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

Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland River Moy
Colourful character in Ballina Salmon Festival 2017 Mardi Gras

Welcome to Ballina Salmon Festival along the Wild Atlantic Way!

Now in its 55th 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 7th – 13th July 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you!


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Ballina Salmon Festival could not take place without the help of our sponsors and supporters – thank you to everyone who supports our festival!

Mount Falcon Estate Logo
Michael Carr Foods
Cllr Gerry Ginty
Lionbridge logo sponsors of Ballina Salmon Festival
Harry McFadden and Sons Pleasure Planet Funfairs logo
Cllr Annie May Reape Website
Specsavers logo
Cllr Seamus Weir
Crean Kitchens
Heineken logo
Ballina Chamber logo
Midwest Radio logo
Ballina Manor Hotel sponsor of Ballina Salmon Festival
Broken Jug Logo sponsor of Ballina Salmon Festival
Office Pro logo sponsors of Ballina Salmon Festival
Jackie Clarke Collection logo
Moy Valley Resources IRD logo
Mayo North East logo
Cllr Michael Loftus website
Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club
Senator Rose Conway-Walsh
Downhill Inn Ballina logo
McLoughlin's pharmacy logo
Crockets Quay Bistro Ballina logo
ballina credit union logo
Homeland Ballina logo
g_j_ginty_and_sons logo
Toymaster Ballina sponsor Ballina Salmon Festival
Tesco Ballina logo
Gelati Artisan Ice Cream, Ballina & Enniscrone
Dillon's Bar and Restaurant Ballina logo
Bar Square Ballina Logo
Senator Michelle Mulherin
Cllr John O'Hara
Love Lee's Asian Restaurant Ballina Co. Mayo
Falcon Fruits Ballina
Penneys logo
schutz ireland logo sponsors of Ballina Salmon Festival
Dara Calleary TD
heyco logo
Biz Broker Ballina logo
the Loft Bar logo
Brennan's Lane & Restaurant No. 45 logo
Mayo Sligo Livestock Mart
Oasis logo
JB Denture Clinic Ballina logo
Gill group Ballina logo
The Junction Restaurant sponsors of Ballina Salmon Festival
Allure hair and beauty Ballina
Paul Brennan Solicitor Logo
Hollister sponsors of Ballina Salmon Festival