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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 20 - 21st October

  1. Dublin
  1. Halloween at Glasnevin
Sunday 21st October
Join us for a bumper series of events and activities to celebrate the coming of Halloween!
It's dress-up day when all you witches and ghouls can dress to distress. View the Halloween Harvest Display and Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition and discover all about Magical Plants when you visit the witches in their garden. Try your hand at some of the maths puzzles and games that will be run by Maths Week Ireland as part of their Celebration of Mind. There will be puzzles, maze and maths tricks, magicians, mathematicians and puzzlers. From 12pm there will be Magical Plants presentations every 20 minutes in the Witches Garden (Erasmus Education Garden). Join the coven to find out more about using garlic to ward off vampires, plants for potions and spells, poisonous plants, and even some rarely seen invisible plants! Join us and find out how spooky plants can really get.
Admission: Free
  1. Dun Laoghaire Choral Society presents Bach to School
Sunday 21st October
Dun Laoghaire Choral are "Bach to School" for the new season under Music Director John Doyle. This autumn concert will feature two Bach cantatas, one of which, number 78 - Jesu, der du meine Seele - is on this year's Leaving Certificate music syllabus, so this a great opportunity for 6th years to hear it performed live. The programme: Bach Cantata 78: Jesu, der du meine Seele; Bach Cantata 140: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme; Marc'Antonio Ingegneri - O Bone Jesu; Purcell - 'O Soul of the World' from Ode To St Cecilia. Performed by Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, conductor John Doyle.
Admission: €10-15
  1. Young Farmers 2018
Sunday 21st October
Our donkeys Carroll and Connell love to be groomed. In this workshop, the group will learn about donkey care, and each child will have a turn at grooming the donkeys and of course mucking out! This class is suitable for children from 8-12.
Admission: €16
  1. LIT Ladies #2 Art Exhibition
Friday 19th October - Sunday 21st October
LIT Ladies do it again! The avant-garde quartet return for their second instalment of artistic excellence on October 19th - October 22nd in A4 Sounds, Dublin 1. Opening night is Friday 19th Oct @ 7pm until pretty late with music by Helen O'Dea & live music by Jamie Dean. Saturday 20th Oct @ 12pm until 7pm. Sunday & Monday 12 - 7pm - Free YOGA @ 3pm on Sun+Mon. The LIT Ladies are a collective of art school graduates who strive to keep their creativity alive and buzzing. Their central goal is to inspire others to connect with their inner artist - the artist that dwells within us all. In times of geopolitical tension, the Ladies consider art to be the one universal truth. The one subject that truly connects us all. Painting, illustrations and photography are the mediums through which the Ladies express themselves. Dublin guest artists will also be contributing to the exhibition alongside the Ladies. For additional details, check out their Instagram @lit_ladies_dublin. Free YOGA will also take place on Sunday & Monday at 3pm - good vibes provided.
Admission: Free
  1. Fun Family Frights at the National Wax Museum Plus
Monday 1st October - Sunday 4th November
From October 1st to Sunday 4th of November, the whole museum will be turned into a spooky fright fest with lots of fun for all the family. Arrive any time during the October season and have a spooky kiddie friendly fright at any time. Bring the little ones to the Temporary Tattoo Parlour in Wax World. Take a magical photo with Harry Potter, and get sorted into your own Hogwarts school with the sorting hat (on request) and the Nimbus 2000. Seek and Find game. There will also be some ghastly weapons hidden around the museum for everyone to find and win a small prize. (But don't touch the weapons because they're very dangerous!). There are lots of ghostly goodies to get everyone into the Halloween spirit so why not pick a Trick or Treat Wax Hand for a funky fright! Visitors will be encouraged to come in fancy dress as there will be prizes each day for the best costume.
Admission: Adult €15, Child €10
  1. Carlow
Spooktacular Pumpkin Train Adventure
Sunday 21st October - Sunday 4 November
The whole family is invited to Rathwood Home and Garden this Halloween to help the Terrible Twins, Wizzie and Lizzie, beat the evil Wicked Witch. Jump on board the Rathwood Express Train with Wizzie and take a trip to visit The Whacky Wizard, which can only mean one thing: trouble! Then continue into the spooky forest to find Treasure Island and save the twins and head to the Magical Pumpkin Patch. Rathwood will be a magical experience for the little ones over this Halloween break.
