What's on in Ireland in October

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival

Fri Sep 1st - Sun Oct 1st 2017

Non stop merrymaking for an entire month with the chance of meeting your life partner thrown in - who could resist? …

Westport Arts Festival

Wed Sep 27th - Sun Oct 1st 2017

Westport Arts Festival brings a feast of dance, theatre, music and art shows from around the world to the Co Mayo town …

Dublin Theatre Festival

Thu Sep 28th - Sun Oct 15th 2017

Dublin Theatre Festival is one of Europe's premier theatre events and enjoys a wonderful reputation worldwide.

Cork Folk Festival

Thu Sep 28th - Sun Oct 1st 2017

A feast of folk music and dance events of all kinds to more than 40 venues, including an outdoor ceili with more than 10.

Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend

Fri Sep 29th - Sun Oct 1st 2017

Traditional singing is an art that it takes a little time for the uninitiated to appreciate - for lovers of the style …

Dingle Food & Wine Festival

Fri Sep 29th - Sun Oct 1st 2017

Dingle is a known for its great restaurants and local artisan foods - this festival gives you a taste, literally, of the …

Patrick Kavanagh Weekend

Fri Sep 29th - Sun Oct 1st 2017

A weekend of events held annually in celebration of the life and work of one of Ireland's most famous and loved poets, …

Ballinasloe October Fair

Sun Oct 1st - Sun Oct 8th 2017

Ballinasloe Fair is one of the oldest events in Ireland and has been held each October for longer than anyone knows.

Dromineer Literary Festival

Thu Oct 5th - Sun Oct 8th 2017

A lovely location on the shores of Lough Derg and a particularly friendly atmosphere has made this festival a special …

OFFline: Offaly Film Festival

Wed Oct 11th - Sun Oct 15th 2017

OFFline is a somewhat unusual film festival with at its heart a competition, requiring teams to shoot & edit short films …

Open House Dublin

Fri Oct 13th - Sun Oct 15th 2017 (Provisional)

For one weekend Dublin buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to the public, many of them private …

Ghostly Tours of Hook Lighthouse

Sun Oct 15th - Thu Aug 24th 2017 (Provisional)

Venture in darkness into a lighthouse where ghosts and ghouls await and there are frights around every dark corner.

Baboró: International Arts Festival for Children

Mon Oct 16th - Sun Oct 22nd 2017

A fantastic Arts festival specially for kids, with music, dance, theatre, literature, film, puppetry, story telling and …

Galway Comedy Carnival

Tue Oct 17th - Mon Oct 23rd 2017 (Provisional)

This is definitely an event that anyone who likes a good laugh will want to pencil into their diary.

Halfway Dead: Haunted House at Tooban

Wed Oct 18th - Sat Oct 28th 2017 (Provisional)

The tiny peaceful village of Tooban will be home for Halloween to a scary band of vampires, mutants, zombies and walking …

Sligo Live

Wed Oct 18th - Mon Oct 23rd 2017 (Provisional)

Sligo Live is an annual festival of traditional, roots and acoustic music.

Halloween Howls

Thu Oct 19th - Wed Aug 23rd 2017 (Provisional)

This is a small festival in a room over Kavanagh's pub in Portlaoise, but if comedy is what you are looking for this …

Wexford Opera Festival

Thu Oct 19th - Sun Nov 5th 2017

Since 1951 Wexford has been bringing lesser known operas to a loyal and appreciative audience that travels annually from …

Hallow’en Horror at Wicklow Goal

Fri Oct 20th - Tue Oct 31st 2017 (Provisional)

Famously haunted, Wickow Gaol will be a place of untold horror this Hallow'een with a series of spooky events for …

Guinness Kinsale Jazz Fringe Festival

Fri Oct 20th - Mon Oct 23rd 2017 (Provisional)

An offshoot of the Cork Jazz Festival this event has a slightly less frenetic pace than the larger festival but there is …

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Fri Oct 20th - Sun Oct 22nd 2017 (Provisional)

Since 1978 Ireland's biggest and longest established jazz event and has hundreds of musicians and many thousands of …

Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival

Thu Oct 26th - Sun Oct 29th 2017 (Provisional)

Derry claims to host Europe’s biggest and best Hallowe’en festival, and it is certainly an action packed weekend …

The Turf Warrior Challenge

Sat Oct 28th 2017 (Provisional)

You'll cross obstacles, jump from cliffs, wade through bog, climb through, under and over trees, and plunge into the icy …

Ennis Trad Festival

Fri Nov 3rd - Mon Nov 6th 2017 (Provisional)

Ennis is a good place to hear traditional music at any time, but during this festival it is the only place to be, with …

Map of Events in Ireland in October