The summer in Dublin is jam packed with a wide range of amazing events. If you’re looking to organise a few days out of the coming weeks, you’ve come to the right place. From family festivals to learning about the dragons in Game of Thrones, there really is something for everyone.
Check out our pick of the best events taking place in the city that creatives will love:
The Stoneybatter Festival takes place from June 21st-23rd. The free event is a celebration of the local community in the heart of Dublin 7. Now in its third year, the 2019 festival will have activities for all ages and tastes.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin will officially launch the festival on Friday June 21st with a series of events taking place in local pubs, shops and businesses. Saturday 22nd June is an Open Day where local businesses, schools, museums, churches and private homes will open to the public. Stoneybatter will be buzzing with sporting, environmental, culinary, literary and music events taking place across the day.
A Family Fun Day will take over Stoneybatter on Sunday 23rd June with music, dance, food, talks, tours and workshops. Mrs Doyle’s Tea Party with Mrs Doyle herself, Pauline McLynn, is back by popular demand. There will also be a best dressed dog competition called Woofstock!
You can find out more information about Stoneybatter Festival here.
If you fancy painting the town red (literally), this is the event for you. Paint and Prosecco has taken Dublin by storm over the past few months. The pop-up art classes allow you to create your own canvas painting with a step-by-step instruction from a local artist, all while sipping on a glass of bubbly or drink of choice.
No experience is necessary. Participants are asked to relax, paint, drink and have fun being creative and trying something new. At the end of the class, you’ll have your own painting to take home.
Check out the list of upcoming Paint and Prosecco events here.
The finale episode of Game of Thrones aired this month. With a record viewership of over 17 million people, the HBO show has captured the imagination of millions of people across the world. Talent Garden Dublin is giving members of the public a chance to get closer to the creative production process and learn how the Game of Thrones dragons were brought to life by hosting a free workshop called ‘Creating the Dragons of Game of Thrones’.
Attendees will get the inside scoop from multi-award winner and Lead Animator at Pixomondo for Game of Thrones, Jonathan Symmonds and explore the process of creating multi-layered interactive models and delve into details on shading, anatomy and reactive light effects. Taking place at 6.30pm on June 20th in Glasnevin, Jonathan will share his secrets into the production, creation and animation of the dragons of Game of Thrones.
This is a free event however you will need to register for tickets here.
To celebrate the return of Bloom, the Ivy Dawson Street is hosting a summer terrarium workshop in partnership with Appassionata. The event takes place on Tuesday 28th May in the private dining room and is described as a ‘relaxed evening’ led by Ruth Monahan from Appassionata.
Tickets, which include a glass of champagne and canapés, can be purchased here.
The Guinness Open Gate Brewery will be home to a new LCD Soundsystem exhibition in June. The exclusive event takes place from June 1st-22nd and will feature never before seen photographs and artworks of the iconic band. The exhibition is the work of Ruvan Wijesooriya’s photography collection who has documented LCD Soundsystem’s journey to stardom.
“These up close and personal images capture the true essence of the band”, a spokesperson for the event commented. In addition, Wijesooriya has collaborated with Artist Joe Henry to create 11 paintings to go alongside the photographs and re-create LCD Pop Artworks in his own artistic language.
Pat Mahoney, drummer of LCD Soundsystem, will play a DJ set to mark the opening of the exhibition on June 1st. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now here.
Love sipping on a G&T while watching the world go by? This is the event for you! A brand-new Gin and Tonic Bus Tour is coming to Dublin. The new attraction is being launched by The Dualway Group.
On Facebook, the company said: “On this unique tour of Dublin, one will be able to capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on our Vintage Routemaster bus, whilst visit areas such as such as The Phoenix Park, Grafton Street, St James’s Street, Temple Bar, Thomas Street and Merrion Square to name but a few”. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes depending on traffic and welcomes groups of all sizes.
No official launch date has been announced but you can get in touch with the Gin and Tonic Bus Tour by sending them a message on Facebook or by calling 01 531 1411. We can’t wait for these tours to be-Gin!
A family festival is coming to Dundrum this summer. Playstival takes place in Airfield Estate on August 10th and 11th.
The two-day festival is dedicated to play, discovery, fun and excitement. The Playstival programme features imaginative play universes, a family sports day, science shows, storytelling, vintage funfair rides, farmyard animals and more. The festival is screen-free, meaning kids and adults can get away from their mobile phone, games consoles for a day of genuine feel good fun. Tickets are on sale now here.
Deep House Yoga Project is back for another dose of deep breaths, bends and beats at DTwo, Harcourt Street. After the huge success of their sold-out launch, they’re back to bring us a vinyasa flow set, to a spine-tingling sound track of deep house beats intricately woven into each breath and movement.
For a yoga class with something a little different, be sure to check this out. The next class is taking place June 15th and you can purchase your ticket here.
The third annual Dublin Plein Air painting festival is a seven day event bringing artists from all over Ireland and the world to scenic Fingal and Farmleigh House in the Pheonix Park. This week long festival takes place June 17 to 23, artists will have the opportunity to paint both landscapes and seascapes.
There will also be daily workshops hosted by some of the best of Irish and foreign plein air artistic talent and include Una Sealy – RHA , Kate Kos, Vicki Norman , Greig Neal – AURA, Dave West, Blaise Smith – RHA.
To register visit here, where you will get all the information about the various workshops and the festival timetable for the week.