Autumn leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter. There are some brilliant free events happening in the Capital this month. So if you are looking for things to do in Dublin this October, then read on….
Story-Time in Clondalkin
Tuesdays in October
The libraries across Dublin have a terrific programme of events for all ages this Autumn. Each Tuesday in Clondalkin library, children aged 3-6 years old are invited to listen to a story and participate in some arts and crafts. A perfect way to while away an afternoon. Find out more here.
The Busker Fleadh in Smithfield
Smithfield Square is always a hive of activity at the weekends. And on the first Sunday in October, a variety of busking acts from around the country will perform for the public. The atmosphere should be fantastic. The lineup of performers will cover a range of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds, including the inspiring High Hopes Choir. Find out more here
Oct 4 -10
Schools around the country will be celebrating Space Week in early October. Everyone can get in on the action at the Chester Beatty Library on Sunday 7th. A free screening of Astro Boy is lovely treat for future astronauts, and sure to inspire curious minds. Find out more here
Family Workshops at the National Gallery of Ireland
If you are in the city centre any Sunday during October, be sure to head over to the National Gallery of Ireland. During a drop-in workshop, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Every week there is a different theme. Then, when you have finished, go into Merrion Square across the road to the kick the leaves! Find out more here.
Dalkey Creates Writing Festival
Oct 11 -13
Dalkey has been home to writers like George Bernard Shaw and Maeve Binchy for generations. So where better to find inspiration to write, improve your craft or find out how to overcome the challenge of getting published. Alongside paid workshops, there are some lovely free events taking place over the weekend. Brave souls should take part in Open Mic on Thursday at Finnegan’s Pub. It could be the start of a whole new career! Find out more here.
The Dublin Comic Arts Festival
Comic book fans will be in heaven at the Dublin Comic Arts Festival. This is one of a quarterly series of small press comic book events. Bring your old comics and swap for something different. Or just have a browse and meet some illustrators. Find out more here
Dublin Greek Film Festival
Oct 18 – 21
The fourth Dublin Greek Film Festival takes place at various venues around the city. Expect features, documentaries and short films and lots of special cultural events. Keep an eye on the website for up to date information
The Art Animation Show.
Oct 27 – Nov 4
The Animation Art Show is an exhibition and auction in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation, LauraLynn, the ISPCC and Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland. All artwork is donated by animation professionals and students. There will be painting, print, sculpture, plush toys, animation cels and more. Pop along to The Ark in Temple Bar to see the exhibition and perhaps treat yourself to a masterpiece for a great cause. Find out more here
I AM BABA
I AM BABA is a magical adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months. It’s a show about identity and personhood, and a great way to spend some quality time with your little one. Taking place in Axis Ballymun, find out about booking here.
St Patrick’s After Dark
Finally on the last day of the month, there is a candlelit recital of suitably chilling music in St Patrick’s Cathedral. There is a fantastic programme including Saint-Saen’s Danse Macabre, Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King and the Pirates of the Caribbean, Ghostbusters and a little musical meddling from Harry Potter. What a perfect way to celebrate Hallowe’en. Find out more here.
Lots more Free Things to Do in Dublin and Around Ireland
But this is only a small selection of the fantastic events happening around Dublin and all over the country. To find out what’s on near you visit InspireMe.ie. And of course don’t forget to sign up to get reminders of these great events.
Finally all details were correct at time of publication. But please check with local organisers before you travel.