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October Community Guide

Written by on 30/09/2019

Dublin Theatre Festival

Dublin Theatre Festival 2019 brings world-class theatre to Dublin, supports artists in creating outstanding work and provides a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world!

At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital.


1st – 13th October
Various Locations
Various Prices

Info – theatre-festival.ie

Positive Ageing Week

Age Action supports and advocates for equality and human rights for all older people. Everything they do is based on a recognition of the diversity of identity and situations among older people and a concern for equality for all older people. In addressing ageing, their work includes a concern to influence perspectives on and responses to ageing.

The theme for 2019 focuses on ‘Ageing in Place’. This is ‘the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level’. Ageing in Place is not just for ‘older’ people, it’s for all people who want to ensure their quality of life and live it with dignity.

Positive Ageing Week is about celebrating the older people in our lives and the contribution they make to our families and our communities.


1st – 6th October
Various Locations
Various Prices

Info – positiveageingweek.ie

Generation Games: National Museum workshop

Bring along your granny, your great-auntie or someone in your family and find out about the games they played in the past! An intergenerational workshop looking at games and toys from long ago. Suitable for families with children age 7+.


2nd & 15th October
Charleville Mall Library & Ballyfermot Library
Free, booking required

Info – generation-games.ie

Daniel Sloss: X

Don’t miss Daniel Sloss: X’, the stunning live show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning star of two global smash-hit Netflix specials ‘DARK’ & ‘Jigsaw’. Currently making headlines around the world with his ground-breaking 10th solo show, Daniel has performed on ‘Conan’ a record eight times, sold out his shows across eleven consecutive Edinburgh Fringe seasons (the world’s biggest arts festival where he’s been one of the biggest comedy ticket sellers for the past 9 years) and performed four solo off-Broadway seasons!


3rd October
Vicar Street

Info – Daniel-Sloss.ie

Arabic Film Festival

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan and Film Director Zahara Moufid’s  sixth annual Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) will open on Friday, October 4th at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in Dublin’s Temple Bar. The festival has been developed in partnership with the IFI and is again presented by Dubai Duty Free.
This year’s festival will include six films, five of which will be shown at the IFI and one at the Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle. Films showing over the festival at the IFI include the opening film The reports on Sarah and Saleem, a drama about affaire of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension.  Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff The Poetess will screen on the Saturday the 5th followed by The  Day I Lost My Shadow  by  Soudade Kaadan. And lots more!


4th – 6th October
Irish Film Institute & Chester Beatty Library
Various Prices

Info – dublinarabicfilmfestival.ie

Spud Fest

A SPUDtacular Family Day Out in the Walled Garden! To pay homage to the spud and this coming National Potato Day, North Dublin’s spud farmers, Country Crest and Keogh’s Farm have joined forces with Fingal County Council and Newbridge House and Farm to create a great family day out packed to the brim with spudantics!

Take part in a host of spudtastic games to be in with a chance to win some spuddy great prizes, including the Potato Pallet Maze, the Spud and Spoon Race, Spud of War, Spud Sack Race, Spud-Toss, and more. Enjoy live music by DB Sound Collective!


5th October
Newbridge House
Free, registration required 

Info – spudfest.ie


Join The Whistleberries in the treetops where a toe-tapping, tale-telling, hip-shaking hooley awaits!
Deeply rooted in Irish traditional music, TREEHOUSE is a unique music and puppetry performance for families that is sure to have everyone singing along.  With mesmerising melodies on whistles, uilleann pipes, guitar, keyboard, and fiddle, you can look forward to a wonderfully interactive big band show that will have audiences of all ages hooked!


6th October
National Concert Hall – The Studio

Info – treehouse-nch.ie

Red Line Book Festival

Held in October each year, the Red Line Book Festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. The festival takes place in various venues across South Dublin County and is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.

There is also a children’s book festival, so don’t miss out on that!


7th – 13th October
Various Places
Various Prices

Info – redlinebookfestival.ie


Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged Burgers.

After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers. How they’re made, how they feel, and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin. This show is the climax of their obsession – exploring how trans bodies survive and how, by them reclaiming an act of violence, we can address our own complicity.

Carving out a place for themselves as one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, Alabanza presents a performance that is timely, unsettling and powerful.


9th -12th October
Smock Alley Theatre
Various Prices

Info – smockalley-burgerz.ie

The Haircut!

Labhraidh Loingseach has a secret. He wears his hair long and he has it cut only once a year. Once a year on the same night in the same place and in the same style. But never by the same barber. The Haircut is a cautionary tale with a live musical soundtrack. It’s a fairytale remixed and retold. It’s a play about secrets and about creativity stifled. About fighting for what you believe in and standing up to power. About music and magic and hair. For ages 8+.


10th October – 2nd November
The Ark

Info – thehaircut-ark.ie

Line Dancing Lessons!

