As the autumn leaves begin to fall and Dublin's streets are bathed in a warm, golden glow, October 2023 promises an array of exciting events and experiences. If you are planning to visit Dublin in October, you are in for a treat as the city is packed with exciting events and activities. From outdoor events to concerts, markets, and gigs, Dublin has something for everyone.
In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to all the must-attend events in Dublin in October 2023, including location, timings, ticket prices, and special features. So, let's dive in!
GIGS AND FESTIVALS:
Ireland Music Week 2023 (October 3 to 6):
For two decades, Ireland Music Week has held a significant place in the global music industry calendar, serving as a pivotal event that helped launch numerous successful Irish artists. This year the IMW returns to showcase 50 of the best in new Irish music in four venues across Dublin city centre: @crowbarterrace, @thegrandsocialdublin, @workmansclub, @yamamoritengu and @lostlanedublin. Tickets start at €40.
Where? Multiple venues in Dublin
Dublin Theatre Festival (September 21 to October 8):
Featuring some of the best performances from local and international artists, the Dublin Theatre Festival promises a vivid theatrical experience for all ages. The venues are spread across Dublin, from Abbey Theatre to Project Art Centre, and tickets range from €13 to €50.
Where? Various theatres across Dublin
Disney The Lion King (September 28 to November 11):
More than 50 talented actors, singers, and dancers come together to bring THE LION KING to life. They use amazing masks, puppets, and costumes to show Simba's journey from a curious cub to becoming the King of the Pridelands. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster from €26.50 (+ fees).
Where? Board Gais Energy Theatre
Movie Night: Get Out (October 29):
On their Halloween movie night, all the Rascal’s customers will be watching a popular and unique movie called "Get Out" while drinking craft beers and enjoying yummy pizzas. Admissions starts at €5 (+ fees) per person.
Where? Rascals Brewing Co
Oktoberfeis (October 6):
Oktoberfeis puts an Irish spin on the classic Bavarian beer festival. Plenty trad bands, Irish dancers, craft pints, traditional food, and much more. Tickets start at €33.
Where? RDS Simmons Court
Are you tired of spending your time indoors playing with Ouija boards and watching spooky videos? The real spookiness can be found outside, in the world around us. This journey that Questo planned is filled with haunted locations, mysterious clues, challenging tasks, and real stories from the past and present. Imagine yourself as the main character in a thrilling movie, but here's the twist – you'll experience it all firsthand! Get ready for engaging conversations, intrigue, and unexpected encounters. It’s time to embark on a real-world adventure! Are you up for the challenge? Tickets start at €7.99 (+ fees) per person.
Where? National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
Dublin Marathon (October 29):
Get your sneakers ready and join the Dublin Marathon, one of Europe's most popular running events. The scenic course takes you through the city's historic landmarks, and the finish line is at Merrion Square.
Where? Fitzwilliam Street Upper
Dublin Festival of History (September 25 to October 8):
History buffs, this one's for you! The Dublin Festival of History is a two-week event that explores Irish and international history. The festival includes talks, debates, exhibitions, and tours. Best of all, the festival is free and open to all.
Where? Dublin Castle
Oktoberfest Dublin (September 14 to October 28):
While technically not in October, Oktoberfest Dublin is not to be missed if you are a fan of beer, Bavarian culture, and live music. Located at The Bernard Shaw, the event offers a fun-filled atmosphere with traditional food, music, and entertainment to lift your spirits. Tickets start at €15.
Where? The Bernard Shaw
Dublin Flea Market (October 14 to October 15):
The Dublin Flea Market is a treasure trove of vintage finds, local craft goods, and eclectic art pieces. This monthly event takes place at Newmarket Square, and it's the perfect place to find a unique souvenir to take home. Admission is free and the event happens in the last Sunday of the month.
Where? The Digital Hub, Thomas Street
Bram Stoker Festival (October 27 to October 30):
If you love gothic tales, vampires, and all things spooky, the Bram Stoker Festival is not to be missed. The event, held in honour of the Dublin-born author of Dracula, offers a range of eerie activities, including night tours, talks, and street performances. Prices vary by event.
Where? Various locations in Dublin
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour 2023 (October 18):
The world's largest drag show is set to dazzle the 3Arena with an all-new production on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. The RuPaul's Drag Race Werq The World Tour 2023 is coming to arenas with a total of 12 spectacular shows, showcasing beloved drag queens from the United States. Tickets start at €39.
Arctic Monkeys (October 15, 17 and 19):
In October, Arctic Monkeys are making their way back to Dublin to conclude their World Tour with a series of performances. The band is excited to reveal that Miles Kane will join them as a special guest. These concerts come after the cancellation of the band's summer show at Dublin's Marlay Park. Tickets starts at €93.50 (+ fees).
Thursday, October 26:
The Snake's Pass at National Leprechaun Museum
Friday, October 27:
So Fetch - 2000s Halloween Party at The Workman’s Club
The Nightmare Realm at The City Market, Mary’s Lane
Saturday, October 28:
Anarchy Halloween Weekend at Twenty Two Dublin
Saved By The 90s Halloween Party at The Workman’s Club
Halloween Party with Pop Gods at O'Shea's Corner
Sunday, October 29:
Movie Night: Get Out at Rascals Brewing Co
Monday, October 30:
Ghosts of Dublin: Haunted City Outdoor Escape Game at National Museum of Ireland
Tuesday, October 31:
Craic Den Comedy Club at The Workman’s Club
Dublin is a city that never sleeps, and October 2023 is a great time to visit if you are looking for an exciting and diverse range of events. Whether you're a foodie, a music lover, or a culture vulture, from Oktoberfest Dublin to the Dublin Marathon, there's something for you on this list.
And if you are looking for a comfortable and affordable place to stay, look no further than Canbe Hostels. Our two hostels are in the city centre, close to all the major attractions and transportation hubs. We hope this guide has provided you with all the information you need to plan your perfect trip to Dublin. Safe travels!