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


12th – 20th October: Talking Walls Festival
Annual event celebrating Achill’s history, culture and folklore. See Talking Walls Festival 2019 or facebook.com/TalkingWallsAchill for more details.

25th – 28th October: Achill International Harp Festival
Annual festival celebrating the harp. See Achill International Harp Festival for more details.

27th October: Flavours of Achill
A showcase of Achill Island’s food and drink. Further details from 085 773 8799 or Flavours of Achill facebook page.

17th November: Achill Lifeboat RNLI Fish Supper
Fundraiser for Achill RNLI, to be held at Óstán Oileán Acla. Music on the night with raffle prize of a painting by Alexander Van Tuyll. Tickets €15. Contact Mary on 087 622 9104.

31st December: New Year’s Eve
Watch the last sunset of 2019 and welcome the New Year with Achill pipe bands marching at midnight in Dooagh, Pollagh and Keel.


January 2020

1st January: New Year’s Day Swim
Join hundreds of hardy bathers at Silver Strand beach in Dugort for the annual dip, in aid of RNLI Achill Lifeboat. 1pm.


March 2020

17th March: St. Patrick’s Day
Follow Achill pipe bands on their traditional marches.


April 2020

13th April: Easter Monday
Bank Holiday.


May 2020

4th May: May Day
Bank Holiday.

1st – 4th May: Heinrich Boll Memorial Weekend
Annual arts weekend. Details to follow.

9th – 10th May: Mayo Fleadh
Achill hosts the 2020 Mayo Fleadh Cheoil.


June 2020

1st June: June Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday.


July 2020

4th July: Achill Half Marathon & 10K
Award-winning half marathon and 10K run on the most scenic route in Ireland. Registration is open. See Achill Half Marathon for more details.

26th July: Scoil Acla
Annual summer school for Irish music, dancing, arts & culture. See scoilacla.ie for details. Booking from March.

26th July: St. Colman’s Garden Fete
Annual garden fete at St. Colman’s, Pollagh. Family fun and entertainment, stalls, games, fresh seafood and boxty, plus monster Wheel of Fortune.


August 2020

3rd August: August Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday.


September 2020

Battle for the Lake
Kitesurfing & music festival at Keel lake. Details to follow. See battleforthelake.com.


October 2020

26th October: October Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday.

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