A list of fun events throughout October
Galway’s cultural presence in the arts and autumn festivities is not a weak one – we’re blessed with a lively and active city. I have compiled here a list of activities to take advantage of – so don’t let the weather get you down!
Silver Scream at Pálás Cinema
Running from October 7 to the 31st, catch some iconic horror classics at Pálás Cinema in the run-up to Halloween. Featuring timeless films from Hollywood’s golden era including Dracula, The Mummy, The Bride of Frankenstein and more, what better way to escape the gradually chilling months ahead than to enjoy rainy nights indoors with a hot dog from Doghouse and a good old black and white screening?
Galway Pumpkin Patch
Located at Castletaylor Demense in Adrahan, make a day of pumpkin picking with family and friends at Ms Whelan’s family farm. Refreshments and spooky treats are to be provided, along with activities for everyone such as games and face painting. Bookings are even available on Halloween night, so don’t miss out and book early!
Meet Me at Sundown Concerts
“A series of intimate musical adventures at two breathtaking venues”; starring Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Gemma Hayes, Ew Harris, Mick Flannery, Cathy Davey and Dani Larkin, embark on a musical journey at Orlagh House and Claregalway Castle from October 10 to the 25th. There are only one hundred tickets per show, available for 35 euro each on eventbrite.ie.
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children 2022
The star appearance here, this arts festival is a huge, dedicated effort in bringing children into the arts. There are fifty live events over ten days (October 14-23) aimed at fostering creativity through “performance, play, visual arts, workshops and storytelling”. An important free event happening is the stories of the Mincéirí, on invitation by Leanne McDonagh and Oein DeBhairduin.
Some other events include Chalk About, Der Lauf and The Glasshouse. Chalk About is a Curious Seed production involving dance, chalk and chat; a playfully moving look at self-identity. Der Lauf is a fantastical world of bizarre games with two circus performers designed to “enthral young and old alike”. Finally, The Glasshouse is a new dance show choreographed by Róisín Whelan, guaranteed to enchant viewers of all ages; its theme of “courage of the human spirit, the value of friendship and life’s determination to survive” is sure to resonate.