Trying to get more active and still have fun while doing it?! Then you should definitely try Line Dancing!
A line dance is a choreographed, type of country and western dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows, executing the steps at the same time.

Everyone is welcomed! Too book please contact the reception on 01 459 0770. Tea and coffee will also be provided!


10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October
2 – 4pm, Dominic’s Community Centre 

Info – dominicscc.ie

Open House Dublin

Open House Dublin – Explore Ireland’s Biggest Architecture Festival with over 150 free tours & events! Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public, and buildings of architectural merit, open their doors for one weekend with architectural tours provided by expert guides. The majority of the tours are on a first come first served basis so just turn up during the listed opening times and join the next available tour.


11th – 13th October 
Irish Architecture Foundation

Info – openhouse.ie

Comic Arts Festival

The Dublin Comic Arts Festival is a quarterly series of small press comic book events celebrating its 3rd year running with events in April, July, October and December.

DCAF is a small press comic book event, created to showcase local comic creators and celebrate the spectrum of Irish sequential art. The small press comic scene has been growing in Ireland for years, but Irish comic creators often travel across the globe to find Comic Arts Festivals to exhibit their work. We feel it’s time for some Comic Arts Festivals closer to home!


12th October
Chocolate Factory Dublin

Info – dublincomicarts.ie

Dublin Food & Drink Festival

DublinTown Food & Drink Festival is adding more to the table of contents to give food and drink lovers a bigger festival menu.

The city centre’s restaurants, bars, cafés, bistros and hotels have concocted a programme of events that highlight the city’s amazing food and drink offerings. Dublin City itself has a wealth of talent behind the scenes and this festival aims to bring a bigger spotlight to their skills. 2018 marked the inaugural year of the newest festival to hit the streets of Dublin. The 2019 festival promises to be bigger and better and we can’t wait for you all to experience the city through this gastronomic programme!


14th – 20th October
Dublin City, County Dublin
Various Prices

Info – dublintown-food-drink-festival.ie

New Fish Musical

New Fish A Musical, a new original musical, will have its World Premiere this October 15-19th in Smock Alley Theatre’s Main Space. After three years of development, including support by Fishamble’s New Play Clinic and Scene and Heard Festival, New Fish A Musical is ready for a full production.

When Dublin girl Anna moves to London ready to make a splash in the West End and finds herself waiting tables instead of waiting in the wings, she struggles to come to terms with the reality of the industry.

A story about finding your place in the world when you have lost your way; how friends are the family you make yourself and when things seem just beyond your reach, it’s time to slay it.


15th – 19th October
Smock Alley Theatre

Info – newfish-musical.ie

Gala Reading of Crime Fiction in Irish

Crime fiction is one of the most popular literary genres in Irish, and tonight IMRAM presents a gala reading of three new novels. In Tairngreacht by Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird, we follow the exploits of Conchúir Uí Bhraonáin as he uncovers ancient prophecies in the heart of the Vatican which reveal secrets and skullduggery that threaten the very existence of the Catholic Church. Set in the dawn of the Celtic Tiger, Celia de Fréine’s Cur i gCéill tells the tale of psychiatrist Cass Uí Chaoimh as she helps the Guards hunt the murderer of her daughter’s friend, Niamh. In Mícheál Ó Ruairc’s Fianaise, a serial killer is on the loose, preying on lapdancers in Dublin and Cork. Will detective Cathal ‘Kojak’ Ó Cearúil succeed in apprehending the Elusive Pimpernel or will his reign of terror continue?


16th October
Smock Alley Theatre

Info – crimefiction-irishreading.ie

Greek Film Festival

Dublin Greek Film Festival 2019 – Features, documentaries and short films along with special events in top cultural venues of Dublin. The aim of the Festival is to promote Greek culture through a variety of films and events and show links between Ireland and Greece.

The Festival will showcase the latest films by both internationally established directors and emerging filmmakers, who are currently producing many of the most dynamic, innovative and provocative films in the world.


17th October
Various Locations
Various Prices

Info – greek-film-festival.ie

Blood Wedding

A wedding is arranged. An agreement is made between Bride and Bridesgroom. Their union is blessed. But when the Bride breaks the rules and desire takes over, there is a price to pay. Set in the dry Spanish plains, Blood Wedding explores what happens when conventions try to stop natural instincts. When the dryness of the land fuels the heat inside the heart. In a village where tradition, blood ties and the land are sacred, a woman’s love, lust and desire must be crushed. So when a Bride breaks all the rules, a merry wedding turns into a hunt. The village’s honour must be restored and the land asks for the spilling of blood.


18th October
The Lir
€12 – €17

Info – theatre-bloodwedding.ie

Yoga Brunch

An inclusive wellness event for all ages in the heart of Dublin. Start your Sunday morning in Dublin with a relaxing Hatha Yoga class in the beautiful Glass House, in House on Leeson Street.

