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What’s On In Dublin In October

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Updated: 7 October 2016
October promises to be a busy month in Dublin, with new cocktail bars opening, autumnal festivals closing and a whole host of Halloween-themed events taking over the city. In costume or not, here are the events you definitely don’t want to miss over the coming weeks.


FESTIVAL | Enjoy A Beer And A Bratwurst At Oktoberfest Dublin

📅 Thursday, September 15th – Sunday, October 2nd

Catch the last two days of Dublin’s Oktoberfest, which runs for 18 days every autumn. A mini-recreation of Munich’s annual fair, the festival brings German culture to the city centre in full force. Expect fairground games, live music and, of course, the best native German food and drink. Try some authentic bratwurst, sauerkraut, or Burgundian ham along with one of many beers on offer (non-alcoholic beer is also available).

Free Entry

📍 George’s Dock, International Financial Services Centre, North Wall, Dublin 1, Ireland

MUSIC | Hear Obie Trice Rap At The Academy

📅 Saturday, October 1st

Songwriter and rapper Obie Trice worked with Eminem in the 2000s, rapping on the 8 Mile soundtrack and even appearing briefly in the film. His 2003 album Cheers, on Eminem’s record label, Shady Records, went platinum. This Dublin gig is part of his European Hangover tour and comes as the rapper prepares to release his 5th studio album sometime before the end of the year.

Tickets: €20

📍 57 Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1, Ireland

THEATRE & TELEVISION | Reminisce With A British Talk Show Legend At The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

📅 Sunday, October 2nd

Sir Michael Parkinson is a giant of British television, having hosted his own highly successful talk show for 20 years. ‘Parky’ – as he is affectionately known – will be in Dublin for one night only, for an evening of conversation and a highlight reel of his favourite moments from his long and celebrated career. The TV legend will be interviewed by his own son, Mike, and discuss his plans for the upcoming years.

Tickets: €20-€37.50

📍 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland


MUSIC & THEATRE | Celebrate John Lennon At The Olympia Theatre

📅 Monday, October 3rd

Lennon Through A Glass Onion is an exploration of the genius of the Beatles’ John Lennon. The show arrives at the Olympia having already enjoyed a successful run off-Broadway in New York and at The Epstein Theatre in the band’s hometown of Liverpool. Described as ‘part-concert, part-biography’, it features 31 John Lennon-penned and co-penned hits including ‘Imagine’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.

Tickets: €28.90

📍 72 Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland

FILM | Try Not To Cry Watching The Elephant Man At The Lighthouse Cinema

📅 Wednesday, October 5th

The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield are running a David Lynch season until December, celebrating the 70-year-old director’s illustrious career in surrealist cinema. A historical drama about a deformed man living in the 19th century, The Elephant Man (1980) was a huge success, garnering eight Academy Award nominations. With performances by John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, this heart-wrenching film deserves the big-screen treatment.

Tickets: €8-€10

📍 Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland

COMEDY | Get Silly At The Academy With The Janoskians

📅 Saturday, October 8th

Youthful YouTube comedy group the Janoskians (an acronym for Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation Skip) have over two million YouTube subscribers, which may explain how they have pulled off two world tours and sold out London’s Wembley Arena in recent years. Irish mega-fans of these professional pranksters from Melbourne have the option to purchase a pricey VIP ‘All Access Super Hug ’n’ Hang Package’ for this Dublin performance.

Tickets: €32.50-€335

📍 57 Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1, Ireland

ART | Let The Kids Create Their Own Viking At Christchurch Cathedral

📅 Saturday, October 8th

The author of the children’s picture book Brian and the Vikings, illustrator and designer Mark Wickham is highly qualified to teach this immersive one hour Viking Character Workshop. The drawing class will allow kids aged six to ten to create their own unique character within the inspiring setting of a church founded by the Vikings themselves. Tickets are free but must be pre-booked by email. All materials will be provided on arrival.

Cathedral admission fee: €2-€15

📍 Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland

FOOD & DRINK | Try Dublin’s Newest Cocktail Bar Before Anyone Else

📅 Sunday, October 9th

Drop Dead Twice is an innovative new cocktail bar set to open in Dublin during October. Pioneering the concept of a Bring Your Own Cocktail bar, the venue are offering 50 members of the public the opportunity to try it out five days before they officially open. Attendees simply register for the event, bring along a bottle of their favourite spirit on the night, and the bar’s mixologists will craft a bespoke cocktail just for you.

Free Entry

📍 Tivoli Backstage, 18-19 Francis Street, Dublin 8, Ireland


MUSIC | Listen To Some Sitar At The National Concert Hall

📅 Wednesday, October 12th

The daughter of the internationally renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and half-sister of American singer Norah Jones, Anoushka Shankar has come to be recognised as an incredibly talented musician in her own right. In 2003, she was the first woman and the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Grammy in the World Music category. This concert will be her first in Dublin.

Tickets: €20-€50

📍 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland

THEATRE | Go See A Beckett One-Man Show At The O’Reilly Theatre

📅 Wednesday, October 12th – Sunday, October 16th

Running over the last few days of the Dublin Theatre Festival’s 18-day programme (September 29th – October 16th), First Love is an interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s novella of the same name acted by Barry McGovern, the Irish actor well known for his one-man Beckett shows. The story is a dark tale of a man having become homeless after his father’s death, and falling in a version of love with a woman he meets on a park bench.

