Events for the weekend (20&21 May)


Dublin Dance Festival (various locations) - 18 - 28 May


Dublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland.


Biodiversity Week (various locations) - 19 - 28 May


Over the course of nine days, from 19th – 28th May 2017, up to 50 FREE, family friendly events will be taking place all over Ireland celebrating our diverse species and habitats.


At home Alone in The Ark - 19&20 May


Using unique video interactions, this multimedia dance show encourages young audiences to discover fun new ways to get creative with technology. 


Dance Workshop: Balletto di Roma in The Ark - 20 May


Workshop content will be adapted to suit the level of the participants and will include contemporary dance techniques as well as short choreographies imagined by the children together with Roberta.


Woman's Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour and Family Fun Day in Clontarf Rugby Club - 20 May


There will be a family fun day from 2 with a bouncy castle, face painting and games for the kids. Also some local celebrities will be there so kids can get photos with them and the trophy.


National Drawing Day in the National Print Museum - 20 May


A range of self-guided drawing materials will be provided for families who visit to celebrate National Drawing Day. For adults and young people there will be a number of sketching stations available, with inspirational sketches of the collection on display to get the creative juices flowing.


Pond Dipping in the National Botanic Gardens - 20 May



National Drawing Day Workshops at Farmleigh - 20 May


Hour long drawing workshops for Juniors (5-7 years) and Seniors (8-12 years) with cool but challenging drawing projects with qualified Art Teachers. Workshops roughly every hour from 11am finishing at 5pm on first come, first served basis.


National Drawing Day at Airfield Farm - 20 May 


On the day we will be inviting you to add your own drawing to Airfield’s giant mural! And why not take part in Airfield’s drawing competition themed 'Your Visit to Airfield'  and be in for a chance to win some Airfield goodies!


Design Your Own Celtic Superhero Workshop at the National Museum (Archaeology) - 20 May 


Explore the Museum and its Iron Age objects and learn about ancient Irish Celtic stories to help inspire you to create your character. 


Family Concerts in the National Concert Hall - 20 May


Join the WhistleBlast Quartet for a musical adventure through popular fairy tales and children’s stories.  Listen out for some favourite familiar pieces, and see how music can bring a story to life!  There will be plenty of opportunity for participation in this engaging concert for all the family.


National Drawing Day at Rathfarnham Castle - 20 May 


Draw and sketch in the elegant surroundings of the castle. You can also stop by our art table and draw a portrait of your favourite famous person which will be displayed in our Entrance Hall alongside OUR celebrity profile portraits of Dante, Petrarch, Michaelangelo and others! 


National Drawing Day in the National Gallery - 20 May


National Drawing Day began at the National Gallery of Ireland, and now takes place in Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Cultural Centres across Ireland. It’s the ideal opportunity to try your hand at sketching, and to pick up some valuable hints and tips. 


International Literature Festival (various locations) - 20 - 29 May


With readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words.


Dockland's Summer Festival - 20 & 21 May


Docklands First and Dublin’s Best free family event; on land markets, amusements and entertainment. On water Wakeboarding, Raft Races, Come try it Sessions, Floating Golf Challenge and Docklands World Famous Rubber Ducky Race!


Jack and the Giant Beanstalk in Lambert Puppet Theatre - 20 & 21 May 



Battle for the Bay in Dollymount strand - 20 & 21 May


All ages are welcome – free entry for young and old! The concept of the Battle is very simple: Fun, Wind, Water…and Fun!!!


Hands on History Drop-in Activity in National Museum (Collins Barracks) - 21 May


A chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum's collection of objects for handling with Museum educators - a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages.


Moveable Feast in Merrion Square - 21 May


It’s the start of summer but we’re celebrating all the seasons at this year’s Moveable Feast. Pack a picnic and gather family and friends for an afternoon of fun dance experiences for all ages in Merrion Square park.


How? Festival in Shanganagh Park - 21 May


The event will be a fun and educational afternoon out for all the family with a range of science and technology attractions from the past, present and future.   


Build a Boat in Bushy Park and Corkagh Park - 21 May


Design and build your own sail boat using materials we find around the park. Then enter your brand new boat in the OWLS boat race around the lake. Suitable for all the family!

Sunday Sketching in Hugh Lane Gallery - 21 May


During these workshops for families we invite you to explore and respond to our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions such as Port Life: Eugeen van Mieghem, through discussion and drawing. Parents must stay with children at all times. Bring your own sketchbook along or avail of the drawing materials provided.


Weekly Family Workshop at IMMA - 21 May 


Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff, and enjoy a hands-on workshop in the galleries. Explorer’s drop-in, fun and free.


Africa Day 2017 at Farmleigh - 21 May


The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians such as Kíla, K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade, Discovery Gospel Choir, AikJ and BARQ. There will also be children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more.


Have Fun!