September Events in Dublin and Galway

Around Dublin hostel

Dublin Fashion Festival

5th – 8th September

Dublin Fashion Festival is an absolute must for fashionistas. The festival will feature some of the usual favourites, celebrating design, style and culture with an exciting on street fashion shows, workshops, competitions and much more. Make sure to get a glimpse of guerilla shows and night fashion programs! This festival is happening across various venues in Dublin! Check out more info about Dublin Fashion Festival on www.dff.ie

Dublin Fringe Festival

5th – 22nd September

Dublin Fringe Festival is Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival running city-wide every September, showcasing the newest and best Irish and international arts. Dublin Fringe Festival, unlike others, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience! We recommend The Briefs, all male burlesque show as well as David O’Doherty comedy show, to start with 🙂 Get the full program on www.fringefest.com


19th September – 6th October

Experience authentic Oktoberfest! Real German stalls are coming to Dublin from Germany, for the real, authentic feel! Expect  German fun, food and entertainment and authentic Bavarian beer (as well as some genuine German Oktoberfest waitresses). If sausages, gingerbread hearts and beer are your thing, this is the place to be! You can visit Oktoberfest free of charge! www.oktoberfest-dublin.de

Culture Night

20th September

For one night only, all museums, churches, cultural centres, artist studios galleries and more will open doors late for a free night of entertainment! Plan your night right, as some places get big Q’s! There is usually loads of live music all over the city, and last year, we even managed to grab some free massage in Temple Bar! Enjoy the night and explore Dublin’s fun side! Plan it here: www.culturenight.ie


Arthur’s Day

26th September

Raise your pint of black stuff at 17.59 for a big cheer “To Arthur”! The Arthur’s Day line-up will see a variety of artists play in pubs across the island of Ireland, from the best and brightest of Ireland’s musical talent including The Script, James Vincent McMorrow, The Original Rudeboys, Girl Band and Bouts; to internationally acclaimed artists such as Manic Street Preachers, Emeli Sandé, Janelle Monae and the legendary Bobby Womack. For ticket info visit Guinness pages!


Dublin Theatre Festival

26th September – 13th October

Dublin Theatre Festival has been a major cultural and civic event in the city’s calendar since 1957! Enjoy everything from Shakespeare to burlesque performances during 18 days of festival! For program, check their official website: www.dublintheatrefestival.com

Hard Working Class Heroes

3rd-5th October

Our favourite mini music festival, jamming literally 100+ bands in just 6 venues, all within minutes from Temple Bar! IF you want to be hip and know exactly who is going to be hot before your friends, this is festival to check out! hwch.net


Bram Stoker Festival

26th – 28th October

Dublin City will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Irish horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel ‘Dracula’. Festival is packing over 30 events, Stoker-themed theatre, lively discussions on all things vampire, and a highlight being an evening of spooky spectacle from renowned street theatre company Spraoi in the grounds of Dublin Castle! Be afraid, be very afraid… www.bramstokerfestival.com

Around Galway Hostel


Oscar Wilde Festival

7th – 8th September 2013

The festival aims to educate and entertain people about Wilde and leave a lasting impression in their minds long after the festival is over. It will explore Oscar’s connections to the west of Ireland, and Galway in particular.

Galway Races Autumn Meeting

9th – 11th September 2013

Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races! Summer meeting is the must-see event for every social calendar, and Autumn races promise the same action, excitement and gambling! www.galwayraces.com

Aer Lingus International Hurling Festival

18th – 21st September 2013

Aer Lingus is inviting teams from all over the world to compete in the first ever International Hurling Festival. The best hurlers from North America, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada will descend on Galway for a three day festival of ceol, craic and culture, as well as the first hurling competition of its kind. 

Galway Culture Night

20th September 2013

For one night only, see all museum, galleries, ateliers and theatres free of charge! www.galwayculturenight.com


Galway International Oyster Festival

26th – 29th September 2013

This festival is a feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.  www.galwayoysterfest.com


Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure

28th September 2013

Have you got what it takes? The race involves a combination of running, cycling and an assault course, and based on your fitness, you can choose from intro 17 km to expert 60 km course! Just for fun, the race includes the Fear Gorta assault course through Kylemore Woods, the details of which are a heavily guarded secret. Sumo wrestlers are rumoured, muck is guaranteed. If you got what it takes, visit:  www.connemararoughdiamond.com


Guinness Live in Galway’s Latin Quarter

26th September 2013

Guinness Live in The Latin Quarter will be a four-day music festival featuring an extensive line-up of national and local acts in a series of intimate gigs in venues and pubs throughout the city’s Latin Quarter, with more than 50 live performances over four nights. Admission to all gigs will be free and on a first-come, first-served, basis. Or, you can just stay at Barnacles Galway and check out festival from your bedroom window! www.thelatinquarter.ie


All of these festivals are happening right at the doorstep of both Dublin and Galway hostels! We offer budget accommodation with free breakfast, free wifi, free internet, free maps and free walking tours! If you ever needed an excuse to visit Ireland, this is it!