The iconic Summer Festival returns on Monday 26th July.


Galway Racecourse plays host to one of the greatest race meetings in the world, the famous and iconic Galway Races Summer Festival that takes place next year from Monday 26th July to Sunday 1st August 2021. Known as ‘race week’ locally, our Festival traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over Ireland and worldwide. The racecourse offers a great selection of hospitality facilities and the team continually strides to offer the race goer a wonderful memorable race day experience.

Over 145,000 people attended the Galway Races in 2019. The total prize fund for the fifty-two sponsored races at the Summer Festival was an impressive €2.3 million! Turnstiles will open each day at approximately two hours before the first race. We look forward to welcoming you all to Galway very soon.



In April 2020, for public health and safety reasons, Galway Race Committee made the difficult but unavoidable decision that our Summer Festival would not take place as an event open to the general public this year. Since the 8th June, racing in Ireland has taken place behind closed doors under the guidance and strict protocols set down by Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board to prevent the spread of Covid-19. These measures are to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing during the current health situation and to ensure racing can continue in a safe and appropriate manner. All those who have to be on site (jockeys, trainers, medics etc) will be subject to strict health screening both in advance and on the day of racing.

Galway Races 2021

The Galway Races

'The Opening Day' of the highly anticipated Galway Races Summer Festival 2021 kicks off with a colourful musical opening performance in our parade ring before the first race. Lots of plans in store!

Galway Plate Day

Tune in for one of the big races of the week, the historic Galway Plate, worth €200,000!

Ladies Day

Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Festival, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar.

Mad Hatter’s Competition

The final day of the Summer Festival 2021 epitomises that old adage about saving the best for last! Hugley popular with families, our 'Mad Hatters Day' offers great fun for all the family with fantastic prizes on offer.

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