The Opening Day - Monday 29th of July

Day 1 of the Galway Races Summer Festival 2024

We’re back with one amazing week on offer. The iconic seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival 2024 kicks off on Monday 29th July with the first race at 4.50pm

Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the hugely popular Galway Races  boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment with Live Bands and DJ’s, stunning fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from all over the world.

Join us for our ‘Opening Day’ where we have the pleasure of The Galway Tenors joining us for a special performance just before the first race in front of the Grand Stand. You don’t want to miss this!

Music Line Up – Monday

This year Galway Races present to you its biggest music line up yet! Over the seven days of the Galway Races Summer Festival we have over fifty live music performances and entertainers booked. On Monday enjoy music from:

  • The Gamblers
  • The Conquerors
  • Rhythm Train DJ Set
  • Pyramid
  • Piano Man Barry Ryan
  • The Galway Tenors
  • DJ Doc

The racecourse offers a wide variety of hospitality experiences. From panoramic views over looking the race track, to more casual fun group packages, we can offer you a variety of experiences, be it with friends or colleagues. Our all- inclusive Festival Package’ at €35 per person is ideal and very popular for large groups [minimum booking of 10 people applies for group packages]. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends. See you in Ballybrit!


NEW: The Parade Ring Lounge

It’s All About The Location! Prices start from just €25 per person.

Located in a prime position beside the Weight Room. The Parade Ring Lounge offers our race goers an elevated racing experience in a great location beside the parade ring, in which you can enjoy the electric and fun atmosphere that the Galway Races is famous for. Book early to secure your badge for the new Parade Ring Lounge.  Space is limited. Pre-booking strongly advised. Check it out today and book online. Click here.

The Parade Ring Lounge will open as gates open, 2 ½ hours before the first race. Marquee will close one hour after the last race.

What’s included:

    • Parade Ring Lounge Access Badge
    • Viewing area from the Marquee of the Parade Ring
    • Special guest racing tipster to kick off the day’s racing
    • Access to private Tote betting facilities
    • Full cash bar facilities
    • Unreserved informal seating

We look forward to seeing you. Giddy up, we’re off to Galway!


Stay Connected.

Stay in touch with all that’s happening at the Galway Races by tuning into our social media channels via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The team in Galway have lots of fun and entertainment planned to keep their fans engaged in the build up to and during the races. Follow us for all the latest updates LIVE as they happen on our social media channels using the hashtags #GalwayRaces #HoldYourHorses

About the ‘City of the Tribes’

The Tribes of Galway were fourteen merchant families who dominated the political, commercial, and social life of the city of Galway in western Ireland between the 13th and 16th centuries.

They were the families of Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D’Arcy, Deane, Ffont, Ffrench, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martyn, Morris and Skerrett.

They were of Anglo-Norman or Cambro-Norman origin except for the D’Arcy/Darcy and Kirwan families who were of Irish origin.

The “Tribes” were wealthy merchant families who prospered from trade with continental Europe, they also dominated Galway’s municipal government.

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