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.

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What to Do

Thanks Brother

This gritty-pop, brother-thanking duo are playing Monroe’s Galway this weekend! Their first single ‘We Are Different’ was released in March of this year and it’s definitely catchy. This is their first headline gig so go give ’em some love!

Friday, 17 August // Monroe’s Galway // Live Music

Mother

This is the big show of this year’s Galway Pride Festival! Mother will be taking over the Róisín for a massive party of disco messing, sequins and glitter, Pride-style.

Friday, 17 August // Roisin Dubh // Clubbing

Shivers Boat Party

All aboard – Shivers are setting sail for their final boat party of the year !!! with Aoife ONeill of Cork and Section5 aka DJ Bierhaus. Head to Electric after for Gash Collective, Club Comfort and music on every level.

Friday, 17 August // Corrib Princess // Clubbing

Galway Pride Parade and Family Fun Day

For a feel-good morning of love and rainbows, turn out in the city centre for this year’s Galway Community Pride Parade! It’s starting at City Hall and heading down Shop Street for Fr. Burke Park, where there will be a big family fun day with lots of fun events for everyone.

Saturday, 18 August // from Galway City Hall // Family and LGBT+

Holistic Fest

This year’s Holistic Fest features workshops, holistic treatments, music, speakers and nibbles all in aid of Mental Wellness in Galway. Last year’s event sold out quickly so don’t delay in reserving your spot!

Sunday, 19 August // 56 Central // Health & Wellbeing

Citóg Records Garden Party

The last Garden Party of the summer brings your favourite local artists playing mellow, stripped-back sets to carry you through Sunday evening.

Sunday, 19 August // The Blue Note // Live Music

Blas @ Browne’s Tuam Food Festival

Head down to Browne’s in Tuam for a fun, family-friendly day of cooking demonstrations and showcases from the area’s local producers! Fill your belly and take some home to stock your pantry, too.
Sunday, 19 August // Browne’s // Festivals

All-Ireland Hurling Final

Well, obviously. Here’s where to watch! 

Sunday, 19 August // Sport

eat and drink

Chez Augustin

Get a little cultural this weekend and indulge in delicious French food at Chez Augustin! Raclettes, fondue, fresh baked French bread and of course a glass of wine – because weekends were made for a little indulgence! Find them just around the corner from TK Maxx!

Lydon Court, Bóthan Irwin, Galway City // more here 

Upstairs at West

Treat yourself to something really nice by heading to West Restaurant in Barna (or at least trying to snag a reservation)! Their award-winning wine experience is worth the trip alone, perfectly matched by their local, seasonal menu.

The Twelve, Barna // more here 

Ground & Co.

Whether it’s a weekend afternoon coffee and treat you’re after or a full on brunch, you’ll find it at Ground & Co, with a view of the sea no less! It’s a wonderfully welcoming, family-friendly place, and you’re just steps away from a wander down the Salthill prom afterward.

Atlantiquaria, Salthill // more here 

treat yourself

1984 Miracles

Gear up for autumn with bold prints in practical streetwear style from independent, exclusive brands at 1984 Miracles! Cosy hoodies, fun joggers, and all the accessories you could want. Stay comfy, look good.

5 St Augustine Street, Galway City // more here 

Mishnoc

Something about cooler weather calls for stylish leather gear! Mishnoc have gorgeous authentic Italian leather handbags, briefcases, shoppers, luggage, wallets and more. They’re built to last, so it’s really just a smart investment, right?

Cathedral Buldings, Abbeygate Street Lower, Galway City // more here