Free Events in Galway 2023
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Free Events in Galway 2023

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Friends of Merlin Woods bring you a whole host of events for Biodiversity week in partnership with local experts, schools and organisations. Biodiversity week takes place nationwide and is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to learn about the importance of their local areas. Our wild places and green/blue spaces need protecting from the harm which can occur through human activities. Ireland is undergoing a Biodiversity crisis presently, through education and awareness we can all play our part to ensure a future for our wildlife. Events open to public and all are welcome.
May 20th-28th, from 12pm / Merlin Woods Community Garden / more here


To celebrate National Biodiversity Week, Galway County Council is delighted to announce a FREE one-day Sustainable Gardening Course run by horticulturist Aoife Munn. The course will cover planting for pollinators, pond building, vegetable growing, dealing with pests organically and much more. This course is suitable for adults who wants to garden for biodiversity but especially Tidy Towns groups, Green Schools coordinators and Allotment Holders.
May 26th, from 10am / Lough Rea Hotel & Spa / get your free ticket here


Vida is the Spanish for life. And La Vida De San Miguel is about bringing to life the Spanish passion for all that’s good. It’s about seeking out and savouring the good times and great beer. Join San Miguel in The Front Door Pub, and immerse yourself in this immersive Spanish tasting experience. Guest chef is the Michelin star awarded Eric Matthews. He will be creating a specially curated menu for the evening, accompanied by the award-winning San Miguel beer. In addition, the unique Caffola & Engel will be supplying the musical vibes. And there’ll be lots more surprises on the night! So here’s to the seekers, time to live life to its fullest.
May 26th, from 7.30pm / The Front Door / get your free ticket here


This Creative Writing workshop will focus on the new and exciting speculative fiction genre. The first part of this workshop will present it to the attendees, reviewing some of its most famous authors such as Philip K Dick, A S Byatt, José Luis Borges and Hilary Mantel. In the second part of the workshop, the attendees will be encouraged to remember and narrate recent historical events from the 20th century – these can be events that they may have not experienced by themselves but that they have heard about in stories told to them by family members or people they’ve known.
May 27th, from 11am / Galway City Museum / more here


Scratch Night is a cabaret-style performance opportunity, similar to open mic nights, where artists perform a sequence or routine of their own creation. It offers a safe and welcoming atmosphere for anyone to grow and experiment with the art of performance through an informal circus show. The event aims to provide a fun and space for people to get to know each other and to immerse themselves in the world of circus. All ages are welcome to attend and ages 12+ are invited to perform. If you are interested in performing an act for Scratch Night, please email
May 28th, from 6.30pm / St. Joseph's Community Centre / get your free ticket here


If you like to sing or hear other people sing, get over to the Róisín Dubh for the very famous Galway tradition - Open Mic Night! A night of entertainment is guaranteed and when it comes to wrapping up a weekend in Galway, this is the place to be.
Every Sunday, from 9pm / Róisín Dubh / more here


Train Station Galway are hosting Pelvic Floor Specialist Sylvia Farrell for their next free talk in the Wellness Garden.This talk is on Monday following their Parent & Baby fitness class at 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend, new mamas or anyone with pelvis floor issues that may want some advice. Pop in and have a cuppa and a chat.
May 29th, from 11.30am / Train Station Galway / more here


Voices of Phoenix is an intergenerational choir, with members who range from college age through retired professionals. These singers joined together this year from all over the Phoenix metro area to prepare a program of American music for a tour of Ireland. You will hear many styles of music born in America, including Shaker, jazz, spiritual and folk, from our history beginning in the 1700’s to present day. Joining them on the evening, Galway Baroque Singers  has performed a huge repertoire-Oratorios, Masses, Requiems, Glorias, Magnificats. All of these ranging from the 16th century to present day compositions.
May 29th, from 7.30pm / St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church / get your free ticket here


Daithí will be playing a June residency late night at Róisín Dubh on Thursday nights. "I am currently building a new improvised solo live show, designed for late night parties. These things are best tested in front of a lovely dancing group of people, so I'm delighted to be taking on my first ever residency, in the Róisín Dubh this June. Galway in the summer is unbeatable, and best of all the gigs will be free admission, so anyone can come along. See you there! No requests, just vibes!" - Daithí.
Every Thursday in June, from 11.30pm / Róisín Dubh / more here


Show some love to your local beach with this fun combination of litter clean ups and family fun events, including Drumming, Workshops, Sandcastle Building Competition and Beach Games. This initiative is brought to you by Galway City Council and Clean Coasts Ireland to get the public to love their local beaches.
June 7th-10th, from 5pm / Galway Beaches / more here


Join Design Lab Ambassador and local artist Kate McSharry in a sculpture and space making workshop designed for young people of all ages. Drop in to take part in accessible activities that connect us, out voices, and our surroundings in the creation of a dream like structure!
June 10th, from 11am / Áras na nGael / get your free ticket here

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