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


February 2020

14th & 15th February: 9 to 5 The Musical
Achill Musical & Dramatic Society production of “9 to 5 The Musical”. Tickets on Eventbrite.

22nd February: Race Night
Scoil Acla hosts a Race Night in Lourdies Pub, Dooagh, in Aid of Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo.


March 2020

11th – 13th March: “We Will Rock You” Musical
Colaiste Pobail Acla presents the musical “We Will Rock You”.

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.

23rd May: Achill Three Peaks Challenge
Climb Achill Island’s three highest peaks – Slievemore, Croaghaun and Minaun – in one day in aid of a wonderful cause.


June 2020

1st June: June Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday.

21st June (TBC): Achill Island Sandcastle Festival


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.

5th – 31st July: Feile na Mara
Annual festival celebrating Achill’s maritime heritage and the rich harvest of its Atlantic waters. Full details TBC.

10th – 12th July: Dooagh Day
Annual village festival in Dooagh. Details TBC.

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

18th – 19th July: Mayo International Kite Festival
See facebook.com/mayokitefest

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

2nd – 9th August: Feile Toin an tSeanbaile
Annual village festival in The Valley. Final details TBC.

3rd August: August Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday.

7th – 9th August: Tarry Fest
Village festival in Dookinella.

7th – 16th August: Feile Kildavnet
Annual village festival in Kildavnet. Final details TBC.

August (final date TBC): Purteen Harbour Festival
Annual festival at the harbour in Purteen.


September 2020

5th September: Tour de Achill
Achill Wheelers cycling club hosts its annual Tour de Achill event with three distances/routes – 36k, 65k and 110k. Details & online registration.

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


October 2020

Talking Walls Festival
Annual festival. Details TBC.

23rd – 26th October: Achill International Harp Festival
Fourth year of this fast-growing international festival celebrating Ireland’s national musical instrument. See achillharpfestival.ie.

26th October: October Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday.


November 2020

Battle of the Bands
Details TBC.

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