Dublin is renowned for being one of the liveliest cities in the world! You’ll find an abundance of culture and craic every weekend and you won’t have to look hard to find it. However this weekend (22nd – 24th September) in particular seems to be thriving with festivities! We’ve compiled a list with a little bit of everything below to ensure you don’t miss out on anything!
1. Culture Night
The annual Culture Night in Dublin has finally returned! And the list of activities, performances, workshops and entertainment that will be taking place this evening is never ending! There will be dance performances by the Tin Pan Alley Cats in vintage 30s style at the Merrion, you can learn how to spin fleece into yarn at The Constant Knitter, create your own screenprint at Damn Fine Print, attend a stunning Open-Air Concert at Dublin Castle with the RTÉ Orchestra, listen to Irish traditional performers play a live set at Mary’s Bar or check out Smithfield Square for an abundance of festivities with music, performances, workshops, street food, you name it! And that’s just scratching the surface, for a full list and timetable go to the Culture Night website here.
Running a couple years now, Canalaphonic is a music and culture festival that’s taking place this weekend (Friday & Saturday) at the Leinster Cricket Grounds in Rathmines. Primarily the festival celebrates and showcases the best of Irish independent music and arts which is pretty cool, they’ll have performances by Sample Answer, The Eskies, Rocstrong, Zaska and many more!
3. World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment
Yes, you read that right – there actually is an eye contact experiment taking place is Dublin City this weekend, the biggest ever eye contact experiment in fact. The idea is that we all come together to create a global message of peace and humanity… Now that might sound a little cringe to some but imagine the impact of having hundreds of people coming together and connecting with complete strangers in holding still eye contact for a full minute. The experience would be pretty damn phenomenal, not only for you but for on-lookers also. So if you’re not up for the experiment itself, it’d still be one to look out for. Meeting at the top of Grafton Street on Saturday 23rd, you can find full details here.
4. Fringe Festival
If you haven’t been to the Fringe Festival yet this is your last chance as it finishes up this weekend! Fringe Fest is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. Expect comedy, dramatic performances, cabaret and light installations, this is a super creative mix of talent that will definitely add something a little different to your weekend.
5. Dublin VegFest
Dublin Vegfest is back and it all kicks off tomorrow running over the weekend (Saturday & Sunday). The Vegfest is Ireland’s largest vegan food & lifestyle event. Expect stalls offering yummy vegan food by local producer’s, lifestyle talks, demo’s, cruelty free products, exhibitors, non-profits, animal rescues, film & lots more! Also they’ve apparently added a new large outdoor area, a new Speakers area, Vegan Food Village and a new Chill Zone. This is a ticketed event unfortunately but prices are very reasonable at €11.11 and are available on Eventbrite.
So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Oktoberfest kicked off last week at George’s Dock. Running until October 1st there’s only 2 more weekends left so make sure you get involved in the German festivities! Expect lots of Erdinger, humongous sausages & pretzels as well as lots of dancing and general merriment! It’s not one to miss. You can find more info here.
7. Bottomless Pizza at The Jar
The Jar launched an amazing addition to their menu last weekend, Bottomless Pizza Sundays! And we thought what better way to finish off your festive packed weekend than with a big, juicy thin based pizza?! For €15 you’ll get your bottomless pizza and a glass of wine or beer – the perfect cure for what will hopefully be an epic weekend.