Ballina Salmon Festival 2023 Highlights

Ballina Salmon Festival 2023 Highlights

The longest running community festival along the wild Atlantic way, inspired by Ballina’s jewel in its crown, the River Moy, as Ballina is officially dubbed ‘Salmon Capital of Ireland’, returns for its 59th year, this year celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Ballina during 2023!

The ethos has remained the same, it continues to celebrate all that is great about the community of Ballina and Co Mayo; Family fun , music, arts, culture and heritage, sports and the magnificent River Moy, making Ballina Salmon Festival a very special  seven days to remember.

‘Meet as a Stranger, Leave as a Friend’.

JOY ON THE MOY This July – BALLINA SALMON FESTIVAL announces Festival dates for 2023

Start making your travel plans home to Mayo in 2023, as Ballina Salmon Festival dates are announced for Saturday 8th July running all week ending in the grand finale night Saturday 15th July 2023.

Become One of Ballina’s Swimming Greats this July 8th by swimming the Moy Swim.

One of the oldest river swims in Ireland, the Moy Swim is taking place again in 2023 and opening the Ballina Salmon Festival with a big Splash, and as part of the River Moy Celebration weekend!

In conjunction with Swim Ireland, and an original event established by what was then referred to as the ‘Moy Festival’ the River Moy Swim returns to the banks of the Moy on Saturday 8th July.

With two distances on offer again this year, both the 600m and 2.5km and 600m youth distance swim this promises to be a fantastic opportunity to experience a competitive race in the scenic surrounds of the wild Atlantic way in the west of Ireland.

And in collaboration with the town’s big celebration of Ballina 2023, as Ballina celebrates its 300th anniversary since its formal formation in 1723, this year the swim aims to host 300 swimmers in the river Moy, with additional activates also planned to be hosted on and around the banks of the River Moy over the weekend.

Jam packed Childrens Programme

The rest of the week includes a seven-day action packed children’s programme kickstarting with the Teddy Bears picnic on Sunday 9th July, this year’s children’s event committee has curated an incredible programme of over 50 events, designed to give children of all ages and interests something to enjoy during festival week.  Events such as juvenile fishing on the river Moy, children’s yoga to martial arts, try a sport, Stand Up Paddle boarding sessions and dance theatre, this is the most diverse children’s programme to date.

One of the signature events of the week includes the National Heritage Day on Wednesday 12th July, featuring a feast for your senses on the sights, sounds and smells of a market day 100 years ago.

If you would like to demonstrate your craft, Heritage Day exhibitors are invited to get click on this link National Heritage Day 2023. Commercial vendors wishing to trade on the day, can also get in touch by clicking on this link Commercial Vendors 

Ballina Beat on the Street with iRadio

‘Ballina Beat on the Street’ returns to the Ballina town centre Pearse St, setting the town centre alive with a live DJ set, this year in conjunction with iRadio, planned for Thursday 13th July, featuring iRadio DJ’s Dave Duke, Conor Woods and Beat on the Street Winner. To find out more about entering the iRadio Brat on the Street DJ Comp, Click on this news link Ballinas Beat on the Street with iRadio DJ Competition 

Macnas Community Parade

But one event Ballina Salmon festival are delighted to announce in collaboration with Ballina 2023; and working alongside the internationally acclaimed spectacle and street theatre company Macnas, includes the production and delivery of one of the highlight events taking place as part of Ballina 2023 celebrations, Macnas Community Parade.  Throughout 2023, the company will work with local community members to develop and deliver one of its renowned parades on the streets of Ballina on Saturday, July 15 at the closing of the 2023 Ballina Salmon Festival.

Macnas’ work is unique for the hybrid of professional artists and volunteers collaborating on an event and throughout the year, the company will work with community participants to develop and deliver one of its renowned parades on the streets of Ballina. This event is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

The event will take place on July 15th, 2023, as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival finale night followed by the traditional epic fireworks display along the banks of the River Moy and iconic St Muredachs Cathedral.

With more details to come, stay tuned to the Ballina Salmon Festival website for update