Free Events in Galway 2024
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Free Events in Galway 2024

Attend all the best events in Galway at no cost to your pocket.. get ready for the This is Galway ultimate budget-friendly Galway Events Guide.


Please note: This article will be updated as events take place meaning that this article can be your go-to no matter the day of week or time of year.

THE BOG PROJECT

Strange Brew presents The Bog Project for the first late night live Thursdays at the Róisín Dubh. From the West of Ireland, The Bog Project is a funk infused surf rock trio with an electrifying stage presence. Producing a groovy and hypnotic sound, the band revives the grit of old time classic rock, soul and blues. While the rhythm section locks into grooves of swing and attitude, the lead lays down unforgivable reverb drenched riffs. The Bog Project’s music reminisce the adored sound of the oldies, while pushing the boundaries of what classic rock, funk and blues can really achieve.
February 22nd, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

CASSAVETTES

Casavettes are an emotive alternative rock band hailing from Limerick, Ireland. They have spent many years honing their craft on stages around the country, as well as being at the heart of the thriving Limerick music scene as co-founders of DIY LK & Féile Na Gréine. Their debut LP, Senselessness, was released on February 27th, 2019 with the band embarking on a successful nationwide tour shortly after. Taking influence from emo icons such as Mineral, The Hotelier, and Sunny Day Real Estate, the album set a benchmark for the genre in Ireland.
February 23rd, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

CREATIVE INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS WITH URBANLAB

If you are an artist, arts manager or entrepreneur, cultural professional, researcher, educator, student, cultural policy-maker, these workshops are for you! The University of Galway’s UrbanLab is inviting artists, creative people and anyone interested to join a series of free workshops hosted in partnership with the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts (NATFIZ) from Sofia, Bulgaria. The workshops are taking place as part of the Horizon Europe IN SITU project that supports the work of the creative and cultural industries in non-urban areas of Europe. These collaborative workshops are designed to help participants gain new insights into the creative industries and enhance their skills. The topics range from allowing participants to explore the use of new creative technologies in their work, through developing funding strategies and managing creative spaces, building partnerships with other artists and stakeholders. The seminar is free and you will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the workshops. There are four workshop to choose from, please tap the link below for more on them.
February 22nd + 23rd, from 1.30pm / University of Galway Campus / to register please tap here 

GALWAY KILO POP UP SALE

Be ready to shop over 5 tonnes of vintage and preloved garms and pay by weight for only €35 per Kilo! You can buy as much or as little as you want. No restrictions! The Kilo Sale is back at The Harbour Hotel this February 24th. You can expect a great atmosphere filled with buzzing music, happy faces and tons of awesome clothes.
February 24th, from 10am / The Harbour Hotel / get your free ticket here

GALWAY INDOOR MARKET

The next edition of the Galway Indoor Market will and feature up to 20 stalls that showcase the best of Vintage, Retro, Second Hand & Hand Made from Independent business and creative individuals from Galway and beyond. Expect to discover new and old Clothing, Jewelry, Furniture, Crafts, Original Art, Botany & much much more including music all day with live DJ sets supplied by resident selectors Yawlag Collective.
February 24th, March 23rd, April 20th, May 18th, + June 15th from 11am / Cornstore outside Outset Gallery / more here

PATRICIA FORDE - CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

This free workshop is organised by Guaire Magazine as part of their Children's Creative Arts Competition with author of Fidget the Wonder Dog, To the Island and many more. Patricia Frode is also the Ireland’s seventh Laureate na nÓg.
February 24th, from 2pm / Gort Library / get your free ticket here

ROOKIE AND JOE GO LARGE 3

Saturday the 24th of February Rookie and Joe go large… again for the third time (Genuinely, that’s the best they could come up with). Expect peak 90’s Ibiza classics. House, grime, DNB and a bit of Techno if you’re good.
February 24th, from 11.30pm / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

RISE & SALT

This is Galz Gone Wild's first Rise and Salt of 2024! Will you be joining them?! This is the perfect event to connect with other women with a passion for the outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. Don't forget your mug for a cup of hot cacao provided by their lovely friends at Nibbled Cacao.
February 25th, from 8am / Ladies Beach/Jungle Café / sign up here

