What’s On Guide

From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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August 2020

4th August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on 4th August 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 4th August 2020 at 2:30 pm

€20

The SVT Activity & Wellness HUB and the SVT Canoeing & Kayaking Club are so excited to announce Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Vicarstown! 

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4th August @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on 4th August 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 4th August 2020 at 2:30 pm

€20

The SVT Activity & Wellness HUB and the SVT Canoeing & Kayaking Club are so excited to announce Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Vicarstown! 

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4th August @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on 4th August 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 4th August 2020 at 2:30 pm

€20

The SVT Activity & Wellness HUB and the SVT Canoeing & Kayaking Club are so excited to announce Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Vicarstown! 

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8th August @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on 18th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 25th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 1st August 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 8th August 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 15th August 2020 at 2:00 pm

€4.50 – €8.50

Fully guided, socially distanced outdoor farm tours at Ballykilcavan.

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9th August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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14th August @ 10:00 am - 12th September @ 5:00 pm Free

Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to host a new photography exhibition of portraits by Laois artist, Annie Holland. Over the past 2 years, Annie has begun conversations with older people from rural Laois born before or just…

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15th August @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on 18th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 25th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 1st August 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 8th August 2020 at 2:00 pm

One event on 15th August 2020 at 2:00 pm

€4.50 – €8.50

Fully guided, socially distanced outdoor farm tours at Ballykilcavan.

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16th August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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16th August @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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20th August @ 10:00 am - 23rd August @ 5:00 pm €30 – €80

Three days of tutored outdoor painting, in the wonderful setting of Heywood Gardens, the surrounding woodlands, and Ballinakill Village.

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21st August @ 4:00 pm - 23rd August @ 2:00 pm €449 – €698

Nourish & Flow is a unique festival-style wellness event combining the benefits of nutrition & energy therapies with the aim of helping revive and restore body, mind & soul. This is a weekend of workshops…

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22nd August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm €5

The walk promises to be both enjoyable and informative with the Masslough Lake, Trench Family Mausoleum, Heywood Estate and Gills Pond just a few of the many places of interest that will be visited, along the route.

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22nd August @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm €40

A guided tour with Lutyens' descendant and botanical and gardening experts with afternoon tea.

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23rd August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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23rd August @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm €15

Yoga in the magical setting of the Lutyens' designed Heywood Gardens, with Simon Rogers from Blackhill Woods Retreat.

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23rd August @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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30th August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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30th August @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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September 2020

6th September @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 6th September 2020

€5

Visit Laois' most spectacular landmark and hear the stories of love, loss, life and death on the rock.

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18th September Free

The Artists Collective was established at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally in 2019 and within a curatorial framework work in 2020, artists will work with a visual arts curator to engage with and reflect on current artistic…

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October 2020

3rd October @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €17.60

Irish music luminaries The Pale will celebrate 30 years in the music industry this year, and they will be undertaking a special 30th anniversary Irish tour to commemorate this achievement before the summer.

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10th October @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €11.50

Kavanaghs Bar present a great night out for the metal fans out there. Monsters of Metal, a five-piece heavy metal tribute act who cover such metal giants as, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Van Halen,…

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16th October @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm €20

These top rated folk musicians and singers bring to life - with the exact same instrumentation, songs and close as you will get vocals - the sound and appearance of the internationally renowned Dubliners.

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30th October - 1st November

The premiere of a new work composed by Martin Tourish with young musicians from the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra will take place as part of Tionól 2020. This new work has been commissioned by…

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31st October @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm €16

Come dressed in costume and hunt down pumpkins and spooky things in the woods at this Halloween family experience.

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November 2020

6th November €10

Breaking Bread is a podcast series and social art project in which Manchán Magan chats with residents of Direction Provision and Emergency Accommodation centres in Co Laois.  He brings an oven and a butter churn…

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13th November @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm €15.50

Alchemy is a new show from comedian Gearóid Farrelly in which he is pretty certain he will be able to solve all of the worlds problems.

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26th November @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm €25 – €45

A chance to witness psychic medium Michael Henry and his thought provoking show in a premier Portlaoise venue.

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December 2020

13th December @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 20th December 2020 at 2:00 pm

€16

Dress up for Christmas and help find Santa's elves in the woods in this Christmas family experience.

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20th December @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on 20th December 2020 at 2:00 pm

€16

Dress up for Christmas and help find Santa's elves in the woods in this Christmas family experience.

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June 2021

4th June 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 6th June 2021 @ 11:30 pm €25 – €100

Laois' brand new boutique festival takes place in the stately setting of Emo Court and Gardens. Definately one not to be missed.

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