Events - Child Friendly EventsSt. Patrick's Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Patricks_Festival4 Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   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! Dublin Docklands Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Docklands_Christmas_MarketEveryone's favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 10th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George's Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one. Opening hours: - Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm  - Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10pm  - Saturday 10am to 10p  - Sunday 10am to 8pm Click here for more information   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.   Culture Nighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Culture_Night_2014Come and enjoy a late FREE night of culture for all the family! For one night only the city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists studios, cultural centres and more, will open their doors late for a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of talks, tours, performances and events for you, your family and friends to participate in and enjoy. Join the thousands who will be staying up late for culture! On Culture Night locals and visitors across the island of Ireland will enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure taking place in a record 28 towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on the evening. Bring the children, catch up with friends, meet new people, participate, interact and experience the exhilaration of free entry, live performances, workshops, tours, talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities for free! Culture Night brings together a very unique and diverse audience who all share a desire to explore and enjoy culture. And remember, everything that’s open on Culture Night will be there when you visit the next time, and the next time...so why not make a habit of it! Classic Encounter NFL: UCF v Penn Statehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Classic_Encounter_University_of_Florida_v_Penn_State University of Central Florida (UCF Knights) face Penn State in their 2014 Season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014. Ireland of course has its own vibrant American Football scene. The IAFL, under the remit of the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) plays adult, full contact American football using NCAA rules – those used in major college football in the USA. Coach O’Leary has the Knights playing at their highest level ever. He took over the program ten years ago and has rebuilt it from the ground up. The Knights’ two signature victories of the season past were against previously undefeated and #8 ranked Louisville, which followed on the heels of their win in Beaver Stadium in September over the Penn State Nittany Lions. UCF (Knights) and Penn State will open their 2014 campaigns August 30 when they meet in the inaugural Croke Park Classic in Dublin, led by two of the most highly regarded college coaches. George O’Leary and Bill O’Brien have previously worked on the same staff at Georgia Tech. It’s shaping up to be a great battle of these two giants of American College Football this August. It will be be the first time that UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States guaranteed to bring huge fanfare and significant travelling support. Croke Park Stadium has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Tickets available from: www.ticketmaster.ie Ukulele Hooley by the Seahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ukulele_HooleyDun Laoghaire will host the Ukulele Hooley by the Sea. It brings together some of the world's best ukulele talent and entertainers to celebrate their love and passion for the tiny instrument that is currently the world's biggest selling instrument. There will be ukulele master classes, a "Grand ukulele public busk" and open air ukulele open mic concert for players who want to show their skills. But the show piece event of the weekend is a FREE day long ukulele concert on Sunday at the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire featuring the some of the best ukulele performers from round the World. For more details check out our website ukulelehooley.com Its a fantastic day out for the whole family and you might win yourself a ukulele in a raffle! 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! DB Sports Summer Cuphttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/DB_Sports_Summer_CupThe DB Sports Summer Cup is a small sided games blitz for football teams from across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Europe for U8's to U12's.  The tournament will run over the August Bank Holiday weekend and there will be a fun zone on site, BBQ, First Aid, changing facilities, entertainment, coffee shop and many other activities for the whole family. All proceeds raised will go towards the Friends of Saint Lukes. For more information click here Street Performance World Championshiphttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Laya_Healthcare_Street_Performance_World_Championship_2014Every year we scour the globe to bring the best international street performers to Ireland to compete for the world champion title. Hold onto your socks and get ready for an action packed FREE festival full to the brim with jaw-dropping jugglers, awe-inspiring acrobats and spine-tingling sword swallowers! Over both weekends, members of the public will vote for their favourite performers on site and the act with the most public votesin total will be crowned the 2014 Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Champion. Entry to the festival is entirely free of charge, with the talented performers, who have dedicated their lives to this amazing art form, asking for a contribution from their audience at the end of each show. Dublin Garden Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/DublinGardenFestivalChrist Church Cathedral is delighted to announce its first ever flower and garden festival.  From Friday 13th until Sunday 15th June 2014, Christ Church Cathedral will be transformed into a stunning floral arcadia with contemporary and classic arrangements designed by some of Ireland’s most talented and award-winning floral artists. Inside, a spectacular array of floral displays will fill the medieval building with colour. What could be more stunning than to witness thousands of flowers displayed in one of the finest cathedrals in Ireland. Visitors will receive  gardening advice from renowned and much loved personalities from the world of gardening and horticulture. Outside, adorning the grounds will be horticultural displays, Irish food produce, urban gardens, birds of prey, unusual animals, craft demonstrations, live entertainment and an outdoor artisan food tent full of gourmet food including afternoon tea.  