Events - Other EventsDine in Dublin Restaurant Weekhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dine_in_Dublin_in_FebruaryDine in Dublin, the bi-annual event, celebrates the fantastic food offering in Dublin’s city centre. The week-long event promotes city centre dining and showcases offerings of city centre eateries through fantastic value meals, specials offers, and great events. The Dine in Dublin experience is not just about ‘dining’ but also about getting out and ‘doing’, so whether diners are passionate about food or simply want a new experience, Dine in Dublin has something to suit every palate. In the past, restaurants have served mouth-watering menus including a starter, main course and dessert which included a 20% saving off regular á la carte menus. Diners can expect similar offers again this time with additional offers and events from both bars and cafés.  This year’s Dine in Dublin brings together a unique mix of demonstrations, competitions, prosecco evenings, wine-tastings, trad sessions, belly dancing events, and much more.   Christmas Wonderlandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_WonderlandChristmas Wonderland aims to capture the magic of Christmas.  ISkate:  Ice Skating has become part of an Irish Christmas. iSkate On Ice - Ireland’s largest Christmas ice rink – was introduced to the RDS in 2012 with huge success. iSkate now becomes part of GloHealth Christmas Wonderland. Covering an area in excess of 1,000 Sq. metres, iSkate offers an unrivalled skating experience. For Junior skaters, iSkate provides the Magic Vacations rink for children from age 3 upwards with its penguin balancing aids and double-bladed skates. With special off-peak, group and family rates, iSkate at GloHealth Christmas Wonderland will provide the ultimate fun experience at Christmas Funderland: 2013 sees Funderland celebrate its 40th anniversary at the RDS. A part of Christmas in Dublin, it has been said that Funderland is an annual appointment for thousands of families. This year Funderland becomes part of GloHealth Christmas Wonderland, and will once again present the best thrill rides and family attractions in the European fairground. From Bounceworld and the Fun Factory to the Take Off and Inversion XXL “white-knuckle” rides,  Funderland will present an array of attractions to suit all ages and tastes. For those who prefer to remain on “terra firma” lots of games of skill and chance will offer hours of pure fun and the opportunity to win one of Funderland’s famous soft toys. Besides being able to Pay-As-You-Go Funderland offers a wristband option that may be used for any 3 consecutive hours of your choice for unlimited rides - subject to the usual height and safety restrictions. If you buy wristbands online you save money and get an additional bonus hour so your wristband can be used an unlimited number of times for any 4 consecutive hours! Santa’s Christmas Circus: This Christmas give your family and friends a very special gift......the gift of Circus Magic!! We invite you to sit back, relax and come with us into our Magical World of Circus where the impossible can (and does) happen! Marvel at the dexterity of our jugglers, the skills of our acrobats and the sheer bravery of our aerial daredevils. Stare in wonder at our contortionist and be amazed by our Circus Illusionist! Cry with laughter as Clown Otto tries to help Santa make his way back to the North Pole in time for that very special night. Join with Marion Fossett as she leads the circus artists and audience in a seasonal sing-a-long. Presented by the world famous Fossett family, Santa's Christmas Circus will thrill, amaze and entertain you and your family. Click here for more information Suitable for children....of all ages! Bram Stoker Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bram_Stoker_FestivalThis October Bank Holiday weekend Dublin City will celebrate all things ghoulish for the 2nd Bram Stoker Festival, running October Saturday 24th – Monday 28th October (TBC), 2014 Taking the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel 'Dracula’ as inspiration, the festival, spread across Dublin city centre, will celebrate all things macabre, strange, supernatural mixed with some good-old fashioned Halloween fun. The streets will come alive with free pop-up performances of spine-chilling street theatre and sinister sounds, a city-wide Vampire Hunt for families and friends, spooky movies in the open-air, blood curdling literary happenings, terrifying theatre, walks & talks, and a very special event will take place in the spectacular surrounds of Dublin Castle. Working alongside both the leading institutions and the talented local independent artists and innovators of the city the festival also presents ‘Culture Bites’ - the Festival’s programme of cultural events ranging from the iconic to the bizarre to the spectacular! With events taking place in churches, castles, libraries, galleries, streets, cinemas, and squares and a strong mix of film & literature, music, installations, feasts, theatre, pop-up events, animation, history, talks & walks, there’s something for everyone to get their teeth into at this year’s Bram Stoker Festival.   Open Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. For more information click here Dublin Festival Seasonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Festival_SeasonWho knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Arthurs Day Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Horse_Show The 2014 Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show will take place from Wednesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 10. With live music and entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, groumet food and the best in national and international equestrian competitions, you won't want to miss it! The popular Kids' Zone will keep kids busy with pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, Billy Bubbles and magic shows. For the ladies, the Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day on Thursday, August 7, promises fantastic prizes for 'best dressed lady’, 'most colourful outfit’ and 'most creative hat’. For the well-dressed males, there is also a prize for 'best dressed man’. With over €940,000 in prize money during the five days, visitors can enjoy top national and international show jumping competitions including the Longines International Grand Prix, the Land Rover Puissance and the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup™ presented by Longines. Visit www.dublinhorseshow.com for further information tickets on sale now! Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Rock_n_Roll_Dublin_Half_MarathonThe Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon returns for a second year to Dublin on Monday 4th August. Experience the capital city of Ireland with the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll™ Dublin Half Marathon on Monday, 4 August, 2014! This unforgettable course will feature a scenic tour of the city centre, passing many famous landmarks and showcasing the city’s natural Celtic charm. You’ll fall in love with Dublin as you discover a cosmopolitan city rich in history — from the old cobblestone streets and well known pubs of Temple Bar to the new eateries that adorn the alleyways and the lush gardens at St. Stephens Green. Don’t miss this 13.1 mile street party!! Click here to view the Rock 'n' Roll Dublin route map Runners Will Experience: •Live Music Every Mile •A Scenic City Centre Course •Free Finish Line Concert •Rock-Solid Operations •A Fantastic Finisher’s Medal Enter the code "VISITDUBLIN" when registering on line to get a €3.00 discount. Registration is now open, click here to enter The World Flower Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_World_Flower_ShowThe World Flower Show is set to be held in Ireland for the first time in 2014, with the RDS to be the venue for the event. Due to take place in June 2014, the event will include a flower arrangers’ conference with over 1,200 participants, and the World Flower Show, an exhibition of flower arrangements, which will be open to the public. According to its organisers, this exhibition will showcase the beautiful and extravagant creations of flower arrangers from all over the world and is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors per day from Ireland and abroad. The Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA) has been chosen by the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) to manage a three year programme, on its behalf, that will include organising an international seminar, publishing of a book, running educational events and tours, and staging the 11th World Flower Show at the RDS. “During our three year tenure, the World Flower Show will be one of our largest events,” said Kitty Gallagher, president of WAFA Ireland. “We chose the RDS because of its great location along with its excellent conference and exhibition facilities. They also have the experience of managing and marketing large public events and we are expecting huge numbers to this exciting show” Join us for the Grand Opening and Preview of the show on Wednesday 18 June when you can witness the excitement as the prizewinners are announced. When you wish to take a break from viewing the magnificent floral designs, we have designed a diverse programme of activities: demonstrations, lectures, tours to gardens and historical and cultural venues for you to enjoy. The Gala Banquet in the Burlington Hotel on Saturday 21st June is a must. We promise you an evening filled with music, fun, and the hospitality that Ireland is famous for. Be sure to be in Dublin in 2014 as we celebrate this creative art form that links us all. Ticket Information: Tickets are on sale from online at www.ticketmaster.ie and from all usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide Bloom In The Parkhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bloom_In_The_ParkBloom 2014 is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 29th May until Monday 2nd June 2014. Bloom 2013 was the 7th year of the event and continues to attract thousands upon thousands of people every year. Bloom 2013 attracted over 110,000 to the 70 acre site at the Visitor's Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. To get a flavour of what Bloom 2013 had to offer see the day by day video highlights. This website also gives you a look at the spectacular showgardens that were built by the highly skilled showgarden designers, early bird tickets will be available to purchase in early 2014. View the video section for an overview of Bloom in recent years. With something for everyone and fun for all the family visitors to Bloom will enjoy cookery and craft demonstrations, free gardening advice from the experts, Irish food produce, live entertainment and gardening workshops. Kids attend Bloom for free!   Dublin Dance Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Dance_FestivalDublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on Ireland’s cultural calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. 2014 will see the 10th Festival. In this short time, the Festival has developed a dedicated audience for dance in Ireland. Since its establishment in 2002 under founding Artistic Director Catherine Nunes, the Festival’s ambitions have been big and brave. The Festival became an annual event in 2008 reflecting the popularity and position it had gained. Laurie Uprichard led the next four Festivals, building audiences in addition to the event’s national and international profile. Enabling audiences to discover inspirational artists lies at the heart of the Dublin Dance Festival mission. The finest international choreographers and dance companies are programmed alongside emerging and established artists from Ireland and abroad in a variety of venues and spaces around the city. Audience members look forward to experiencing celebrated classics and discovering the freshest talents each year through a programme that is resonant and stimulating. Workshops, discussions, symposia, film screenings and other events are built around the programme to create new opportunities for audience members to encounter dance and to explore the art form more deeply. Hugely influential dance makers have been introduced to Irish audiences by the Festival – Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jérôme Bel, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Jonathan Burrows, Lin Hwai-min, Raimund Hoghe and Akram Khan have all presented performances since 2002. The Festival also provides a platform for Irish choreographers to develop their work in an international context. Uncover beautiful dance – from near and far – in Dublin in May! Click Here to check out the Dublin Dance Festival teaser video for 2013 For information on Tickets visit www.dublindancefestival.ie Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Waterways_Ireland_Docklands_Summer_FestivalDates To be confirmed