Events across Ireland This October

Published on 5 September 2019

At Liberty Insurance, we want to help you be Ready for the Real World. With the freedom and peace of mind that comes from being with Liberty Insurance, why not take off at the weekend and enjoy the many events happening across the country.

This month we also have Halloween and the long-awaited bank holiday weekend. And with so many fantastic events all around Ireland this month, you’ll have no shortage of spooky tricks and cultural treats to choose from.

Here are some of our picks of the fun this month.

Film, Food & Music Events:

Dingle Food Festival, Oct 5-7, various locations, Dingle, Kerry
Feast your eyes – and your taste buds – on the culinary delights of this festival. Don’t miss The Taste Trail to try over 70 tastings in venues across town, as well as street entertainment, children’s events, cookery demonstrations, workshops and more.

IndieCork Film Festival, Oct 7-14, Gate Cinema, Cork
To get your film fix, with a healthy dose of creativity and fun, check out IndieCork film festival, championing independent productions from Cork, Ireland, and the rest of the world. You’ll see short films, documentaries and features, and make sure to take part in the other special events and experiences the festival offers.

Country Music Weekend, Oct 11-13, Dungarvan, Waterford
For country music lovers, check out the Country Music weekend located in the heart of Dungarvan, co. Waterford. Taking place in Lawlors Hotel you’ll delight in a whole weekend of country music acts and fun in this historic coastal town.

Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Oct 12-29, Wexford
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegeltent, this festival brings exciting multi-genre performances, including contemporary music, comedy, theatre, film, classical music, burlesque and more. From Blindboy to Bosco, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Cork Jazz Festival – Oct 15-29, Various locations, Cork
Nothing beats the atmosphere of the Cork Jazz Festival. With a huge line-up of gigs spanning over 50 Cork venues, as well as its own Fringe Festival events – including the Dia de los Muertos-themed 2018 festival parade – this one’s sure to satisfy your musical hunger.

Metropolis – Oct 27-28, RDS, Dublin
This multi-stage, indoor winter music festival & conference offers a whole new experience in the Irish festival landscape. With a unique and abstract identity every year, Metropolis continuously captivates its audience. Now in its 4th year, it has become a staple on the Irish festival calendar. Note this event operates an over 21's age policy.

Family-friendly, Mid-term & Halloween Events

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Oct 15-21, various location, Galway
For a great experience for the kids, why not try out Baboró, Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. They’ve got theatre, storytelling, exhibitions, workshops, dance, talks and lots more over the course of the festival week.

Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm, Oct 19 & 20, 26-31, Grove Gardens, Kells, Co.Meath
For an exciting and unique Halloween experience, give this year’s Haunted Spooktacular in Meath a look. Promising their scariest year yet with a host of new attractions to be announced. Whether you’re a Horror movie fanatic, or a Halloween junkie or love to be petrified, Haunted Spooktacular has something for everybody.

Pumpkin Train Adventure, Oct 20-26, Rathwood, Tullow, Co. Carlow
All aboard the Rathwood Pumpkin Train Adventure to help the Terrible Twins Wizzie & Lizzie beat the evil Wicked Witch. Carve a pumpkin, look out for sheep, ducks and deer along the way, and enjoy a toasty hot chocolate. This event is suitable for younger kids (up to 8 years of age).

Féile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse, Oct 27-31, Hook Lighthouse, Wexford
For a really authentic Halloween experience, discover the otherworldly mysteries of Féile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse. Open from 4pm to 8pm each evening, this event celebrates the traditions of Samhain in the surrounds of the 800-year-old lighthouse, with age-old tales shares by ‘Druids’ around the fire, children’s entertainment, Halloween stories, ghastly lantern-lead Halloween tours, and pumpkin carving also on offer.

With such a fantastic range of upcoming cultural and spooky events, we want you to get the very most out of October, Halloween and the mid-term break. If you need to add a driver, you can make adjustments to your policy online at

No matter what events you’re preparing for, we’re there to help you along the way.