DISCO GLAM MAKEUP DEMO

The Skeff’s Glam Nights are back! Join them for a Live Makeup Demo at Grace’s Drinking Club, hosted by BPERFECT. They want to show the ultimate Dancing Queen look so the night features a live makeup demonstration by Grace McCann from BPERFECT, Eyre Square Centre, Galway, who will create that full night time, dance-floor ready look. Not only is there free entry but you will also be treated to a cocktail upon arrival and delicious light bites… and BPERFECT are very nicely going to provide a voucher redeemable in their Eyre Square store for everyone in the audience! Get your dancing shoes ready and lets get that disco fever going!
February 27th, from 7.30pm / The Skeff / get your free ticket here

DRINK AND DRAW

Come along to Pálás bar on February 28th for the first Drink N’ Draw of 2024!! All the necessary bits will be provided but feel free to bring your own supplies if you prefer.
February 28th, from 7.30pm / Pálás Bar / get your free ticket here

CLOSING TIME W/ STEVE SHARPE & THE OPEN MICERS

Songs with words every Wednesday from midnight until late. Come along, grab a seat and listen to some late night tunes. This Wednesday : Steven Sharpe & The Open Micers.
February 28th, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

SPRING LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES

Every Thursday, from 29th of February until the 4th of April, the University of Galway’s School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies will hold their lunchtime lecture series in the Education Room at Galway City Museum from 1pm until 1.50pm. There is no booking required for these lectures but please note seating is limited so early arrival advised. Speakers as they will feature include; Dr Mags Mannion, Dr Patrick J. Mahony, Dr Kieran O'Connor, Joe Fenwick, Dr Karen Taylor and Audrey Walshe.
February 29th + March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th + April 4th, from 1pm / Education Room at Galway City Museum / get your free ticket here

MONOTYPES

monotypes. – the Galway based, in your face, alt-rock band that consists of; Donny on vocals, Tristus Boyd on guitar and vocals, Owen Guillot on bass guitar and Cal Jackman on drums. their much anticipated first EP “hate citing the silent films” recently on June 9th, following the lead single “tame, the remedy” bringing a vital new sound that cannot be heard anywhere else with as much punch as their songs carry when you listen to them on streaming services, their live shows carry another level of dynamics, they’re able to take you from angelic harmonies and beautiful guitar melodies to a surreal intensity. It’s no wonder why they are synonymous with the term “the most serious band in Galway”.
February 29th, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

ADORE

Adore are a 3-piece garage punk band hailing from Galway, Donegal and Dublin. Their music combines themes from surf, disco and pop which blends with their punk sensibilities, firmly grounded by crunchy guitar and a powerful drum and bass combo.
March 1st, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

FRESH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Join Fresh to see the a selection of films made by next generation of young filmmakers from Connaught as part of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of The Year (IYFTY’s) 2024 Connaught Regional Final. – Booking through Eventbrite.ie or e-mail info@freshfilm.ie. Check them out on www.freshfilm.ie or call them at 061 319555.
March 7th, from 10.15am / Town Hall Theatre / get your free ticket here

EPILOGUE

Epilogue are an Indie Rock band composed of 5 lads from Kildare. With influences such as Radiohead, Whippin Boy, Fontaines D.C, The smiths and the 90’s Grunge scene, Epilogue capture a collaboration of these sounds in their debut release:, Hide in The Wall, Bones and much more of unreleased bangers.
March 8th, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

ILLUSTRATED TALK: THE GALWEGIAN WHO BECAME BRITAIN'S GREATEST FEMALE CODEBREAKER

Join Dr Jackie Uí Chionna, author of Queen of Codes: The Secret Life of Emily Anderson, Britain’s Greatest Female Codebreaker (2023), as she tells the fascinating story of Emily’s youth in Galway, her musical scholarship on Mozart and Beethoven, and her role as one of Britain’s most eminent codebreakers. Born 133 years ago in Galway, Emily Anderson (1891–1962) was educated privately and at Queen’s College, Galway (UCG), before studying in Germany. She was appointed Chair of German at UCG in October 1917, but resigned to join the British Foreign Office in 1920, where she became a leading member of the British intelligence, serving for over three decades.
March 16th, from 2pm / Galway City Museum /  get your free ticket here