Location: Grand Canal Dock and Plaza, Dublin The Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival's purpose is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy an exciting world class urban recreational environment. The refurbished canal dock, originally build in the 1790s, now provides a world-class recreation space right in the centre of Dublin. The mix of on water activities is designed to give everybody an opportunity to participate or sit back and enjoy the show. The newly developed Grand Canal Plaza and surrounding quays provide a uniquely modern and dynamic unban space for all the family to enjoy. The local cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which face onto the water, provide wonderful al fresco facilities. These are complemented by the festival's many on land attractions and activities located on Grand Canal Plaza. On water activates include a wakeboarding competition, charity rubber ducky race, tour of naval vessel, water sport 'Come and Try It' sessions in sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and a canal barge gathering. On land activities include food market, corporate golf challenge, street performers, balloon artists, face painters, fun fair attractions, open air art gallery & children's arts centre in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre. Good clean fun for all the family! Dublin Bay Prawn Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Bay_Prawn_FestivalThe Dublin Bay Prawn is, without doubt, one of the tastiest foods out there and Howth is its home. Whatever way you like your Dublin Bay Prawns - barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced - Howth's many award winning restaurants will serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite sized portions at the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival  "Food Village", in addition to a variety of other miniature dishes. The food village will also include the ever-popular cookery demonstrations for all those budding cooks, fish filleting and fishery skills, floristry  and kids will enjoy the programme of family fun. Filled to the brim with fun and food delights, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival features an array of exciting events.  There is a food village packed with food stalls and tasting sessions with everything from top quality seafood to freshly sourced local foods from some of the region’s finest restaurants and artisans. Other food events include cookery demonstrations, wine-tasting events and prawn shelling competitions. During the day there is street entertainment and a programme of walks, talks and seaside antics. As the sun goes down over Howth Harbour the fun continues as each evening the festival offer choices such as a Mystery Dine Around, Special Festival Menus in restaurants and pubs, fireworks on the Harbour and in-house musical entertainment in Howth’s Pubs. Click here for a complete list of festival events   Shen Yunhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Shen_Yun5,000 Years of Civilization. Live on Stage! AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization! With classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world. Millions have seen Shen Yun. Standing ovations at sold-out theaters around the world have made it a global sensation. Experience a performance that will touch your soul. Box Office: Tickets from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide  Call Centre: 0818-719-300 www.ticketmaster.ie  Tickets: €125.50, €113.50, €105.50, €77.50, €65.50, €52.25 The Viking Big Dighttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Viking_Big_DigDublinia celebrates the 1000 year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf! At the Viking big dig, children will experience what it is like to be an archaeologist and find Viking treasures dating back over 1000 years.   For the adults, there will also be a full size reconstruction of a Viking house within the Dublinia courtyard, showing how a Viking house was built, and you can even get involved in the build too! Normal admission rates apply, For further details see www.dublinia.ie     Re-enactments and Orationshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Reenactments_and_OrationsIn 2014 we are continuing our series of re-enactments & orations of famous Irish patriots. “The Fools, the Fools, the Fools! – they have left us our Fenian dead – And while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” Daily at 2.30pm The now famous speech delivered by Padraig Pearse at the grave of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on 1st August, 1915, will be re-enacted daily at 2.30pm by an actor dressed as Pearse in full uniform. All Re-enactments at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum are kindly supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Abbey Backstage Tourshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Abbey_Backstage_ToursFor over one hundred years the Abbey Theatre has celebrated the power of theatre and the joy bringing together writers, directors, actors and audiences. Join us for an exclusive insight into the history and behind the scenes workings of Ireland’s national theatre on our guided backstage tours. Get access to areas rarely seen by the public, as our knowledgeable tour guides lead you on an engaging visit through the many aspects that come together to make Ireland’s national theatre, exploring the fascinating challenges of each new production. Enjoy an introduction to the our historic art collection and be inspired by our founders, William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory and the Fay brothers. As we are a busy working theatre, our tours are scheduled to match the running dates of our Abbey stage plays. Comments about the tours… ‘We went on the back stage tour and really enjoyed it. The Abbey Theatre has some amazing art on the wall and worth it for that alone!’ ‘…got a tour of the Abbey Theatre. My god the history of this place. The tour guide knew everything there was to know….and it’s just amazing…’ Read more reviews or leave your own on Tripadvisor.com. NOTE: The tour crosses four levels of the Abbey and involves some stairs. Please specify if mobility is an issue when booking, as we will do our utmost to accommodate those with reduced mobility. Price: €8 per person / €6 per person for groups of 10+ Booking: www.abbeytheatre.ie Tickets are limited. We would recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment.