What’s On: Top 10 Events in Galway in January

The best things happening in Galway in January 2019.

As the European Capital of Culture in 2020, it comes as no surprise that the social calendar in Galway is overflowing with inspirational things to do.

Whether you’re keen to partake in a new type of workshop, learn a skill, see a critically-acclaimed artist or attend a local gathering, it’s all happening in Galway.

Struggling to figure out the best stuff on? Here’s our round-up of top 10 events happening in Galway this January 2019.

10. Akumakon

Taking place in January 2019 in Galway is Akumakon, the annual manga, anime and Japanese cultural convention. Drawing impressive crowds who come to share in their passion, mingle and play games this is sure to be quite the event.

When: January 18th – 20th 2019
Where: National University of Ireland Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
How much: free (under 6) – €25 (full weekend pass)
More info: HERE

9. Flea Style Market

On the last Saturday or Sunday of January, we’ll see the Flea Style Market in Galway city. This is the city’s first and longest running indoor boutique “flea style” market. With tonnes of vintage stalls and unique finds, this is the ultimate shopping must in January.

Check the Facebook page mid-January to get an exact date and start saving those pennies!

When: last Saturday OR Sunday of January 2019 @ varies
Where: various locations
How much: free
More info: HERE

8. Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club

In need of a laugh? Look no further than Galway’s preeminent comedy night, called Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club. Much-loved by locals and tourists alike, this night has firmly established itself as the leading laughter lounge in the city.

Hosting weekly comedy nights, just moments from Eyre Square (the centre of Galway), this is a must-attend event of the month.

When: every Thursday in January @ 9pm
Where: The Dew Drop Inn, Maingard Street, Co. Galway, Ireland
How much: €6
More info: HERE

7. The High Kings

The High Kings are set to play Salthill in Galway this January 2019. Having formed over a decade ago, this Irish folk group have paved their way to becoming one of Ireland’s most respected acts, and we have no doubt it will be a sell-out show.

When: 19 January 2019 @ 7pm
Where: Leisureland, Salthill, Co. Galway, Ireland
How much: €27.90
More info: HERE

6. New Inn Mummers Festival

The 41st New Inn Mummers Festival will take place in Galway in the village of New Inn this January. This local festival is the part of an elongated Christmas festivity programme and celebrates in Irish culture, tradition, song and dance. Definitely worth a look if you’re in the locale!

When: 5 January 2019 @ various times
Where: various locations
How Much: free
More info: HERE

5. Sound Bath by Laboratorium Pieśni and Sound Magic Ireland

This is potentially the most unique experience to be had this January 2019 in Galway.

Organised by Sound Magic Ireland and hosted by duo Alina and Kamila, founders of Laboratorium Piesni, this will be a two hour “sound bath” experience to aid of inner healing through guided sound and music meditation.

When: 27 January 2019 @ 7pm
Where: Galway Wellness Studio, Terryland House, Co. Galway, Ireland
How much: €26.83
More info: HERE

4. Galway Market

Galway Market is a weekly market that takes place in the centre of the city. This age-old street market has been trading beside St Nicholas’ Church for centuries, with no sign of it stopping. With local artisans, creative chefs and gourmet suppliers, whatever you’re craving, you’re bound to find it here! Running Saturdays and Sundays throughout January, this free and relaxed event is not to be missed.

When: every Saturday and Sunday @ 8am-6pm
Where: Church Lane, Co. Galway, Ireland
How much: free
More info: HERE

3. Astrofest: Galway Astronomy Festival

Ireland’s largest astronomy festival will take place in January 2019 in Galway. This happening is bound to be one of the most significant conventions for those keen to explore the far reaches of the sky, learn about astrophysics and discuss the great questions of our universe. There will be displays, exhibitions and screenings.

When: 26 January 2019 @ 9am-8pm / 27 January 2019 @ 12.30pm – 2pm
Where: Harbour Hotel, New Docks, Co. Galway, Ireland
How Much: free (under 16s) – €30
More info: HERE

2. Music For Galway

This year marks the 38th instalment of Music for Galway, “ home to excellence in classical and contemporary music programming, promotion and presentation in the west of Ireland”. With a series of concerts, workshops and performances, this is sure to be one of the finest events of the month.

When: 18 – 21 January 2019 @ various times
Where: various locations
How Much: various prices
More info: HERE

1. Wellness Yoga Nurture Replenish & Sound Healing Day Retreat

Find spiritual balance this new year with this healing retreat hosted by Norah Coyn. The one-day experience will offer yoga and meditation to help balance oneself as we welcome 2019.

Where: 12 January 2019 @ 10am-4pm
When: Connemara Healing, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
How Much: €60.01
More info: HERE