Events - WorkshopsDrop-In Drawing Sessions a casual approach to learning a new craft with Drop-In Drawing at the Chester Beatty Library on 14th December. Artist Roxana Manouchehri will guide participants in drawing and informal sketching based on a number of exercises in the drawing pack provided, including line drawing, light and shadow, portraiture and perspective. Sessions are free, limited to 15 participants and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable for children aged 13+ and adults. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; pencils only.   Christmas Card Lino Printing Weekend Workshop you a fan of the personal touch? Like to surprise friends with your handmade creations? Then Jackie Rafferty’s Christmas Card Lino Printing Weekend Workshop is for you. Make and personalise this year’s Christmas cards and learn the innovative technique of lino printing - a medium made famous by Pablo Picasso - to create unique festive images and text. The ideal way to get crafty and Christmassy all at once, the workshop is limited to 15 places and is suitable for adults only. Dates 6th December, 11am-4pm 7th December, 1pm-4pm Price €60 per person Materials are provided and booking is essential.   Christmas Elves Family Workshop in some Christmas festivities with the kids thanks to Draíocht’s Christmas Elves Family Workshop on 29th November. Join artist and puppet maker Jane Fogarty and get crafty making some Christmas elf puppets. Escape the sheer shopping madness and spend a fun Saturday with your little elves at this creative workshop. All materials are provided but do wear old clothes or an overall to remain mess-free. Be sure to book early, as these popular workshops sell out fast. Workshop One: 4-6 years, 11am-12.30pm Workshop Two: 7-9 years, 1pm-2.30pm All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Please adhere to age recommendations - workshops have been especially catered for this age range. Tickets €10 per child, accompanying adult goes free. Food and Wine Magazine Christmas Show three-day food and drink extravaganza, that will show you how to recreate world class dishes in the comfort of your own home! The RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend. Santa will be there all weekend as our guest of honour with gifts for all! (ALL FOR FREE!!) The Chef’s Kitchen which will be the heart of the show featuring Ireland’s top chefs.  Learn from the masters and recreate some of their favourite Christmas dishes at home with fabulous produce available in our Artisan Village.  The Drinks Zone is also ideal for wine enthusiasts and experts who want to learn more about wine matches, tasting, grape varietals and even how to pull a cork with flair! Between demos on the chef’s stage, there are a host of fantastic free masterclasses to enjoy.  Inspired by Ireland’s top FOOD&WINE Magazine experts in our FREE Master classes, which will cover topics such as Wine & Champagne tasting, Cocktail-making, Cheeses and Chocolates and much more! Click here for bookings and information   Eirtakon Convention 2014 all things anime and manga at the Eirtakon Convention, Croke Park Conference Centre from 21st - 23rd November. Now in its tenth year, Eirtakon is Ireland’s largest and longest-running anime and manga convention organised annually by a dedicated committee assembled by Dublin City University’s Anime & Manga Society. As the ultimate destination for anime fans, this year’s guest of honour has just been announced as renowned voice actress Caitlin Glass. Best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. In 2008, Caitlin directed the hugely popular fan-favourite, Ouran High School Host Club, as well as playing the character of Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin also lends her voice to Cammy White and Decapre in the Street Fighter IV video game series. As well as a spectacular array of special guests, convention-goers can indulge in some cosplay at the Cosplay Masquerade, and even take part in a unique cosplay blind date to find the girl or guy of their anime dreams. Eirtakon will also host a glitzy Yule Ball on the Saturday night of the convention, so expect dancing, fantastic music, an amazing themed room and an unforgettable costumes. All ages are welcome for an this celebratory evening of that will kick off the festive season in style. Over in the Artists’ Alley section of the convention are thirty talented manga artists, traditional artists, prop makers, arts and craftspeople and more, who’ll reside in the conference centre’s Celtic Suite making it an absolute must-see. Whether you find a hidden creation, something you just can’t say no to; a surprise gift, or someone to commission a work to - you’re sure to discover more than you bargained for at this kick-ass convention. Tickets Weekend Pass €35 Friday Pass €5 (4pm - Late) Saturday Pass €25 (10am - Late) Sunday Pass €20 (10am - 8pm)     Mughal-Era Garden Design Workshop some outdoor inspiration? The Chester Beatty Library Collection might just transform your garden, thanks to this fascinating workshop on 15th and 16th November. Be inspired by the collection’s paintings and learn how to design an Islamic-style garden based on the Mughal-era India of the 16th century. These designs were heavily influenced by the Persians, particularly the ‘charbagh’ structure, the quadrilateral garden. Taught by garden designer and horticulturist Rafika Rajab, this weekend course is limited to 15 places, and is suitable for adults only. All materials are provided. Time Saturday 15th November, 11am-4pm Sunday 16th November, 1pm-4pm   Science Week: Gulp! all things super scientific with a special Science Week event - Gulp! - a brand new live show that’ll make you think twice about your taste buds. Brought to you by the makers of the fantastic Festival of Curiosity, prepare to lick your lips as award-winning science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (RTE/Newstalk/TV3) and geek chef Ivan Varian (Dalkey Food Company) turn your taste buds upside down at Smock Alley Theatre on 8th November. The duo will talk about the science of eating and serve up some delicious – and not so delicious – treats. Eat raw lemons that taste sweet, chew on dung beetles, and find out if you are a supertaster in this interactive, hilarious and surprising show. Along the way you’ll learn how to survive without eating food again, gobble up dry-ice cream and get intimately familiar with your insides... The content of this show is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. However children under-16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets Adult €7 Student €4 Under-16 Free   Science Week: Science Tricks Family Show the whole family together and take a voyage of scientific discovery at Smock Alley Theatre from 8th - 9th November. How do you balance a 10 pin bowling ball, make water vanish, or even explode a €10 note? With science of course! Enjoy an incredible show brimming with unbelievable science tricks and stunts that will leave everyone - young and old - gasping in amazement. Watch balloons get skewered with giant needles, see gravity defied, minds get read and pain overcome with optical illusions, flaming torches, a chair of nails, and even osmosis. A jaw-dropping show that explores science, technology, engineering and maths, learn how to replicate some of these super science tricks at home using easy to find, everyday materials. This fun, family event is free but booking is required.   Christmas Elf Art Experience your little ones into the Christmas spirit with Draíocht’s Tiny Tots Christmas Elf Art Experience. Taking place on Thursdays for five weeks (6th November - 4th December), artist Orla Kelly’s carefully created, exciting series of weekly workshops encourage parents and children to have fun while learning through the arts. The sessions are designed around the show Elf Factory, which parents and children will attend at the workshops’ end, 11th December at 10am. Using themes from the Elf Factory show, Kelly’s sessions explore a variety of creative and playful elements that include storytelling, movement, painting, building, creative investigation, music making, exploration of colours and shapes, drawing and so much more. Early booking is advised as places are limited. These sessions are suitable for children aged two to four years. Price €35 for five-week workshop. Show attendance (Elf Factory) forms a vital part of this project and is at an additional cost of €5 per child and €6 per adult. Web Summit 2014 become one of the world’s most influential tech events in just three years, the Web Summit returns this November to transform the capital into the hub of the tech universe. With the main conference taking place at the RDS, along with 200 plus satellite events dotted across the city, Web Summit 2014 will showcase more than 500 globally acclaimed speakers, 10 stages including the Digital Marketing, Internet of Things, Enterprise, and Builders Summits, 2,000 worldwide startups exhibiting their ideas, 1,000 experienced investors, and 800 of the best tech journalists. "An extraordinary gathering of talent and energy with one goal: to help entrepreneurs network" - Wired Some of this year’s barrage of speakers include Dropbox founder Drew Houston, Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg, The Guardian’s Head of Technology Jemima Kiss, and Google’s Vice President of Engineering Anna Patterson, to name but a few. Join 20,000 like-minded people interested in the future of the world and technology’s role in it at this incredible global gathering. "It was a conference that lived up to, and even exceeded, the hype" - The Wall Street Journal Ticket prices and packages vary, see for details.   Halloween at Scarefield your witch’s broom or vampire cape and enjoy a feast of frightful activities as Airfield Farm & Gardens transforms into Scarefield especially for Halloween. With a host of haunted happenings and spooky scares for all the family from 31st October to 1st November, it’s the perfect way to celebrate this terrifying time of the year - with a few silly scares and some cackling craic. Delve into the haunted woodland and unearth the secrets of Airfield past. Experience ghostly encounters, spooky stories, and many chills and thrills. Feast your eyes upon the brilliant pumpkin lantern display, get your face painted or come in costume to join in some daring dance moves from beyond the grave. Halloween Programme: 25th - 31st October Monster Making Workshop (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm – Free (but ticketed) Halloween Tales (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 