Looking for something to do this weekend? We've teamed up with Dublin Gazette to bring you the best events on in the city over the coming days.
Real Life Cluedo on the Streets of Dublin - Saturday
Were you a fan of the board game Cluedo way back when? Ever wondered what it’d be like to solve that kind of mystery in real life? See yourself as a cross between Morse, Fletcher and Columbo (or think your pals have all the brilliant detective skills of Inspector Gadget or Clouseau)? Well, you’re in luck – this Saturday, a murder-mystery event will take place across Dublin, where those taking part will need to uncover who murdered the infamous (and entirely fictional) Kray Twins. There will be witnesses to find, suspects to eliminate, cryptic clues and a murderer to justice in the city-wide search. As a fully interactive event, you’ll be given a murder case file (through your phone) with tips and tricks of how to bring down a murderer. Tickets are available here.
Dublin Maker, Merrion Square - Saturday
Taking place in Merrion Square, Dublin Maker is a day-long festival of curiosity and creation. A free, community-run event, there will be a number of stands with something catering for every taste. From crafters and artists to science clubs and hackers, it’s a family event and a celebration of the ‘maker movement’. Taking the form of a show and tell experience, inventors and makers were sourced through an open call and will have an opportunity to showcase their creations at individual booths in a carnival-type atmosphere. The festival will run from 10am to 6pm. Check out more information here.
HB Iceberger Bar, Barnardos Square, Dame Street - Saturday
HB has decided to take one of the nation's favourite ice-creams on tour this summer by creating the HB Iceberger Bar.
The retro airstream van will be on the move over the coming weeks, giving away FREE Iceberger inspired desserts, (including Iceberger milkshakes and the newly invented Do-Berger – a delicious infusion of a donut and the classic Iceberger).
Iceberger lovers will need to keep an eye out for the HB inspired airstream and dicky bow wearing staff, who are set to visit Dublin's Barnardos Square, Dame Street on Saturday, 21st July from 12pm-4pm.
Chester Bennington Tribute Night, Fibber Magee’s - Friday
It's been a year since the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington (inset), who passed away after a long struggle with suicidal thoughts. To mark the occasion, an event has been organised in Dublin’s best-known rock bar, Fibber Magee’s, to raise vital funds for suicide prevention charities across the city. Taking place on July 20, several musicians have come together to organise a gig where they’ll play one of Linkin Park’s iconic albums, Hybrid Theory, in full. Entry is free, but donations will be collected on the night for Pieta House, The Samaritans and Aware, with funds being split between the three charities. Members of local Irish bands such as Scuba Dice and Watch The Sky will take part in the gig, with The Inferno opening the gig. Doors will open at 8pm.
The Liberties Festival – Wednesday to Sunday
Since its humble beginnings in the 1970s, the well-loved Liberties Festival has gone through several changes and has evolved into a diverse, family-friendly affair. This year’s festival features operatic favourites at St Audeon’s Church on July 20 from 7pm and a day of workshops on July 21 for everything from yoga to community gardening, thanks to The Liberties Trail. A number of other events will also be on offer throughout the five-day fiesta, showcasing the finest Dublin’s oldest quarter has to offer. For further information on this year’s festival, see libertiesfestival2018.com.
Swords Summer Festival, Swords Castle – Friday to Sunday
Swords Summer Festival will take place exclusively in the grounds of the castle and the town park this year due to road works on Main Street. This means for the first time ever, all activities – including the ‘street carnival’ on Saturday – will move off Main Street to Swords Castle and Swords Town Park. Hot House Flowers are the main musical attraction on Saturday, playing a special 30-year anniversary gig at Swords Castle. The weekend of celebrations starts with some Seventies nostalgia with tribute band Abbaesque playing the castle marquee at 7pm tonight. Saturday and Sunday will see a wealth of family fun, music, crafts and food in Swords Castle, with loads of free entertainment that would normally take place on Main Street happening instead at Swords Town Park from noon to 6pm. The Chandelier Sessions are hosting their third garden party in the Castle Gardens, Bridge Street as part of the festival on Saturday, July 21 from noon to 6pm. They promise a full day of eclectic tunes and scorching live performances from a great line-up of bands and DJs, with cold beer on tap thanks to the Attic bar. There’ll also be live music from Aidan Clerkin, Marvin & The Grooves and many more. For the kids, there’ll be a puppet show, zip wire, magician, face painting and loads more.
Harbour Splash, Dun Laoghaire
Dublin’s first inflatable aqua park has made a splash at Dun Laoghaire harbour.
Harbour Splash is an obstacle course on the water that includes trampolines, climbing frames, slides, monkey bars and more.
Children as young as 8 can participate.
You can book a session online here.
JULY 20 (FRIDAY)
- The Academic @ Iveagh Gardens, €35
- Iron Sky @ The Bowery, free
- Niall McGuigan @ The Workman’s Club, €10
- Summer Watch Festival Whelan’s, free
JULY 21 (SATURDAY)
- The Coronas @ 3Arena, €42
- Local heroes play another huge show, having relocated back to Ireland following a relocation to London.
- Aslan @ The Iveagh Gardens, €40
- Pillow Queens @ Workman’s Club, free
- Summer Watch Festival @ Whelan’s, free
JULY 22 (SUNDAY)
- Summer Watch Festival @ Whelan’s, free
- Dublin Blues Cartel @ Whelan’s, free
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!
Meanwhile, if you're looking for something to do next week, Bushmills Irish Whiskey is continuing its #BlackBushStories collaborative event series.
A collaboration with Cork native, Rob Krawczyk, will see the chef and charcuterie master host a meat curing masterclass at Drury Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday 25th July in association with Bushmills Irish Whiskey Ambassador and acclaimed bartender, Paul Rocks.
You can register for the event here.
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