BASHT

Fresh off supporting Wunderhorse across the UK and Ireland the self proclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll band announce their heavily anticipated headline tour with dates in Dublin, Manchester, London, Glasgow and Galway. Expect to be captivated as the Dubliners pass through your town, Basht are a live act not to be missed and one suspects they won’t be in these intimate rooms for too much longer.
March 22nd, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

AMNIOTCIS

The Amniotics are a four piece alternative girl band inspired by everything from Pavement and Le Tigre, to Courtney Barnett and Little Simz. Known for their raucous live performances and advocacy for women in the industry, their debut track “Boomerang”, a thrashing cynical take on the Dublin arts scene, garnered critical acclaim. Having just made their RTE debut on Sessions from Oblivion, they are looking to release their third single in late spring.
March 21st, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

ILLUSTRATED TALK: TRADITIONAL TRAVELLER HOMES - FORM, FUNCTION & FOLKLORE

Join Oein DeBhairduin, Traveller Culture Collections Development Officer with the National Museum of Ireland, as he discusses the journey from loban/tents to wagons and more modern accommodations – while including form, functions, and community folklore. Travellers, or Mincéirí, are a traditionally nomadic ethnic minority indigenous to the island of Ireland. Their colourfully decorated wagons, sheltering against stone walls and hedgerows on the sides of the road, were a common sight on the outskirts of Irish towns and villages from the 1920s to the 1970s. They have come to symbolise the traditional Traveller way of life.
March 23rd, from 2pm / Galway City Museum /  get your free ticket here

GALWAY MIND BODY EXPERIENCE

Ireland’s Largest Holistic Event Returns to Galway on Sunday 24th March. It's free admission, 70 exhibitors, and 27 complimentary talks, workshops and classes. The event is comprised of four different elements all in one venue, the Mind Body Soul Expo, the Yoga and Meditation Festival, Live Well Talks & Workshops and the Galway Psychic Fair.
March 24th, from 10am / Leisureland / get your free ticket here

FIZZY ORANGE

Fizzy Orange are a six-piece indie/alternative rock group from Dublin city whose soundscape is an analogue-only amalgamation of 60s songwriting, 70s studio techniques and the 80s home recording revolution, with influences ranging from rock & roll to rocksteady, wielding a bevy of exuberant melodies with soul jazz flair. With a can-do, DIY approach Fizzy Orange have become a consistent sell out act at home in Ireland. In early 2024 Fizzy Orange sold out their first London headline in Two Palms, Hackney. Grassroots, independent, fiercely up-and-coming. Fizzy Orange are bringing Dublin City Soul with them wherever they go!
April 4th, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

DAITHÍ

Daithí is an electronic music producer obsessed by the culture of Ireland. This show features his full band, sharing the stage with the two–time choice award nominee. He combines nature recordings, old Irish samples and analog synths to create a unique type of house music that’s soaked in Irish culture. A mainstay in the Irish gigging scene, his live show is an improvised performance, creating on the spot dance music using synths, drum machines and live fiddle.
April 11th, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

STOP THROWING LEMONS

Stop Throwing Lemons are a 4-piece alt-rock/indie band from Galway, Ireland, consisting of two Jacks and two Liams; Liam Carton (vocals), Jack Qualter (Guitar), Jack Silke (Bass) and Liam Liddane (Drums). “Jacks on strings, Liams on other things”. Lovingly described as “cheesy but necessary”, STL have been busy in recent months. Having played together as a three-piece since secondary school, the band picked up Liam Liddane in college, and threw themselves into the Galway music scene. In August 2023, the band got the opportunity to record 3 songs, which are to become their debut singles. “MindWorm” (February 23rd), “This Means Nothing”, and “Untethered” are set to be released in stages, in early-mid 2024.
April 26th, from midnight / Róisín Dubh / get your free ticket here

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