Admission: €6-10
  1. Kildare
Halloween Craft Fair
Saturday 20th October
Come join us for the Halloween Edition of our monthly craft fair on Saturday the 20th of October at 12pm to 4pm in White's Castle Grounds, Athy, Co Kildare. Feast your eyes on the wickedly wonderful and creepy crafts made specially by the monstrous hands of locally based crafters. Meet our talented face painter Joanna, allow her to cast as spell and transform you into any creature that your imagination can conjure up! We'll have mystical music on the day and non-poisonous tea and coffee available!
Admission: Free
  1. Kilkenny
Maths Trails & Dragon's Tails!
Saturday 20th October - Sunday 21st October
Use maths to guide you through the Reptile Zoo! For Maths Week this year, we can take you on a mathematical journey of discovery! Solve problems and find clues using our maths trail. Help us calculate feeding schedules, count species, and look at habitat dimensions! And after all that, you can assist our keepers in gathering some actual data from our snakes, lizards and tortoise in our encounter zone. We'll be gathering morphometric data from our animals at each encounter session and getting you to help! Normal admission prices apply. Try out our maths trail for an additional €2, which goes directly to our conservation funding.
Admission: €9.50 Children, €11.90 Adults
  1. Laois
Emer Dunne Saluting The Brave
Saturday 20th October
A captivating and entertaining show produced by Emer Dunne and featuring the outstanding musicianship of Robert Harvey, James Harvey and Eamonn Moran and written as a tribute to the millions who lost their lives in WW1. Allow yourself to be transported into this historic period through the mediums of music, song, drama and dance, presented in an enjoyable yet sensitive manner. Featuring songs such as ‘Keep the home fires burning’, ‘Gallipoli’, ‘Willie McBride’.
Admission: €15
  1. Longford
Back to School Junior parkrun
Sunday 21st October
On Sunday 21st October junior parkrun will host a special Return to School junior parkrun where we hope schools will send as many children as possible between the ages of 4-14 to represent their school. If you're from another county you're just as welcome so come along. Let's see which school sends the most children. Encourage children to wear school jerseys and bring school banners for photos.
Admission: Free
  1. Louth
Pupcake Day
Saturday 20th October
Who would have thought sweet treats would help Dogs Trust change the lives of abandoned and neglected dogs from all over Ireland, from rescue right through to the day they find their Forever Homes! Dogs Trust receive no government funding, so every single donation is as a result of the generosity of their wonderful supporters & dog lovers like you. Join us in store Saturday 20th of October and purchase a sweet treat or two or even three! to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause. It's a win win, who doesn't love a Friday treat after a long week! This event is running all day until the treats run out, that's 9.30 - 6pm.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
Pumpkin & Bounce Navan
Saturday 20th October - Sunday 21st October
Pumpkin & Bounce Navan arriving October 20th. Located at Navan Adventure Sports in Navan Racecourse. Firstly, each child will get to pick their own Pumpkin from our Pumpkin Patch then they get a round of Mini Golf AND a round of Foot Golf. They also get to hop, skip & bounce in our Inflatable Park with over 13 inflatables such as Obstacle Courses, Disco Domes, Super Slides, Combi Castles & good old standard Bouncy Castles. We will have a toddler zone set up for the younger kiddies and toddlers. We will also have a Pumpkin Carving area set up, so the kids can carve and decorate their own Pumpkins. Free parking onsite. There is also a Cafe onsite with teas, coffees, sweets & treats. Once again Adults can join in the Activities if they wish (Foot Golf & Mini Golf) for just €3 per token, which can be purchased at the "check in" area. Children under the age of 1 have free admission but won’t get a Pumpkin (they must be accompanied with a ticket holder). For details regarding the Sensory Morning please call us on 0862728333 or 0852366322
Admission: Child €15, Adult Free
  1. Offaly
Mission Control for Families - A Maths Week Event
Saturday 20th October
Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut? Join us for our fun and non-competitive maths mission as we challenge you, our budding space travellers, to develop your astronaut skills with puzzles, co-ordination, memory, measuring and recording activities. You will learn about our solar system and plan a journey into space. Will you pass the selection test and make it to another planet? Only time will tell. Good luck to you all. This event will last 1.5 hrs and is suitable for children age 8+. Please note that this is a pre-booked event only. Booking is essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Ticket includes admission to the 7 Science Galleries, 120 acres of gardens and parklands, the Great Telescope and the Treehouse Adventure Area.
