Ballinasloe Horse Fair is held annually in Ballinasloe, the second largest town in County Galway, in the western part of Ireland. It is one of Europe’s oldest and largest Horse Fairs, dating back to the 18th century.
This annual event attracts up to 80,000 visitors from all over the world, with many returning to the town year after year.
This festival is one of the most important social and economic events in the life of the town. The town is also renowned for horse and pony riding, show jumping and other equestrian activities which take place throughout the year.
Schedule of Events
Friday 20th September - Queen of Fair Gullane’s Hotel @ 8pm
Sunday 29th September - Official Opening • Horse Fair • Street Stalls • Street Entertainment • Horse & Pony Lunging
Monday 30th September - Horse Fair • Street Entertainment • Street Stalls • Connemara Pony Classes on Fair Green
Tuesday 1st October - Heritage Night / Photo Exhibition • Gullane’s Hotel 8.30pm
Thursday 3rd October - Fair & Festival Music Night - see here for details
Friday 4th October - Fireworks Display 8.30pm • Entertainment 7pm to 8.30pm @ Marina • Jiving Competition St. Michaels Sq.@ 9pm • Tug of War - Society St. @ 9pm
Saturday 5th October - Country Fair Day • Horses on the fair green • Street Entertainment • Market Stalls
Sunday 6th October - Food & Craft Market • Kids Art Crafts & Bakery •Static Vintage Display • MotorBbike Stunt Show
Kids Tractor Racing • Dog Show • Street Entertainment
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