Messiah on the Street
📅 Thursday, April 13th
As part of the MusicTown festival, Easter celebrations will kick off early in Dublin, with a live street performance celebrating the 275th Anniversary of the world premiere of Handel’s Messiah – first performed at the Great Music Hall in Dublin’s Fishamble Street on April 13, 1742. At the free Messiah on the Street event, Our Lady’s Choral Society will sing parts of the famous oratorio, accompanied by The Dublin Handelian Orchestra.
Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore at the Ark
📅 Wednesday, April 12th – Wednesday, April 26th
This Easter holiday, The Ark Cultural Centre for Children in Dublin’s Temple Bar is hosting performances of Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore – a play by the leading children’s theatre group in the UK. Based around a trip to the seaside, the show is suitable for children aged three and up, and has been garnering rave reviews far and wide – The Guardian called it a ‘stupidly lovely show… that offers a child’s eye view of the world and all its mysteries’.
Easter Services at Christ Church Cathedral
📅 Friday, April 14th – Sunday, April 16th
The Viking-founded Christ Church Cathedral is an awe-inspiring place to experience an Easter service in Dublin. On Good Friday, the liturgy will be sung by the cathedral choir – famous for being one of Ireland’s finest choirs – in the afternoon, while on Saturday evening an Easter Vigil will begin at 9pm. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with an Easter Day Festival Eucharist, again sung by the Cathedral Choir, accompanied by the Christ Church Brass Ensemble.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt in aid of Barnardo’s
📅 Friday, April 14th – Saturday, April 15th
For better or worse, chocolate is now a major part of how we celebrate Easter – but at least you can eat your eggs for a good cause. This Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th will see Merrion Square taken over by an enormous easter egg hunt, organised by Cadbury chocolate makers to raise funds for Barnardo’s Children’s Charity. Tickets are €20 per family of four or €5 per extra individual, and all proceeds go directly to the charity.
Rave with the Easter Bunny
📅 Saturday, April 15th
Morning Gloryville are holding another morning weekend rave in Dublin this easter weekend, where Michael Pope from Dublin-based electronic band Le Galaxie will take charge of the decks. At an underground ballroom in the city centre, an MC in an Easter bunny costume will be handing out goodies while morning ravers dance to ‘techno, house, disco, classic anthems, cheese and everything in between’. With free yoga, free massage, face painting and lots of other extras, it promises to be a memorable celebration. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Croke Park Easter Egg Trail
📅 Wednesday, April 12th – Monday, April 17th
The GAA Museum and Croke Park stadium are hosting several of their own easter egg hunts, which double as tours of the grounds. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at the players’ lounge and dressing rooms, plus a visit to the top of the stadium to take in the full view. Little ones can solve clues to find tokens they can later use to claim easter eggs. They will also be treated to a look around the GAA Museum, led by Cluasóg the Irish hare – leader of their new ‘junior explorer route’ for young children.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
📅 Sunday, April 16th
The Deerpark public park will be converted into the setting of a weird and wonderful Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Easter Sunday – a free event with tea cup rides, croquet, giant chess and a host of other Alice in Wonderland themed activities. At the party, kids can make themselves a suitably mad hat, participate in an Easter egg hunt, and interact with characters from the book. Families are invited to either bring their own picnic or purchase tea and cakes on-site.
The Farmleigh Easter Programme
📅 Sunday, April 16th – Monday, April 17th
At Farmleigh, the elegant Irish State guest house, this easter will be marked with a fun programme of family events including food and craft markets, puppet shows, live music storytelling and falconry displays. There will also be an easter-themed ‘Giant’s Garden’ to explore. For the adults, there will be the option to visit the Farmleigh gallery and its current exhibition, Parks, Our Shared Heritage: The Phoenix Park, Dublin and The Royal Parks, London.
Cruinniú na Cásca
📅 Monday, April 17th
Cruinniú na Cásca is a brand-new major cultural event celebrating Easter, set to take place on Easter Monday from 11am to 7pm across four distinct ‘zones’ of Dublin city. Custom House Quay, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle and Smithfield will all have multiple creative events taking place, from live graffiti battles to poetry performances to ‘mini craft villages’ to musical entertainment and everything in between. See their website for full details.
Dublin Choral Foundation: In Your Easter Bonnet
📅 Monday, April 17th
The youth choirs of the Dublin Choral Foundation will be doing an uplifting walking tour through the city on Easter Monday, singing famous songs as they go. Try to catch a glimpse of them along their route, which will begin at Wolfe Tone Square at midday. From there, the choirs will carry on through the Italian Quarter, across the Millennium Bridge into Temple Bar, ending up in South King Street.