Dublin hosts an array of events thought out the year and here are some of the events taking place in and around Dublin in the near future.
In the new family area, there will be free arts & crafts workshops from ArtZone in ‘Make N’Do Mountain’ and kids aerobics, happy yoga, dance and drama classes in the ‘Super Dee Duper Trooper Tent’.
In 2016, a big focus at the festival is good food - with a dedicated food festival within the City Spectacular called ‘Just-Eat Street’ which will see demonstrations, fun live performances and of course a wide variety of yummy cuisine from around the world.
Not only uis there a feast of food, but back again this year is a banquet for the brain called the ESB Spark Your Imagination area. This is a creative hub for children to inspire, educate and feed the imagination. Here you’ll find a feast for the senses with creative writing and performance workshops from Fighting Words, fun and games from Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, Doktor Kaboom’s LIVE WIRE electricity show and French wooden games for all to enjoy. The makings of many light bulb moments!
Entry to this family friendly festival is completely Free of charge.
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August - Dublin Comic Con 2016
Fans of comics, video games and dressing up in ill-fitting superhero costumes; rejoice, because the inaugural MCM Ireland Comic Con is set to return to the RDS, Dublin this August.
During the conference, the Simmonscourt venue will turn its halls into a weird and wonderful mecca for aficionados of all things comic-book related for the best part of 48 hours.
As well as being able to chat with fellow self-confessed geeks, play some newly–released games and grab some highly sought-after merchandise, attendees can browse collectibles, visit the comic village, catch a talk or two with some celebrities of the comic world and even see robots fighting it out live.
This is a ticketed event.
Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th August - The Big Grill Festival
The Big Grill Festival is back and better than ever this August, this summer brings a jam-packed programme of events for BBQ lovers, all taking place in Dublin’s idyllic Herbert Park, Ballsbridge.
An international barbecue competition and festival, The Big Grill Festival presents attractions that are never less than tempting, tasty and terrific - with previous years having included pitmasters, whole animal cooks and Ireland’s first USA Low ‘n’ Slow BBQ Competition. Full line-up and more details to be announced soon.
This is a ticketed event.
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th August - Blues, Roots & Brass Festival
This unique festival comes to Dublin’s premiere music venue Whelan’s of Wexford Street this August. With free admission, enjoy live music from the three genres currently enjoying a global revival in 2016 - blues, roots and brass.
This very special festival to hit the Camden Quarter features Ireland’s best blues, roots and brass musicians for an event that is the perfect knees up for music-lovers this summer.
Since 1989, Whelan’s has quickly established itself as one of the best music venues in the world with Ed Sheeran and many more international stars crediting it as where it all began for them. Now you can discover and enjoy new music from the many stages being rolled out for this exciting festival, at the Blues, Roots & Brass Festival, August 2016.
This is a ticketed event, but free.
Saturday 3rd September 2016 – The Aer Lingus College Football Classic
For the third time in 4 years American College Football will return to Dublin and Ireland. In 2016 the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech will take place at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, only a short walk from the Mespil Hotel.
This is a ticketed event.
Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th September - Irish Craft Beer Festival
Ireland’s largest craft beer festival is back with an exciting programme of events on the cards. There are Meet The Brewer sessions, panel discussions, live music and of course, delicious craft beer and food to make your mouth water.
As some of Ireland’s finest musicians underscore the weekend with fantastic tunes, sample from some of the best ciderists, brewers and distillers the scene has to offer when the Craft Beer Festival takes over the RDS for its 6th year to date.
This is a ticketed event.
Friday 16th September - Culture Night
This night of entertainment and discovery takes place across the country as arts and cultural organisations stage events in many historic venues for thousands of visitors to enjoy.
Last year a record 230 events will take place across Dublin alone in venues including Christ Church Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland, the Science Gallery Trinity College, The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle State Apartments, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, the Chester Beatty Library and many more. 2016 promises to be even bigger and better.
This hugely important night is one of the most eagerly anticipated throughout the year and with something for everyone, Culture Night is the perfect opportunity to come together and enjoy the magnificent creations our culture communities have to offer.
Free Ticketed Event
Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th September - Canalaphonic
Portabello and Rathmines are famous for the young artists that live there and the creative businesses that thrive in this canal-side area. This September, the exciting creative hub will transform into one of the trendiest and most happening festivals the city has seen.
If you’re in any way creative or culturally curious, you can’t miss this exciting new festival taking place in of the most innovative parts of Dublin with live band performances, children’s activities, spoken word events, acoustic performances, as well as, arts and crafts exhibitions, club nights, comedy and even opera shows due to take place.
As local cafés, restaurants and take-aways offer discounts for festival-goers, get a true sense of what Dublin community is all about as Canalaphonic takes over Portabello and Rathmines this September.
Friday 28th - Monday 31st October - Bram Stoker Festival
Dublin's Dark Side comes alive during four days of living stories and four nights of hedonistic, undead adventures at Bram Stoker Festival 2016.
The Bram Stoker Festival playfully celebrates the gothic, the mysterious, the after-dark and the thrill of late October as Ireland approaches Halloween and Samhain. The packed programme of events mixes family-friendly adventures with late-night antics for mates, dates and everything in between. Incorporating a range of events from large-scale spectacles to intimate performances in unusual spaces, along with a whole range of film and literary events, the festival always manages to whet just about everyone's appetite.
Join in this October as the festival infiltrates the very crevices of the city, awakening the dormant gothic that sleeps in the heart of Dublin. With previous years seeing tens of thousands of visitors from near and far descend upon the city for a weekend of wickedly good fun, don't forget to don your cape and fangs.
A devilish mixture of family fun, adventurous arts, major installations, literature, drama and the unexpected, this spooktacular festival has plenty to suit thrill seekers of all ages.
Friday 30th December 2016 - Sunday 1st January 2017 - NYF Dublin - The Ultimate New Year's Eve
Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s celebration the city has ever seen.
Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert, and follow the captivating Music and Arts Trails across the city which showcase live music in superb settings and stunning Irish and international art and culture.
Last year saw The Coronas headline the celebrations with Fatboy Slim, Kila, Ryan Sheridan and more take the stage to rock the capital and this year promises to be even bigger and better.
With a spectacular array of surprises and secret performances planned right across the city too, the countdown is most definitely on.