Congratulations! You’ve made it to the weekend!

And good news for you, the city is absolutely buzzing with excitement as the Galway International Arts Festival is back in town. It’s the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner artsy side and head along to an exhibition, or gig, or both!

We have filtered through all the festivities taking place over the next few days and have our top 5 things to do in Galway this weekend:


Guru Dudu
Guru Dudu

Also known as David Naylor, Guru Dudu hails from Australia his fellow tour guru buddies. The charismatic guides will lead you on a ‘silent disco’ power walk through Galway! With hilarious commentary of the Australian motivator talking through audiences’ headsets, a fifty–strong crowd will dance and sing their way through the streets from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch and Galway’s west end. Including some excellent tunes from the ’70s, ’80s and more, you won’t be able to stop yourself getting in the groove. Warning: your cheeks may hurt from smiling. This is going to be some serious fun! For tickets and more information, go to Galway International Arts Festival 

When: 17–28 July (No shows 22 & 23 July)

Time: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6.30pm & 8pm

Where: Festival Garden, Eyre Square, Galway 

Cost: €10



The Kinds Head continues its long tradition of lunchtime comedy with another great line-up. Enjoy the comedy styling of top acts including Foil Arms and HogDeirdre O’KaneBarry MurphyFred CookeDanny O’BrienJoe Rooney, Karl SpainTony Cantwell and Neil Delamere and many more all under the tutelage of MC Gerry Mallon. See below for daily line-up throughout the Festival. The Laughter Loft is situated in The Ruby Room, which is on the top floor of The Kings Head. Please note that tickets are €12.50 and available on the door only.

When: 15 – 28 July 2019

Time: 1pm [Doors 12.30pm]

Where: The Kings Head, High St, Galway

Cost: €12.50


In 2018, a whopping 145,000 flocked to the inaugural Festival Garden in Eyre Square which proved to be a huge hit with visitors who enjoyed al-fresco dining and drinks as well as occasional pop-up performances with guest artists. The Festival Garden will return to Eyre Square and is the perfect place to soak up the arty party atmosphere. This year there is an extra special guest located in the garden, let us know if you spot it! Whatever you are into, this vibrant and varied lineup is sure to have the perfect slice of entertainment for you. Open daily from Wednesday, 17th July 2019.

When: 17 – 28 July 2019

Time: 11am – 10pm

Where: Eyre Square, Galway

Cost: Free to all



Suitable for children aged 6+ ‘The Star Child’ is promised to be a beautiful show. This haunting, magical fairytale collection by Oscar Wilde is beautifully woven into a dramatic staging using live music, puppetry, and large acting ensemble. Adapted for the stage by Mary Elizabeth Burke–Kennedy, this imaginative staging tells the stories of The Happy PrinceThe Selfish Giant, and The Star Child. For tickets and more information, go to Galway International Arts Festival

When: 15 – 28 July 2019 (No show Sunday 21 July)

Time: 4.30pm

Where: Nun’s Island Theatre, Nun’s Island, Galway

Cost: €14



Located on Lower Abbeygate St. in the heart of the city, the stylish Venice Restorante Italiano offers an authentic Italian dining experience. With a relaxed atmosphere, exceptional service and beautiful aromas flowing coming from the kitchen, you’ll be sure to have those tastebuds tickled. Their fabulous menu offers a range of fresh pasta dishes and pizza and also caters to any dietary requirements. They are renowned for first-class services for small groups, so it’s an ideal spot for some pre or post-festival activity fuel. For more information go to Venice Restorante Italiano or call 091 530-751.

Where: Lower Abbeygate St, Galway City