Each day, a number of talks entitled ‘Gardening With The Experts’ will take place in the Cathedral’s historic South Transept featuring a host of prolific expert gardeners discussing everything from money-saving composting to creating your very own urban garden. Guest speakers will include renowned garden designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin; gardening expert and editor of Garden Heaven, Dermot O’Neill;  world-renowned plants woman, writer, lecturer and broadcaster, Helen Dillon; horticulture expert and celebrity gardener, Gerry Daly and award-winning florist and Chelsea Flower Show medallist Christopher White. A special evensong will be held on Sunday 15 as part of the Garden Festival. The cathedral invites visitors to explore the cathedral in all its floral splendour whilst listening to beautiful choral music performed by the stellar voices of the Cathedral Choir. A beautiful and unforgettable evening awaits all who attend. Whether you are visiting on your own, as a family, with group of friends or even in a coach-full, the Dublin Garden Festival at Christ Church Cathedral can guarantee a fantastic day out. With something for everyone and fun for all the family, don’t miss this unique event right in the heart of the city.  Click here for information Pure Magic Battle for Bay Kite Surfing Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Pure_Magic_Battle_for_Bay_Kite_Surfing_Festival Join Puremagic for a very unique weekend at the beach for the 8th annual Battle For The Bay Dublin Kitesurfing and SUPing Competition. This year there will be a special Battle of Clontarf theme to the event. All ages are welcome and free entry for the young and old! The concept of the battle is very simple - fun, wind, water and fun! The best riders from around the country and around the globe will come and compete in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world - Dollymount Beach! Home to our very own Puremagic gang! What to expect at the Battle for the Bay: Paddle Boarding Competition, Kids Kite Competition, Demonstrations on the beach, Freestyle shows, Kite introductions for the newcomers, Live Music, Food Village & BBQ, Kids Zone and Funfair.     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! Peppa Pig's Big Splashhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Peppa_Pigs_Big_SplashThe nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it - quick!  As they set up a fete to raise the money for the repairs, they'll need your help to make sure everything goes smoothly. Join Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep as they have fun putting up bunting, running stalls and organising a great day out. There's also a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr Potato where everyone gets wet and Peppa needs to find her Golden Boots! Peppa Pig returns live on stage at the Olympia Theatre on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May , with super cute puppets and brilliant sing-along songs in this brand new show that will brighten your day. So grab your wellies and brollies and get splashing! A rollicking, all singing, dancing interactive adventure. - Daily Telegraph A treat for your little one’s eyes and ears. - Daily Express Enjoyably inventive. - Time Out Click here for bookings, showtimes and prices Ten14 Concerts and Easter Workshop Programmehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ten_14_Concertsand_Easter_Workshop_ProgrammeThe Battle of Clontarf 1000th Anniversary! Ten14 Saturday 19th & Monday 21st April @ 2pm and 4pm Join Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad, and celebrated harper Cormac De Barra on a magical musical journey for everyone aged 4 to 104. Easter Workshop Programme Our Easter holiday programme of epic 1014 themed music performances and crafts, stage and music workshops for all ages. Saturday 19th April to Saturday 26th April For more information click here   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     Dublin One City One Bookhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_One_City_One_BookDublin One City One Book is a project designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April. If ever you go to Dublin town In a hundred years or so Inquire for me in Baggot Street  And what I was like to know. ('If Ever You Go to Dublin Town' by Patrick Kavanagh) The Dublin: One City One Book title for 2014 is something completely different yet very Dublin. Dublin City Public Libraries and Dublin: UNESCO City of Literature have announced that 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' will be the One City One Book choice for April 2014. 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. The book is arranged street by street so the reader is continually making new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the City of Words. "This is an exciting first for One City One Book. We expect 'If Ever You Go' to build on the initiative’s success in showcasing great Dublin writing to a wider audience. The poems, songs and ballads in the collection are also ideal for the public readings, performances and theatrical events which animate One City One Book", says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. A full programme of associated events throughout the month of April will intrigue and engage Dubliners and visitors to the city. Click herre for a complete programme of events. 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' will be published in February by Dedalus Press and has the support of The Arts Council and of Poetry Ireland. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth, 'If Ever You Go : a map of Dublin in poetry and song' is a unique volume of writing about Dublin, from early to modern times and will be available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops from February 2014. It includes writing by both historical and contemporary figures, among them Swift, Synge, Yeats, Joyce, Kavanagh and Ó Direáin as well as Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Derek Mahon. There are songs and ballads from the city's colonial past, verses by leaders of the 1916 Rising, and portraits of the modern city with its Spire and Luas tram, its Celtic Tiger 'prosperity' and its post-Celtic Tiger challenges. Dublin: One City One Book is a Dublin City Council Public Libraries’ project organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office with support from Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Click here for more information   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