A list of the Best free events in Dublin for all the family
There are lots of events in Dublin for all age, tastes, for adults and all the family. Mots of them take place during spring and summer.
Are you looking for an idea for a day out, spend some quality time and for family fun?
Fun events in Dublin this weekend?
Family friendly attractions?
In Ireland’s capital Dublin everybody will find what to do and their favorite entertainment.
Keep reading on and find it out. Get out with the family and fave the best time ever!
WHERE: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
- Thu, 26 July 2018 11:00 – 12:00
- Thu, 9 August 2018 11:00 – 12:00
- Thu, 23 August 2018 11:00 – 12:00
Has your little one ever wanted to start his or her very own dried plant collection? Sign them up for Budding Botanists.
This children’s workshop will teach them lots of tips and tricks to get them outdoors and smelling the roses.
The official plant collecting guides at the National Botanic Gardens in beautiful Glasnevin will bring kids on an expedition through the grounds of the gardens and show them how to identify and gather suitable plants for pressing.
After the outing, kids will learn how to construct their very own flower press, and even have the chance to create some beautiful botanical designs with pre-dried plants from the gardens.
This is a wonderful day out for kids aged 6 and up. Book early as space is limited.
Tour of Conservation Studios
WHEN: 23rd August @ 2.30pm-4pm
The process of conservation is crucial in the examination and preparation of ancient artefacts before they can be viewed. This is carried out at the Conservation Studios situated in Collins Barracks in the Decorative Arts & History department of the iconic National Museum of Ireland.
Join this fascinating tour which explains the different processes involved in conservation. See how cleaning and strengthening can reveal any surface decoration on an item and learn about the preventative methods which involve eliminating dangerous agents in the area where artefacts are kept.
With so much to explore in these studios, make sure you nab your spot on this tour.
Free Ticketed Event
WHEN: 18th August- 26th August
Each year, many national and hundreds of local community organizations participate in National Heritage Week by organizing events throughout Ireland that share our nature and wildlife, folklore and built heritage.
Events include medieval fairs, wildlife walks and talks, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history tours, plus many activities for children. In addition, many heritage sites and historic properties will offer free admission or special concessions.
National Heritage Week is a unique opportunity for everyone to get involved in Ireland’s heritage. Learn about it, preserve it for future generations and, above all, enjoy it.
Totally Terrific Tomato Festival
WHERE: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Don’t miss the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival, the juiciest festival around, happening this August as part of Heritage Week at the National Botanic Gardens.
Learn all about this ubiquitous fruit through a series of exhibitions, talks, cookery demos, and more. Find out how the various varieties are cultivated and about the humble tomato’s plant-life relatives, including tobacco, potatoes, chilies, petunias and even deadly nightshade.
As the theme for Heritage Week 2018 is Sharing Stories, self-confessed tomato addict Nicky Kyle, along with Botanic Gardens Director Matthew Jebb, will also be on hand for the fascinating series of talks known as Tomato Tales.
If you love a good tomato or simply want to have a bit of craic while learning something new and unusual, make a date on your calendar for the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival.
- Sat, 18 August 2018 10:00 – 17:30
- Sun, 19 August 2018 10:00 – 17:30
- Mon, 20 August 2018 09:00 – 16:30
- Tue, 21 August 2018 09:00 – 16:30
- Wed, 22 August 2018 09:00 – 16:30
- Thu, 23 August 2018 09:00 – 16:30
- Fri, 24 August 2018 09:00 – 16:30
- Sat, 25 August 2018 10:00 – 17:30
- Sun, 26 August 2018 10:00 – 17:30
Dublin Fringe Festival
WHEN: September 2018
WHERE: Various Venues, Dublin City
Celebrating 24 years as Ireland’s leading multidisciplinary arts festival, the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival features the freshest new theatre, music, live art, comedy, dance and spectacle from Irish and international artists.
Dublin Fringe Festival, unlike many Fringes internationally, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates. It is a platform for new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create.
