October Events in Galway

Maybe you never thought of Galway as “the happening place” in October, but believe us, there is no better place to be! With so many events to keep you entertained, it’s very hard to pick the best ones! We definitely think that, from all October Events in Galway, Galway Aboo festival celebrating Halloween, Galway Jazz Festival and Galway Comedy Carnival are not to be missed!


Bake Fest Galway – 04-05 October

Are you into cakes, cupcakes and all other sweet stuff? Well, we are! Bake Fest is organised in conjunction with ACT for Meningitis, so you will be actually making charitable donation with every cupcake you munch down. Win win situation if we ever heard of one!




Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway  – 16-27 October

We have full coverage and recommendations for this comedy festival on our dedicated post here, but just to remind you – this is major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for week leading up to and including the October Bank Holiday weekend!

Tommy Tiernan RubberBandits


Galway Jazz Festival – 8-12 October

This year marks 10th anniversary of Galway Jazz Festival, with world class program from both international and home grown Irish Jazz stars! For any jazz fan this is absolute must visit event, with concerts taking place around venues and the city spaces. Get your dancing shoes ready!



Galway Races – October Meeting – 26-27 October

If you missed Galway races this summer, you still have a chance to take your best frock out of the closet and wear it proudly to the races, while shouting funny horse names at the top of your lungs! Races are great fun – the excitement, the food, the clothes, the music – everything about it transports you to a different universe, where you are about to become rich by betting on a number 4 🙂 October bank holiday is the weekend for the races! For the reasons to go to Galway Races, check out our list here (competition is now closed, but the fashion lives on!)




Galway Aboo Halloween Festival – 25th, 26th & 31st October Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend. On Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Friday 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. We have heard gossips about Halloween parade by Macnas – which can only be amazing!   



And can you guess the best place to stay in Galwy to really be in the heart of all entertainment, festivals and fun things? You are right, THE place to stay in Barnacles Hostel Galway, situated in the heart of The Latin Quarter, in the center of pedestrian area, surrounded by pubs, quirky coffee shops & craft stores. With selection of ensuite rooms, from double and twin privates to 4,6,8,10 and 12 bed dorms, you will always find something to fit your budget! Free breakfast, free wifi, free internet on our computers, free maps, free walking tour and free hugs from our sexy staff are all included! See you soon at Barnacles Galway!