Achill Island Calendar of Events

Scroll down for a calendar of major events happening on Achill Island and the surrounding areas. Please note, due to COVID-19 many events have been cancelled for this year. The items listed below may be subject to revision depending on circumstances closer to the event date.


Achill, along with the rest of Ireland, is now at Level 5 in the national framework for living with COVID-19. For details of how this affects visitors to Achill and local businesses, please see COVID-19 Visitor Information.


April 2021

2nd April: Good Friday
Public (but not Bank) holiday, start of the Easter Weekend.

5th April: Easter Monday
Bank Holiday in Ireland.

30th April – 2nd May: Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend
Annual arts festival. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2021 Full details and online booking from facebook page.


May 2021

30th April – 2nd May: Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend
Annual arts festival. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2021 Full details and online booking from facebook page.

1st May: Mayo Day
Celebrating all things Mayo! See Mayo Day 2021.

3rd May: May Day
Bank holiday.


June 2021

7th June: June Bank Holiday
Bank holiday.


July 2021

From 3rd July: Achill Half Marathon & 10K
Half marathon and 10K run event on a spectacular course on Achill Island. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2021 – See achillmarathon.com.

24th – 30th July: Scoil Acla (VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2021)
Traditional Irish summer school with music, dance, arts and culture tutorials and concerts. This will be online only in 2021. See scoilacla.ie


August 2021

2nd August: Bank Holiday
August Bank holiday Monday.


September 2021

10th – 12th September: Hearth & Community
New event exploring the anthropology of Irish food. See Hearth and Community 2021.

Battle for the Lake
Kitesurfing and music festival in Keel. Dates TBC.

Tour de Achill
Cycling event on Achill. Dates TBC.


October 2021

Achill International Harp Festival
Dates TBC.

25th October: Bank Holiday
October Bank Holiday.

Please contact Achill Tourism for further details of any of these events.
Níos mó eolas ó Turasóireacht Acla Teo