Arts Festivals in Sligo this summer

Sligo offers a variety of arts festivals throughout June, July, and August 2024, catering to diverse tastes and interests. Here’s a list of notable events:


  1. Sligo County Fleadh
    • Dates: May 31 – June 3, 2024
    • Location: Easkey, County Sligo
    • Description: A traditional music festival featuring competitions, sessions in local pubs, and concerts showcasing the best of Sligo’s traditional musicians​
  2. Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival
    • Dates: June 21 – June 23, 2024
    • Location: Rosses Point, County Sligo
    • Description: A maritime-themed festival with shanty singing groups, boat races, and various family-friendly activities supporting the RNLI​.


  1. Cairde Sligo Arts Festival
    • Dates: July 6 – July 14, 2024
    • Location: Various locations in Sligo
    • Description: A multi-disciplinary arts festival featuring circus performances, beach shows, forest events, and a wide range of artistic experiences​ (Cairde Sligo Arts Festival)​.
  2. Ballygawley Music Festival
    • Dates: July 14 – July 16, 2024
    • Location: Ballygawley Village, County Sligo
    • Description: A three-night music festival with performances by popular bands and a special kids’ event​
  3. Sligo Jazz Project
    • Dates: July 25 – July 30, 2024
    • Location: Sligo
    • Description: A jazz festival and summer school with workshops, masterclasses, and performances by international jazz musicians​


  1. Sligo Whiplash Metal Fest
    • Dates: August 3 – August 4, 2024
    • Location: Anderson’s Bar & Grill, Sligo
    • Description: A metal music festival featuring some of Ireland’s best metal bands​
  2. James Morrison Traditional Music Festival
    • Dates: August (Dates TBD)
    • Location: Riverstown, County Sligo
    • Description: Celebrates the legacy of James Morrison with traditional Irish music performances
  3. Tubbercurry Old Fair Day
    • Dates: August (Dates TBD)
    • Location: Tubbercurry, County Sligo
    • Description: A family-friendly festival with heritage displays, artisan stalls, and live music​

These festivals showcase the rich cultural tapestry of Sligo and provide ample opportunities for both locals and visitors to enjoy music, art, and community activities. For more details, you can visit Sligo Tourism and Cairde Sligo Arts Festival.