Make GIAF18 a family affair and enjoy free and low-cost options for kids and families

26 June 2018

A family-friendly festival of epic proportions

Make memories with your little ones this year at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival.

GIAF has been inspiring awe in the young and ‘young at heart’ for the past 41 years, always delivering the finest of family-friendly fare, and 2018 will be no different. This year's programme is full of free, outdoor, and family-friendly options for visitors of all ages. Whether this is your first trip to Galway or you've been to every Arts Festival since 1978, you're sure to find something to make you feel like a kid again.

Family events Friday 20 July - Sunday 22 July

The People Build at Galway International Arts Festival

The People Build | Various Times
★ Eyre Square & Waterside

Build it up, then knock it all down—it’s not just for kids! Last year The People Build won the hearts of festival audiences. This year it's back with not just one but two builds. All are welcome to join in and transform thousands of cardboard boxes into buildings together with a team of over 200 volunteers and Olivier Grossetête's incredible team.

Birdmen | Friday - Sunday | Various Times
★ Eyre Square-Spanish Arch

Close-Act Theatre’s Birdmen are street art in the literal sense—they’ll traverse the streets of Galway alongside spectators and visitors. Marvel at these luminous creatures, which could perhaps best be described as “futuristic pterodactyls.”


Museum of the Moon
Human Biology Building, NUI Galway

Artist Luke Jerram’s stunningly realistic lunar model gives viewers the chance to see the moon up-close. Paired with sound composition by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones, Museum of the Moon is an immersive sensory experience.


★ Bailey Allen Hall, 17-21 July
★ Tickets €20-€29

This team of ten acrobats bring a joyful energy to their thrilling display of physical feats. Since their first stop in Galway in 2016, contemporary circus company Gravity & Other Myths have taken audience’s breaths away and sent jaws dropping all around the world.


★ Bailey Allen Hall, 24-29 July
★ Tickets €20-€29

Boundary-pushing and fearless, Australian performance company Circa is one of the most popular companies ever to perform at Galway International Arts Festival. Don’t miss their long-awaited return!


Miracoco Luminarium
★ Eyre Square, 20-28 July
★ €5 entry
★ Under 2's are free
★ Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum of 1 adult with 4 children.

Suitable (and captivating!) for all ages, the Miracoco Luminarium is an inflatable walk-in sculpture and a unique sensory experience.


GIAF’s visual arts programme astounds each year, with lots to interest inquiring little minds. This year's visual arts programme features nine stunning visual art exhibitions. Visit our Festival Gallery on Market Street and explore the exhibtions in venues around the city. Exhibitions run daily throughout the festival from 16-29 July.

An ideal way for families to enjoy music together outdoors

Amadou & Mariam
★ Heineken Big Top, 18 July, 8pm
★ Tickets €27-€30
Catch these world music superstars at their only Irish performance this year. Did you know children under 16 can attend Big Top concerts if they are accompanied by an adult.

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Festival Proms
★ Heineken Big Top, 28 July, 2pm
★ Tickets €25-€28
An afternoon of foot-tapping classics that has become a Festival staple. All ages welcome.

From the GIAF family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Festival!

Browse the full programme here.