World Events Calendar 2010: September Events

June 18, 2010 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Autumn seems like an age away when you’re enjoying the warm weather and summer sunshine. But before we know it, we’ll start to notice the evenings getting shorter and the leaves falling from the trees. Now is the perfect time to book a September weekend break, to say goodbye to summer and greet Autumn in style. From shovelling down shellfish at the prestigious Galway Oyster Festival to soaking up culture at the Dublin Theatre Festival,’s list of September events will have something for everyone.

Blackpool Illuminations (3rd September – 9th November)

Blackpool Illuminations, EnglandFar more than just a simple seaside attraction, the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations are a spectacular event which has taken place each year since 1879, even before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb! On the 3rd September, over a million lights will be switched on, including more than a hundred miles of bulbs strung along the promenade, and forty giant illuminated tableaux. This dazzling display of laser, neon and fibre optics is served up with Blackpool’s usual helping of entertainment, including music, comedy and, of course, Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Blackpool is also the home of this year’s World Fireworks Championships (10th – 12th September), which will see visitors ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ over three nights of the finest pyrotechnic displays in the world.

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Dublin Festival Season

September is festival time in Ireland’s capital, as the city comes alive with music, theatre, dance and more.

Dublin Fringe Festival (11th-26th September)
Cutting-edge creatives from all over the world push the boundaries with an anything-goes programme of art, theatre, music and dance, taking place anywhere from theatres and studios to parks and even street corners.

Dublin Theatre Festival (23rd September – 10th October)
Dublin Theatre Festival, IrelandStarted in 1957, the Dublin Theatre Festival is the oldest event of its kind in Europe, as well as being Ireland’s premier cultural event. Presenting work by major international artists as well as up-and-coming local talent, the extensive line-up of drama, comedy and music offers entertainment for all. Programme to be announced in July 2010.

Dublin Culture Night (24th September)
Every year, scores of museums, galleries, studios and cinemas all over the city open their doors free of charge, providing a pick and mix of cultural delights which goes on late into the night.

Also taking place in Dublin in September are the GAA All Ireland Finals, the highlight of Ireland’s traditional sports calendar, and a must-see for any visitor wishing to see something uniquely Irish. Both the hurling (5th September) and the senior Gaelic football championships (19th September) are played out on the hallowed turf of Croke Park in Dublin city centre. The All-Ireland Senior Ladies’ Football Championship is held a week later.

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Galway Oyster Festival (23rd – 26th September)

And now to the other side of the country, Ireland’s beautiful west coast, where the famous Galway oyster is coming into season, and hundreds of seafood fans are licking their lips in anticipation. From humble beginnings in 1954, Galway’s unusual culinary festival has grown to be one of the most prestigious events on the Irish social calendar. Aside from the opening and eating of oysters there are numerous other events and activities, including the Oyster Festival Parade, the Oyster Festival Gala Ball and the Oyster Pearl beauty pageant.

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Festes de la Mercé, Barcelona (23rd – 26th September)

Festes de la Mercé, Barcelona Barcelona’s main traditional event is also its largest street party. Lasting for 5 days, the festivities include the Correfoc, a procession of devils and dragons setting off fireworks and spraying sparks into the crowds, the Castells, which has teams of men competing to create the tallest human pyramid, and the parade of Giants, when elaborate effigies of kings, queens and nobles are marched through the city streets.

Read our guide to Summer Festivals in Spain.

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