Events - WorkshopsDrop-In Drawing Sessionshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Drop_In_Drawing_SessionsEnjoy 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 Workshophttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Card_Lino_Printing_Weekend_WorkshopAre 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 Workshophttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ChristmasElves_FamilyWorkshopIndulge 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. Eirtakon Convention 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Eirtakon_2014Celebrate 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)     Food and Wine Magazine Christmas Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Food_and_Wine_Magazine_Christmas_ShowA 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   Mughal-Era Garden Design Workshophttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Mughal_Era_Garden_Design_WorkshopSeeking 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 Hack Dayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_Hack_DayOnce you hack you never go back, so get ready for Science Hack Day, a unique 36-hour-all-nighter that brings the weird, silly and serious of science together to see what hackers can prototype in just one day. Happening on 15th November, the event is open to designers, developers, scientists and just about anyone who is excited about making things with science – no scientific experience or hacking knowledge is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity. But what’s a hack anyway? A hack is a quick solution to a problem – maybe not the most elegant solution, but most often the cleverest. Hacks can be either software or hardware (or both) and always aim to bring to life interesting science. With the mission of the day to get people excited and interested in science, people organically form multidisciplinary teams over the course of the weekend. Whether particle physicists team up with designers, artists join forces with open source rocket scientists, writers collaborate with molecular biologists, or developers partner with school kids - great things happen. Get together and hack to your heart’s content! This event is free but sign up is required, meals and all the caffeine hackers may need will also be provided. Science Hack Day begins at 9.30am on 15th November and ends at 6pm on 16th November. Venue University College Dublin Innovation Academy Room - Science Centre East Dublin 4   Science Week 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_WeekCelebrate Science Week 2014 with a whole host of super scientific events from 9th - 16th November. With the aim of Science Week being the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths' relevance in our everyday lives, who knows what fantastic things you'll discover with a new, scientific perspective? Gulp, 8th November  Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Brought to you by the makers of the fabulous 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. 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. 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. Space Tourist, 23rd November Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Enjoy a lively, one-off discussion presented by Dr. Niamh Shaw. Space Tourist is a unique event that delves into the possible future of space travel and boasts special guests such as former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson and psychologist Professor Ian Robertson. 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. Science Tricks Family Show, 8th - 9th November Smock Alley Theatre: 12.30pm and 4pm, Free 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. Smashing Science Screenings, 13th - 15th November The chq Building, IFSC: 6.30pm, €8 The Smashing Science programme is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who have come together to host this superb series of science-related films. Thursday 13th – Particle Fever Friday 14th – Moneyball Saturday 15th – The Man in the White Suit Enjoy these fun-fact-packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration, with each screening preceded by an inspiring short film to introduce the evening’s theme. Audiences can also participate in the dynamic post screening panel which includes contributions from leading scientists and thinkers. Pets in the Cityhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Pets_in_the_CityLooking for some fun that you and your furry friends can enjoy? Look no further than Pets in the City, a pet-friendly day out for the four and two-legged, on 9th November. Perfect for all those top-dogs, curious cats, and little birdies, don’t miss Smithfield Square’s transformation into a veritable pet paradise. Free and family friendly, this event promises to be a great day out for city-dwelling animal lovers with a range of activities, stalls and entertainment happening in the lively square. The Dublin Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) King of Paws Training Team will host a Dog Show and Dog Agility Workshops, and will invite members of the public to enter their own cuddly companions. Enjoy a wide range of stalls boasting all sorts of animal accessories, grooming products, toys and novelty items, and take the opportunity to avail of micro-chipping and pet health advice from the DSPCA too. Children's’ talks will also take place, teaching young owners how to care for and understand their pets. Explore the reptile corner, world of birds, fish aquariums and even a small animal farm, to interact with, and learn all about, an array of awesome animals. Pets in the City is brought to you by Dublin City Council and is supported by the DSPCA and King of Paws.   Science Week: Gulp!http://www.visitdublin.com/event/GulpCelebrate 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 Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_Tricks_Family_ShowGet 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 Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Elf_Art_ExperienceGet 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 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Web_Summit_2014Having 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 www.websummit.net for details.   Halloween at Scarefieldhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Halloween_at_ScarefieldGrab 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: http://www.airfield.ie/events/halloween-airfield-book-now/. Create Dance Project: Kids' Workshopshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/CreateDanceProject_KidsWorkshopsFor 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, Naturahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Natura_NaturaView 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 Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Childrens_Events_at_the_National_MuseumA 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