Things to do in Sligo – August 2017

Happy August. In true Irish style we’ve had heavy rain showers today, so if you are coming for a visit do bring a rain coat – or flippers! Anyway here are some suggestions of things to do in Sligo this August.

Monday – Saturday in August there is the Free Walking Tour of Sligo town. This starts at this Discover Ireland Tourist Office, O’Connell Street, Sligo Town 11: am (duration approx 2hrs). This may not run on Bank Holiday Monday so do check in advance.

2nd August 3-4pm – Comic Making Workshop in Sligo Library with Wayne O’Connor. Booking essential on 0719111675

3rd August 3 -4pm – Storytelling with Bella Blossom in Sligo Library. All welcome.

3rd August 10pm.  The thirty year celebration of the JCB Man Seamus Moore at The Village Inn, Cartron. They also have live country and western music all weekend.

4th – 7th August. The Ballymote Heritage Weekend takes place. Featuring lectures, trips and tours:

4th – 7th August. The James Morrison Festival takes place in Riverstown. There be traditional music and dancing in the streets in this annual festival.

5th August. The North Sligo Agricultural Show takes place in Grange, Co. Sligo. Enjoy live music and sheep, cattle, poultry, dog and home industry classes:

5th – 9th August. The Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival takes place with something for all the family. The Old Fair Day itself on Wednesday the 9th is not to be missed with live music, market stalls, vintage vehicles, crafts and so much more. All details are here:

6th August. The Neal Egan Classic Motor Show at the IT Sligo.

6th August. Ballisodare Utd. Fun Walk/Run/Jog followed by a duck race. Also live music, face painting and entertainment.

7th August (Bank Holiday Monday). The MS Union Challenge Charity Walk/Run/Jog takes place in Collooney at 12 noon. Individuals and teams are welcome. More information here:

7th August Concert at Moy River Folk Club (Moy River B&B),  Cloonacool. Greenshine is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear.  Book at 087 2512030.

9th August 3-5pm join Wayne O’Connor as he brings his amazing board games to Sligo Library. Suitable for ages 8+ booking essential. 0719111675

9th August – Farmers Day at the Sligo Races
10th August – Ladies Day at the Sligo Races. Katherine Lynch is the judge and there’s a chance to win €1500!

Sligo Summer Festival August 10th – 12th in the Stephen Street Carpark. Thursday (10th) – Kieran Quinn Live & Guests (Feat the hits of Bowie & Prince). Friday (11th) The Blizzards Saturday (12th) Aslan.

10th/11th August in Sligo town. 18th Carmel Gunning Summer School of Traditional music dates. Phone 0876250454 for more details.

11th August and other dates during August. The Hawk’s Well Theatre have free theatre workshops. To find out more visit their website:

12th August. One Day South Sligo Walking Festival. A choice of three different walks and refreshments will be served.

13th August from 10am. Knocknarea 8 mile loop run and walk.

13th August 2 – 5pm Bards in the Woods at Gillighan’s World, Knocknashee.

13th August 8-9pm Old Time Radio Play ‘A Logic Named Joe’ performed by The Dark Leaves Theatre Company in Thomas Connolly pub.

16th and 17th August 3-4pm storytelling at Sligo Central Library. The 16th features books by David Walliams and the 17th bring your favourite book and Bella Blossom will read stories.

19th August – The Murphy Beds play The Model Sligo

19th – 27th August. National Heritage Week takes place. This is for the whole of Ireland and there are some fantastic events to take part in. You can check out the Sligo events here.

22nd August join Sligo Rugby Club for a day at the Sligo Races.

23rd August 3-4pm Storytelling with Wayne O’Connor at Sligo Central Library. Wayne brings the tales of Dr. Seuss to life in this lively hour.

26th August. The Warriors Run in Strandhill. This is a 15k run from Strandhill up Knocknarea Mountain and back again. If you don’t fancy the run (and it’s fully booked now) there is also a family fun day taking place.

27th August 8pm. Cherish the Ladies play the Hawk’s Well Theatre. This is always a sell out show so don’t miss out.

The Sligo Markets:
Every Saturday you can visit Beltra Country Market, The Farmer’s Market at the IT Sligo, Rathcormac Country Market and Drummartin Country MarketCliffoney Country Market takes place on the first and third Saturday of the month.
Strandhill People’s Market takes place every Sunday at Sligo airport from 11am – 4pm – it will also be on the August bank holiday at the same time.

Eagle’s Flying in Ballymote is open every day with two flying shows a day and a lovely pet farm for all to enjoy. It’s a great day out for all the family and well worth a visit.

For art exhibitions check out the Hamilton Gallery, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Teach Ban in Drumcliffe and The Model.

You’ll find live music every night of the week in the various pubs and clubs in Sligo. Thomas Connolly is the oldest pub in Sligo and has music every night except Saturday. You can find the details here.

So these are just a few suggestions for you. This post is just a guide and not a recommendation of things to do and is not sponsored or affiliated with any of the events mentioned or by any other company.

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