Turning 54 this year, Ballina Salmon Festival is the oldest festival along the Wild Atlantic Way, Traditionally the festival has always been grounded in the community and around the River Moy, and as you’ll read on page 25, a big effort has been made this year to return to the festival’s roots.
Ballina Salmon Festival Festival Opening Day 2018 focuses on the River Moy and on family fun, and we hope you’ll come along to enjoy a great festival opening day with us in Ballina.
- 1pm: Fun on the River and live music (Ham Bridge – Bachelor’s Walk)
Join us for fun at the river from 1pm displays on the water with live music and entertainment. Watch out for our floating pontoon from Pontoons Ireland and some surprises on the day!
- 2pm: The Moy Swim (Ham Bridge) followed by Monster SUP Race (Bachelor’s Walk)
One of the oldest events of Ballina Salmon Festival is revived at 2pm with the Moy Swim – make sure to come along and cheer our swimmers on from the bridges! This will be followed by a Monster SUP Race organised by Mikee Hamilton of Harbour SUP’n’Sail. Thanks to Crean Kitchens and Cllr Michael Loftus for their support for this event.
- 4pm – 7pm Think outside the Mud – Fun Team Obstacle Course (Scoil Padraig, Market Square)
From 4pm, join us in the grounds of Scoil Padraig on Market Square for “Think Outside The Mud” – where a cracking afternoon of fun and fitness challenges awaits as Ballina’s newest obstacle course challenges anyone who wants to take part! Prepare to roll up your sleeves and “muck in” to seek glory for yourself and your team! This event is proudly supported by G-Max Tyres.
- 8pm – late – Live music with The Kerbs and Bog O’The Loughs (Town Centre)
From 8pm, join us in the heart of Ballina for some rockin’ live music at the Post Office Main Stage. Local up-and-coming band The Kerbs will perform some of their great new tunes including ‘Creep’, followed by the return of Bog O’The Loughs who rocked the festival in 2017.
- The after-party!
Then, round off the night with the after-party in the Shambles Bar at Ballina Manor Hotel on Barrett Street.
See you there!