Music & Events

Music and Events in Doolin – Doolin is widely regarded as the home of Traditional Irish Music. Immerse yourself in Irish culture and experience Doolin’s musical roots with year-round music sessions in all the local pubs in Doolin. A bustling village, Doolin also hosts a number of exciting events and festivals throughout the year.

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Doolin’s Musical Culture – The Place, The People & The Passion

Get an insight into Doolin’s musical culture, why it’s considered to be “the home of traditional Irish music”, and what experiences you need to add to your bucket list while in the area!

Samhain Satsong Long Table Event

This is a long table event with food, music, spoken word and great company – hosted by RTE’s Ruth Smith and featuring The Burren Food Trail and surprise guests. 

The Burren Food Fayre

The Burren Food Fayre kicks off again this year in Lisdoonvarna on October Bank Holiday weekend. With chef demos, food stalls, foraging walks, Live music and delicious local, artisan and wild food, this food-themed event is not to be missed. 

Burren Winterage Weekend

Focusing on the theme of ‘Building healthy futures for people, food and nature’, the Burren Winterage Weekend programme for 2019 promises a rich variety of events such as talks, field trips, farm demonstrations, and much more!

Taste the Atlantic Open Day

This is suitable for the whole family, accommodation providers, and for just everybody in the area. Learn about salmon, and go on an immersive, engaging and interactive journey from ancient times to the present.

Spooky Wooky at Burren Nature Sanctuary

Spooky Wooky at Burren Nature Sanctuary takes place from Saturday 26th October – Wednesday 30th October. Spooky activities will include Spooky games, smores for everyone, face painting, the Spider facts quiz and Owl babies story and a fancy dress competition each day.

Halloween at Moher Hill Open Farm

This is the time of year when the witches and ghouls descend on Moher Hill Open Farm! With A Great Magician, traditional Halloween fun and games and face-painting, Halloween at the farm is sure to scare the bravest!

Halloween LEGO® Workshop King John’s Castle

On Saturday 26th October boys and girls aged 6-12 years will have the unique opportunity to create their favourite Halloween themed game and movie characters out of LEGO® at the King John’s Castle Halloween Workshop.

Halloween at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Welcome to Halloween at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Halloween fun and activities take place on Monday 28th October 2019. Experience scares at Bunratty this Halloween.

Halloween Festival Ennis

Have a Howl during the Family Fun daytime activities such as spooky storytelling, mask making, walking ghost tour, face painting and much more!

November Surf Clinic

Take your surfing to the next level with 4 x 2hr surf lessons, Theory Session, Level 2 surf coach, with equipment provided plus Indoor changing rooms and hot showers for after.

Music Sessions in Doolin at Fitz’s Pub

Music sessions in Doolin are a daily occurrence at Fitzpatrick’s Bar. Experience the best of folk and traditional Irish music daily this winter, with sessions taking place in the early evening and late into the night. 

The Burren Food Trail

The Burren Food Trail features a wide variety of different food providers, producers, visitor attractions and outdoor activities. Those behind the Burren Food trail are passionate about food, growing and producing it locally for you to enjoy.

Doolin Writers Weekend

The annual Doolin Writers Weekend usually takes place on the last weekend in January. The weekend hosts a series of workshops, readings, advice from industry insiders, music sessions, open mic, and great food.

Russell Memorial Weekend

The last weekend of February every year sees Doolin remember its greatest music ambassadors the Russell brothers; Micho, Packie & Gussie. The brightest musicians descend on Doolin to attend workshops and perform.

Traditional Music Sessions

Doolin is renowned for traditional Irish Music, music sessions take place nightly across all of the bars; O’Connors, Fitzpatricks, McGanns & McDermotts.

Saint Patricks Day Parade

The annual St.Patricks Day parade makes its way through Doolin on the saint’s national day March 17th. It makes its way down Fisher Street, and through Doolin to Roadford and finishes up at the Russell Community Centre.

Doolin Surf Festival

Doolin Surf Festival takes place on 22nd – 24th March 2019 and is hosted by Hotel Doolin. The festival will host film screenings, guest speakers, art exhibitions, workshops, competitions, bands and DJs, and the best of sustainable local food and hospitality.

Father Ted Festival

A Festival of all things Father Ted. Daytime entertainment and craic for all the family, and night-time entertainment for adults only; highlights of a bus tour with tea and cake to Father Ted house!

Burren Slow Food Festival

Burren Slow Food Festival returns to Lisdoonvarna this year on the 10th – 12th May. The festival theme will be “TASTE THE ATLANTIC – SEAWEED”.

Doolin Folk Festival

Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s such as Lisdoonvarna down the road and from the deep musical roots of the county, The Doolin Folk Festival presents powerful music in an intimate setting.

Doolin Motorcycle Fest

Doolin Motorcycle Fest will feature: Rock-n-Roll, Custom Bike Shows, Ride-outs along the Wild Atlantic Way, plus more! A jam-packed, jaw-dropping weekend that’s not to be missed!

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Love is in the air…
The world-famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival returns to Lisdoonvarna each year, featuring some of the country’s top country and western music acts and much more.

Doolin Music House

Experience traditional music in the home of Christy Barry, one of Doolin’s most celebrated musicians. Music, stories, laughter, local food and the Irish welcome are the ingredients to an evening which you will be guaranteed to enjoy!

Music sessions – Our top picks

Doolin is famous for its traditional music sessions. With over 35 sessions per week in the summer it can be difficult to decide which one to attend. Here are our top picks !

The Russell Brothers

Micho, Packie & Gussie Russell were three brothers from Doonagore in Doolin. They were great musicians and attracted many visitors.

Fitzpatrick’s Bar

Fitz’s Eatery is known for its wholesome food and is popular with both residents and locals alike. Offering a calm and relaxed atmosphere you can enjoy your meal by the crackling open fire while listening to some of the finest singers & musicians in our nightly traditional Irish music sessions.

Roots of the Rhythm

Doolin is widely regarded as the home of Irish music. Music has always been an integral part of life in Doolin, due to its remote location, which strengthened community ties and ensured that traditions such as the Irish language, music, dancing were maintained.

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