The weather may not be always on our side in October but there’s still plenty of events taking place around the country this month to help brighten your day.
In particular, there are festivals galore in all corners of the country, particularly around the October Bank Holiday weekend. To help you get there, Iarnród Éireann has great online web offers to a range of destinations that are now available.
Here are just some entertainment ideas for days out or weekends away, all of which run through the October weekend. From jazz to opera, comedy to cuisine, and with the small matter of the country’s biggest marathon for good measure, it’s all happening!
Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford 19th – 29th October
This year Imagine Art Festival is celebrating it’s 10th birthday!
The festival features live performances of music and theatre and there are special workshops for all ages and interests. The festival also gives up and coming local young talent a platform to showcase their work along with established international artists. Events are held in a number of locations across the City.
Galway Comedy Festival, 24th -29th October
You're guaranteed barrels of Bank Holiday laughs at the Galway Comedy Festival. On this weekend in October, the Festival will entertain you to some of the most magical, hysterical and outright funny folk on the planet, all for your enjoyment. There's a whole range of styles to suit every taste. This year’s line up includes Tommy Tiernan, Reginald D Hunter, Des Bishop and Rich Hall. This festival is a must for your Comedy Calendar!
Ennis Fashion Week - 22th - 28th October
Ennis, known as "The Boutique Capital of Ireland", brings its wide range of unique retailers together for a series of special events and in-store promotions for customers bringing the whole town together for some stylish activities. Main events and fringe events combine over the festival to create an inclusive, exciting and innovative festival.
This year Ennis Fashion Week is delighted to partner with the Irish cancer society in promoting awareness of their Get the girls campaign for Action Breast Cancer.
Savour Kilkenny 25 - 29 October 2012
Kilkenny will be transformed into a gourmet heaven when thousands of food lovers descend on the city for the 6thannual Savour Kilkenny Food Festival
This year’s festival has the theme “Homegrown and Wholesome”, and features a host of celebrity and local chefs including Kevin Dundon, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O’Connell, Rozanne Stevens and much more.
Just some of the highlights over the Savour Festival weekend include:
Mad Hatters Tea Party: Join the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter himself for an afternoon of fun, face painting and tasty treats including Queen of Hearts Tarts, Alice’s Lemon Curd, Tweedle Dumb & Tweedle Tea, Doormouse Lemonade, in the Moroccan Tent in the Castle Yard!
Savour Taste Buds, Taste Buds will teach children about food and healthy eating with special guest Catherine Fulvio. During the session, children will challenge their taste buds with different foods from around the world, as well as take part in a lively, hands-on recipe challenge! Kids will be encouraged to taste foods they haven’t perhaps tried before and be more adventurous with their food choices. The session will end with a cookery demonstration where the kids will get to give a hand. Goodie bags will be given to all children taking part.
Wexford Opera Festival 24 October - 04 November 2012
Recognised by the 'one of the best small festivals in the world' , Wexford Festival Opera presents an annual trio of rarely performed operas in the unique atmosphere of Wexford Town. This festival attracts enthusiastic audiences from all around the world who. The programme in 2012 will feature productions of L’Arlesiana by Francesco Cilèa; Le roi malgré lui (The Reluctant King) by Emmanuel Chabrier; and A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius.
Apart from these three productions, also on offer will be a packed programme of morning events, lunchtime concerts, afternoon ShortWorks, recitals and late night revues.
Sligo Live 24 - 29 October 2012
Enjoy 6 days of folk, roots and indie music with over 100 performances in a warm, relaxed and intimate environment. The weekend sees music under every conceivable roof in Sligo, cafes, pubs, hotels, clubs, shopping centres, theatres and anywhere a performance can squeezed. Includes concerts with top Irish and international acts, the best traditional musicians, emerging folk, indie and rock bands in clubs and cafes, the renowned Fiddler of Dooney Competition and late night multi-stage clubs.
Other events are 'Under Bare Ben Bulben's Head', a spoken word programme from the land of Yeats; children's shows and workshops; and the madness of the World Air Fiddle Championships. Even better, many events are free!
Cork Jazz Festival 26 - 29 October 2012
Cork Jazz Festival is one of Ireland's flagship arts and cultural events, attracting visitors from all over the world. The festival continues to go from strength to strength with a superb programme of world class jazz and jazz related sounds in over 90 venues. It is renowned as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe. Over the years the many of the top names in jazz have featured including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and dozens more.
There's a superb music trail offering music free of entrance charges and a buzzing Festival Club - plus street entertainment, workshops, lectures, a jazz choir, a Jazz Camp for student musicians, and lots of participation events. Cork becomes Europe's jazz capital at the exciting Cork Jazz Festival weekend!
Dublin City Marathon 29th October
2012 sees the 33rd year of the Dublin City Marathon and 10,000 participants, including many overseas runners, will descend into Dublin to test their fitness! If you’re taking part or just going along to cheer and show your support, why not leave your car parking worries at home and commute to the capital by train.
If you want to share more ideas on where to go, what to do, or any events which are accessible by rail, why not comment below and let us know!