July each year. The festival was established in 1967 to encourage people to leave the stress of town life behind for a few days in order to walk and rediscover the bogs, rivers, mountains and unspoilt beauty of the West of Ireland.

The walks are non-competitive, and are geared to suit people of all varying levels of fitness. If you cannot spare four days you have the option of joining in for one, two or three days of walking.

There is a great camaraderie amongst the walkers who come in all shapes and sizes from every corner of the world and turn Castlebar into an international carnival. The festival is a founding member of the International Walking League but the walks are open to everyone.