October Event Guide: Festivals of food, art, comedy, jazz, and all things Halloween are on the horizon
A month of festivals and Halloween spectacles, October is shaping up to be extremely eventful — here are some dates for your diary that you won’t want to miss.
Oktoberfest at The Bernard Shaw, Dublin
30 September – 29 October
For the month of October, Eatyard are bringing a slice of Bavarian cheer to Drumcondra for Oktoberfest at The Bernard Shaw. A celebration of all things beer, cheese, pretzels and bratwurst, there’ll also be Bodytonic Buzz with a whole host of German games to dig your teeth into including Stein-holding competitions, Hasselhoff karaoke, Lederhösen Limbo, Blind Beer Tasting, DJs and much more.
Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
The Lime Tree Theatre Belltable team’s annual Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival continues to inspire and engage teachers, children and their families in the performing arts. Building upon the success of previous festivals, this year the programme is even more ambitious than ever, and are putting a keen emphasis on community engagement and child participation.
Boys! Boys! Boys! Photography exhibition at The Library, Dublin
The Library Project presents the fourth issue of BOYS! BOYS! BOYS!, a project by The Little Black Gallery curated by co-founder Ghislain Pascal to promote queer and gay photography. It now represents more than 65 photographers from 30 countries, including some where gay rights are repressed and queer lives are under constant threat.
Belfast International Arts Festival
5 October – 6 November
Established in 1962, the city’s longest-running international arts festival, reimagined and reborn as Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) in 2015, is celebrating 60 years with a new extended season of contemporary arts and cultural events. Aiming to create a genuinely civic event of arts and ideas of international appeal and stature, take a look at the programme of events here.
Tipperary Dance International Festival
A festival devoted to empowering the voices of our communities by providing opportunities for dance artists and engaging with the community, Tipperary Dance International Festival is hosting events and workshops in various locations around the county, and you won’t want to miss it.
Shine A Light Night 2022
Shine A Light Night takes place on Friday 14 October in order to help Focus Ireland to change the lives of families, young people and children who are without a place to call home. The event sees business leaders, companies and individuals sleep out in their workplace, home, or gardens for one night to shine a light on homelessness in Ireland. Register your interest today.
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children
With 50 live events taking place across Galway, Baboró spans ten days of creative connection for children through performance, play, visual arts, workshops and storytelling. Ireland’s flagship festival devoted exclusively to children and families, this year’s 26th festival will welcome thousands of children from 0 to 13 years, along with their families and teachers too.
Kinsale Gourmet Festival 2022
The Kinsale Gourmet Festival has been attracting thousands of food lovers to Kinsale for the past 45 years, and has continued to evolve to the tastes of the times. The annual food festival is hosted throughout the Kinsale restaurants that are members of the town’s Good Food Circle so you can expect good foodie fun.
Diwali Festival of Lights, City Hall, Dublin
In conjunction with Dublin City Council, Ireland India Council is celebrating Diwali Festival of Lights in a hybrid event in the City Hall, Dublin 2 for a spectacular event that encompasses and invites members and peers from across communities to share the joys and wondrous Diwali celebration with our communities and leading personalities from businesses, academics, and politics across Ireland.
The Wexford Factory Academy at the 71st Wexford Festival Opera
21 October – 6 November
As part of Wexford Festival Opera — a festival that has historically served as a springboard for many young singers to an international stage — PwC is sponsoring The Wexford Factory for their 2022/23 Academy. A professional development programme for young Irish or Irish-based singers, this Academy builds on this tradition and enables young singers to learn from some of the world’s most internationally recognised artists, coaches and opera professionals.
Factory participants embark on a two-year journey with the festival, which will see them take part in a professional development academy, have the option of taking part in an international exchange, and perform in a main staged production of Cinderella by the 17-year-old Alma Deutscher in the National Opera House.
Galway Comedy Festival
Bringing over 100 artists and over 60 shows to 17 venues across Galway city for a week of laughs, Galway Comedy Festival specialises in carefully curated craic. This year’s headliners include an array of Irish comedy royalty such as Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan, Deirdre O’Kane, Emma Doran and Ardal O’Hanlon.
Westival, Westport, Mayo
Westival is the oldest music and arts festival in the West of Ireland, taking place for almost fifty years in Westport with an aim of showcasing Ireland’s increasingly diverse art scene. This multidisciplinary experience presents music, theatre, film, spoken word, visual arts and much more, and this year’s lineup features an array of truly incredible performances. Find out more here.
Púca Festival 2022, Trim/Athboy, Meath
Music, fire, feasting and merriment in Ireland’s Ancient East — Púca Festival returns in celebration of the Celtic New Year with the spirits of Halloween. Saluting the spirits of the season through folklore, food, myth and music, this festival reopens the pathways of reflection and celebration carved by travellers over 2,000 years ago. The incredible lineup of events includes comedy from Joanne McNally and David O’Doherty, music from Imelda May and The Academic, a live podcast from Blindboy, and much more.
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Returning for its 44th year with a host of new acts, venues, and experiences to surprise and delight attendees, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will see some of the biggest names in jazz gracing the stage for what is set to be their most magnetic instalment yet. The New Power Generation, Denise Chaila and Hermeto Pascoal are among those appearing over the bank holiday weekend.
Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin
While the full programme is yet to be announced, the Bram Stoker Festival is bringing The Northern Lights to Dublin this year with a mesmerising, immersive light and sound experience which you’ll never forget. A free spectacle that will create a spectacular vision of the Northern Lights in Dublin Castle’s Upper Courtyard, its lush visuals and harmonious soundscape will bring the wonder and joy of an aurora borealis to people in cities who would never typically get a glimpse of this majestic vision.