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last updated: 2022-05-07
Family events this weekend
It's May! If you want to find family-friendly events for this gorgeous month, look no further: here is our May event guide to help you plan ahead:
National Drawing Day (various locations) - 21 May
Every year, the Gallery—together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over the island of Ireland—encourages people to get drawing on National Drawing Day.
International Literature Festival (various locations) - 19 - 29 May
On an island of storytellers and in a city where books are treasured, International Literature Festival Dublin is Ireland’s leading literary event. Since 1998, we have brought the world’s finest writers together to enthral, engage and excite audiences.
Dance Workshop in The Ark - 30 April - 14 May
This delightful interactive dance workshop invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining and moving together. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunty, godparent or carer, come along with a 2 to 4 year old and join in the fun.
Biodiversity Week 8various locations) - 13 - 22 May
Explore the rich variety of life in Ireland this May with a host of wonderful events and activities for the whole family.
Bike Week (various locations) - 14 - 22 May
Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling. This year, Bike Week will kick off on Saturday May 14th and end on Sunday May 22nd.
Van Gogh Immersive Journey in RDS - 16 May - 4 Aug
Van Gogh Dublin is a 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story projections of the artist’s most compelling works. Encounter the brilliance of one of history’s greatest artists in 360 degrees.
Kids' Drop-by Activities in the Botanic Gardens - every Sunday
We are delighted to announce that our Drop by Activities are back! Kids, join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Erasmus Education Garden. Each week we will have a different activity to help you to become an expert gardener. Sow your own vegetable and flower seeds or re-use everyday things to create your own piece of eco-art.
Vintage Motor Show in Malahide - 22 May
Annual charity fundraiser by Malahide Lions Club showing up to 100 classic and vintage vehicles.
Comic Book Festival - 17 - 23 May
The 7th Comic Book Festival Dublin taking place from 17th to 23rd May, will include a series of free events including discussions, live readings, a screening, adults & children’s creative workshops, and, in partnership with International Literature Festival Dublin, an outdoor collaborative project!
Dogitude in Causey Farm - 29 May
Dogitude is a an afternoon for Dogs and their owners to experience and environment tailored with them in mind. Enjoy the freedom of letting them off the lead and not having to worry about upsetting non-dog lovers or let them try some fun and novel activities like Dock Diving.
Dublin Wizard Con in RDS - 21 & 22 May
Dublin Wizard Con is a fan made, fan focused event geared to connecting wizards through magical, interactive activities all housed in Dublin's famous RDS venue. Interactive activities, spectacular set pieces for photo ops, attractions and a host of magical acts and personalities.
Féile Nasc in Marlay Park - 21 May
Dublin's first outdoor Folk and Traditional Music Festival. After a huge success in 2019, we are looking forward to welcoming you all back in May 2022 to this family friendly event.
Pedalpalooza in Fairview Park - 22 May
Pedalpalooza is Dublin City Council’s flagship ‘Bike Week’ event. It's a family-friendly bike festival, taking place in Fairview Park on Sunday 22nd May from 12 noon to 4pm. The event will include bicycle obstacles course, children’s story telling, e-bike and cargo bike trials, cycle tours, children’s games, bike maintenance and much more.
Dublin Dance Festival (various locations) - 17 - 29 May
The 2022 Edition is coming to Dublin 17 – 29 May! Experience world-class flamenco, cutting-edge contemporary premieres, dazzling street dance, joyous work for younger audiences, and a vibrant programme of outdoor performances.
Harold's Cross Festival - 21 & 22 May
The annual community festival in May is organised by the Harold’s Cross Village Community Council with the support of the Harold’s Cross Business Association, Dublin City Council, Terenure and Rathmines Gardaí, Civil Defence, Defence Forces, Local Businesses, Artists, Musicians, Historians, Writers and Photographers.
Dublin Comic Art Festival in Inchicore - 21 & 22 May
The Dublin Comic Arts Festival is an ongoing series of small press comic book events in Dublin. In the process of waking up from our pandemic hibernation. We're moving to Inchicore and the lovely Richmond Barracks on May 21st-22nd.