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What’s Happening in Dublin this weekend – Free Events

We’re rounded up five cool things happening this week in Dublin for Free!

Hey, This may seem out of the blue, but you obviously love free things to do in Dublin. I’m looking for one or two people to help out at the Dublin Buzz. Send me an email if you are!

We’ve got 5 cool things to do in Dublin this weekend!

Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

Sunday Art Cart in the Phoenix Park

Alternative Side to Dublin

Medici Lion, By Siobhán Hapaska

National Gallery of Ireland – Guided Tour

Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

Every Friday – 11am – FREE

The Military Cemetery holds a profound historical significance as the resting place of 14 leaders executed during the 1916 Easter Rising, including Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Major John MacBride. After their execution at Kilmainham Gaol, their remains were respectfully laid to rest in Arbour Hill.

Situated on a terrace of Wicklow granite, the graves lie beneath a low mound within the former prison yard. Enclosed by a limestone wall inscribed with their names in Irish and English, the gravesite stands as a solemn tribute to their sacrifice.

Adjacent to the wall, a plaque commemorates others who perished in 1916. Carefully maintained by the Office of Public Works, this sacred cemetery offers a place for reflection and remembrance, inviting visitors to connect with the stories of these courageous individuals who played a significant role in Ireland’s struggle for independence.

This summer the OPW are offering a free tour around the historic graves of those who fought for Ireland’s freedom. I would recommend outdoor clothing and appropriate footwear for this tour.

Sunday Art Cart in the Phoenix Park

Every Sunday – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre – Free

20 minute sessions start at 11.00am,11.30am, 3.30pm & 4.00pm

Get your kids to learn about Pond Life in the Phoenix Park with a fun interactive workshop from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. These sessions run almost every sunday and cover a wide range of topics to help your kids get down and dirty with nature, art, craft and wildlife!

These free children’s workshops on nature awareness, history and heritage and arts and crafts take place, suitable for ages 6-11 years

You can find what the activity will be on offer for your kids by checking out the online brochure for The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. I would recommend you ringing the centre at 01 6770095, before you plan to travel as the Art Cart is subject to change and may depend on Staff availability.

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Alternative Side to Dublin Tour

Walking tour – Saturday 11am – FREE

Discover a different side to Dublin. And find out what is on the alternative side to Dublin!

Ever wonder… what’s down there? Well now you can find out all the quirks to the alternative side to Dublin. On a free walking tour that checks out a chocolate factory, fruit market, hidden bar, time house, art gallery and many more unique places.

The tour starts beside The Ambassador Theatre at the top of O Connel Street. The guide will be at the front door from 10.58 to 11.10 before making the way to a chocolate factory!

As with many of the free tours, I like to leave the tour guide a tip as a kind gesture for the 2 hour walk around the side of Dublin you may not have seen before!

You can sign up for your Free ticket on this link

Medici Lion, By Siobhán Hapaska

Free – Douglas Hyde Gallery

The Douglas Hyde is excited to showcase a significant solo exhibition featuring the acclaimed Irish-Parsee artist, Siobhán Hapaska. Throughout the last thirty years, Hapaska has crafted original and formally intricate pieces that resist easy categorization.

As a distinctive voice in contemporary sculpture, you consistently challenge traditional notions of form and materials, delving insightfully into themes of conflict, faith, and the human experience. With an extensive international exhibition history, which includes co-representation of Ireland at the 2001 Venice Biennale, Medici Lion marks your inaugural institutional solo exhibition in the Republic, presenting an ambitious collection developed over the past three years.

National Gallery of Ireland – Guided Tour

Saturdays @ 2.30

To start off the tour, meet your tour guide in the Courtyard, near the Merrion Square entrance.

The NGI Visitor Guide is like the bible for details of what to expect on your visit to the Gallery. Every answer you can think of has been fitted into this! You can read the guide here.

All public tours are fully accessible to people who are hard of hearing and use a tour guide system with T-loop capabilities.

The National Gallery run a regular programme of free guided tours in the Gallery. Everyone is welcome – no booking required! These tours are aimed towards including the entire community. Take a look below at one that might suit you better.

Highlights Tours: Saturdays at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, Sundays at 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Themed Tours: Saturdays at 1.30pm

Family Tours: Sundays at 12.30pm

New Parents’ Tours: the 2nd Monday of the month at 2pm

Tours for the hard of hearing: the 1st Thursday of every 2nd month at 5.30pm

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Please share this event guide with your friends or family who might enjoy some of the events in here!

We’re working on something new to bring to the free events scene in Dublin and hope to publish soon.

If you have an event to share or to support The Dublin Buzz and have a shout out, you can contact me here! 

Olivia Sinclair

Olivia is the founder of The Dublin Buzz, believing that you don’t need to spend big in Dublin to have a great time. She began with a weekly free event newsletter to showcase some of the great things to do for free in Dublin each week.