Last day of the Galway Races Summer Festival 2022

Join us for our best line-up yet for our young racing fans at our ‘Mad Hatters Day‘ on Sunday 6th August, kindly supported by Ireland West Airport. Family admission ticket now on sale, advance ticket price just €32.50 (€40 on the day). Hugely popular day with over twenty free activities for children to enjoy including Magic Shows, Inflatable Games, Penalty Shoot-Out, Face Painters, Family Photo Booth, Tea-Cup Rides, Birds of Pray, our Miniature Train, plus lots more.

With eight competitive flat races on the card, first race on Sunday is off at 2pm. Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the iconic Galway Races  boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment with Live Bands and DJ’s daily, stunning fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the sheer magic and infectious fun atmosphere that we are famous for!


Mad Hatters Day

Thanks to our partners at Ireland West Airport we have fantastic prizes on offer for the very popular Mad Hatters Day competition. Check this out:


Mad Hatters Day Prizes 2022 (details for 2023 to be announced soon).

Children’s Category 

 1st Prize

  • Partnering with KelAir Campotel and Ryanair in offering the top prize of a return trip for 2 adults and 2 children to Barcelona (Girona) including 7 nights accommodation in a beautiful 2 bedroom Mobile Home in Castel Montgri (

2nd Prize

  • Return flights for 2 adults and 2 kids to Cologne (Germany) and 3 nights accommodation plus tickets to Phantasialand – one of Europes top theme parks

3rd Prize

  • Return flights for 2 adults and 2 kids to London and tickets to Legoland


Adult’s Category 

  • Return flights to Milan with Ryanair for 2 adults and 3 nights accommodation in Milan this winter


Music Line Up – Sunday

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 Sunday enjoy music from:

  • The Gamblers
  • DJ Ronan Lardner, and
  • Lackage Comhaltas

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 €30 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 €20 per person.

New for the 2022 Galway Races Summer Festival is the welcomed addition of ‘The Parade Ring Lounge’ experience for you and your friends, located in a prime position beside the Weight Room. The Parade Ring Lounge offers our race goers an elevated racing experience in a superb 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!


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