Ballina Salmon Festival 2023 - Visit North Mayo

Ballina Salmon Festival 2023


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’, Ballina’s Salmon Festival has evolved throughout its 59 years.

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’.

Firework display at the close of 2022 Ballina Salmon Festival

Programme of Events

June

Fri 23rd
Lady of the Moy – Ballina Arts Centre, 8pm to 11pm

July

Sat 8th
The Moy Swim – Starts at St.Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina 10am

Sun 9th
Telus International Ballina Salmon Run Sprint Triathlon – 9am to 1pm
Ballina Agricultural Show – Showgrounds 11am to 7pm
Teddy Bears Picnic – Tom Ruane Park 2pm 5pm
Festival Party for Adults with Disabilities – Cot and Cobble 6pm to 8pm
Sharon Shannon – Ballina Arts Centre 8pm

Mon 10th
Busking Competition – 10th/11th/12th/13th & Grand Final 14th – 1pm to 2pm Daily
Daily Walking Tours of Ballina – 10th/11th & 14th/15th 11am
Lunch Time Concert at the Core Stage – 10th at 1pm & 14th at 2pm
Run, Jump & Throw – Ballina Athletic Track – 4pm to 5pm
Family Fun Car Treasure Hunt – Departs Cot & Cobble, Ballina – 6pm to 730pm
Festival Cocktails & Vinyl Night – Connacht Distillery – 630pm to 9pm
Craoibhin Ballina ‘Barn Dance’ – Kennedy Glasgow House, The Quay, Ballina – 830pm

Tue 11th
Bingo with a Twist – Kathleen Lynn Lane & Hogans Bar – 8pm
Splash n Swim’ at the festival, presented by Ballina Swimming Pool – 10am – 11am
Busking Competition – 10th/11th/12th/13th & Grand Final 14th – 1pm to 2pm Daily
Daily Walking Tours of Ballina – 10th/11th & 14th/15th 11am
Babby Boppers as part of Ballina Salmon Festival – Ballina Sports & Leisure Centre – 12pm to 1245pm
Moy Valley Freestyle Martial Arts – Moy Valley Martial Arts Centre, Killala Rd Business Pk, Ballina – 2pm to 330pm
It’s a Racket! Squash-give it a go! – Ballina Stephenites GAA Club – 2pm to 330pm

Wed 12th
‘NATIONAL HERITAGE DAY’ – Ballina Town – 10am Onwards
‘Go Fly Your Kite’ At Ballina Library – 10am to 1pm

Thu 13th
Splash n Swim at the festival – Ballina Swimming Pool – 10am to 11am
YOGA FOR KIDS WITH MARIE LOFTUS – At The Jackie Clarke Collection – 10am – 1130am
Busking Competition – 10th/11th/12th/13th & Grand Final 14th – 1pm to 2pm Daily
Daily Walking Tours of Ballina – 10th/11th & 14th/15th 11am
Pirate Treasure Hunt – Belleek Forest, Ballina – 130pm to 3pm
Ballina’s ‘Beat on the Street’ with iRadio, Ballina 2023 & Ballina Salmon Festival – Pearse St, Ballina – 7pm to 10pm
Ballina Stephenites GAA Club Festival Bingo Bonanza & Jackpot – Clubhouse – 830pm to 10pm

Fri 14th
Busking Competition – 10th/11th/12th/13th & Grand Final 14th – 1pm to 2pm Daily
Daily Walking Tours of Ballina – 10th/11th & 14th/15th 11am
Paddle Boarding with Harbour SUP – 245pm to 4pm
Tidal Dance Beats ’23 Open Out-door Concert – The Cot & Cobble – 8pm until Late

Sat 15th
Vikings of the Moy – Viking Re-enactment Village – Town Centre – From 10am
Marie Loftus Yoga in the Park for Adults – Tom Ruane Park – 11am to 12pm
Childrens Fishing Competition with Ballina Salmon Angling Association & IFI – Alongside the banks of the river up at the Canalside – 11am to 1pm
Planet Science Kidz Slim Workshop as part of Ballina Salmon Festival – Ballina Stephenites GAA Club – 1130am to 1230pm
Childrens Festival Fancy Dress Disco – Ballina Stephenites GAA Club – 3pm to 430 pm

The festival closes with Macnas Community Parade as part of Ballina 2023 and Firework display from 9pm.

For details of individual events please either click the links above or visit the Ballina Salmon Festival Website

Ballina, Co. Mayo