Amazing queer events happening in February that you don't want to miss

From matchmaking festivals to new queer plays and amazing club nights, check out what's happening across Ireland this month!

Split screen of promotional images for three queer events happening in February. Left is a still from a DIFF film, middle is a photo of The Wild Geeze duo, and right is an image of drag performer Shaqira Knightly.
Image: (Left to right) DIFF, The Wild Geeze, @hausofwig/@ciaranmoonpig_ via Instagram

As February kicks into gear, it’s time to get out your calendar and schedule in some queer events to attend this month. Whether you’re looking to meet your one true love at a matchmaking festival or take yourself on a solo date to the cinema, this list has something to suit all tastes!

The Wild Geeze Singles StoneyBanter
No round-up of queer events in February would be complete without a singles night, and this one from The Wild Geeze is not to be missed. Doubled up as a Year of the Dragon celebration, the dynamic duo of Breda Larkin and Miss Lavelle returns to Kavanaghs in Stoneybatter with some very special guests for an unforgettable evening of cabaret excellence. Tickets for the show on February 9 are available now via Eventbrite, and if you can’t make the Dublin date, fret not as Miss Lavelle is also hosting a singles night a week later in Limerick!



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Mother x Absolut Daytime Dance Party
Can you think of anything better than going to Mother AND bed early? Neither can we! So lace up your dancing shoes for this daytime party in Dublin on February 11. There is a jam-packed lineup of DJs, dancers and drag artists to look forward to, and what’s more, those who arrive before 4pm will be treated to a free drink courtesy of Absolut. Tickets are on sale here, get them while you can!



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Drag Brunch at The Bernard Shaw
Miss Taken and Miss Roots, aka The Misses, are hosting their much-loved Drag Brunch at The Bernard Shaw every Saturday throughout February (and beyond). Guests can expect a feast for the senses as they indulge in delectable foods while being treated to live performances that blend high-camp comedy, sensational lip-syncing, and a touch of outrageousness. Book now on The Bernard Shaw’s website.



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The Outing
Love is in the air and with it returns the world’s only LGBTQ+ matchmaking festival, The Outing. Taking place in The Inn at Dromoland in Clare, the award-winning event promises a Valentine’s weekend full of love, laughter and unforgettable moments. Tickets remain on sale, get yours here.


Klub Kwen x Gayentine’s
Irish drag collective the Haus of Kwén is throwing a special Gayentine’s bash on February 16. Taking over The Venue in Athlone, expect a fierce night of celebrating all things love! Tickets are on sale now here.



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Scene + Heard
Scene + Heard Festival of New Work returns this February, with an array of queer productions in the programme. One of the highlights is Bad Girl: A One Man Show which follows the experiences of an oblivious trans boy in an all-girls school. It’s on in Smock Alley Theatre on February 17, with tickets available here.

Another production not to be missed is Wide Open, a work-in-progress play from emerging playwright Joe Murphy. The poignant piece follows Conor and Alex, a young gay couple navigating the London scene. Wide Open similarly shows in Smock Alley Theatre on February 24 and 25, and tickets can be purchased here.

For more information on Scene + Heard and to view the full programme, visit the official website.



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Dublin International Film Festival
The Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) also returns this month, bringing with it an opportunity to see a whole host of LGBTQ+ movies. Running from February 22 to March 2, don’t miss the short films Pregnant with a Drag Queen and Never Kill a Femboy on the First Date, as well as the features Housekeeping for Beginners, Orlando, My Political Biography and The Summer With Carmen. For more information, click here.


Aisteach Fundraising Quiz
Aisteach Queer Housing Co-op is hosting its annual fundraising quiz in Street 66 on February 21. In addition to a night of guaranteed fun, there are also some incredible raffle prizes up for grabs, including some gorgeous GCN merch! Register a team of four here, or arrive solo on the evening to join a table.

Haus of WIG – The Hausparty
The phenomenal Haus of WIG queens are back to present another iconic Hausparty. Naomi Diamond, Donna Fella and Shaqira Knitghly will be joined by none other than special guest host PJ Kirby, who will make their drag debut on the night! Also gracing The Sugar Club stage on February 23 will be Chantelle Perez, Mia Gold and The Wild Geeze, don’t miss out, get your tickets here.



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Gauche Market
Taking place in WigWam on February 25, Gauche Market platforms eccentric creators with fabulous small businesses. With this month’s event being fairytale-inspired, expect to see a wide variety of handcrafted treasures, unique artworks and lots more amazing products from local artisans and independent creatives.


Quare Tales
The newest show from LGBTQ+ performance group Acting Out, Quare Tales is a showcase of eight new 10-minute plays. There’s something for everything in the audience, as the works span comedy, drama, sci-fi and horror. The Galway show takes place on Saturday, February 24, while the Dublin shows take place on February 29 and March 1. Get your tickets here!


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That concludes our list of some of the fabulous queer events happening this February. If you’ve got another to add, get in touch at [email protected].

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