One of the largest, family-friendly community-based festivals in the West of Ireland

Welcome to Ballina Salmon Festival!

Now in its 54th year, Ballina Salmon Festival is one of the West of Ireland’s longest running family festivals, attracting crowds of over 250,000 annually to the North Mayo Capital.

The festival was originally named 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, and Ballina, with its strong fishing heritage  is known today as the ‘Salmon Capital of Ireland’.

Ballina Salmon Festival is proud of its diverse programme, community ethos and family focus.  One third of our festival’s programme is dedicated solely to children, making Ballina the perfect holiday destination for visiting families during festival week. New events are introduced annually to keep the festival fresh and exciting.

Ballina Salmon Festival aims to celebrate Ballina life along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way – our past, our present and our future. We aim to showcase Ballina and the stunning natural beauty surrounding us in the North Mayo region to the world.

In working with our local artists, musicians and volunteers, we wish to celebrate in our diverse festival programme our talents, our culture, our heritage and our unique status as the Salmon Capital of Ireland.

Ballina Salmon Festival is a time to welcome home our Mayo diaspora and open our arms to new visitors. It is our wish that if you arrive as a stranger, you leave as a lifelong friend.

Ballina Salmon Festival takes place from 8th – 15th July  2018.

We look forward to welcoming you!


A Full Schedule Of All The Events This Year

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Great National Hotel Ballina (Time TBC)
A Night At the Proms

Join us in the gorgeous Nephin Suite of the Great National Hotel for our second Night At the Proms. An eclectic evening of song, showcasing Ballina’s proud choral heritage in one magnificent performance. Expect some special guests and a wonderful evening of musical celebration. Dress for the occasion, sip a glass of wine and savour some local food as our talented choirs as put on an unforgettable musical experience.

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All day
National Heritage Day (Main Event), Ballina Town Centre

One of the cornerstones of Ballina Salmon Festival, and an original concept, National Heritage Day is an immersive experience developed by the festival committee over 25 years ago. Don a costume, step back in time and learn the ancient crafts and feast your sense of the sights. sounds and smells of a market day from the early 20th century.


For the 25th year, the Ballina Soroptomists host their Festival of Flowers in the Methodist Church. Enjoy a blooming beautiful display of fresh flowers, put together by a number of local groups and organisations. The theme this year: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon".

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Mardi Gras & Fireworks Spectacular at Ballina Salmon Festival (Main Event)

Join up to 25,000 people in Mayo’s biggest street party! Enjoy an incredible explosion of colour, Latin rhythms, street theatre and dance at the electrifying Ballina Salmon Festival Mardi Gras. Round off your night with a magnificent fireworks display over the River Moy, against the background of the iconic St. Muredach’s Cathedral.

CHILDREN'S EVENT: The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Tom Ruane Park, Sligo Road

If you go down to the woods today – you’re in for a BIG SURPRISE! Round off an incredible week with one Ballina Salmon Festival’s best-loved children's events in our beautiful Town Park on the banks of the river.


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  • Ballina Tourist Office, Pearse Street, Ballina Co. Mayo, Ireland
  • info@ballinasalmonfestival.ie
  • +353 (0)96 79814
  • 9:30 - 17:30