Wonderful queer events happening in Ireland this October you should check out

If your calendar is looking a bit empty, here are a few of the best events happening this October in Ireland that you should have a look at!

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The season we’ve all been waiting for is upon us, and the whole month of October is bursting with autumn-themed projects and events in Ireland. Here are a few happenings coming up over the next couple of weeks!

Haus of Wig Show
The Halloween edition of the Haunted Hausparty show is a drag-centric, cabaret variety show taking place at The Sugar Club on Friday October 13. The evening is hosted by your favourite drag trio, Shaqira Knightly, Naomi Diamond and Donna Fella! Expect a plethora of special guests including aerialist Chloé Commins, burlesque act Bonnie Boux, and drag queens Liam Bee and Tailor Maid. Get ready for some fabulous lipsyncs, live music, comedy, burlesque, aerial, dancing, and a lot of audience interaction!

Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm on October 13.



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Following Threads
Following Threads is an ongoing textile-based exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork that includes the work of queer ceramicist and tapestry maker, Matt J. Smith. For this exhibit, Smith carefully unpicked and re-stitched mass-produced tapestries to remove the central characters and challenge our perceptions and highlight the fluid nature of memory and history. In addition to Smith’s work, the Following Threads exhibit features 11 more artists offering a selection of tapestry, embroidery, rug making, drawing in thread, sculpture, and quilting.


Petrified Live
Ireland’s award-winning horror podcast Petrified will be taking the stage for a spine-tingling podcast live episode at the Laughter Lounge in Dublin! The chilling anthology show will feature a new horror tale. Tickets are on sale for €25, and everyone is invited to stick around after the show for a Q&A with the creators of “Ireland’s Scariest Podcast”!

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm sharp on Wednesday, October 25 at the Laughter Lounge.



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The Journey to Pride at the Wicklow Stories Film Festival
Returning for its second year, the film festival is quickly becoming one of Ireland’s most important October events. The festival aims to tell local stories and allow local independent filmmakers to shine in their home county. A short version of The Journey to Pride will be previewed during the festival and the feature-length documentary is premiering in 2024.

The film will be screened at the Whale Theatre in Greystones on October 7.



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Belfast International Arts Festival
The Queen’s University in Belfast will host international artists, musicians, and creators. The festival will celebrate Charabanc’s legacy and influence on the next generation of women and feminist theatre makers. Academics, theatre practitioners and archivists will lead workshops and panels exploring the histories of women’s, feminist, and queer theatre, as well as gender equality in Northern Ireland’s theatre sector, and two exciting novelists discuss their new works centred around LGBTQ+ themes.

The festival is taking place October 12 – November 5 at The Linen Hall.


Atlas da Boca
As part of the Tipperary Dance International Festival, taking place October 3-13, the Atlas da Boca performance by Gaya de Medeiros at 7:30pm. The performance will examine the experience of trans people “by exploring the mouth as a place of intersection between the public and the private, between silence and the lasting word, between the sensual and the political”. Medeiros studied classical ballet, contemporary dance, theatre and drama and she is also leading a masterclass workshop for dancers and members of the LGBTQ+ community at 2:30pm on October 11.

The show is on October 12 at The Source Arts Centre.



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Sex Panics
This international academic conference is being held at Dublin City University. The three-day event will include sessions on topics such as sexuality, health, and video games, as well as panel discussions and spoken word performances.

The Sex Panics conference is taking place on October 12-14 at DCU.


Queer cabaret artist, Anthony Keigher (Xnthony), from Roscommon, was nominated for Best Production, Best Costume and Best Soundscape at the 2022 The Irish Times Theatre Awards last Spring. By some accounts, Cromwell was one of the most hated men in Irish history, but this stage production attempts to peer through the layers of interpretation and reexamine English colonialism in Ireland. The musical theatre performance includes an electrifying blend of pop bangers, and The Irish Times described the show as: “Hilarious, deceptively angry marvel [that] smuggles polemic into its comic show-stoppers”.

The show is screening October 20 – November 18 at the Project Arts Centre.


Dublin City Council Bram Stoker Festival
Taking place over the October Bank Holiday weekend, this festival invites everyone to come explore the twisted world of Monsieur Pompier’s Travelling Freakshow. The live show incorporates immersive performance art, beguiling costumes, and audience participation!

This mind-bending cabaret takes place in The Sugar Club at 8:00pm on October 27.



Created by real-life partners Stacey White and Tara Brandel, Unseen is a new multidisciplinary performance from Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company. Inspired by the invisibility experienced by a middle-aged lesbian couple with hidden disabilities, it is an exploration of vital but unseen parts of our existences and ecosystems.

Unseen will be premiering October 27 and 28 at Uilllin: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, as part of Uillinn Dance Season 2023.


That’s only the beginning! There are tons of Halloween parties to look forward to later in the month, including the Mother Halloween Party, Honeypot Halloween, and the Fluid Club’s Halloween Party, which will celebrate all bisexual, pansexual, and fluid babes. Check back for more fancy dress parties and Halloween events coming soon!

And these are only a few of the incredible October events and projects happening across Ireland, so if we’ve missed any, let us know.

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