Events in Galway this October

It is no wonder that Galway is called festival capital of Ireland! After crazy summer filled with events, we are in the autumn, but festivals are still going strong! There are some unmissable events in Galway this October, and we bring them to you here. Keep in mind, Barnacles Galway hostel is located right on the Quay Street in the heart of quirky Latin Quarter, surrounded by the best pubs, restaurants and night clubs! Most of these events happen at our doorstep as well 🙂

galway hostel

Galway Bay Half Marathon & 10K

Breath-taking, amazing, spectacular, friendly and fun are just some of the words used by participants when describing this unique event. The course of this marathon is what makes it unique – from Latin Quarter in the heart of Galway city, via Claddagh Quay and majestic roads overlooking Moon –like Burren and Atlantic through Glaway Bay. Which other race in the world can boast such an amazing mix of scenic views.

Go for a run, either 10k or half marathon on 3rd of October!

galway bay marathon

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county from 12th till 18th of October, featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage, with special treats, beautiful exhibitions and workshops



baboro festival galway

Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway

From its beginnings in 2005 this festival has become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland. It regularly attracts big international names to the city for week leading up to and including the October Bank Holiday weekend. From 20th – 26th of October, there will be plenty to laugh about with several shows and faces from the telly!

galway comedy carnaval

 Galway Aboo Halloween Festival

On Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st October, the city’s medieval streets will host the country’s biggest Halloween Festival with many fun and free events planned for the weekend with high-spirits guaranteed.


aboo festival galway