Festivals and Events in Ireland: November

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There is always a variety of festivals and events in Ireland throughout the year and November is no exception!

The weather in Ireland in November isn’t the best but it never stops us from having a good time. There is something unique and interesting to do in all four corners of the country and a lot of them are usually cheap or even free.

Here’s our list for 2017, click on the photos if you want more information about the festivals:

Allingham Festival – Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

9th – 12th November

This is a community arts festival that takes place in Ballyshannon in the northern tip of Ireland. It is named in honour of the poet, William Allingham. There is a massive selection of things to do for all types of artists. They have writing workshops, song contests, poetry and painting workshops.

If you want a traditional Irish festival where you get to take part instead of spectate, then this is the one for you.


Kilkenomics Festival – Co. Kilkenny

9th – 12th November

This is the world’s first festival of economics and comedy and will take place in the beautiful Irish city of Kilkenny. It is a very interesting festival, combining humour with some very thought-provoking discussion.

There will be some famous speakers such as Yanis Varofakis and David McWilliams. As well as that there will be some fantastic Irish comedians present at the event. If you’re looking for an excuse to visit the beautiful city of Kilkenny, then this is it!

Dublin Doc Fest

Nov 11th

This is a great one for those who want to learn a bit more about the documentary scene in Ireland. It was founded in 2013 and will be showcasing the work of both Irish and international filmmakers.

There will be a number of different screenings and you can see what documentaries will be playing here.

Yarn Storytelling Festival, Bray, Co. Wicklow

11th- 19th November

Ireland is famous for its vibrant mythology and folklore which still play a big part in our culture today. This storytelling festival is in the beautiful seaside town of Bray which is just a short drive from Dublin.

The festival will feature some of Ireland’s most loved and revered storytellers. It’s also completely free and family friendly which is a nice bonus!

Belfast Christmas Market – Belfast, Co. Antrim

18th Nov –  23rd Dec

Belfast will become a winter wonderland in the middle of November and stay that way all the way through to December 23rd. There will be homemade jewellery, delicious food and of course delicious hot wine.

If you’re in Belfast during that time you have to check it out!

Whiskey Live – Dublin

25th Nov

Whiskey Live is ‘Ireland’s Premier whiskey tasting event’ and is a must-see for whiskey lovers around the world.

It offers people the chance to taste some of the lesser known whiskeys around Ireland… There are a lot!

As well as that there will be different foods available to sample from popular restaurants around Dublin. Tickets are €42 which lets you sample 8 whiskeys as well as food pairings.

Cork Chocolate Festival and Baking World, Cork

24-26th Nov

This is a wonderful festival that takes place in the south of Ireland,  in the city of Cork. 2017 is the first year that this event is taking place but there is no doubt that it will be a huge success. There will be chocolatiers, chocolate workshops and all sorts of activities aimed at people with an interest in cooking.

There will also be a special chocolate dinner on Saturday and every course on the menu will contain cocoa. As well as that there will be a wine and chocolate pairing session… Sign us up!

Rugby Internationals, Dublin

11th November – Ireland v South Africa

18th November – Ireland v Fiji

25th November – Ireland v Argentina

November is a great month to see a sport that Ireland completely excels in, Rugby. It’s an extremely fast-paced sport that is very exciting to watch. Unlike American Football there is very little ‘stoppage time’, and the game is extremely fluid and a pleasure to watch.

There will be three matches on in the Aviva stadium in Dublin and tickets start at €30 and go all the way up to €300.

Alternatively, these days would be great days to spend in an Irish pub with hundreds of other Irish people!


That’s all folks, if you can think of anything else happening in Ireland in November let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

If you’re visting in November don’t be afraid to check out our weather guide and packing list!






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