WELCOME TO BALLINA SALMON FESTIVAL
One of the largest, family-friendly community-based festivals in the West of Ireland
The festival first took place in Ballina in 1964 and was at the time called the ‘Moy Salmon Festival’. The original organisers knew that the town was home to one of the best Rivers in Ireland with the best fishing waters and salmon in the country.
They decided to rename the festival the ‘Ballina Salmon Festival’ which today is a leading community based festival in the West of Ireland and the highlight of the summer months. Every year over 200,000 people descend on the North Mayo capital to enjoy an festival that is estimated to bring millions to the local economy.
The Ballina Salmon Festival is proud of its family-centered focus with an action-packed programme that includes old favourites like Lady of the Moy, Heritage Day, Mardi Gras and Fireworks Display, along with river-based events like fishing competitions and raft races. New events are introduced annually to keep the festival fresh and up-to-date with modern life expectations. One third of the festival’s entire programme is dedicated solely to children. When such an extensive line-up is considered, the workload truly is immense so the festival committee is urging all those who can help, either financially or voluntarily, to please lend a hand.
A Full Schedule Of All The Events This Year
Young Guns, Mardi Gras & Fireworks Spectacular
Warm up with a mini-festival featuring Ballina’s most talented local bands on stage in the Military Barracks. Then, join up to 25,000 people in Mayo’s biggest street party!MORE INFO
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