Have no fear, the weekend is nearly here!
The city came alive over the past two weeks with the arrival of the Galway International Arts Festival. Thousands came to catch a glimpse of all the hustle and bustle from the Big Top all the way to Shop Street. This weekend marks the end of this joyous event, and we have included some must-see and must-do events before we say farewell for another year.
1. THE CORONAS
Hugely popular band The Coronas are bringing ‘The Long Way Home Festival’ on the road this summer, with their GIAF19 date among many Irish dates announced. Heineken® Big Top audiences can get ready to sing along to hits like ‘Someone Else’s Hands’, ‘Closer to You’, ‘San Diego Song’ and ‘Give Me a Minute’. The Coronas will be joined by four breakthrough Irish live acts, Le Boom, Ryan McMullan, True Tides and The Clockworks for what’s sure to be a show-stopping night to round out the 2019 festival. For more information and tickets, go to GIAF 19. [Please note that the end of Festival party begins at 5pm at the Heineken Big Top]
When: Sunday, 29th July
Where: Heineken Big Top, Fisheries Field, Galway
2. SAM JINKS IN THE FLESH
Proving to be a massive highlight at this year’s festival, In The Flesh is an enthralling exhibition by one of Australia’s most exciting and important contemporary sculptors, Sam Jinks. The exhibition, which includes new and existing work, explores the themes of intimacy, empathy, alienation, mortality, and acceptance. His hyper-realistic representations of the body, constructed from clay casts, poured silicone, fiberglass, resin and human hair, reflect the impermanence of life and the body’s fragility, while simultaneously capturing the intimacy, strength, empathy, and vulnerability which defines us.
When: 15th – 28th July 2019
Time: 11am – 6pm / Late opening to 8pm Thursday–Saturday
Where: Festival Gallery, William St, Galway
Cost: Free to all
3. WONDER YEARS: HARRY POTTER MARATHON
Head down to Pálás this weekend for a classic Harry Potter sesh! One of the most beloved, magical and exhilarating stories about growing up is the story of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends and enemies throughout his school years in Hogwarts as they all grow into powerful, wise and probably pretty damaged young men and women. Pálás will be hosting a Harry Potter marathon on Saturday 27th July 2019 where they will be playing all eight films back to back (it’s nearly 24 hours people, so bring your blanket!) There will also have a very magical Hogwarts themed menu to keep you going throughout the night. For tickets and more information, go to PÁLÁS
When: 27th July 2019
Where: Pálás, Merchants Rd Lower, Galway
4. JAZZ AT THE BLACKGATE
Sue Rynhart & Huw Warren are coming to The Black Gate on Friday 26th July 2019. Sue Rynhart vocals & Huw Warren on piano. Alban Berg, medieval chant, traditional Irish song, 19th Century Russian literature, gothic fiction and Homer’s Odyssey are some of the inspiration for the work of this exceptional duo. Sue Rynhart and Huw Warren will be performing improvisations, arrangements and new music by Sue Rynhart. If you fancy a chilled night of jazz and great drinks, this one is for you. For more information, go to The Black Gate
When: 26th July 2019
Where: The Black Gate, St Francis St, Galway
Cost: €10 available here
5. SALTHILL SUMMER SUNDAY MARKET
The Salthill Summer Sunday Market returns again this weekend. Located beside the Prom car park, near the roundabout, in the heart of Salthill Village, the weekly market runs every Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm during the summer months. With an exciting mix of produce on offer, including gourmet crepes, Colleran’s Sausages, fresh fruit and veg, barista coffee, wood-fired pizza and a range of craft and gift items, there will be something to tempt everyone as you pull up a patch of grass and soak in the stunning views across Galway Bay. What better way to while away a few lazy hours on a summer Sunday, supporting local artisan producers all at the same time!
Where: Salthill, Galway
When: Sunday 28th JuLY 2019
Cost: Free to all