Launched in September 1954, still going strong after 60+ years. The Galway International Oyster Festival is one of the biggest on Ireland’s social calendar, with more than 22,000 patrons happily feasting on tons of their famous native oysters. Over the last 59 years, the Irish oyster festival have drawn a lot of media attention. Getting coverage from Bon Appetit Magazine, BBC Good Food, Food And Wine Magazine, Easy Food Magazine, Time Magazine, Travel And Leisure Magazine, Conde Nast, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Image Magazine, Fodor’s, The lonely Planet Guide and many more.
The Sunday Times described it as “one of the 12 greatest shows on earth” the festival achieved a listing in the AA travel guide as being one of Europe’s seven best festivals. The festival is held on the very last weekend in September, celebrating Galway’s massive yearly oyster harvest. The oyster season spans over the months of September to April. Originally launched and teaming up with Paddy Burke’s Bar, was later relocated to the city center of galway in the 1980’s. Growing bigger in number with each passing year. During this time The Irish and World Oyster Opening or ‘shucking’ Championships are also held. Be prepared for top class entertainment, large street parades, seafood trails for the hungry, ample celebrated hospitality, definitely the place to be to start new friendships, keeping the flow of champagne never-ending and without the whisper of a doubt an abundance of rich, creamy Irish stout.
Popular things to do in galway for the whole family, come and explore the Galway City Museum – Boasting great views of the Claddagh going to the upper floors.
Take your family on the Corrib Princess for a tour on the river Corrib and Lake, view Galway from the water.
Have a nice picnic, visit the autograph tree and stand on the human sundial.
Give Millennium Park a visit, featuring a skateboarding area for the older children and a playground for the little ones.
Go strolling along the promenade at Saithill.
Spend a day in Portumna, go and visit the castle, the playground and lovely Forest Park.
Do the Nature Trail in Brigit’s Garden.
Dress-up in medieval costumes and do some archeryat the athenry heritage Centre.
Go and fly a kite at Rinville Park, in Oranmore and stop by the great playground and the old castle orchard.
Spend some time a few hours in Hipkidz in BriarHill, it feels like an activity version in a playstation game
The Oyster festival are proudly sponsored by Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland and Milestone Inventive, one of the most internationally recognized Irish festivals after St Patrick’s Day, it is also the world’s longest running oyster festival. All through the festival tantalizing events are planned for the enjoyment of all. Ample foodie talks and plenty tasting events in Galway’s best restaurants. There will be a festival marquee, a Mardi Grass style gala Event also boasting plenty of family activities. Live Musicians and cooking demonstrations for you. The Oyster festival have welcomed over half a million patrons and have consumed more than 3 million oysters washing them down with champagne and creamy Irish stout to the songs of Ireland’s finest musicians, making Galway’s Oyster Festival one of the best places to go to when you travel to Ireland.
Read more about the Galway Oyster Festival: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galway_International_Oyster_Festival