Ballina Fringe Festival is an artistic exploration of life lived on the edge of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way served up in a festival of words, art and music. The festival returns in pandemic-friendly form from 8-1th October 2022, in association with the Ice House.

Join us as we dip and weave our way though exceptional art, musical entertainment, historical discoveries, tales well told and lyrical words that dance through poetry outdoors, online and in intimate venues.

We ‘re currently working on our programme, with some great events to be announced very soon! In the meantime, why not browse our YouTube Channel and enjoy our past events or take a stroll and discover our stunning #PureBallina street art trail!

Ballina Arts Centre, in partnership with Ballina Fringe Festival, presents The Mournful Croon: A Celebration of Mayo Folk Song

Friday, May 27th, 8pm

The Mournful Croon: A Celebration of Mayo Folk Song will take place as part of the Home to Mayo Festival and will celebrate a number of Mayo’s established and experienced singers of folk and traditional Irish songs. The songs will come from the rich repertoire of Mayo folk songs and the concert will feature the performers singing as well as talking about the origins of, the songs.

The event will be compered by Joe Byrne (of MWR FM), an accomplished musician and a noted authority on Irish traditional music and song. 

The performers will include some of the finest folk music artists in the county, all with a deep knowledge of the history and an interest in the origins of they will be performing.

Performers on the night will include John Hoban, Tony Reidy, Charlie Keating, Joe Carey, Jenny Mulvey, Mary Staunton, Astrid Ní Mhongain and Peter Neary. They will be joined by poet Terry McDonagh.

Supported by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and administered by Mayo County Council. 


Music - The Moy Sessions


Greg Pearle

Friday 9 October

8pm, St. Michael’s Church of Ireland


Billow Wood

Saturday 10 October

8pm, Kennedy Glasgow House


Laoise Kelly

Friday 16 October

8pm, St Michael’s Church of Ireland


David Munnelly &  Shane McGowan

Sunday 18 October

8pm, Ballina Arts Centre

Visual art


Spoken word

Please note: This event has been moved online due to Covid-19 restrictions announced on Monday, October 5 and will be streamed on the Ballina Fringe Festival Facebook page.

Film - Movies at the Mart

The Princess Bride

Movies at the Mart

Saturday 17 October

6pm, Ballina Mart 

This Is Spinal Tap

Movies at the Mart

Saturday 17 October

9pm, Ballina Mart