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Things to Do in Dublin in October


This post contains our top 10 list of the besdet things to do this October in Dublin, updated for 2019. It includes free activities, evening entertainment, family-friendly things to do, concerts, professional sports, and other events to attend.


Here are our favorite events happening in October. Don’t forget to check out the top things to do in Dublin any time of year! 

Other popular Dublin posts: 

(1) Go to a Major Concert

If you love live music, October is a great time to be in Dublin. Several internationally-touring artists will be bringing their shows through the city.

These concerts are a great way to spend an evening in Dublin, and if you have any teenagers they might love seeing Ariana Grande live in concert! 

For more family-friendly activities or things to do after dark, check out our full posts. 

(2) See a Sporting Event

October is a great month to see a professional sports game in Dublin. Football season is in full swing, so there will be several Bohemian F.C. games throughout the month. 

Football (Soccer)


The Rugby World Cup is also wrapping up this month, so you might be able to catch an Ireland Union game, depending on how far they get through qualifying rounds. Check out all the sports happening in Dublin here. 

(3) Go on a Sightseeing Tour

One of the best ways to see the city of Dublin is by taking a pay-what-you-like walking tour. You’ll learn a lot about how Dublin was built, as well as today’s culture.

If you'd like to discover the city on your own, taking yourself on a self-guided tour is a low-key way to explore.

With Halloween approaching, October is the perfect time to take a Ghostbus Tour! If you aren’t a fan of the themed tours, hop-on-hop-off bus rides are a popular way to catch a tour and some convenient transportation. 

Don’t forget to check out the boat tours available as well. 

TIP: If you need somewhere to securely store your bulkier belongings while taking a tour, read our post on luggage storage options in Dublin.

(4) Enjoy the Theatre

If you’re into theatre productions, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be in Dublin all month. The show is well-known for its colorful staging and costumes. It's also very family-friendly - older kids will stay entertained by the set design and musical numbers.

The Divine Comedy is another well-known production, based on Dante's poem, that will be in Dublin on October 6. 

If you’re interested in some comedy shows, Jonathan Van Ness of the new Queer Eye is going on a standup tour called The Road to Beijing.

To see more suggestions on things to do at night or things to do with the kids, check out our full posts. 

(5) Oktoberfest in Dublin

Every year you can find Dublin’s version of Oktoberfest in the city center. From September 15 – October 7 you can enjoy the beer, food, and live entertainment.

They will, of course, offer a wide variety of both German, local, and other imported beer, along with Bavarian-inspired food.

There will be live music and dancing at multiple stages and dance floors. There will be plenty of games like stein-hoisting and keg racing for activity-loving attendees.

They’re open Tuesdays – Sundays. 

(6) Dublin Theatre Festival

From September 26 – October 13, 2019, multiple theatres are putting on productions for the Dublin Theatre Festival. It is Europe's oldest theatre-only festival, founded in 1957. This means that you'll see the best of the best of theatre companies and productions in October! 

Participating Theatres Include: 

  • Gaiety Theatre
  • Civic Theatre
  • Abbey Theatre
  • Draiocht
  • Gate Theatre
  • Pavilion Theatre

(7) Danse Macabre Halloween’s Monster Ball

If you’re a fan of Halloween and fancy dress, this Monster Ball is the perfect spooky night out. On Sunday, October 27, 2019, get dressed up and head down to the RDS Concert Hall, which will be transformed into a haunted house with a large dance floor.

The Monster Ball will feature live music, DJs, cabaret performances, a Rocky Horror Picture Show dance tutorial, and more. 


(8) Bram Stoker Festival

Fans of the supernatural and author Bram Stoker will thoroughly enjoy this vampiric festival. It is now one of Dublin's largest festivals and it falls at the most perfectly spooky time of year.

It runs on the October Bank Holiday weekend, from October 25 - 28, 2019.

There are two main shows you can attend. The first is the Séance at Bram Stoker Festival, which takes place in a shipping container. There will also be a modern take on the classic Dracula radio play, which will be performed in the church Bram Stoker was married in. Find out more details about the re-imagining at the Facebook event for Sounds of Wood on Muscle: A Modern Radio Dracula.

(9) See the Major Attractions

Dublin has a lot of popular attractions to explore, and October means there will be fewer crowds to compete with.

If you're a fan of Ireland's most famous beer, grab a ticket for a self-guided tour to walk through the Guinness storehouse and learn how it's made.

Castle and history enthusiasts will enjoy Dublin Castle. It is easy to get to and has beautiful gardens to explore.

If you're with the kids, they'll enjoy the Dublin Zoo! The Zoo has multiple habitats for mammals, birds, reptiles and other groups. They'll also enjoy the Natural History Museum, which is so full of taxidermy animals that locals call it the "Dead Zoo." (closed in 2021-2022 for renovations)

NOTE: These attractions are listed on multiple Dublin city passes.

(10) Save Money with an Attraction Discount Pass

When you purchase a tourist pass, it will give you discounts in exchange for getting bundles 

The all-inclusive Dublin Pass will even get you into some popular spots for free. If you’re mainly into tours, there are also bus combo passes to take advantage of.


Included with Various Attraction Passes: 

  • Dublin Castle
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Whiskey Distilleries
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
  • Jeanie Johnston Ship
  • Boat Cruises

Check out our full tourist discount pass comparison to see how much money you could save.

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: November 15th, 2021
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