Ireland is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but in the autumn it truly comes alive. From theatre festivals and music shows, to sporting events and spooky guided walks, here are some of the best events Ireland has to offer to keep you in the festive spirit.

Dublin Fringe Festival – 7th-22nd September

If you missed out on the arts and performances of Edinburgh Fringe Festival, fear not – Dublin has you covered with 16 days of the brightest and best talent. Dotted around the city, you’ll find stages and performances where you can enjoy everything from comedy and theatre to music, plays and productions. It’s great fun and truly offers something for everyone, ensuring that whatever your interests are, there will be something memorable and enjoyable to explore.

Listowel Harvest Festival – 8-14th September

The Harvest Festival is a seven-day horse racing event that showcases the best in both flat and National Hunt action. Of all of the races, the Wednesday features are the highlight of the entire festival, with the Kerry National Chase handicap as the showpiece of the event. If you’re a big horse racing fan or you enjoy betting on new betting sites, you won’t want to miss the Listowel Harvest Festival – it draws huge crowds from all over the world, plus there’s great entertainment which makes it a great event to visit with the rest of the family too.

Dublin Theatre Festival – 26th September – 13th October

Theatre fans should visit the Dublin in late September to check out the Dublin Theatre Festival which showcases new plays by major Irish companies as well as international productions. In addition to exploring the lively city of Dublin during the autumn months, you can also work your way through a brilliant programme of fantastic and inspiring theatrical experiences that will suit all tastes and diverse communities.

Bram Stoker Festival – 25th-28th October

If you’re interested in all things gothic, then get dressed up with 40,000 fellow fans at one of Ireland’s best-loved horror-themed festivals at the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin – a four-day event that honours the Dublin-born author of the world-famous Dracula. The event includes literary events, guided walks and screenings, as well as a Gothic ball.

Belfast International Arts Festival – 15th October – 3rd November

Encompassing theatre, dance, music, visual arts and literature, the Belfast International Arts Festival spans a wide variety of creative sectors to give visitors sensory overload. What’s more, if you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones you can check out some the series’ filming locations in between catching events from the programme.

Wexford Festival Opera – 22nd October- 3rd November

Fans of the elegance of opera should check out the 12-day Wexford Festival Opera. The festival has been running for 68 years and has introduced audiences to striking masterpieces and high-quality productions that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Whether you’re a fan of opera already or you’re new to it and want to learn more, the Wexford Festival is a must.