Admission: Adult €9, Child €5
  1. Westmeath
Music From The Mists
Saturday 20th October
Singer Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin from Carna in Connemara, who featured in last year’s TG4’s Glór Tire competition, is embarking on a new project. “An uplifting show that gives old songs a new lease of life,” is how she describes it and her aim is to tour it at home and abroad. Caitríona will be singing lively, catchy, songs, while the show will feature top-class musicians. They include Clifden’s Marie Walsh Clifden, an all-Ireland winner on numerous instruments, Padraic Keane from Oranmore who has travelled the worldwide on playing the pipes, flute and tin whistle, her good friend Pat Coyne on guitar. Caitríona’s brother Paul and wife Ailish will be heard through the night with their unique voices, her nephew Rónán Ó Conghaile will perform a few hearty dances and her brother Josie will be on stage as well. Caitríona plans to tour the show nationwide in Ireland and hopes to bring it abroad down the road.
Admission: €13-16
  1. Wexford
Art & Craft Exhibition at Clayton Whites Hotel
Saturday 20th October - Sunday 21st October
Each year Clayton Whites Hotel celebrates and supports the very best of Irish artistry and handmade crafts with an annual art and craft exhibition held at the hotel. This locally renowned art and craft exhibition runs throughout the Wexford Festival Opera and is hosted in the lobby, 1st floor and business centre areas of the hotel. Previous artists exhibiting at the art and craft exhibition have included celebrated artists Eoin O’Connor, Senan O’Brien and Mary T. Carberry .The art and craft exhibition adds to the culture and buzz of the Wexford Festival Opera celebrations at Clayton Whites Hotel.
Admission: Free
  1. Wicklow
Spooky Sponsored Walk
Sunday 21st October
Come and join is for a fun packed fancy dress walk down the river walk. Prize for the best dressed Parent and child. PTT will provide drinks at the end so bring a spooky treat to share. Sponsorship Cards will be in school bags next week.
Admission: Free, donations welcome
  1. Clare
Killaloe Farmers Market
Sunday 21st October
The Killaloe Farmers Market is one of County Clares finest and most vibrant Farmers Markets. Here you’ll discover the very best of locally produced fresh and natural produce. The Killlaloe farmers Market is a haven for foodies. For all who care about the provenance and quality of the food they eat. From passionate amateur cooks to people on the look-out for variety and value or to those who just love finer foods, this market has it all. The Killaloe Farmers Market allows the visitor to relax and enjoy some of the most celebrated of fine foods and crafts while enjoying the stunning, majestic views of this historic area of Clare and Tipperary.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
Cork Ghost Tour
Saturday 20th October
A one-hour walking tour that aims to fright and delight! Join us as we wander through the streets of the old city, giving voice to the Spirit of Cork! Finely mixing local Ghost stories, Cork’s rich history and fun frights. You’ll enjoy a real experience with us, that is interactive, factual, comic and gives an unusual and honest slant on Cork and it’s surprising history. Cork Ghost Tour is loved by both tourists and locals alike!
Admission: €15, Student €12, Family package €42 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
  1. Kerry
Kerry Film Festival
Thursday 18th October - Sunday 21st October
The internationally recognised Kerry Film Festival is staged across a number of venues in Killarney. It is a weekend when movies take over the town, in which numerous locations, such as Scott’s Hotel, the Gleneagle Hotel, and the Methodist Church are all converted into makeshift cinemas to accommodate the range of films programmed for the festival. The Cinema Killarney, of course, is the hub of the festival, of course, and it plays host to many of the highlights, including the international short film competition. Also, on offer are a survey of local filmmaking talent from the Kerry area, an array of arthouse offerings, and even some live film music soundtrack events. In combination with the beautiful location, the Kerry Film Festival signposts the south-west as a major destination for both filmmakers and film lovers.
Admission: €5-8
  1. Limerick
Family Orienteering Event
Sunday 21st October
Join us for this fun, family orienteering event. The event starts with a brief introduction to the sport of orienteering, using a compass and reading a map. There are two trails to choose, easy and medium - the instructor will advise which trail to suit your family. This event is also suitable for adults who would like an introduction to orienteering. No previous experience required, suitable for beginners who would like to give the sport a go.
Admission: €10
  1. Tipperary
Inktober Screening - Long Way North
Saturday 20th October
Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge and do one ink drawing a day for the entire month. For the final week of Inktober, the South Tipperary Arts Centre will hold a screening of the family film Long Way North. In 1882, a young Russian aristocrat goes on an epic adventure to find out what happened to her grandfather and save her family's reputation.
