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 this week, 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

December 2018

31st December: New Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year Achill style – view the last sunset of 2018, then welcome 2019 with Achill’s Pipe Bands. See New Year 2019 for full details.

January 2019

1st January: New Year’s Day
Welcome 2019 with a bracing dip in Achill Atlantic waters at the New Year’s Day swim in Dugort. See New Year 2019 for full details.

6th January: Nollaig na mBan / Women’s Little Christmas
Let the ladies celebrate Little Christmas with a few drinks in Achill’s pubs and bars or a meal in one of Achill’s restaurants and cafes.

6th January: Nollaig na mBan / Women’s Little Christmas
Achill Musical & Dramatic Society hosts a celebration with High Tea and Social Dancing at Ted’s Bar, Cashel, 4pm – 8pm.

February 2019

14th February: Valentine’s Day
Book a romantic meal in an Achill’s restaurant or book a winter weekend break to enjoy beach walks, cycle rides, and Achill’s spectacular scenery.

15th / 16th February: Sister Act – The Musical
Achill Musical & Dramatic Society presents Sister Act – The Musical at Colaiste Acla, Dooega. Performances on Fri night, Sat afternoon matinee, Sat night. Tickets from Keel & Achill Sound Post Offices.

March 2019

17th March: St. Patrick’s Day
Come to Achill for a weekend of festivities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday 17th March 2019). Follow Achill’s famous pipe bands on their traditional parades. St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in Achill.

April 2019

21st April: Easter Sunday
Enjoy a long weekend in Achill this Easter. Good Friday is 19th April, Easter Monday (a Bank Holiday) is 22nd April.

May 2019

6th May: May Day
May Day public (Bank) holiday on Monday 6th May 2019.

3rd – 5th May: Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend
A weekend of arts events for the annual Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend.

June 2019

3rd June: June Bank Holiday
June Bank Holiday on Monday 3rd June 2019.

July 2019

6th July: Achill Half Marathon & 10K
Annual Half Marathon & 10K Run takes place on Saturday 6th July 2019.

21st July: Mayo Kite Festival
3rd year of this very popular kite festival on Keel beach.

27th July – 3rd August: Scoil Acla
Annual Irish music & arts summer school.

August 2019

5th August: Bank Holiday
Public (Bank) Holiday on Monday 5th August 2019.

27th July – 3rd August: Scoil Acla
Annual Irish music & arts summer school.

September 2019

27th – 29th September: Battle for the Lake
Battle for the Lake kitesurfing and music festival takes place Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September 2019. Early bird tickets available. Full details to be announced.

October 2019

28th October: Bank Holiday
October Bank Holiday on Monday 28th October 2019.


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