Explore your options as Dublin prepares for the 14th edition of the Culture Night on Friday, 20th September. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with the family while engaging with the local cultural organisations and making a stronger bond with the community.
A stunning number of locations will keep their doors open on the night, extending business hours to provide visitors with a free night of entertainment, culture and fun.
DublinKids is here to help you make the most of this free event; we selected a number of Family friendly events to suit everyone’s taste.
National Museum of Ireland – Genres: Dance / Live Radio / Music / Spoken Word
Time: 7.30pm – 10pm
Address: Collins Barracks, Benburb St, D7, D07 XKV4
Culture Night with RTÉ will transform Clarke Square as RTÉ presents an evening of free live family entertainment from 7.30pm – 10pm, featuring an exciting mix of live music, spoken word, dance and performances from both established and emerging Irish artists, and special guests, in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Dublinia – Genres: Heritage
Time: 5.30pm – 9pm
Address: St Michael’s Hill, Christ Church, D8, D08 V529
Travel back to Viking and Medieval times and experience the sights and sounds of this busy city. Climb an original medieval tower, where you will see spectacular views of the city. See Dublin from a new perspective and come away knowing more about its citizens throughout the ages!
Light House Cinema – Genres: Film
Time: 4pm – 11pm
Address: Market Square, Smithfield, D7, D07 XE26
Light House Cinema and Studio Canal are pleased to bring you an exclusive Culture Night preview of the new animated film from Aardman – Shaun The Sheep 2: Farmageddon. Shaun is back! And there’s a new arrival in town who’s a little alien…meet Lu-La. Farmageddon – landing in Irish cinemas October 18th. Booking required; screening from 6pm-8pm.
GAA Museum & Croke Park Stadium – Genres: Heritage / Tour
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Address: St Joseph’s Ave, D3, D03 P6K7
Take the tour of Europe’s third largest stadium to learn more about this iconic stadium, their renowned Tour Guides will have you hanging on every word. Tours run from 5pm until 10pm, every 15 minutes.
GPO – An Post – Genres: Heritage / Music
Time: 5.30pm – 9pm
Address: O’Connell St Lower, D1, D01 F5P2
Celebrate at the GPO with an evening of live music and song in the Public Office. Send a Culture Night postcard to loved ones at home or abroad, postage paid courtesy of An Post. Take part in the An Post Children’s Quiz – ideal for family fun!
National Concert hall – Genres: Music
Time: 4pm – 10pm
Address: Earlsfort Terrace, D2, D02 N527
Visit the designated home of music in Ireland for interactive music workshops for ages 6+. No previous experience is required – all you need to bring is your enthusiasm! Options include Percussion, Pop-Up Choir, and Gamelan.
Houses of the Oireachtas – Genres: Heritage / History / Tour
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Address: Leinster House, Kildare St, D2, D02 XR20
2019 marks 100 years since the first public meeting of Dáil Éireann. This is a unique opportunity to take a special #Dáil100 tour of Leinster House. Visitors will also see an exhibition of Parliamentary history with themed entertainment on the night. Booking online.
DIAS Geo – Genres: Heritage / Science / Talk / Tour
Time: 5pm – 9:30pm
Address: 5 Merrion Square, D2, D02 Y006
Come see the past and present of live earthquake monitoring worldwide, from the heart of Dublin.
Trinity Geological Museum – Genres: Heritage
Time: 4pm – 9pm
Address: Unit 24, Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus, D2, D02 WR66
The ‘Story of the Earth’ exhibition highlights the geological evolution of the planet, with displays of rocks, minerals and fossils. Discover some of the museum’s hidden treasures, retrieved from storage for the occasion – including Ichthyosaur bones, fossil fish, volcanic rocks and beautiful minerals. Usually open by appointment only, not to be missed.
Dollard & Co – Genres: Arts and Crafts / Printmaking Demonstrations
Time 4pm – 9.30pm
Address: 2-5 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2, D02 PK72
The National Print Museum will bring its Pop-up Print Shop to Dollard & Co. Visitors can have fun experimenting with this traditional craft through printing activities and will be able to have a go at hand
Abbey Theater – Genres: Talk / Theatre / Tour
Time 4pm – 8.30pm
Address: 26 Lower Abbey St, D1, D01 K0F1
Visit the National Theater and discover its history and work, from its early years to the present day. Explore the Abbey’s story with a showcase of costume, design, props, archival material, and their portrait collection.
Malahide Castle – Genres: Tour
Time: 4pm – 7.30pm
Address: Malahide Demesne, Malahide, Co. Dublin, K36 C432
Enjoy a 30 minute taster tour of Malahide Castle. Hear the stories of battles, banquets and ghosts as you are guided through one of Dublin’s most loved castle’s with a fascinating story of the Talbot family dating back to 1175. Explore the mysterious Oak Room, Malahide Orange Drawing Rooms and the Medieval Great Hall. Please note free entry does not include access to the private gardens. Time slots must be booked in advance online.
St Patrick’s Cathedral – Genres: Tour
Time: 6.30pm – 10pm
Address: St Patrick’s Close, D8, D08 FK79
Visit this historic cathedral for Evensong, the daily sung service at 5.30pm (seats by 5.20pm). There is no admission after the start. Visit the Cathedral from 6:30pm for an opportunity to take pictures or go on a guided tour.
Franciscan Church – Genres: Tour
Time: 4pm – 9pm
Address: 4 Merchants Quay, D8, D08 XY19
Visit the only church in Ireland named after a pub! The Franciscans have been practicing in the area of Dublin 8 since the 13th Century. Learn about their history through a tour of this beautiful church which features stained glass, as well as art and crafts by well- known Irish artists. Tours at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
The Central Bank of Ireland – Genres: Film / Heritage / Talk / Visual Art
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Address: New Wapping St, D1, D01 F7X3
The bank will display a range of archival artefacts and paintings in its visitor centre this year. On display will be paintings by Mary Swanzy, Paul Henry, Carey Clarke and Jack B Yeats, while there will be numerous artefacts from the bank’s archives, many of which have not been on display before. Visiting is strictly by pre-registration, visit website for details.
The Old Library and Book of Kells – Genres: Heritage
Time: 4pm – 9pm
Address: Trinity College Dublin, College Green, D2
The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Also on view is a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and Ireland’s oldest harp, all in the magnificent 18th century Long Room filled with 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. Hear Cantairí Avondale sing Madrigals under the beautiful barrelvaulted ceiling.
The Pearse Museum – Genres: Dance / Music / Theatre
Time: 6pm – 8.30pm
Address: Grange Rd, Rathfarnham, D16, D16 Y7Y5
Young artists from across South Dublin County will provide music among other creative performances, while also running ukulele and dance workshops for you to try! Dynamic young performance artists from Tallaght will also feature on the evening presenting excerpts from the Lilliput chapter of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.
To help people get around, Dublin Bus provides FREE TRANSPORT along two Bus Routes
Pack a raincoat, just in case…. and ENJOY!!!
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Culture Night is promoted by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices, local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland. Culture night full listings can be found here