An Irish adage advises: Go east for a women; Go west for a horse...
Ballinasloe Horse Fair is held annually in Ballinasloe, the second largest town in County Galway, in the western part of Ireland. It is one of Europe’s oldest and largest Horse Fairs, dating back to the 18th century. This annual event attracts up to 80,000 visitors from all over the world, with many returning to the town year after year. This festival is one of the most important social and economic events in the life of the town. The town is also renowned for horse and pony riding, show jumping and other equestrian activities which take place throughout the year.
Traditional horse Fair Dates: Sunday October 1st to Sunday October 8th
Over the course of 9 days there will be a huge amount of events taking place in the town. There is activities for all all ages to enjoy.
The Festival Office is now open on Society Street ~ 0874421561
FOOD & CRAFT MARKET SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER Application form click here
Through-out the festival there will be tons of entertainment. Including live music on the sound stage and in the pubs, the annual tug-a-war competition, the hugely exciting soapbox derby. The festival will finish up with a fireworks display. There is something for all the family to enjoy. Check out the entertainment guide for all the times and more.