The Galway Races is a horse-racing festival that takes place for a week starting on the last Monday in July. The races are held at Ballybrit race course and are the only seven-day race meeting in Ireland. The main days of the festival are on Wednesday, when the Galway Plate is held and Thursday when the Galway Hurdle and Ladies' Day take place.

The Galway Races has become the greatest of all Irish Racing Festivals and probably one of the most lavish, colourful and sociable fixtures in the Irish Racing World. The Galway Races is not only a great sporting event, but also a unique social occasion filled with atmosphere, passion and craic, and attracts both the true racegoer and socialites alike.

The Galway races festival has become a meeting point for several years for people all over Ireland.

The excellent racing, oyster bars, champagne and beer tents, jazz bands, trade stands, race card competitions and even a best-dressed lady competition on Thursday, combine to ensure there is something for everyone and be part of what is truly an unforgettable experience.