Participants in previous Fringes include Cillian Murphy, David O’Doherty, ANU Productions, THISISPOPBABY, Maeve Higgins, Camille O’Sullivan, Mary Coughlan, Elbow, CoisCéim, and Macnas.
Times and Ticket Details TBC
Dublin Festival of History 2018
WHERE: Dublin City Public Libraries, 138-144 Pearse Street
WHEN: 24th September -7th October
The Dublin Festival of History is a treat for all lovers of history and lovers of the city itself.
This year they have changed the format somewhat, in that their weekend at Printworks in Dublin Castle will now close rather than open the festival.
The festival, which is presented by Dublin City Council, also utilises the network of libraries around the city from Ringsend to Dolphin’s Barn for the events in its programme.
This will be the sixth edition of the festival, which has quickly become a regular fixture in the capital city’s cultural calendar. The festival comprises of lectures, panel talks, and readings from a variety of Irish and international historians. There will also be a selection of film screenings included in this year’s programme, as well as a day in the festival dedicated to young historians
Last year’s festival featured talks on everything from Tsarist Russia, to 3rd century Persia, to local Dublin lore. It has something for everybody with an interest in history.
Event times TBC
WHERE: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar
- September 2018
Thu 27th @ 18:00 – 21:00
Fri 28th @11:00 – 18:00
Sat 29th @ 11:00 – 18:00
- October 2018
Tue 2nd @ 11:00 – 18:00
Wed 3rd @11:00 – 18:00
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Fri 5th @11:00 – 18:00
Sat 6th @ 11:00 – 18:00
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Tue 16th @ 11:00 – 18:00
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Fri 19th @ 11:00 – 18:00
Sat 20th @ 11:00 – 18:00
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Fri 26th @ 11:00 – 18:00
Sat 27th @ 11:00 – 18:00
Tue 30th @ 11:00 – 18:00
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- November 2018
Thu 1st @ 11:00 – 18:00
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Fri 16th @ 11:00 – 18:00
Sat 17th @ 11:00 – 18:00
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios will host an exhibition of work by the French artist Lola Gonzàlez this autumn in what will be her first major solo Irish exhibition.
Gonzàlez works in moving image and performance, creating short abstract films which which explore ideas like power, narrative, dreams, and popular culture, often featuring haunting soundtracks created by Gonzàlez with composers, specifically for the work.
In this exhibition of new work, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios will be showing Gonzàlez’s first ever feature length work, telling the story of a man who has lost belief in his future and travels across numerous countries and landscapes to meet different people as a means to avoid complete despair.
This is an amazing opportunity to see a major new work by this powerful and internationally acclaimed artist.
Child Vision Toy Fair 2018
brought to you by Child Vision, National Education Centre for Blind Children, Dublin.
The annual Toy Fair showcases toys and games that have been selected based on their educational and theraputic value for visually impaired and multi disabled children. Admission is free.
WHAT: ChildVision Toy Fair 2018
WHEN: Thu 22 November 2018
TIME: 10:30 – 13:30 GMT
WHERE: ChildVision, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra Dublin 9
More on http://www.childvision.ie/
ChildVision is the only place in Ireland totally dedicated to the education and therapy needs of blind and multi-disabled children.
Fun-filled day of free family entertainment in the heart of Dublin city.
Dublin Art Book Fair 2018
- Thu, 22 November 2018 11:00 – 18:00
- Fri, 23 November 2018 11:00 – 18:00
- Sat, 24 November 2018 11:00 – 18:00
- Sun, 25 November 2018 11:00 – 18:00
WHERE: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar
A yearly tradition on the weekend between Temple Bar Gallery’s autumn and winter exhibitions, the Dublin Art Book Fair is an opportunity to leaf through – and buy – art, design, illustration, and photography books and magazines from all around the world.
Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous new coffee table tome full of beautiful photography, editions of hard to find imported magazines, art theory texts, or small publications from up-and-coming illustrators, the Dublin Art Book Fair will have it, and a bit of everything else in between.
Across a single weekend you will find a lifetime’s worth of inspiration, as well as a slew of must-have books. It is also one of the best places to buy gifts for all the aesthetes in your life.