Festivals this October 2022 in Ireland
We’ve had our Indian Summer red skied nights, and that ‘grand stretch in the evening’ is no more. October brings with it garden lawns laced with frost, and doorways dusted with fallen leaves. That familiar wood and turf burning scent that fills the chilled air tells us the fires are lit. It’s time to get cosy and get that geansaí ready.
This month’s poem is ‘October’ by Irish poet Harry Clifton. Enjoy.
Further Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Music Festivals in Ireland 2022
The island of Ireland is not hibernating, it’s still awake and full of energy this October 2022 with festivals to tickle every fancy. Take inspiration from this guide to get out and experience places you’ve never been, or revisit the ones you love.
Photo by Olga Subach
Top Festival this October 2022 in Leinster
Leinster: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
- What’s On – Best Festivals in Dublin | October 2022 | Full Listing here
- Kilkenny Animated | Kilkenny | Sep 30 – Oct 2| kilkennyanimated.com
- Offline Film Festival | Birr, Offaly | Oct 12 – 16 | offlinefilmfestival.com
- Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival | Wexford | Oct 13 -16 | eugeneoneillfestival
- Wexford Festival Opera | Wexford | Oct 21 – Nov 6 | wexfordopera.com
- Wexford Spiegeltent Festival | Wexford | Oct 22 – Nov 6 | wexfordspiegeltent
- The Greenfields Festival | Athy, Kildare | Oct 28 – 30 | eventbrite.ie
- Savour Kilkenny Food Festival | Kilkenny | Oct 28 – 31 | savourkilkenny.com
- Puca Festival | Athyboy, Trim, Drogheda | Oct 28 – 31 | thelifeofstuff.com
- BD Festival Day of the Dead 2022 | Wicklow | Oct 30 | bdfest.ie
Kilkenny Castle photo by NIR HIMI
Top Festival this October 2022 in Munster
Munster: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.
- Cork Folk Festival | Cork City | Sep 29 – Oct 2 | corkfolkfestival.com
- Dingle Food Festival | Kerry | Sept 30th – Oct 2nd | dinglefood.com
- Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival | Tipperary | Sep 30 – Oct 2 | dnlf.ie
- IndieCork Film & Music Festival | Cork City | Oct 2 – 16 | indiecork.com
- Open House Cork | Cork City | Oct 4 -6 | facebook.com/openhousecork
- East Cork Early Music Festival | Oct 13 – 16 | eastcorkearlymusic.ie
- Kinsale Gourmet Festival | Kinsale, Cork | Oct 15 | kinsalegoodfoodcircle
- Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival | Tipperary | Oct 27 -31 | spleodar.ie
- Guinness Cork Jazz Festival | Cork | Oct 27 – Oct 30 | guinnesscorkjazz.com
Top Festival this October 2022 in Connacht
Connacht: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.
- Battle for the Lake | Achill Island | Sept 30th – Oct 2nd | battleforthelake.com
- Ballinasloe Fair & Festival | Galway | Oct 2, 3 & 8 | facebook.com/ballinasloe.fair
- Ballina Fringe Festival | Ballina, Mayo | Oct 8 – 15 | ballinafringefestival.ie
- Meet Me at Sundown | Dublin & Galway | Oct 10 – 25th | eventbrite.ie
- Baboró Intl Arts Festival for Children | Galway | Oct 14 -23 | baboro
- Food on the Edge | Galway | Oct 17 & 18 | foodontheedge.ie
- Westival Music & Arts Festival | Westport, Mayo | Oct 26 – 31 | westival.ie
- Burren Food Fayre | Lisdoonvarna, Clare | Oct 29 – 31 | galwaytourism
Castlewellan Forest Park, Co. Down photo by K. Mitch Hodge
Top Festival this October 2022 in Ulster incl. Northern Ireland
Ulster (including Northern Ireland): Antrim, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone.
- Oktoberfest Belfast | Belfast City | Sep 29 – Oct 29 | oktoberfestbelfast.com
- Belfast Intl Arts Festival | Belfast | Oct 5 – Nov 6 | belfastinternational
- Derry Halloween | Derry / Londonderry | Oct 28 -31 | derryhalloween.com
PIN: What’s On: Top Festivals this October 2022 in Ireland
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