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What’s On In Dublin In September

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Dublin has no shortage of options this September, with a selection of festivals highlighting the best of Irish food, music, theatre and film. The city will also welcome award-winning international comedians, theatre companies and musicians over the course of the month; you can also watch the events of the biggest day of the Irish sporting calendar unfold.


Clontarf Castle | ©IvanWalsh/Flickr / Dessert | ©Pixabay / Uma Thurman | ©Davide Moroni/Flickr / Dia Dhuit poster | Courtesy of MART

Clontarf Castle | © IvanWalsh/Flickr / Dessert | © Pixabay / Uma Thurman | © Davide Moroni/Flickr / Dia Dhuit poster | Courtesy of The MART gallery

ART | Discover The Next Louis Le Brocquy At The MART Gallery

📅  Thursday, August 18th – Saturday, September 3rd

This group exhibition from eight of Ireland’s most talented young artists is titled Dia Dhuit – the Gaelic translation of ‘Hello’ – in reference to their emergence into the ‘real’ art world. Their first show since their well-received National College of Art and Design graduate showcase, it provides a fascinating insight into what to expect from the Irish artists of tomorrow.

Free entry

📍 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6, Ireland


FOOD | Treat Your Tastebuds At Neven Maguire’s Food Fest

📅  Thursday, September 1st

Neven Maguire, one Ireland’s most prominent chefs, established this new food festival in memory of his late mother, Vera. On the grounds of the beautiful Clontarf Castle Hotel, foodies will be able to explore stalls from Ireland’s best artisan producers and watch a three-course cooking demonstration by Neven himself. Proceeds go the St. James’s Hospital Target Lung Cancer appeal.

Tickets: €21.94

📍 Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland


FILM | Party At Pulp Fiction Night At The Sugar Club

📅   Friday, September 2nd – Saturday September 3rd

The Sugar Club’s fancy dress screening parties are always legendary, but their Pulp Fiction Nights look set to be particularly memorable. This plush, vintage-style theatre will host special screenings of the influential film over two nights, with viewings followed by a live performance of the soundtrack and a late-night DJ set sampling music from Tarantino’s other films.

Tickets: €10- €15

📍  8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland



COMEDY |  Meet Comedy’s Favourite Married Couple At The Olympia Theatre

📅   Tuesday, September 6th

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally – two of American comedy’s funniest performers, who happen to be married to each other – will take to the Olympia stage in ‘Summer of 69: No Apostrophe’, a comedy-variety show that plays on perceptions about their celebrated love story and their reputation for being provocative.

Tickets: €45.55

📍 72 Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland


FESTIVAL | Eat, Drink And Be Merry At The Irish Craft Beer Festival

📅  Thursday, September 8th – Saturday, September 10th

The 6th annual Irish Craft Beer Festival will again present a celebration of the best of Irish brewing at the RDS, with panel discussions, meet-the-brewer events, live music and incredible food. Sample over 300 different kinds of beer, cider and whiskey, listen to live DJs and meet fellow connoisseurs at Ireland’s largest craft beer festival.

Tickets: €10-€15

📍  Anglesea Road, Dublin 4, Ireland


FILM | Be Ahead Of The Crowd At The Irish Film Institute

📅   Thursday, September 8th

A one-night-only cinema event, One More Time With Feeling is a conceptual documentary about the making of the new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Skeleton Key. Showing in theatres across the world the night before the album’s release, it will give die-hard fans an opportunity to hear the tracks before anyone else.

Tickets: €9.50

📍 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Ireland 


MUSIC | Appreciate Modern Irish Music At Dublin Utilitarian Church

📅  Saturday, September 10th

Folk ‘n’ roll duo Morrissey and Marshall have been creating a buzz since the release of their debut album, And So It Began. Their fans – a list that includes singer Damien Dempsey and actor Cillian Murphy – are eagerly awaiting this live show at Dublin Utilitarian Church, ahead of their second album later this year.

Tickets: €15

📍 112 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland


FOOD | Celebrate Healthy Eating At Dublin Vegfest

📅  Sunday, September 11th

Dublin Vegfest brings together the realms of wellness, lifestyle and food, with stalls by vegan producers, natural and cruelty-free products, demos on vegan cooking for kids, amazing plant-based food and drinks (even vegan beer), poetry and musical performances and a host of other activities.

Tickets: €9

📍 Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8, Ireland



THEATRE | Get Patriotic With A Thought-Provoking Play

📅   Monday, September 12th – Tuesday, September 13th

Honouring those who died in the 1916 rising, On Sackville Street was written by a teacher at Mount Sackville secondary school and is acted by its students. The event and its outcomes are discussed in two classrooms – one in 1916 and one in 2016 – while the seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic act as a fourth wall.

