Achill Island Calendar of Events

Scroll down for a calendar of major events happening on Achill Island and the surrounding areas.

For daily entertainment listings over the festive period, 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

January 2018

1st January: New Year’s Day Swim
Annual New Year’s Day dip at the Silver Strand, Dugort. 1pm. All welcome! Collection for RNLI.

February 2018

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

March 2018

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

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.

30th March: Good Friday

April 2018

1st April: Easter Sunday

2nd April: Easter Monday
Bank Holiday.

May 2018

4th – 7th May: Heinrich Boll Memorial Arts Weekend
Weekend of cultural activities and events.

7th May: May Day Bank Holiday

18th – 20th May: Walking Weekend
Achill GAA Healthy Clubs Walking Weekend.

June 2018

2nd June: Gearóid’s Smile / Three Peaks Challenge
Climb Achill Island’t three highest peaks in one day, in support of an inspirational cause.

July 2018

7th July: Achill Half Marathon & 10K
See for full details.

15th July: Dooagh Day
Annual family fun festival in the village of Dooagh. See Dooagh Day facebook page for details.

19th – 21st July: Irish National Sheepdog Trials

21st – 22nd July: Kite Festival
Following last year’s inaugural Mayo International Kite Festival, Pure Magic is hosting another event – bigger and better – in Keel.

28th July – 4th August: Scoil Acla
Annual Scoil Acla summer school, with tuition in music, writing, drama and art.

29th July: St. Colman’s Féte
Annual community and family fun day at St. Colmans, Keel. All welcome.

August 2018

28th July – 4th August: Scoil Acla
Annual Scoil Acla summer school, with tuition in music, writing, drama and art.

5th August: Achill Colour Run
Annual colour run. All welcome.

6th August: August Bank Holiday

4th – 6th August: Feile du Eige
Annual Feile du Eige family fun festival in Dooega.

4th – 6th August: Feile Inis Bigil
Annual community festival on Inishbiggle Island.

10th – 12th August: Tarry Fest

10th – 19th August: Féile Chill Damhnait
Annual community festival in Kildavnet.

September 2018

9th September: QUEST Achill
Adventure racing (cycling / running / kayaking) with three levels of difficulty.

28th – 30th September: Battle For The Lake
Annual kitesurfing competition and music festival.

October 2018

14th October: Achill Sheep Show

26th – 29th October: Achill International Harp Festival
Annual festival celebrating this iconic symbol of Irish culture. See website or facebook page for latest news.

29th October: October Bank Holiday


Please contact Achill Tourism for further details of any of these events.
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