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Jazz it up in Cork!
Cork will be transformed into Europe’s Jazz Capital for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (October 26th-29th). Swing to great acts including Gregory Porter and Beach House. Don’t miss the Big Jazz Fringe, where the musicians from the festival will spill into the streets, schools and galleries with free performances.
Take Three in Kilkenny!
Kilkenny has a great line-up of events next week. Make it a treble and take in the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival (October 25th – 29th), Thrillkenny Zombiefest (October 27th– 28th) and the Irish Conker Championship Festival in Freshford (October 27th – 28th)
Dublin will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Irish horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel 'Dracula' with the new Bram Stoker Festival (October 26th – 28th). A highlight will be an evening of spooky spectacle from renowned street theatre company Spraoi entitled ‘Imagining Bram Stoker’ in the grounds of Dublin Castle on Sunday 28th. This is a free event and fancy dress is encourages, but pre-booking is essential.
RoolAboola in Mayo!
Bring your budding young artists to the RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Festival in Castlebar, Co. Mayo (October 27th – 29th) featuring theatre, music, dance shows and children’s books readings. They will love the Bring Your Toys to Life workshop with top puppeteer Marc MacLochlainn.
Be Baffled in Galway!
Wanna-be poets will love the Baffle Poetry Festival in Loughrea, Co. Galway (October 26th – 28th). At the heart of the weekend is a poetry competition where all comers get a chance to recite unpublished work written on a given theme.
Find True Love in Ballybunion!
Looking for love? Head to Kerry for the inaugural Ballybunion Singles Festival (October 26th – 29th). Taking place in Cashen Bar cupid will be very busy. You have been warned!
Spin a Yarn in Achill!
Unwind and snuggle up by the fire to hear some great yarns at the Achill Storytelling Festival (October 27th – November 5th). You can also join in Irelands Biggest Liar Competition!
Take a Walk!
Ireland is bursting with some great walks. Why not head to Kinnitty in Co. Offaly and try the Knockbarron Looped Walk in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom. This is an eco-walk which will bring you through stunning forestry. Afterwards, why not grab a coffee in Kinnity Castle, which is supposedly one of Ireland’s most haunted castles!
A special Halloween festival celebrating Irish traditions and customs takes place in Co Mayo. The Samhain Abhainn Ballina Halloween Festival, (October 27th- 31st) includes nights filled with ghouls and ghosts in Belleek Woods!
Have a Howl in Kenmare!
Go wild in Kerry and join in the inaugural Kenmare Halloween Howl (October 27th – 31st) with lots of ghoulish fun and spooky activities. Watch out for headless riders thundering through the town awakening latent spirits…