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 3 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.

October 2020

23rd – 26th October: Achill International Harp Festival
Fourth year of this fast-growing international festival celebrating Ireland’s national musical instrument. This year’s event is virtual, taking place online. See

26th October: October Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday.

December 2020

31st December: New Year’s Eve
A unique Achill welcome for 2021 in the villages of Dooagh, Pollagh and Keel as their respective pipe bands welcome the New Year at midnight. Details for 2020 yet to be confirmed.

January 2021

1st January: New Year’s Day Swim
Welcome the New Year with a bracing dip in Achill’s Atlantic waters. Fundraiser for Achill RNLI. Dugort beach 1pm. ***This event is yet to be confirmed***

6th January: Nollaig na mBan
“Women’s Christmas”, traditionally a day when the woman of the house is treated. Why not have a meal out in one of Achill’s restaurants and cafes?

February 2021

14th February: Valentine’s Day
Why not celebrate this lover’s day with a winter beach walk followed by a spot of dinner in Achill? Or make a weekend break for it (14th February is a Sunday)?

March 2021

17th March: St. Patrick’s Day
Bank Holiday for Ireland’s national day. Traditionally in Achill the village pipe bands march to Dookinella and back. ***Pipe band marches yet to be confirmed***

April 2021

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

5th April: Easter Monday
Bank Holiday in Ireland.

May 2021

3rd May: May Day
Bank holiday.

June 2021

7th June: June Bank Holiday
Bank holiday.

July 2021

3rd July: Achill Half Marathon & 10K
Half marathon and 10K run event on a spectacular course on Achill Island.

24th – 30th July: Scoil Acla
Traditional Irish summer school with music, dance, arts and culture tutorials and concerts.

August 2021

2nd August: Bank Holiday
August Bank holiday Monday.

September 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.
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