12pm, 3pm – Free (but ticketed) Basketry Workshop (Adult), Saturday 25th: 11am-4.30pm - Tickets €60 Haunted House Workshop (5yrs+), Tuesday 28th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Lantern Making Workshop (5yrs+), Wednesday 29th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Mask Making Workshop (5yrs+), Thursday 30th: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Special Effects Make-up Master Class (8yrs+), Friday 31st: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Halloween Programme: 31st October - 1st November 5pm - 7.30pm €12 per person Children under two years - Free Haunted Woodland Walk Only the brave and fearless dare traverse the foggy threshold to Airfield's great beyond. As night falls on the deep dark forest, ghouls and ghosts awaken to tell the living tales and secrets of their pasts. Meet the Overend family’s butler and discover Airfield's untold stories. Keep a watchful eye out for the headless horseman, scarecrows and dancing ghouls that inhabit the surrounding fields. Pumpkin Pandemonium Further down the woodland path, hundreds of carved pumpkins peer out. Snake your way through this breathtaking display of blazing pumpkin sculptures and discover a sea of hand-carved creatures and towering infernos created by artist David Beattie. Zombie Thrills Join the dancing corpses in the red barn and bust some menacing moves to create a sinister scene – even the stiffest old zombies can take part! Location: Red Barn Times: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm Frightfully Fun foods & Traditional Halloween Games Try your luck at some traditional Halloween games. Attempt to take a bite from apples on strings; he who loses the flour game will have more than egg on his face; only the strongest stomachs will survive our ghastly smell experience; go bonkers with conkers… and much much more. Love terrific toffee apples? Find out how to make these delicious Halloween treats, taste our Barmbrack and discover your future fortune – will it be money, love or luck? Learn how to make this traditional Halloween treat with Airfield's Head Chef. Location: Airfield Market outdoor area - 5pm to 7.30pm Demonstrations take place at 5.30pm and 6.30pm each day. Event Details Please note that most Scarefield Halloween activities are outdoors so please dress appropriately. Overends Restaurant will also open for a special Halloween themed family dinner. Pre-booking for these events is essential, to book please go to: The Domestic Godless Cookery Class cookery class with a dark twist, this is the first class ever delivered by The Domestic Godless on the gory, gothic theme of? Why, Blood and Earth of course. For over a decade The Domestic Godless have been a thorn in the foot of Irish gastronomy, with an irreverent disregard for current fashions and culinary trends. They have introduced to the world such delights as Sea Urchin Pot Noodle, Foot & Mouth Terrine, Carpaccio of Giant African Land Snail and Victorian high tea wrought from all manner of fertilizer, often in the setting of anarchic installations. Specially developed for the Bram Stoker Festival, this creepy culinary class takes place at Cooks Academy, William Street South, Dublin 2 on 25th October. Petrified participants will be guided through recipes that stretch the imagination beyond the familiar seasonal fare, to produce dishes that will darkly discomfort friends and family. Be prepared to get your hands dirty… Classes 12.30pm - 2pm 3.30pm - 5pm New in the Old City modern Dublin in some of its oldest lanes and streets with New in the Old City, a series of mini festivals and events at Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar. Highlighting the best of what the historic Old City has to offer, enjoy craft, culture, tasty food and plenty of fun in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. These events are running from October (beginning with Unravel 25th - 26th October) right through to springtime, so be sure to keep an eye on as more exciting activities are announced. Get out and discover delightful Dublin, there’s plenty of new, and plenty to do in the Old City.   New in the Old City Festival: Unravel of New in the Old City, an extended series of mini festivals in the historic heart of the capital, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar; Unravel celebrates the start of the colder, but cosier, months with all things felt, yarn and woolly. From 25th - 26th October pop down to some crafty installations around those cobbled streets, and even take part in fantastic felting and knitting workshops. Or see how the professionals do it, with plenty of handcrafted and designer fashion available from the Cow’s Lane and West Essex Street makers and retailers. Check out Viruses - a special installation of felted sculptures inspired by the microscopic shapes and vibrant colours of common viruses, created by felt-maker and designer, Niki Collier of Cow’s Lane Designer Studio. Her colds, flus - and even chicken pox - invite us to wonder how something really nasty can also be very beautiful. This installation will be open for the full weekend. All open-air workshops are located beside the Gaiety School of Acting, opposite The Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane. No registration required but workshop places are limited and