10 things to do in Galway this weekend

The best of events, hot spots to eat and drink, and all the craic for the weekend in Galway, all in one place.


whats onThe Blue Note’s 25th birthday

From Friday night, the Blue Note in Galway’s Westend will be celebrating 25 years in business with a big reveal of new renovations and a performance from the Blue Notes choir. Then on Saturday night they’re bringing Padraic Disconaut and Cork collective Sunday Times! for a night on the dance floor.

Friday – Saturday, 22 – 23 February // The Blue Note // Clubbing

Enjoy some trad

Looking to imbue your weekend with a bit of culture? Tig Choili have Irish trad sessions twice daily, and they pour a mean pint of Guinness. It’s a family-owned business and  most of them are musicians themselves, too.

Friday, 15 February // Roisin Dubh // Clubbing

Mother Tongues Festival

With a brilliant programme of theatre, performance, dance, music, literature and more, Mother Tongues brings entertainment for all ages in a celebration of Ireland’s rich cultural tapestry, and the many languages spoken here.

Friday and Saturday, 22 – 23 February // various venues // Festivals

Galway United FC vs Shelbourne

Galway United will kick-off the 2019 SSE Airtricity League First Division season with a home game against Shelbourne at Eamonn Deacy Park. Head to the Plots in Woodquay to join spectators and supporters in a march along the Dyke Road at 6pm!

Friday, 22 February // The Plots, Woodquay // Sport

Pálás’ First Birthday Weekend

Celebrate another birthday with Pálás throughout the weekend! John Conneely & Friends will be bringing music to Merrow with Applause #2 on Friday. On Saturday, Pálás are having a Greatest Showman Sing-Along and karaoke with the legend Steven Sharpe!

Saturday, 16 February // Roisin Dubh // Cabaret


Theatre57 is joining up with Electric to bring alternative, accessible theatre to Galway one night a month. First up is a very special performance of Small Halls and Potholes by Little John Nee, an evening of eccentric songs and strange stories.

Saturday, 23 February // Electric Galway // Theatre

Eat Drink

National Margarita Day

February 22 is Margarita Day — we love that there’s a whole day dedicated to it. To celebrate we’re heading straight to Taylor’s Bar after work for their cracker of a margarita, made with 1800 Tequila silver and fresh lime. Yessss.

7 Dominick Street Upper, Galway’s Westend // more here

g Counter

After a two-week closure for some maintenance work, the g Counter is back in business! Grab your cappucinos, pancakes, burgers and fries and all the other deliciousness you’re accustomed to. If you’ve never been, now is a great time to try.

Wellpark Retail Park, Galway // more here 

Liquor Lounge Cocktail Club

Treat yourself to a night of nibbles and bespoke cocktails at the Liquor Lounge! The third installment of their cocktail club is bringing cocktail-making, sampling, industry tips, prizes and treats.

Friday, 22 February // Liquor Lounge // more here 

Treat yourself

Do something fun and free

If you haven’t got a ton of cash to splash on the weekend, there’s still plenty you can do to enjoy in Galway! Take a look at all the free stuff we’ve put together for you — read here. 

Head to Brigit’s Garden

Bring the family for a relaxing country escape. The award-winning Celtic Gardens at Brigit’s Garden in Roscahill are a fun, interactive place for the family to romp around, explore the roundhouses and follow woodland paths. Afterward, refuel in the garden café with hot food and tea!

Roscahill, Galway // more here