The following festivals and events have taken place / will be

taking place in Westport in 2011;



Festival Description

Feile John McGrath

15th – 16th April

Commemorates aspects of  Mayo’s culture & heritage including music, language & folklore

Folk & Bluegrass Festival

24th – 26th June

Folk & Bluegrass Festival. In its fifth year. Fifteen acts performing in seven different venues around the town

Westport International Sea Angling Festival

24th – 26th June

Annual Sea Angling.
Festival incorporating a shore and boat competition.
Pulse Westport
Triathlon 2011

16th July

Second Westport Triathlon 750m swim, 22.5km cycle and 5km run

Music Festival

5th – 7th August

Family orientated music festival – free nightly outdoor concerts

Heritage Day

7th August

Display of Historical Artefacts, Craft display, entertainment & Traditional music

Gael Force

20th August

Multi sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking & kayaking

Cannonball Run

10th September

Charity 3 day fundraising event around Ireland involving supercar enthusiasts. Overnight stop over in Westport

Festival of Sport / Buzz Day


Local sporting organisations participate in Sports Fun Day. Opportunity for all to try out various sports – land & water based

Westport Food Festival

2nd – 4th September

3 day family friendly event to include food village, cookery workshops, demonstrations, tasting events and competitions

Meet on the Reek

23rd – 25th September

Singles weekend involving climb of Croagh Patrick and additional social activities

Horse Fair

24th September

Horse Fair includes showing classes and a dog show

Arts Festival

30th Sept – 9th October

Ten day festival incorporating street theatre and performances, world music, classical music, jazz, traditional music and children’s entertainment

Helm Skate

1st – 2nd October

Two day angling festival for common & other species  of skate

Sea 2 Summit

12th November

Two separate adventure races incorporating road running, cycling and a mountain hike

Rolling Sun Book  Festival

12th – 13th November

Inaugural festival held in 2010 - poetry and literary readings, Workshops, recitals of songs & poetry  and a Sunday symposium

Shop n Spraoi na Nollag

December, 2011

Traditional craft/food markets on the Mall. Full entertainment programme over the weekend.