Moy Salmon Festival since 1964
Make Memories at the Ballina Salmon Festival

The festival first took place in Ballina in 1964 and was at the time called the ‘Moy Salmon Festival’.  The original organisers new that the town was home to one of the best Rivers in Ireland with the best fishing waters and salmon in the country.

They decided to rename the festival the ‘Ballina Salmon Festival’ which today is a leading community based festival in the West of Ireland and the highlight of the summer months. Every year over 200,000 people descend on the North Mayo capital to enjoy an eight-day festival that is estimated to bring millions to the local economy.

The festival has been through its ups and downs since it first took off in 1964, with it slipping through the cracks in the last recession in the 80’s.  But since 1991 it has come back and continues to thrive.  The festival has a price tag of over €280,000 when entertainment and all associated costs are paid.  This money is generated through fund-raising and some grant aid.  A team of over thirty volunteers work all year round to compile, organise and market a ‘programme of events’ to span the duration of the festival and cater for the young and old alike.

The Ballina Salmon Festival is proud of its family-centered focus with an action packed programme that includes old favourites like Lady of the Moy, Heritage Day, Mardi Rag and Firework Display, along with river based events like fishing competitions and raft races.  New events are introduced annually to keep the festival fresh and up-to-date with modern life expectations.  One third of the festival’s entire programme is dedicated solely to children.  When such an extensive line-up is considered, the workload truly is immense so the festival committee is urging all those who can help, either financially or voluntarily, to please lend a hand.

Event Snippets

  • Lady of the Moy The Date has been set for the prestigious event to select the female ambassador of the Ballina Salmon Festival.Friday - 3rd July 2015Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina, Co. Mayo8pm ...
    Posted May 21, 2015, 11:58 AM by Jamie Rooney
  • busking competition
    Posted May 4, 2015, 4:19 PM by Jamie Rooney
  • Monster Fireworks Display The Best Firework Display in the West! Cathedral Road, Ballina, Co Mayo  (click for map) Ballina’s spectacular Fireworks Display has always brought to a close a hugely anticipated week ...
    Posted May 11, 2015, 5:58 PM by Jamie Rooney
  • International Evening Ballina town centre will come alive to the colour, sounds, smells and tastes of the world this July. Ballina Salmon Festival is re-introducing the hugely popular International Evening to ...
    Posted May 21, 2015, 12:31 PM by Jamie Rooney
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  • Livestreaming events online this year!! In a first for the Festival, we will be livestreaming some of our main events online for you all to see. This really is something special to tell to your ...
    Posted by Jamie Rooney
  • Volunteers required - event stewarding If you feel like getting involved with the festival, we could always do with a hand.We are looking for volunteer stewards for the various festival events happening this July ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 5:01 AM by Jamie Rooney
  • Ballina Salmon Festival 2015 - TV advert Check out our brand spanking new TV advert for the 2015 festival. On smartphones, double-tap to go full screen
    Posted May 18, 2015, 7:42 AM by Jamie Rooney
  • "Keywest" confirmed for A Night in the Square Check out the video Fight for Love from Keywest - playing the Ballina Salmon Festival 2015 on Saturday, July 11th @ 8:30pm   Proudly sponsored by BAR SQUARE
    Posted May 15, 2015, 4:57 AM by Jamie Rooney
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