October Festivals in Dublin & Galway

Both Dublin and Galway are well known for their festivals, and just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean that festival season is done! In fact, there is a lot of reasons why visiting Ireland in September or October makes sense. As there is no crowds on the street any more you will get to see more in the same amount of time, hostel beds are likely to be a little bit cheaper and people you will meet are probably going to be a little bit more relaxed as summer madness is behind them. So, if you decided to book some of the cheap flights to Ireland (Ryanair, we love you!) this is list of October Festivals in Dublin & Galway you should check out!

Festivals in Dublin this October

Dublin Theatre Festival – 29th September to 16th October

An annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world.  At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital.  Aim of the festival is to present a festival that captures the imagination of Dublin’s citizens and nurtures a sense of connection and community in the city. This is perfect for all theatre lovers. Festival takes place in various venues around the city, check out their website for info and prices!

medium-Brian Tilley, Simon Laherty and Luke Ryan in Back2Back Theatre production of Ganesh Versus the Third Reich as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 image credit Jeff Busby

Hard Working Class Heroes – 6th-8th October

Check out the best of the emerging music and artists at this festival! Taking place in several venues in the city center, this is perfect festival for anyone looking to be the first one who heard next big thing! Daily tickets are only €20 and you can get into all of the venues with the ticket on that day so you can discover LOADS of artists!


Open House – 16th -18th October

Open House Dublin is a unique event, presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Over 100 tours, events and workshops invite you to explore the rich architecture of Dublin. As always the events are completely free, with most available on a first-come basis.

Bram Stoker Festival – 28-31st October

Prepare to get scared! Dublin will turn wonderfully Gothic during this long weekend, with plenty of free  shows around the town. Inspired by the heritage of world-famous Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his notorious novel Dracula, this weekend celebrates things that go “bump” in the night! Expect scary parades and loads of awesome events!

macnas parade

Festivals in Galway this October

Galway Jazz Festival – 7th -9th October

The Galway Jazz Festival presents a weekend of leading local, national and international jazz artists in a broad range of venues, throughout Galway City. Annually, the aim is to foster jazz as a contemporary art form in the West. Jazz admirers will have plenty to choose from in a line up that includes artists from all over the world. Venues include The Crane Bar, Druid Theatre and St Nicholas’ Church.

Baboró Childrens Festival – 17th -23rd October

Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county in mid 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. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops.


Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway – 25th – 31st October

Have a laugh! Since its beginning in 2005 this festival has became a 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. With several shows each day and night, with comedy show for children too, you are guaranteed to see well known comedians! Grab tickets in advance as shows get to sell out!

Galway Abooo Halloween Festival – 28th-31st October

Something spooktacular is taking place in Galway’s Latin Quarter this Halloween Weekend.  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.


With so many events, it is hard to pick what exactly  to see, but there is definitely something for everyone! See you in Ireland this October!