Admission: €5, Family €10, Arts Centre Friend & Students - Free (student card needed)
  1. Waterford
Youth Dance Celebration
Sunday 21st October
Youth Dance Celebration is a unique dance feast served with energy and panache! This popular annual event, now in its 16th years brings Waterford's keen and dedicated young dancers together to celebrate their passion for dance. The variety of disciplines includes Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance, presented by students of dance from local dance groups and schools.
Admission: €7, Family (4 people) €20
  1. Galway
Galway Pumpkin Patch
Sunday 21st October
Galway's newest Halloween event for all the family! We have created the most amazing Pumpkin Patch on our family farm in Ardahan in South Galway. Pumpkin Patches are a hugely popular tradition in the US where people make it a family day out to go and selection their pumpkin. Come pick your own pumpkin and enjoy the Halloween themed displays, games, and take lots of snaps of you and the kids. You have the option of booking a morning slot between 10am and 12.30pm, or afternoon slot between 1pm and 4.30pm.
The cover charge includes one pumpkin per family. You will get a pumpkin voucher on the day - additional pumpkins can be purchased separately if required. There will be refreshments available on site (tea, coffee etc) and plenty of spooky treats! Note this is a cash only site.
Admission: €10-15 family ticket
  1. Leitrim
Drumsna 5Km Fun Run & Walk
Sunday 21st October
Our Annual 5Km Fun Run & Walk takes place on Sunday October 21st. Cash Prizes and refreshments in the centre. This is the community centre's main fundraiser for the year and we would really appreciate your support.
Admission: €10 per person, €20 per family
  1. Mayo
Halloween Fest
Saturday 20th October
Westport House will be hosting its annual Halloween Fest from 20th and 21st October as well as the 27th to the 31st of October. Get ready for plenty of ghoulish delights, scary stories and creepy fun that all the family will be able to enjoy! Head to the Haunted Estate House, transformed into a spooky old mansion for Halloween Fest. Gather ‘round the cauldron for Scary Story Time, with wicked tales from the White Witch of Westport. Brave souls can visit the dark dungeons, where the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley locked up her prisoners. Carve a creepy pumpkin* and decorate some ghoulish goblin cakes at the Spooky Spoons Workshop. Get your Michael Jackson zombie moves on at the Thriller Dance Class. Head over to the Pirate Adventure Park for thrilling rides on the Cannonball Run, the Pirate Queen Swing Ship and the Pirates Plunge! (Good news – the Pirate Adventure Park is Open ALL midterm break long through to November 7th). Run amok through acres of parkland, blow off steam on the Bouncy Castle or get competitive on the Go Karts. Slow it all down with a relaxing lake drift in the Swan Pedalos or hop aboard the Westport House Express. The tiny ones will love the Pirate’s Den, an indoor soft play wonderland.
Admission: Adult €20, Child €16
  1. Roscommon
Run Walk N Roll 2018
Sunday 21st October
Run Walk N Roll 2018 will take place on Sunday 21st October at 3pm at St. Joseph's Hall, Boyle. Run Walk N Roll is in its 23rd year in Boyle. This year's theme is: 'We Won't Give Up Until Cancer Does'. It is a 5.4km run/walk and we encourage everyone to come out and participate, fancy dress is welcome. Entry is on the day and refreshments will be served afterwards. Sponsor cards are also available.
Admission: €0-20, donations welcome
  1. Sligo
Pilgrim St
Saturday 20th October
Strongly influenced by Bluegrass, Old Time Country and Folk Music, and fusing this style with traditional folk songs from this side of the Atlantic, Pilgrim St bring a warm and lively atmosphere to venues around the country with their concerts. With a setlist made up of covers and their own original songs they have played some high-profile gigs including Electric Picnic and Vicar street (with Declan O Rourke ). July 2015 saw the release of their debut E.P. Welcome to Pilgrim St, recorded live in a one-day session in Crookedwood Studios, Slane, featuring the wide range of musical styles the band possess in five original songs. The band is currently writing for the next release. Band members include members of Navan bands Trigger and the Hitmen and The Great Simones: Peadar Farrelly (Guitar, Vocals), Singer/Songwriter Eugene Donegan (Banjo, Vocals), Eoin McDonnell (Mandolin, Vocals), Francis McGinn (Bass), Mark Lynch (Dobro), Brendan Kelly (Accordion, Vocals) and Cathal McQuaid (Fiddle).
