10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
Fringe, brunch, tea, Burt Reynolds and the real Wolf of Wall Street. Oh yes, we’ve got plenty to keep us entertained in the capital this weekend. And, we’ve only gone and planned your itinerary so you don’t have to. Enjoy…
Fringe It Up
Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015
Tiger Dublin Fringe continues its city-wide takeover this weekend, and with more than 80 productions on the bill, it’s possible that some of you are at a loss about where to begin. Luckily, you have us to steer you right. In the mood for some comedy? Well, Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii at the International Bar on Friday night. The fabulous Spiegeltent on Wolfe Tone Square comes alive with shows courtesy of Brisbane acrobatic music makers Scotch & Soda and local lads Booka Brass Band. Oh, and we’d totally recommend Eric O’Brien and Jed Murray’s play about gambling culture, Sure Thing (Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt).
For a full list of show times and ticket prices, visit www.fringefest.com.
The Big Bad Wolf
The Wolf of Wall Street at the RDS
We’re talking about Jordan Belfort here, the former stockbroker-turned-motivational speaker whose notorious memoir, The Wolf of Wall Street, made for sensational viewing in the Academy Award-nominated, Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio big-screen adaptation, back in 2013. Here’s your chance to hear Jordan’s story in the flesh. Actually, it’s a one-day seminar, in which visitors will learn “the eight skills you must know for business, sales and entrepreneurial success”. G’luck, students.
Saturday. Tickets from €41.40. For more, visit www.wolfofwallstreetdublin.com.
Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival at the RDS
Sticking with Ballsbridge, there are no prizes for guessing what this one involves. Apparently, the Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival is about “celebrating all that's new and exciting on the coffee and tea scene.” Hmmm, hear that now? There’s a scene and everything. There’s also a ‘roaster’s village’, a home barista competition, a food village (we’re expecting cakes) and live entertainment. In a word? Yummy.
Friday – Sunday. Tickets: €10.40 / €15.40. For more, visit www.dublincoffeefestival.com.
Busyfeet & Coco Cafe, South William Street
Still the hippest stretch in Dublin, it’ll be a long time before we run out of places to while away a Saturday morning on South William Street. Our bright and early snack tip for this weekend? Skip on in to the delightful Busyfeet & Coco for a delicious breakfast bagel and coffee. You won’t regret it.
Open from 10am. For more, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Busyfeet-Coco-Cafe/118294784889880
A Night with Mrs Bucket
Patricia Routledge, in Conversation with Edward Seckerson, at the Pavilion Theatre
“Facing the Music - A Life in Musical Theatre,” finds British actress Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances) touching down in Dun Laoghaire to discuss her long and fruitful career as an award-winning star of musical theatre, with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson. There may be a spot of humour involved…
Friday at 8pm. Tickets: €25. For more, visit www.paviliontheatre.ie.
A Workman’s Celebration
The Workman’s Club 5th Birthday
Our favourite Wellington Quay haunt is celebrating its birthday all this week, and we suggest you join in on the fun. Virginia rockers Eternal Summers, with special guests, Belfast noisemakers Pleasure Beach, will be blowing out the candles this Saturday from 8pm. Tickets are only a fiver. Happy days.
For more, visit www.theworkmansclub.com.
Boogie Nights at The Sugar Club
As in, a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s award-winning drama about a bloke who works his way up the adult movie industry in the 1970s, starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore. There’s also a, erm, “Special Disco 12inch After Party” following the screening (nice in-joke, guys). Tickets start at a tenner, but you could always pay a little extra for some pizza, beer and cocktail deals…
Saturday from 8pm. For more, visit www.thesugarclub.com.
Sharon Shannon at Draiocht, Blanchardstown
The happiest accordion player in the history of Irish music? Probably. Think about it for a second – have you ever seen Sharon Shannon play music without a smile on her face? