Ballina Salmon Festival
Ballina Salmon Festival first took place in Ballina in 1964 and was at the time called the ‘Moy Salmon Festival’, based on the fact that Ballina was home to one of the best rivers in Ireland, with the best fishing waters and salmon in the country. This is, of course, the case to this day!
In time, the festival was renamed the ‘Ballina Salmon Festival’, and today it remains one of the highlights of the summer months in the West of Ireland. Every year over 200,000 people descend on the North Mayo capital to enjoy our fantastic, community-based family-friendly festival. The Ballina Salmon Festival is particularly proud of its family-centred focus. One-third of the festival’s entire programme is dedicated solely to children.
The action-packed programme also includes old favourites like International Evening, Heritage Day, Mardi Gras and the Fireworks Display, along with river-based events like fishing competitions and raft races. New events are introduced annually to keep the festival fresh and exciting.
July 9th – International Evening
On opening night, the streets of Ballina come alive with song, theatre, dance, food and drink from 12 different countries
July 10th – A Night at the Proms
Ballina’s town choirs combine to put on a musical extravaganza – over 230 talented performers, singing in harmony in one magnificent performance
July 12th – National Heritage Day
Ballina as it was on a traditional market day 100 years ago. Dress up and see the old Irish crafts of old threshing, spinning, forgery, weaving, woodturning and more
July 14th – A Celebration of Irish Music
Enjoy an amazing traditional Irish music showcase, with the best of local Irish traditional music, dance & performance
July 15th – Mardi Gras & Fireworks Extravaganza
Mayo’s biggest street party winds its way through town with magnificent floats, street theatre, drumbeats & samba sounds. Followed by spectacular fireworks at the River Moy
July 16th – Teddy Bears’ Picnic
In Tom Ruane Park, enjoy inflatable fun, the festival train, farm animals, music and entertainment. An unforgettable day for bears, small children and big kids alike