Tickets: €20- €25

📍 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

FESTIVAL | Plot Your Best-Seller At Red Line Book Festival

📅 Wednesday, October 12th – Sunday, October 16th

This year’s Red Line Book Festival will see a programme of exciting events for lovers of literature taking place all across South Dublin, including a discussion in the evening with Ireland’s best crime writers, talks on how to get published, an open mic night for poets, prose writers, songwriters and comedians, a Gruffalo-themed fun day for children and many more. With places limited for many of the free workshops and activities, make sure to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: €0-€20

📍 Various locations across South Dublin

FILM | Reflect On Internet Culture With Werner Herzog And The Irish Film Institute

📅 Thursday, October 13th

The Irish Film Institute will host a screening of Werner Herzog’s new documentary Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, in which the director explores the effects of the internet on modern culture in the form of a ten-part film essay. The screening will be followed by a live satellite Q&A session with Herzog himself.

Tickets: TBC

📍 6 Eustace St, Dublin 2, Ireland

ARCHITECTURE | Get Inside Dublin’s Finest Buildings At Open House Dublin

📅 Friday, October 14th – Sunday, October 16th

This year’s Open House Dublin celebration of Irish architecture will focus strongly on the 1916 centenary, exploring directly how Dublin’s finest buildings reflect our history and culture. The 2016 event will aim to ‘tell the story through a contemporary lens of how cities are created and developed over time’, opening some of the city’s most important buildings up to the public for one weekend.

Free entry

📍 Various locations


MUSIC | Marvel At A Le Butcherettes Performance At The Workman’s Club

📅 Wednesday, October 19th

The charismatic lead singer of Mexican garage-punk band Le Butcherettes, Teri Gender Bender, has drawn comparisons to Bjork and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who they opened for at shows in Monterrey and Guadalajara in 2010. Famous for wacky, provocative live shows that have been known to include bloodied aprons and pigs’ heads, this award-winning group are sure to shake things up with their show at The Workman’s Club.

Tickets: €16

📍 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland

THEATRE | Go On A Global Adventure With Bear Grylls At The 3Arena

📅 Wednesday, October 19th

TV adventurer Bear Grylls’s latest adventure is an innovative live arena spectacular, in which the man himself and an expert stunt crew will lead an interactive expedition across the world. Endeavour: Your Adventure Awaits will use a combination of video mapping technology and high-tech special effects to draw the audience into the action like never before, without ever leaving their seats.

Tickets: €39.05-€81

📍 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland

FESTIVAL | Rediscover A Love Of Language With The Dublin Lingo Festival

📅 Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 23rd

Ireland’s only spoken word festival, Lingo came into being in 2014, the brainchild of a team of art curators, promoters and spoken word artists. Taking place over three days in venues across Dublin, the festival will showcase performers like American hip-hop artist and spoken word poet Sage Francis and Galway poet Sarah Clancy, winner of The Bogman’s Cannon Irish People’s Poetry Prize 2015.

Tickets: €67.50 for a weekend pass

📍 Various locations

ART | Meet The Artist Behind The Europa Exhibition At IMMA

📅 Saturday, October 22nd

Multitalented Palestinian artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir will give a one-hour talk on her Europa survey exhibition, which will run at the Irish Museum of Modern Art for several months (October 21, 2016 – February 5, 2017). The exhibition is a diverse collection of artworks in different media, including film, drawings, sculpture, installations and photography, all exploring themes of transformation and resistance.

Free entry

📍 Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland


DESIGN | Appreciate Scandinavian Craftsmanship At Nordic Makers

📅 Wednesday, October 26th – Thursday, November 17th

Voted one of Ireland’s best home and design shops by Irish Times readers, Nordic Makers in Dún Laoghaire are set to follow the success of their Solo Irish ’16 exhibition series with a celebration of design from the Nordic region. Nordic Now will run for just over a month at the retailer’s beautifully minimalist store, highlighting the emerging designers and small studios who are ‘redefining Nordic design’.

Free Entry

📍 The Lighthouse, George’s Street Lower, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland

FILM | Get Into The Halloween Spirit At The IFI Horrorthon

📅 Thursday, October 27th – Monday, October 31st

The Irish Film Institute’s annual Horrorthon spotlights the best Irish and international horror films over five days just in time for Halloween. Their 2016 programme was still under wraps at the time of writing, but last year’s high points included a late-night Wes Craven double feature and several screenings of South African director Richard Stanley’s work.

Tickets: TBC

📍 6 Eustace St, Dublin 2, Ireland

MUSIC | Experience A New Interpretation Of Dracula At The National Concert Hall

📅 Saturday, October 29th

Dublin-born Bram Stoker basically created the modern conception of the vampire in his novel Dracula, so it seems only right that a festival honouring his literary legacy would take place at Halloween. Featuring four nights of ‘deadly adventures’, this year’s Bram Stoker Festival will offer a live screening of the 1931 Dracula film accompanied by a dramatic new score, performed live at the National Concert Hall.

Tickets: €22-€27

📍Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland

FESTIVAL | Celebrate All Things Scary At the Horror Expo Ireland 2016

📅 Sunday, October 30th – Monday, October 31st

Set within the grand surroundings of the Freemason’s Grand Lodge, the Horror Expo Ireland 2016 will run from 2pm to 2am, hosting horror-related panels and Q&A sessions with people like Professor Darryl Jones – Dean of Arts in Trinity College and a true gothic literature buff – and Stephen Jones, the award-winning English horror editor and author. There will also be a discussion (and quite possibly a demonstration) of paranormal research, and a screening of a new film by the Academy Award-winning Dublin production company, Fantastic Films.

Tickets: €42.43

📍 17 Molesworth St, Dublin 2, Ireland