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.

SCHEDULE

A Full Schedule Of All The Events This Year

6:00 PM
International Evening

Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of 12 different countries, each showcasing their own music, dance, costumes and food on the streets of Ballina.

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6:00 PM
Ballina Proms (€)

Join us in the atmospheric Military Quarter for an eclectic evening of song, showcasing Ballina’s proud choral heritage. Enjoy the show under cover as our five local choirs as put on an unforgettable musical experience.

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09:00 PM
Trad Night & Ceilí Mór (€)

Kick back to an amazing traditional music extravaganza, with the best of Irish traditional dance, ceol agus craic. Featuring North Mayo’s finest award-winning traditional music groups, champion Irish dancers, the legendary Straw Boys and lots, lots more.

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12:00 PM
Heritage Day

One of the cornerstones of Ballina Salmon Festival, and an original concept, Heritage Day was developed by the festival committee over 25 years ago.

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09:00 PM
Country & Western Night (€)

An evening of the very best of Irish and American country music and entertainment, featuring the finest of local acts.

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7:00pm
Battle of the Clubs

It’s time to prepare for battle, as Ballina’s businesses, sports and community clubs and local groups take to the streets to compete for the winning title in Battle of the Clubs Challenge.

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9:00pm
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!

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12:00pm
Teddy Bear’s Picnic (€)

If you go down to the woods today – you’re in for a BIG SURPRISE! Round off an incredible week with one Ballina Salmon Festival’s best-loved events in our beautiful Town Park on the banks of the river.

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Location

  • Ballina Tourist Office, Pearse Street, Ballina Co. Mayo, Ireland
  • info@ballinasalmonfestival.ie
  • +353 (0)96 79814
  • 9:30 - 17:30