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Whatever Floats Your Boat, See It All at SeaFest

Galway will be on the crest of wave with an action-packed celebration of all things nautical on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July as the city hosts SeaFest, Ireland’s major national maritime festival.

From 9am – 6pm daily, around Galway Harbour, locals and visitors alike will be presented with a dazzling array of free sea-themed events and activities, so no need to shell out on the cash!   It’s all part of Ireland’s ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’ initiative, encouraging citizens to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the ocean, encouraging everyone to enjoy and protect our abundant maritime resources.   

The packed programme will make a splash with seafaring family fun, on-the-water activities, a major seafood fair,  tours of Ocean-going vessels, exhibitions, films and talks on marine life and creatures of the deep plus all manner of festival fun and entertainment.

The inner pier at Galway Harbour will be the destination for ship tours, free film screenings, and ‘The Wild Atlantic – What Lies Beneath’ - an exciting new interactive exhibition created by The Marine Institute.  The Institute’s Research Vessels, the Celtic Explorer and the Celtic Voyager, will dock in Galway for the festivities, close to The Granuaile, the vessel owned by The Commissioner of Irish Lights, responsible for lighthouses right around the country.

A vessel of a different kind will seize the imagination as artist Frank Bölter steps on board his extraordinary large scale origami paper boat to sail out to sea.

It wouldn’t be Galway without the Galway Hookers so SeaFest will also feature a harbour gathering of the craft, with racing in pursuit of the historic Galway Plate.

Fishy foods will be centre stage at the festival’s BIM/Bord Bia Sea Food Extravaganza, in the Big Top. Linking that mega-marquee with the Inner Harbour will be a linear quayside Festival Village, a mini market of crafts and culinary temptation, served up with nautical style and relaxed entertainment.

Underpinning the fun of SeaFest will be a serious four day focus on research and the marine economy with business and research events held around the city, each seeking to explore and strengthen the maritime heritage, economy and identity.  The third annual ‘Our Ocean Wealth Conference’ will dive into the conference theme of Innovating for our Marine Future.

SeaFest is also supported by the Port of Galway, National University of Ireland, Galway, the Department of Defence, and the Irish Coastguard.

Visit for the latest details as they are added to the event’s programme of FREE activities, times and locations. For more information on Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland you can visit