The entertainment and fun on the Docks has been non-stop since the launch of the festival and is showing no signs of slowing down. From the initial arrival of the boats on Saturday 23 May night to the 60,000 people dancing and singing along to Sharon Shannon and guests at the weekend, it has been an event to remember. However, while people may be forgiven for thinking that the best has come and gone, there are some great events still to come before the boats depart this weekend.
Wednesday and Thursday will see kitesurfing and windsurfing displays by Even Keel and the GB09 Cruiser Championships in Galway Bay.
On Saturday, the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Farewell Ceremony will kick off at 11.30am with a blessing of the fleets before they set off on Leg 8 of their journey.
The Race Village
Down in the race village, members of the public will be able to visit the sister yacht to Puma’s Il Mostro, complete with seminars and Q&A, until Saturday when the boats set off.
HB Let’s Do It Ocean Adventure Schools Programme will continue until Friday and The Volvo Ocean Race Experience will continue to enthral the public until Saturday.
There will also be a fine food, craft and retail exhibition on Friday.
For music lovers, tonight (Wednesday) the Topaz main stage will be hosting The Cunningham Sound, supported by Liz Hanrahan with Hip Hop featuring on the Dance stage.
Aslan head the bill on Thursday night, supported by Classified and DJ Cyril Briscoe.
On Friday, The Stunning are sure to attract the crowds for the final main stage event, with Blasterbra and Mark James the Band playing support.
In The City
The creative West Art Trail continues until Saturday.
Theatre fans will be flocking to the Town Hall Theatre as the Druid Theatre Company present ‘Playboy of the Western World’ until its final showing on Saturday.
An Taibhdhearc Theatre Company will also run their show ‘Glor Friday’ at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church until Saturday.
Tours of the Claddagh village, Live Curragh building and Galway City Museum will be available to visitors right through until Saturday also.
The Galway Volvo Ocean Race festivities and events will sadly finish on Sunday, with the Enable Ireland Family Fun Day.
So with only a couple of days left, make sure you have your week well planned out to see the boats off in style.