Admission: €15
  1. Donegal
Closing Concert 5th Donegal Chamber Music Festival
Sunday 21st October
Donegal Chamber Orchestra at Conwal Church "Sundays in Conwal 2018". Sunday 21st October, 3pm – Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny. Closing Concert of the 5th Donegal Chamber Music Festival. Presented in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership and Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Third Annual Literary Festival
Admission: €5-10

  1. Cavan
Afternoon Tea And Craft - Needle Felt A Sheep Or Robin
Saturday 20th October
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea of home baked goodies served on vintage china followed by a needle felting workshop. In the workshop you will learn how to create your own woolly sheep or cute little robin. Full price including all materials is €30 and booking is essential. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like more information.
Admission: €30
  1. Monaghan
The Playboy of The Western World
Saturday 20th October
Castleblayney Players present this classic Irish play from the early 20th century. A young man, Christy, who has been walking the roads for days, arrives in a strange pub and attempts to be a hero to the locals and a prospective husband to Pegeen by boasting that he has killed his tyrant father. There is much humour as Pegeen’s fiancée and a local widow get involved in the romance, and there are twists and turns as Christy’s story of murder unfolds.
Admission: €8-15
  1. Fermanagh
Come & Try Orienteering!
Sunday 21st October
Our Autumn Activity Programme is ready to go. Our second session is at Forthill Park in Enniskillen. We've got a fun orienteering session planned, perfect for families & beginners. Check back nearer the time for final details - and be sure to check our other sessions. Lots to try out! Bring the wee ones and enjoy some adventures.
Admission: £3-5
  1. Tyrone
Jamboree Oktoberfest 2018
Saturday 20th October
The beer swigging, jiving all night long event is returning on Saturday 20th October for one night ONLY! With a line up including, Mike Denver, Lisa McHugh, Paul Kelly and Ritchie Remo, this will be the biggest night in country and one NOT to be missed!
Admission: £21.50
  1. Derry
Field of Screams
Friday 19th October - Monday 29th October
Looking for something exciting to do this Halloween? Visit the Limavady area and enjoy the scary experiences on offer at Carrowmena Activity Centre. 6 horrendously scary Halloween nights.... enter if you dare! Guaranteed “screams” from deep deep down in the Field of Screams. This is a physical activity & not for the faint-hearted. Field of Screams runs in a 13-acre field, you will be navigating around in the dark with lots of scary creatures jumping out when you least expect. With the scare factor and wet weather, there will be lots of muck so there will be adherent risks like slips, trips and falls. We suggest old clothes and shoes (preferably shoes with grips). We recommend bringing a change of clothes & black bin bags. We have showers & changing facilities on-site which will be opened all night.
Admission: £9
  1. Antrim
Belfast City Cultural Walking Tour
Saturday 20th October
Whether you are a resident of Northern Ireland who wants to know more about our capital or are visiting the city for the first time these tours during Belfast International Arts. Festival are a must! City Tours: City Hall (starting point) Titanic Memorial, St George’s Market, River Lagan & Big fish, Custom House Square, Albert Clock, St George’s Church –Old Alleys –Castle Place & Linenhall Library. Tickets are available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre and online at
Admission: £5
  1. Down
Pumpkin Days
Saturday 20th October - Sunday 21st October
Come down to the farm and pick-a-pumpkin from our homegrown selection, draw your design and scoop out the insides, then let us carve it for you to take home. Meet our animals while you wait and enjoy some Halloween-themed family fun. Lots of fun for the family!
Admission: £4
  1. Armagh
Celtic Soul - The Van Morrison Songbook
Saturday 20th October
Celtic Soul, the definitive Van Morrison tribute, pay homage to our very own musical legend as they perform songs from his days with them right through to the present day. The 7-piece band make a welcome return to The Market Place to perform authentic and inspired renditions of Van’s music. Expect to hear the big hits as well as classic album tracks including songs from Astral Weeks as the seminal album marks its 50th anniversary this year. With years of playing in blues, folk, traditional and jazz bands, the seven-piece band have the ingredients to deliver Van’s music authentically. If you love Van Morrison’s music, you will love Celtic Soul as they take you through the songbook of Belfast’s very own musical icon. This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret-style seating layout.
Admission: £15
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