An amazing maritime experience
It’ll be so great to ‘sea’ you all at Ireland’s national maritime festival. Here, in the city at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Galway truly comes alive in the summer months so there’ll be no better time and place to celebrate the sea and all its wonderful gifts than at our 4th annual festival.
Galway will truly come alive celebrating the seven seas at our 4th annual #SeaFest18
Treasuring our oceans
It’s also never been more important to treasure our oceans, both for its precious riches and for the long maritime tradition that has attracted sailors as legendary as Christopher Columbus to these hospitable shores.
It promises to be a fun and special weekend for people of all ages whether you fancy yourself as a budding marine biologist, or just love an early morning dip.
Join seafarers as legendary as Christopher Columbus by visiting Galway’s hospitable shores for #SeaFest2018
Make the weekend your own
So join the 100,000 visitors already planning to make this weekend their own, you’re guaranteed to have lots of fun and learn a lot about our surrounding waters too
Make the weekend your own with so many things to do at Galway’s #SeaFest18
Who should I bring?
SeaFest 2018 has so many treats in store that it will be sure to keep everyone captivated from curious kids to adrenaline junkies, and from wannabe seafarers to culinary connoisseurs.
It’s ideal for bringing the kids along, but there’s a full programme of events designed to keep adults of all interests engaged and entertained too.
#Seafest18 is an ideal weekend for little kids, big kids and even bigger kids. And there’s so much in store for adults too. So why not come and ‘Sea’ for yourself?
Where should I go?
Most of the action will be taking place down by Galway harbour where you can get some sailing lessons, go kayaking or enjoy a tour of Galway Bay on free guided pleasure boats. Here you’ll also find on the water events, our festival village, our main exhibition space and BIM / Bord Bia‘s Big Top on the Dock.
Take a walk around our Festival Village which surrounds Galway Harbour. Immerse yourself in some audio visual experiences in the Atlantic Theatre or take in the breathtaking shores of Salthill.
Come down to Galway Docks to experience all the many amazing events that #Seafest18 has in store for you and all the family.
Will I need to splash out?
Only in the fun sense. All of the events and exhibitions are completely free, though you may have to pay for food and drink within the village. You won’t need a big chunk of change to enjoy #Seafest18.
What should I expect?
You’ll find Galway awash with culture, creativity and all round craziness over the three days, with a selection of outdoors events that varies from stepping aboard an Irish Navy vessel, taking kayak or sailing lessons, to a breath-taking display of acrobatics from some world champion flyboarders.
Galway will be awash with marine culture, creativity and all round craziness over three fun-filled days at #Seafest2018
If you’d don’t fancy the weather, or you’d prefer to be indoors there are lot of events and exhibitions happening around the city too.
In the Atlantic Theatre you can watch the charming Irish animation, Song of the Sea, or meet underwater wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan, who’s worked on the award winning Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. We’ll be showing some of his amazing work on the big screen.
Our mobile 3D Under Sea Dome will be sure to mesmerise the whole family, while Galway City Museum’s exhibition Sea Science – The Wild Atlantic which will showcase the marine science of our beloved ocean in an interactive and child-friendly way.
You’ll be enthralled by the big screen in the Atlantic Theatre, immersed in the Under Sea 3D Dome and captivated by the interactive exhibitions in the Galway City Museum at #Seafest18.
Somewhere to leave the kids?
Yes, we’ll be only too happy to educate your little ones all about the pleasures and treasures of the deep blue sea. As well as all the family fare mentioned in the locations above, our Kids Zone is the prime place to keep them joyfully occupied – from making pirates out of Lego to getting know the inhabitants of our rock-pool petting zoo.
Our Kids Zone is sure to keep all your little crew entertained – from making pirates out of Lego to getting know the inhabitants of our rock-pool petting zoo. #SeaFest18
Lover of Seafood?
Well you’re in for a literal treat. Firstly because Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara have teamed up to showcase the culinary treasures of the ocean at their Seafood Experience exhibition.
Here you’ll learn all about how our seafood is sustainably caught and prepared while some of Ireland’s top chefs will be on hand to cook up some of this fresh catch just for you.
You’ll also find lots more fishy and non-fishy delights at the festival village where Galway producers will serve up their finest fare and keep you from getting too hungry as you wander around the streets of Galway.
Learn all the fishy details around how your Irish seafood is sustainably caught and prepared at the amazing Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara space at #SeaFest18.
Looking for some academia?
Of course it’s great to have fun, but this festival is about more than that after all. That’s why our Ocean Wealth Summit will be getting down to more serious matters with our theme: Investing in Marine Ireland.
And at Galway’s Dock you’ll find expert speakers, conferences and a trade show to help you get your head around some of the more compelling issues and opportunities our seas currently face.
Learn from keynote speakers and discover all about investing in Marine Ireland, at this year’s Ocean Wealth Summit. Our theme this year is Investing in Marine Ireland.
Well you’re in Galway of course, so there’s so many other wonderful things to see and do while you’re visiting the Town of the Tribes
How can I find out more?
Check out other pages of our website which has lots of more in-depth information on what’s taking place across the festival
Or why not download our Seafest App and carry the schedule around with you.
Download the SeaFest App today for everything you need to know about what’s on and where to find it!