Tickets: €11

📍 Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15, Ireland


MUSIC | Remember A Legend At The Bord Gais Energy Theatre

📅   Wednesday, September 14th – Saturday, September 17th

A musical tribute to the life of the iconic revolutionary, Mandela Trilogy by Cape Town Opera is told in three parts by a cast of over 60 South African performers, fusing traditional African tribal music with jazz and modern opera and featuring the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets: €30- €65

📍 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland


FESTIVAL | Push Boundaries With RIOT At The Tiger Dublin Fringe

📅  Wednesday, September 14th – Sunday, September 25th

The 2016 Tiger Dublin Fringe (September 10th–25th) promises to be ‘the boldest, wildest and most spectacular yet.’ The multidisciplinary arts festival will cram as much as possible into its 16-day run, but if you only see one show, make it RIOT by THISISPOPBABY – an effervescent blend of comedy, drag, theatre and circus at the Spiegeltent in Merrion Square.

Tickets: €18-€26

📍 Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2, Ireland


DESIGN | Experience Architectural Perfection As Part Of Culture Night

📅   Friday, September 16th

Culture Night is one of the biggest arts festivals of the year, where arts and cultural organisations nationwide stay open late one night for free events, talks and performances. The 18th-century ‘casino’ in Marino, described as ‘a small and perfect example of Neo-Classical architecture’, will be open all evening for free tours.

Free entry

📍 Marino, Dublin 3, Ireland


SPORT | Wave Your County Colours At The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

📅  Sunday, September 18th

The pinnacle of competitive Gaelic football, the All-Ireland Senior Final determines who will win the coveted Sam Maguire Cup. Held at Croke Park, it generally attracts crowds of over 80,000. If defending champions Dublin are lucky enough to be in the final, the atmosphere will be even more electric.

Tickets: TBC

📍 Jones’ Rd, Dublin 3, Ireland



Dolores O'Riordan | ©Dolitsa/WikiCommons / Rocky Road To Dublin | Courtesy of IFI Documentary Festival / Crowd | Incase/Flickr / Making A Murderer | ©Richard Dwyer/Youtube

Dolores O’Riordan | © Dolitsa/WikiCommons / Rocky Road To Dublin | Courtesy of IFI Documentary Festival / Crowd | © Incase/Flickr / Making A Murderer | © Richard Dwyer/Youtube

MUSIC | Watch Musical Heroes Come Together At Whelan’s

📅  Monday, September 19th

The ‘unlikely collaboration’ D.A.R.K. consists of The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, New York DJ and producer Olé Koretsky and Ireland’s own Dolores O’Riordan. This Whelan’s show comes just ten days after the release of their debut album, Science Agrees, on September 9th.

Tickets: €23

📍 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2, Ireland


POLITICS | Discuss Criminal Justice With The Stars Of Making A Murderer

📅  Friday, September 23rd

Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, the legal team that defended Steven Avery of the hit Netflix true crime series Making A Murderer, will be at Vicar Street for two nights to talk about the case and its aftermath. Saturday’s event is already sold out, but there are a few tickets left for Friday evening – if you loved the show, get them quickly.

Tickets: €40.50

📍 58-59 Thomas St, Dublin 8, Ireland


FESTIVAL | Support Independent Artists At Canalaphonic Music & Arts Festival

📅  Friday, September 23rd – Saturday, September 24th

After the success of its inaugural outing last year, Canalaphonic will return to Portobello and Rathmines this September, shining a spotlight on the best of Irish independent music and arts. The main stage will be at Leinster Cricket Club, with 25 total participating venues throughout Dublin, including The Bernard Shaw and a stage at the National Concert Quarter’s ‘Vaults’.

Free entry

📍 Leinster Cricket Club, 1 Observatory Lane, Dublin 6, Ireland


FILM | Encounter The Ireland Of The 1960s At The IFI Documentary Festival

📅   Saturday, September 24th

This year’s Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival will include 1967’s Rocky Road to Dublin by Irish journalist Peter Lennon. Returning from Paris to cover the Dublin Film Festival, Lennon set out to investigate claims that Ireland was culturally changing for the better. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Paul Duane and Blindboy Boatclub of comedy hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits.

Tickets: €12

📍 6 Eustace St, Dublin 2, Ireland



DESIGN | Flex Your Imagination At Dublin Castle

📅  Wednesday, September 28th

Dublin Castle will be reimagined at this experimental sculpture workshop for adults guided by Irish artist Doireann Ni Ghrioghair. Using photography and 3D models, and toying with form and colour, she will guide workshop attendees through a lesson in architectural subversion.

Free entry, register at Eventbrite

📍 Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland


COMEDY | Split Your Sides With Daniel Sloss At Whelan’s

📅   Thursday, September 29th

Once known for being the teen prodigy of comedy, Daniel Sloss hasn’t stopped breaking records. Having performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time at 17, the award-winning Scottish comedian will bring his new show SO? to Whelan’s for one night only.

Tickets: €20.25

📍 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2, Ireland


FESTIVAL | Watch Mozart Go Modern At Dublin Theatre Festival

📅  Thursday, September 29th

The 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival (September 29th–October 16th) includes this much-anticipated new translation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opera through an Irish lens, produced by Opera Theatre Company and written by Roddy Doyle.

Tickets: €20- €50

📍 The Gaiety Theatre, South King St, Dublin 2, Ireland