on a first come basis. Programme Saturday 25th October Craft Bombing - Open session with artist Niamh Synott, 10am - 11.30am Meet outside The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane with your knitting and felting at the ready. Niamh will guide you as you decorate every available lamp-post and tree in Cow’s Lane. To get knitting in advance of the Craft Bombing, join our Knitwork sessions at the Queen of Tarts during October. Mini-weaving Loom & The Arty Weaver - Designer Mart, 11am - 5pm             Try your hand at weaving on The Arty Weaver’s mini-loom at her stall at the top of Cow’s Lane. Get inspired by her unique handwoven tweed hats! Ideal for all ages - children particularly welcome. A Good Yarn - Storytelling, 11.30am - 12.15pm Children’s storytime at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Giant Felted Wall - Open-air workshop, 1pm - 4pm                Artists will lead children in the ways of felting and weaving in this rolling, open-air workshop at the bottom of Cow’s Lane. Ideal for children aged 4 years and over. Family Knitting Stall - Open-air knitting, 1pm - 4pm   Knit a funky item at this open-air knitting stall and even add it to the craft bombing on Cow’s Lane. Or have a go at giant knitting with 2 metre-long knitting needles! Ideal for all ages. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm    Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (5.5 - 7mm are best), and some bright yarn that's easy to see (but not too fancy!) Sunday 26th October A Good Yarn - Storytelling,  12.30pm - 1.15pm                Children’s story-time at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Felt your Foe or Fear -  felting with maker and designer Niki Collier, 1pm - 4pm Niki Collier, (Cow’s Lane Designer Studio) will show you how to make an exquisite piece of felt art from your old/orphan sock. Children can add their artwork to the craft bombing of Cow’s Lane or bring it home. Ideal for children aged 5 years and over. Please bring a lonely or odd sock from home with you to the workshop. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm         Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (size 5.5 - 7mm are best) and some bright yarn that’s easy to see (but not too fancy!) Enjoy yarn-fuelled fun for all on this woolly weekend. The Beatyard celebrating it’s 10th edition, The Beatyard Festival returns from 16th - 26th October with a whopping 10 days of gigs, clubbing, expos, film, talks, workshops and a generous helping of good vibes. With the aim of bringing music, media and culture enthusiasts together so they can meet like-minded aficionados and make exciting, great discoveries; Beatyard passionately showcases the capital’s best and brightest. From the brains behind two of the city’s most beloved venues The Twisted Pepper and The Bernard Shaw, revellers will not be disappointed by the festival’s 10th outing. Taking place across vibrant city-wide venues such as Indigo & Cloth, Bernard Shaw, The Sugar Club, Whelan’s, 3Fe, Wall&Keogh, The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club, MVP and more, the stellar line-up includes: Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani exhibition Stephen Kellog Moanments of Happiness exhibition This Greedy Pig DJs Jacques Renault The Ha’penny Flea Souleymane ‘Cobra’ Camara drumming workshop Moon Boots Shabazz Palaces Tickets €5 - €22.50 depending on the event. Screen Printing Course a wonderful new skill at this four week screen printing course with Damn Fine Print at Block T, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Tuesday evenings between 7th - 28th October. A basic introduction to silkscreen printing, beginners will learn the history of the art form, print room safety and ethics. Gain guided hands-on practice in the process of printmaking from start to finish - including preparing your black and white artwork for the medium, coating and exposing your screen, handling screen printing equipment and tools, setting up your workspace, working with water based inks, and producing your very own A4 limited edition print run. Discover the imaginative world of printing, learn to troubleshoot, experiment with colours, blending and over printing techniques - and come away inspired for your next edition. Course Details Submit Participants must submit 2 x A4 size black and white images on application. The images must be maximum A4 size, black and white and saved as a .JPEG/.PDF/.PSD file format. For best results bitmap or halftone your photographic images. Screenprinting and vector artwork go hand in hand, and vector is most suitable for typographic work. Minimum vector line weights of 1pt -1.5 pt and text no smaller than 12 pt is recommended for beginners. Participants are welcome to bring along hand-drawn artwork onto acetate, film or tracing paper as long as it is done so in very opaque black. Submit your artwork by email one week in advance of the course to Bring Damn Fine Print provide all printing supplies, film positives, inks, aprons and safety gear and a limited supply of paper but we advise you to bring your own paper for your final prints or you can purchase our in-house stock from the studio. (Coloured and patterned paper can produce great results also). Old cloth rags always come in handy too. Price Courses cost €200 and include