Ballina Salmon Festival 2024: Honouring Tradition, Music, and Heritage in its 60th Anniversary Extravaganza - Visit North Mayo

This year marks a significant milestone for the picturesque town of Ballina, as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of its iconic Ballina Salmon Festival. Against the breath taking backdrop of the River Moy in County Mayo, Ireland, the Ballina Salmon Festival 2024 takes place from the 6th – 14th July 2024 and promises to be an extra special celebration of tradition, music, and heritage.

With the usual firm favourites such as Heritage Day and the unmissable Moy Swim, it also offers the addition of the Innovation Quarter’s musical delights featuring Mike Denver, and much, much more, this year’s festival is set to be a grand and unforgettable affair.

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is an entire day dedicated to delving into the rich history and cultural tapestry of the town. Taking places on Wednesday, 10th July 2024, on this special day, the streets come alive with historical re-enactments, guided tours, and interactive exhibits, offering festival-goers a unique opportunity to connect with Ballina’s past. Heritage Day is a fitting inclusion once again, ensuring that the 60th-anniversary celebrations are not just a reflection of the present but also a tribute to the town’s storied history. Visit to get a glimpse of what this day entails and for full details or 2024 plans.

River Moy Swim

A testament to the festival’s enduring legacy, the Moy Swim remains an iconic event that draws thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts from near and far. This years event takes place on Saturday, 13th July 2024 and registration for this popular event will open soon. As participants navigate the currents of the River Moy, the swim not only showcases physical prowess but also exemplifies the strong community spirit that has defined the festival for six decades.

River Moy Swim, Ballina Salmon Festival 📸 James Wright

Musical Delights at the Innovation Quarter

The new town centre innovation quarter, situated within the historic military barracks, is poised to be a central hub for musical brilliance during the festival’s 60th year. The renowned Irish country music artist, Mike Denver, takes the stage, bringing his soulful tunes and infectious energy to the celebration. The innovation quarter transforms into a dynamic dance floor, offering festival-goers an opportunity to revel in the joyous atmosphere. Mike Denver take to the stage on Thursday, 11th July with tickets available to purchase on Eventbrite here.

Family-Friendly Fun

As always, the festival maintains its inclusive spirit with a diverse range of family-friendly activities. From face painting and storytelling to parades, historical re-enactments on Heritage Day, and more, the Ballina Salmon Festival ensures that the 60th-anniversary celebration is a joyous occasion for attendees of all ages.

Visit Ballina for the Ballina Salmon Festival

Whilst the full programme of events is yet to be announced, it is certain that this anniversary edition of the iconic Ballina Salmon Festival invites everyone to join in the festivities along the River Moy and in the heart of Ballina. Immerse yourself in the celebration, honouring the past, savouring the present, and looking forward to a future filled with the continued legacy of the Ballina Salmon Festival.

Find your perfect home away from home for the festival week. Explore our list of accommodation providers in the area, ensuring a comfortable and unforgettable stay during the Ballina Salmon Festival 2024.

Throwback to the Opening of the 1992 Festival by Jack Charlton


For full event details of this years event, or to participate in this year’s spectacular event, we invite you to get in touch with the organisers at Ballina Salmon Festival. Whether you have enquiries, wish to join an activity, or be part of the celebration, contact the Ballina Salmon Festival team for all the information you need to make the most of this exciting and memorable occasion.

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