Festivals and events on Achill Island, Ireland

Upcoming Events:

15th – 17th February: All Shook Up!
Achill Musical & Dramatic Society presents a musical based on the music of Elvis Presley. Venue: Colaiste Acla, Dooega. Tickets available locally. Shows: Thurs 15, 8pm; Fri 16th, 8pm; Sat 17th, 2.30pm (matinee) & 8pm. facebook page.

16th – 18th February: Yoga Retreat
Pure Magic hosts a weekend yoga retreat.

9th – 11th March: Mayo Stages Rally
A weekend of rally car racing in the spectacular, and challenging, landscape of Achill. See Mayo Motorsport Club website.

17th March: St. Patrick’s Day
A weekend of festivities (17th falls on a Saturday; Monday 19th is a Bank Holiday) for Ireland’s National Day. Follow Achill’s famous pipe bands on their traditional parades.

18th March: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Parade at Achill Sound.

24th March: Western Greenway Marathon
Inaugural running event on the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill. Three distances (Half, Full Marathon, and Ultra) plus relay option, with the Ultra ending at Achill. Full details & booking.


For a calendar of major events happening on Achill Island see our Events Calendar.

For this week’s entertainment guide, please see the Achill Weekly Entertainment Guide.

To keep updated with all Achill events direct to your mobile device, download the What’s On in Achill app

achill-island-tourism-01Achill offers a busy, varied and exciting range of festivals and events throughout the year. Our events diary provides a calendar of the major and most popular events.

Always a favourite destination for Bank Holidays, long weekends and short breaks, Achill also provides a unique and memorable experience for St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

achill-island-tourism-02The annual Scoil Acla summer school is hugely popular, offering tuition in traditional music to students of all levels as well as writer’s workshops, a painters school, readings, exhibitions, concerts and more.

Use the navigation links on the left to find out more about Achill’s festivals and events. Further details can also be obtained from the Achill Tourism office, which is open all year round.

For information on travelling to Achill, including a map of Ireland, please consult our Getting Here & Getting Around section. These pages include a detailed map of Achill Island, allowing you to see the exact location of events and festival activities on Achill Island.