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.
Hotter Than July, Smithfield – Sunday
A FEEl-GOOD celebration of diversity, culture, creativity and community comes to Smithfield Square this Sunday, July 29. The Hotter Than July festival is a free, family-friendly world music event that aims to celebrate cultural diversity in Dublin through music and dance. Now in its fifth year, the festival will get off to a cracking start at 3pm with vibrant salsa ensemble Morro 16 setting the tone for the day. Also taking part in the event are concertina player and electronic sound designer Padraig Rynne, Afro-Brazilian percussion orchestra Zalinde, African percussionate Billy Konate, and many more. Hotter Than July will wrap up at 8pm, with a jam-packed five hours of music and entertainment promised. For further information, see improvisedmusic.ie.
Vodafone Comedy Festival, Iveagh Gardens – Thursday to Sunday
The Vodafone Comedy Festival returns to the city’s Iveagh Gardens once again, promising some of the best comedic acts the island of Ireland has to offer. Running until Sunday, the likes of Jason Byrne, Aisling Bea, Alison Spittle, Foil Arms & Hog and Tommy Tiernan will all grace the stage over the weekend. The Vodafone Comedy Festival is now in its twelfth year, and this year’s festival features more than 100 acts across five stages – the Punch Line, the Funny Bone, the Joke Shop, the Gas Station and the Vodafone Laughter Lab. It caters for every kind of sense of humour, making sure it’ll be four days full of true belly laughs. Tickets for the festival are available now, with the full line-up and further information available from vodafonecomedy.com.
Wood Quay Summer Sessions – Sunday
The final edition of this year’s Wood Quay Summer Sessions will take place this Sunday, featuring performances from the likes of Super Silly and Pillow Queens. Wood Quay Summer Sessions are a series of free concerts founded by Dublin City Council, allowing music fans to discover new acts as well as seeing more established acts as well. Starting at 1pm, the free concerts take place in the outdoor Wood Quay Amphitheatre in the city centre. Hip-hop quartet Super Silly will take to the stage first on July 26, before DIY-indie-rock Dubliners Pillow Queens close out the festival at 1:30pm. To find out more about Wood Quay Summer Sessions, visit their Facebook page, or see DublinCity.ie.
Malahide Has It – Friday to Sunday
The picturesque village of Malahide offers a feast of entertainment this weekend at the Malahide Has It Festival. There will be a Funfair on the beach, BBQ on the Green, face painting, balloon twisting, kids treasure hunt, kids storytelling, historical walk, puppet shows, tai chi, plus food stalls around the village with fun and games, demonstrations, competitions and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be live music on New Street each day between 2pm and 10pm.
Grand Dublin Swim, Custom House Quay – Saturday
The Grand Dublin Swim promises fun for all the family with 250m and 750m fun swims for the kids or those new to open water swimming, events taking place on the day for kids, and longer swims of 1.6K, 5K and 10K for parents or those who want to challenge themselves in the water. There is also races for those registered with Leinster Open Sea.
Bray Air Display, Bray Seafront – Saturday & Sunday
If you fancy venturing out of Dublin, the Bray Air Display is renowned as one of Europe’s best air displays. It was recognised as ‘Best Festival / Event Experience (large)' at the prestigious, national Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017, with 140,000 people attended the two-day flying extravaganza last year. Visitors will be treated to gravity-defying manoeuvres, flyovers and aerobatic performances that will leave you speechless. There are also some great events and activities to enjoy on the ground. They include a static display, food, craft and business village, helicopter pleasure flights, a fun fair and live music.
JULY 27 (Friday)
The Wedding Present @ Whelan’s, €23.50
Birds of Chicago @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €24
Broken Brass Ensemble @ The Bowery, free
Girlfriend + Bullet Girl @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), free (late)
JULY 28 (Saturday)
Madness @ 3 Arena, €48.90
Glenn Underground @ Yamamori Tengu, €16
The Clandestinos @ The Bowery, free (late)
Billy Konate @ Whelan’s, €15
Mark Geary @ Workman’s Club, €12
JULY 29 (SUNDAY)
The Bionic Rats @ The Foggy Dew, free
Miles Brevis @ The Workman’s Club, €10
All Our Exes Live In Texas @ Workman’s Club, €15
Dublin Blues Cartel @ Whelan’s, free
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