all screen-printing materials plus a three-hour post course studio session to practice in the Damn Fine Print Studio. Participants must be at least 18 years old, courses have a maximum of six participants. Month of the Elephant celebrate the arrival of three lovely Asian elephant calves at Dublin Zoo, the Zoo along with Dublin City Council and Kaziranga Forest Trail sponsor, The Natural Confectionery Company, have declared October 2014, the Month of the Elephant. With October set to be an ‘elephantastic’ month, get the family together and discover the exciting elephant-themed calendar of family fun days, events, workshops and keeper talks at the Zoo, and across the city’s schools and libraries. The celebration is even spilling out on to the streets with an Elephant Trail around Dublin city centre on 18th and 19th October. Families can take part in this free treasure hunt style event around the city and learn incredible elephant facts along the way. With the trail ending at Barnardos Square, trailers will be rewarded with an Elephant Extravaganza featuring keeper talks from the Dublin Zoo elephant team, face painting, elephant arts and crafts, and loads more fun of elephant proportions. Other Elephant Events Elephant Encounters: Keeper talks at Dublin Zoo Monday, 29th September - Friday 3rd October: 12.30pm Saturday 4th, 11th and 25th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Sunday 5th, 12th and 26th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Elephant Themed Parent & Toddler Mornings 1st-2nd, 9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd, 29th-30th October: 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm Elephant photography workshop 4th and 11th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required ‘Giant Footsteps’ with Gerry Creighton Talk on the development of Dublin Zoo’s elephant care programme. 5th October: 3pm Pre-School Morning - ‘Colour Me Wild’ 7th October: 10am Elephant Sketching Workshop 10th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required see Wake Up with the Elephants 12th October: 8.30am-10am (Dublin Zoo annual pass holder only) Elephant Weekend at Dublin Zoo 11th - 12th October Enjoy arts, crafts and face painting. Citywide Elephant Talks (booking required) 13th October: 11am - Charleville Library 14th October: 11am - Coolock Library 15th October: 11am - Ballyfermot Library 16th October: 11am - Finglas Library 17th October: 11am - Walkinstown Library 20th October: 11am - Pearse Street Library Elephant Trail and Family Fun Day 18th and 19th October - Barnardos Square. See Elephant Month Family Talk - Elephacts! October 25th, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Natural History Museum. Celebrate Elephant Month with zoologist Catherine McGuinness as she shares fascinating elephant facts - including how they are linked to the legend of the cyclops! Suitable for age 5+, places are limited, booking required. Contact  Create Dance Project: Kids' Workshops kids between the ages of five and 16 years with a dancing streak, a workshop at Draíocht, which is hosting the Create Dance Project this September to November, might be just the ticket. This innovative dance project will see dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Philipa Donnellan work with a group of children with an intellectual disability, along with their parents and siblings, over the autumn and winter months at weekly workshops. Working towards creating a wonderful piece of dance theatre, created by the kids themselves, the results are sure to be as memorable and exciting as the process itself. If you have a child aged between five and 16 years with a passion for dance and music, do get in touch. Junior Group: Five to eight year olds, 12.30pm-1.15pm Senior Group: Nine to 16 years, 2pm-3pm The workshops take place on Saturdays from 27th September to 1st November. Natura, Natura an exhibition of brand new work in the surroundings of both the Cube space at The LAB Gallery, Foley Street and amongst the Irish Birds exhibit at the Natural History Museum, with Natura Natura. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson’s temporary residency at The Natural History Museum explores the vast diversity of species from the natural world featured in the museum's exhibitions and collections.   Developed in response to her residency and inspired by conversations with staff and time spent researching Irish wildlife, Gibson investigates our understanding and experience of nature in the dual settings of the rural and urban. A free programme of events at The LAB and The Natural History Museum accompanies this fascinating exhibition, exploring themes of art and wildlife.   Enjoy Lunchtime Conversations at The Natural History Museum on the topic of Ireland’s Changing Bird Population and Barrington’s Bird Collection.    Or trace a path between The Natural History Museum and The LAB thanks to CROW (City Right of Way), and join the hunt for urban wildlife between the venues. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson will also facilitate a family workshop at The LAB exploring the unique silhouettes of animals and architecture found throughout the city. Tickets These events are free but booking is required. Children's Events at the National Museum visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here