Galway Races 2016

Galway Races Summer Festival

(25th - 31st July 2016)

Ireland's biggest and most famous festival is held in Galway during the last week of July every year.

During this 7 day period from the 25th to the 31st July some 250,000 people attend the Galway Races and the buzz around town is unreal. 

There are 49 races available in the 2016 Galway Race Festival Schedule with the total prize money on offer in excess of €2m.  

2016 Galway Races Schedule:

Monday 25th July 2016
Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap
First Race: 17:10 | Last Race: 20:15 | Gates Open: 15:00

Tuesday 26th July 2016
Topaz Mile Handicap
First Race: 17:10 | Last Race: 20:15 | Gates Open: 15:00

Wednesday 27th July 2016 Galway Plate
First Race: 15:00 | Last Race: 19:10 | Gates Open: 12:30

Thursday 28th July 2016
Ladies Day - Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap
First Race: 13:50 | Last Race: 18:10 | Gates Open: 11:00

Friday 29th July 2016
Friday’s Fair Lady - Guinness Handicap
First Race: 17:05 | Last Race: 20:25 | Gates Open: 15:00

Saturday 30th July 2016
Ladbrokes Red Day - Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle
First Race: 14:30 | Last Race: 17:45 | Gates Open: 12:00

Sunday 31st July 2016
Family Day & Mad Hatters Day - Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Ahonoora" Handicap
First Race: 14:15 | Last Race: 17:30 | Gates Open: 12:00

The Galway Races isn't just an event - its an annual week long celebration that kicks off on the last Monday of July and brings a surreal atmosphere to the city of Galway.  The city is bursting with big hats and glamorous gowns with something for everyone to enjoy.

Here's what you can enjoy at Garavan's Bar during Galway Races 2016: 

Garavan's Famous Irish Coffee

Enjoy a pre-race treat....Famous for our Irish coffee the world over, the experience of a Garavans Irish coffee is unique.  Served in its own specially designed glass, it is made using Garavans traditional methods. The combination of coffee and whiskey, strong and slightly sweet, picks you up and puts you down, while the cool cream is sheer indulgence.

Whiskey Tasting

Relax and enjoy...We offer an extensive collection of delicious (and some rare) whiskeys, one of the largest in Galway. Sourced from all over the world, these can be viewed in the beautifully handmade whiskey cabinets located throughout the bar.  We offer 5 distinctive tasting platters and hold tasting events regularly.  Sample a marvellous selection of Irish Whiskey's from our tasting tray.  All our trays are accompanied by our own tasting notes.

Gin Time

Celebrate your winnings...We serve 18 variations of Gin from Hendricks to Monkey 47!  So what better way to celebrate your race week winnings - join us at Garavan's Bar for Gin Gin and more Gin. 

Live Music

Join us for the craic...During race week we will have a mix of traditional and contemporary live music each night from 10.30 pm - 12.30 am.


We are really looking forward to Galway Race Summer Festival so make sure to join us at Garavan's Bar during the 7 day festivities.  Winner Alright!!!!!