After, enjoy a scrumptious brunch whilst soaking up the atmosphere in one of Dublin’s finest lounges. You’ll also receive a free memento to take home.


AND the best part…. this is a non profit event, all profits go to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. So why not make a difference whilst enjoying a yoga brunch with your pals.

All equipment provided…all you have to do is show up!


20th October
House Dublin, 27 Leeson Street Lower

Info – yoga-brunch.ie

Dolphins Barn Library Creative Writing Group

Are you a creative writer and want to get some feedback from other people with the same passion?

Twice a month the library has given you a quite space. Where you can meet up with a supportive group of other writers and share your texts and get inspired by other peoples texts!


22nd October
7 – 10pm, Dolphin’s Barn Library

Info – dolphins-barn-library.ie

OMG We're going Dutch

With over 1000 Irish students now registered on degree programmes, taught through English, in Dutch universities, the universities themselves are starting to notice.

On foot of a recent series successful OMG events, accross the country, organised by EUNiCAS, Dutch universities are visiting Dublin, to speak to prospective Irish students and their families. Importantly, Irish students, currently studying in the Netherlands, will be available for a chat on the night.


23rd October
Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown

Info – omg-were-going-dutch.ie

Grey Matter Ballet

Ballet project presents two new and original new works choreographed by Lauren Speirs.  Rational Creatures and Ensnared (Choreography collaboration with Fiona Kania) features five professional female ballet dancers and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zoe Keating and Max Richter.  Rational Creatures explores the topic from a more classical, storytelling point of view while Ensnared examines persuasion from a more abstract, contemporary vantage. Suitable for ages 3+!


24th – 26th October
Smock Alley Theatre

Info – smockalley-greymatter.ie

Bram Stoker Festival

One of Dublin’s most anticipated festivals, and now one of its biggest, with more than 80,000 attendees in 2018, Bram Stoker Festival will once again thrill and terrify Dubliners and visitors with a packed programme celebrating the legacy of one of Ireland’s most treasured authors this October Bank Holiday Weekend. Brought to life by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland, Bram Stoker Festival today revealed its full programme of deadly adventures over four days and nights; from a séance held in complete darkness to daring new theatre, a spectacle on water, dress-up film screenings, a devilishly delicious food trail, a haunted Instagram adventure, a Victorian pop-up fun park for families and much, much more.


25th – 28th October
Various Locations
Various Prices

Info – bramstokerfestival.ie

Masterclass with Jay Blades

BBC TV presenter Jay Blades is coming to Dublin for the first time to host an upcycling masterclass on Saturday the 26th of October. Jay is best known for hosting The Repair Shop and Money for Nothing on BBC.

During this masterclass, Jay will be demonstrating his most popular upcycling techniques. Attendees will be able to view the demonstrations and there will also be a Q&A session during the masterclass.

There is a limited number of tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment.


26th October
The Rediscovery Centre

Info – masterclass-with-jay-blades.ie

The Addams Family Halloween Dinner

On the 30th & 31st of October Morticia, Gomez, Fester and Lurch will be here to meet and greet you as you arrive to their home for the evening … but nothing is quite as it seems…

You’ll enjoy a three course meal as the Addams family host the dinner just make sure you check your soup for any … EYE BALLS! Some of the delicious dishes on our menu include Devils on Horseback, Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog.. Yummy!

This delightfully unique Halloween event is perfect for all the family plus you can add bed and breakfast and spend the night!


30th – 31th October
Pillo Hotel Ashbourne
€19.50 – €37.50

Info – halloween-dinner.ie

Harry Potter: Write for the Daily Prophet Journalism Workshop

Welcome to Bewitching Blanchardstown, the only place in Dublin 15 where you can get a chance to write for the Daily Prophet!

Blanchardstown’s Daily Prophet is recruiting reporters for one afternoon only! Come along and be part of the magic. Suitable for 11+ year olds.

This is the perfect activity to really feel that halloween mood!


31th October
2 – 3.30pm, Blanchardstown Library

Info – harry-potter-daily-prophet.ie

Halloween Camps for Kids

Are you looking for some fun activities for your children October mid-term holidays? If so, come join our Education team and get involved in some terrifying Hallowe’en hands-on activities!

The Hallowe’en Camp includes a variety of fun and educational activities, games, experiments and arts & crafts to stimulate children’s curiosity and interest in the world around us. Over the 4 days the kids will be busy hunting for spiders and other creepy crawlers in our hedgerows, picking and carving gruesome pumpkins grown in our own vegetable garden, making mini-scarecrows as well as lots of spooky arts & crafts. Fancy dresses made out of recycled materials and a ghoulish team challenge will culminate in a horrifying finale on the Friday, so book early to avoid disappointment!

The Hallowe’en camps are suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years old.


29th October – 1st November
The Rediscovery Centre, The Boiler House
€100 – €125

Info – halloween-camp.ie

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