What’s Happening in Dublin this weekend (December 1st) – Free Events

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

Hey, we are back with another week of events! This is a very busy week for me, I hope you have some nice things planned. We’re finally on the run in to Christmas, and I for one am very excited about the few markets and events happening 🙂

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

  • Public Tours of the Hugh Lane Gallery
  • The Women of Sheriff Street
  • Dublin Winter Lights
  • Richmond Barracks Christmas Fair
  • First Fridays at MoLI

Public Tours of the Hugh Lane Gallery 

Sunday – 2.15pm – Hugh Lane Gallery

If you haven’t managed to grab a ticket to the Andy Warhol exhibition, the Hugh Lane offer a free tour around their permanent exhibitions each Sunday. 

The tour will include some aspects of Andy Warhol’s work, but will not cover anything from the Three TImes Out temporary exhibition. A visit to the Hugh lane is a perfect opportunity to view some magnificent pieces of work from renowned artists. 

I love the pieces from Harry Clarke’s stained glass in the Municipal gallery.  The piece illustrates “John Keats’ the Eve of St. Agnes”. Clarke’s stained glass is most notably of religious works, so this piece is one of few outside a church.

There’s no need to book, just arrive around 2pm on Sunday to the reception. 


The Women of Sheriff Street

Now until the 15th of December – Central Bank of Ireland – 10 – 4pm

Tara Kearns, in collaboration with Five Lamps arts festival presents a beautiful exhibition of paintings that are inspired by her native Sheriff Street. 

This love letter to the women who grew up and lived in the area opens in the Central Bank today, and expresses each persons individual experience of the area growing up.

Tara has a passionate love for her people and her area, this is evident to see in her creative masterpieces. Entrance is free between 10am and 4pm until the 15th of December. 


Dublin Winter Lights 

All Around the City – Until New Years Eve 

For the month of December, Dublin will once again be illuminated in festive projections and lighting displays. Notable buildings, bridges and parks will feature light shows that cater to all ages.  

The showcase  will also introduce new installations at landmarks such as O’Connell Street, Bank of Ireland College Green, Central Bank Plaza, and the Ha’penny Bridge.

This year’s programme will feature designs from national and international digital artists. The locations are:

1. The Spire
2. GPO (General Post Office)
3. O’Connell Street (trees and statues)
4. Custom House
5. Samuel Becket Bridge
6. Trinity College
7. Bank of Ireland College Green
8. Central Bank Plaza
9. Ha’Penny Bridge
10. Milennium Bridge
11. Barnardos Square / City Hall ( Children’s Art Compition)
12. Merrion Square Park (From 1st Dec-22nd Dec inclusive)
13. Mansion House


Richmond Barracks Christmas Fair 

2nd & 3rd of December – 11am – Richmond Barracks 

The Richmond Barracks turns into a winter wonderland this weekend with a Cultural Connects Christmas Fair. The ethos is around Eat, Grow and Make this year at the Barracks. 

With workshops, entertainment, food all on offer in this fair you’ll have an action packed afternoon. The stalls will feature a variety of items from local producers with clothing, crafts, design and art on offer. 

The fair is free to enter and a brilliant event for all the family to enjoy. 

Link to website


First Fridays at MoLI

Friday 1st of December – 6pm – 9pm – Museum of Literature Ireland

On Friday, MoLI – the Museum of Literature Ireland hosts it’s monthly event called First Fridays. The name gives away the thought behind it. However, on the first Friday of the month, there is free entry to MoLI for a programme of events. 

December’s programme includes Electronic musician, Ordnance Survey will launch a new album, Turas with a sound installation and short film by Martin Healy. There will be a talk by Portuguese director Marco Martins, and poet Lianne O’Hara will read from her work.

As always, there are a couple of drinks for the the early arrivers, courtesy of Dublin Liberties Distillery. Get down early for one of those. 

This event is a ticketed, but free, event so grab a ticket here. 

Luke McLeod

Luke McLeod

Luke keeps a keen eye on the Dublin hospitality and events scene each week to find some of the best things to do for you. With years of travelling between Europe and USA for work, Luke has settled back into Dublin life.