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8 Alternative Things To Do In Dublin This October

Narrowing down the busiest month for gigs, exhibitions, clubs and parties is no easy feat – we’ve picked just a few highlights to give you a handy starting point for exploring Dublin City (with a little help from a couple of experts).


Things To Do In Dublin City

The Little Museum: Director’s Tour

National Museums are always a good place to start to get an insight into another country’s history, but it’s not every museum that makes you feel like you were born and bred in the city you’re visiting. The Little Museum totally immerses its visitors in the last century of Dublin culture and society with a remarkable collection of objects as varied as the first documents from the city’s gay community to retro chocolate wrappers. It’s understandable if you feel a little overwhelmed by a century worth of ephemera: catch charasmatic museum director Trevor White in his element at one of his weekly tours which weave this treasure trove into an all-encompassing story of his city.

When: Every Friday, 1pm
Where: The Little Museum of Dublin
Admission: Book a place here.
Dublin City Music

HWCH In The City

Getting the chance to see 100 new bands is pretty cool, but what’s even cooler is getting to see them in a new venue. The annual expo of upcoming Irish music, Hard Working Class Heroes, has put together an insane billing for its ‘In The City’ segment. Fancy eating a lamb burger while watching some synth-rock? Or drinking a pot of maté over some alternative folk? Or maybe you’d prefer to get a tattoo to electronic pop tunes? Those are only a tiny portion of the options the HWCH billing is offering.

When: Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th October, Various Times
Where: Citywide
Admission: Free
Read More: www.hwch.net

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Dublin City, Arts Scene

Nuit Blanche

The gals behind Hunt & Gather are bringing us the second instalment of the highly successful Nuit Blanche. If you weren't able to make the last one, you HAVE to make yourself available next Saturday 5th October. Originating in Paris as a night-time arts festival, the Dublin arm will be bringing you a tantalizing assault for the senses with; art, design, fashion performances, food and a boogie to look forward to on the night. They will also be hosting “The Great Exchange” indoor market, where you can have a gander through the stalls between the installations and performances. This month’s concept is NEON, so whip out the UV paints and your loudest, proudest neon-ensemble and get ready for a night of fun, frolics and festivities.


NOTE: Don’t worry if you miss out on this edition – the Nuit Blanche parties have taken off so much that more are in the pipeline. Keep your eye on Moxie Studios for the next date.

When: Saturday 5th October, 11.00pm
Where: Moxie Studios
Admission: Free with a € 2 donation
Read More: Read more here
Dublin City, Dracula Festival

Bram Stoker Festival: Bram’s Banquet

There are fewer places in Dublin so immediately spooky as Christ Church Crypt and Bram’s Banquet is the perfect excuse to explore the ancient church’s murkier recesses. Theatre and music will play as important a role as food in this Stoker-themed feast. Boundary-pushing pop-up dinner troupe Queens of Neon will be co-hosting and full vampiric attire is expected.

When: Sunday 27th October, 8pm
Where: Christ Church Crypt
Admission: Stay tuned to www.bramstokerfestival.com

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Central Dublin, Music Festivals

Waxhatchee @ The Beatyard Festival

It’s strange how quickly a sound once so commonplace can go to being tired to forgotten and back to exotic. Waxahatchee is the solo project of Katie Crutchfield and in its bare, uncomplicated choice of sounds, suggests early Cat Power, Liz Phair or Mirah in a way that sounds (excuse the cliché) old yet new.
Waxahatchee plays as part of the city-wide Beatyard festival, an explosion of DJ sets, live music, talk-shops, coffee-tastings, flea markets and workshops. Other tips include techno kingpin Blawan, Planet Mu’s DJ Rashad, Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon and instrumental Danes Efterklang.

When: 26th October, 8pm
Where: Workmans Club
Admission: €10.50
Read More: the-beatyard.com
Dublin City, Film Festival

Hollywood Babylon

The revival of the cult film club has meant the addition of something altogether new and exciting for nocturnal freaks and geeks. The Lighthouse Cinema hosts the monthly midnight b-movie festival Hollywood Babylon, which chooses some of the most disreputable cinema from through the ages and places them in the pantehon of cult classics. It’s not all about the film though: DJs, screenings of the dodgiest VHS-era trailers, special edition posters and other treats tailored to the film of the month make the night even more strange and special. This month’s edition is a double-header sent straight from hell, with Arnie hunting down Sarah Connor in The Terminator and rock & roll fable Streets of Fire.

When: Saturday 19th October,10.45pm
Where: The Lighthouse Cinema
Admission: €9
Read More: www.hollywoodbabylon.ie
Dublin City Festivals Sam Keogh Artist Mop Image

Sam Keogh - Mop

Already tipped to become one of the most forward-thinking artists this side of the Atlantic, London-based installation artist Sam Keogh returns to Dublin with a new show based around – wait for it – Oscar The Grouch. Keogh’s work collects debris from all sorts of strange sources, so maybe his affinity for the junk-loving Sesame Streeter is a marriage made in multi-coloured heaven. Oscar will be used a touchstone for ‘counter-cultural refusal’ in what promises to be yet another bizarre insight into one of the foremost contemporary artists the city has produced.

When: 10am - 5.45pm Tuesday - Saturday
Where: Kerlin Gallery
Admission: Free
Read More: www.kerlin.ie
Central Dublin Musical Events

Mano Le Tough

2013 has been Niall Mannion’s big year. A stalwart of the Dublin scene, his production work as Mano Le Tough has seen him explode on the global house scene. Now based in Berlin, his homecoming shows are always mouthwatering and this month’s visit promises to be his biggest yet. Mano will earn his ‘tough’ status by playing a four-hour monster set, reminding us all why we’ve missed him since so much.

When: Saturday 26th October, 11pm
Where: The Button Factory
Admission: €10 - 15
Read More: www.residentadvisor.net
Dublin City Festivals Crackbird Dublin Joe

Grub’s Up

Joe Macken is Dublin’s culinary trendsetter. Since setting up a charming burger shack outside of the city centre 6 years ago to great acclaim, Macken’s food empire has grown to encompass a chicken joint (Crackbird) and a pizzeria (Skinflint), all marked by sustainable ingredient sourcing, cheap prices and chilled-out atmosphere. With in-house DJs, topical Twitter discounts and staff that are as cool as the clientele, dining in Macken’s eateries makes for an experience as sociable as satiating. Jo’Burger’s newer headquarters on Castle Market and the nearby Bear (which reimagines some of the lesser-spotted meat cuts) will make for particularly hearty early-winter eats – stop by for dinner, and stay for the buzz.

When: Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th October, Various Times
Where: Citywide
Admission: Free
Read More: www.hwch.net