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…

Georoid Farrelly: Glamour Hammer


After some time sitting on the couch we are back to real life. Trousers instead of tracksuit bottoms and coffee and a biscuit instead of four gin and tonics and half a cheese cake. In this show Gearoid takes a look at the litany of things in our lives that just don't measure up.


Laois Pride Festival

The parade starts at 12pm from Fitzmaurice place in Portlaoise, followed by Laois Pride festival for all ages from 1-5pm with drag kings and queens, performers, games, food, music, and more.


SOLAS Car Boot Sale

We are organising our first ever SOLAS car boot sale for small vans and cars, and walk in tables.
The aim of our event is to help cut down on unnecessary waste and give new life to old items.


Ballintubbert Garden Open Day


Join the team at Ballintubbert on Sunday September 18th from 12 noon to 5pm. Come and spend the day in this place of wellness and peace. Wand through the formal organic gardens, run wild in the long meadow, play hide and seek in the woodlands and perhaps play skittles in the Orchard. The good cups are out and we will be offering teas and coffees and sumptuous cakes from the pop up tea shop. 


The Big Hit (Un Triomphe)

€5 – €8

When struggling actor Etienne accepts a job directing theatre workshops in a prison, he is surprised to discover a wealth of acting talent among the resistant inmates.


Know Your Bog


The Connecting Communities with Peatlands project is collaborating with Our Irish Heritage to encourage people to ‘Know Your Bog’. Using an online interactive map that is part of the Know Your 5K initiative, communities are supported to record bog stories, history, culture, and biodiversity.


Culture Night in Laois

Culture Night in Laois

Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council, in partnership with local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland, it takes place on the third Friday in September every year. The […]


Joe the Magician – Live


It’s Joe the Magician from RTÉjr! And he’s bringing his spectacular children’s comedy magic and illusion show to the Dunamaise Arts Centre for one spectacular afternoon of mind boggling fun! 


The Annual Portarlington & Killenard Charity Gala Ball


The annual Portarlington and Killenard Charity Gala Ball will be held on Saturday 24 September, with proceeds from the event going to the Midlands Hospice building fund.

The red-carpet event will be held in The Heritage Hotel, Killenard with music by JL Sounds on arrival and later by Transmitter. This year’s special guest of honour is Mountrath native and patron of the Midlands Hospice build campaign Claire Byrne from RTÉ.


The Vanbrugh & The Spero Quartet

€16 – €18

Two fine groups come together for this exciting double bill. The Spero Quartet play Mozart’s dazzling D major quartet K.499 and Garth Knox’s brilliantly inventive ‘Satellites’ and for the second half of the concert, they join the Vanbrugh for Tchaikovsky’s epic string sextet Souvenir de Florence.




In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack.


80s Icons Show

€22 – €24

80’s Icons Show celebrates the music of bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Level 42, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Tears For Fears, Human League, Paul Young, ABC, Ultravox, Phil Collins and many many more…