What’s Happening in Dublin this weekend (October 12th)

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

I think we can all say, thank god the weather came back! I went to a very special showing in the RDS. Ireland 100: An old song re-sung was a production by RTE and the Department of Culture.

It was free to attend but was done on a raffle system. The show had Damien Dempsey, Dermot Kennedy, SELLO & Denise Chaila to name but a few. You can catch this show on RTÉ One on October 30th at 9.30pm. A perfect way to close out the Bank Holiday Weekend.

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

  • The Archive Within Us
  • Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival
  • Thin Places: Clare Henderson & James Kirwan
  • Malahide Castle Fairy Trails
  • Halloween Art and Storytime Spooktacular

The Archive Within Us

Charleville Mall Library – Free – 10am – 5pm

Collaborators from Dublin, along with visual artist Claire Halpin and poet Colm Keegan, have created The Archive Within Us; an exhibition that delves into personal and shared memories. As part of The National Neighbourhood, a cultural programme aimed at connecting people to libraries, museums and other creative spaces within the city, the group explored the shared histories of the nation and developed their own stories. This exhibition is the result of the shared interest in history that was forged during the pandemic.

Check out some of the works online


Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival

Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd October – Various Locations

Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival celebrates the people who stand up for human rights and explores the role the arts can play in creating a more just world.

This fifth annual festival brings together artists and speakers from around the globe and across Ireland, featuring innovative events in Dublin, Kerry, Donegal and Cork. Human rights defenders both past and present will be featured, demonstrating the positive impact the arts can have in promoting equality, human rights, and diversity.

Get the full line up online now



Thin Places: Clare Henderson & James Kirwan

Powerscourt Townhouse – Free – 3.30pm – 5pm – All Weekend

SO Fine Art Editions presents ‘Thin Places’: Clare Henderson and James Kirwan, an exhibition of vibrant paintings and mystical monoprints. Both artists explore mysterious and transitional spaces through their artwork, inspired by ancient Irish mythology and pre-history.

James, from Wexford, is a renowned muralist with international recognition, while Clare’s work has been collected by the Office of Public Works and the National Gallery of Ireland. Don’t miss this exciting show.

View some of the current artworks online


Fairy Tree Trail at Ardgillan Castle

Ardgillan Castle – Free

Ardgillan Castle has established an enchanting and educational Fairy Tree Trail, crafted in partnership with Fingal County Council and free of charge. Along the trail are informative signposts that feature information on the various tree varieties found in the park.

Additionally, the Fairy Tree Trail Map and Quiz is available both online and at the reception of Ardgillan Castle for those wishing to learn more about the flora and fauna.

An extra bonus is that lucky visitors may spot an elusive fairy making a home within the beautiful trees! In order to expand the magical woodland, the team have set up homes for new fairies, constructed by Balbriggan Men’s Shed. The trail is open throughout the year, and is sure to be a wondrous and memorable experience for all who come to visit!

Download the Booklet now!


Halloween Art and Storytime Spooktacular

Today – Saturday 14th October – Blackrock Library

Join children’s illustrator and author Úna Woods for some Spooky Storytelling!

Úna will guide you through the process of how to develop a spooky character for a story of your own. She will be reading from her book, A Spooktacular Place to Be, and demonstrating how she crafted the creepy characters featured in the book.

Afterward, you’ll have the chance to create a spine-tingling character of your own to become the protagonist or antagonist of a Spooky Story you’re eager to write!

This event is suited towards kids aged 6-8, and all materials will be provided!

Check out the event here!


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

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Olivia Sinclair

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.