What’s Happening in Dublin this weekend (October 20th) – Free Events

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

I had a wonderful weekend, I popped into Fidelity bar to try some of the Whiplash finest bits then I made my way to the Cobblestone for some Irish Trad… You can’t bait that with a stick!

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

  • Irish Birds in Watercolour
  • Dublin Halloween Flea Market
  • Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival
  • Freude! Freude!
  • Climate Action Street Party

Irish Birds in Watercolour

Central Bank of Ireland – Free – 10am to 4pm

Tony McNally, from the northside of Dublin, was born before the city’s growth overwhelmed the surrounding fields, streams and ponds. He became attached to the wildlife there, which later influenced his career in environmental science.

Drawing was a constant practice, and 40 years ago, under the guidance of Jerry Marjoram, he began painting seriously. His pieces, mostly of Ireland, but also made from his African and Canadian adventures, have been displayed in galleries, auctions, and commissions. This exhibition is his first solo show.

Check out some of the works online


Dublin Halloween Flea Market

The Grand Social – Free – 3.30pm – 5pm – All Weekend

Gather around and come to a spine-tingling flea market in Dublin city centre at Ha’penny Bridge!

With over 25 vendors spread out across four rooms and three levels, you’ll find fashion, art, crafty goods, handmade gifts, and more.

To make sure you don’t miss out, secure yourself a free ticket and get in to The Grand Social – you won’t regret it! We can hardly wait to see you there!

You’ll need a Free Ticket and you can grab them now!


Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival

Now until 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


Freude! Freude!

The Dougas Hyde Gallery – Now until 29th October – Multiple Shows

The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art is thrilled to feature an exquisite work by world-renowned performance artist Amanda Coogan, alongside Deaf artists Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf (DTD), the Cork Deaf Community Choir, and students from Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS).

Entitled Freude! Freude!, this live exhibition and installation turns Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy into a captivating visual and aural symphony, reinterpreted through the lens of the Deaf experience using ISL as a choreographic language. Performance and installation collaborate to create an immersive experience like never before.

Amanda Coogan presents solo performances of Movements from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at 1pm and 3pm

  • Wednesday 11th & 18th October: Movement 1
  • Thursday 12th & 19th October: Movement 2
  • Friday 13th & 20th October: Movement 3

Coogan, Quigley, Jones and ensemble performs to the full score of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, including the Ode to Joy Chorus, between 1pm – 3pm

  • Saturday 14th and 21st October: Full score
  • Sunday 15th & 22nd October: Full score

The exhibition continues until Sunday 29 October. No booking is required, and admission is free as always.


Climate Action Street Party

Balbriggan – Sat 21st – 10am – Free

Join the Sceal art collective for a trip to the 70s and dust off those flares if you dare. See what the collective have to offer in terms of music, artefacts and street games!

From 10am to 5pm the event will be jam-packed with fun for the whole family. Appreciate the art of the celebrated L. S. Lowry with an exhibition and art competition, or enjoy music from St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band together with local acts Homebrew, Phil and BUSC’s ukelele troop.

Dress up in your best retro style and join in sustainable street games from Recreate. Plus, experience a unique living history display of original Smyth & Co items, and grab a bite from one of our food stalls.


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.

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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.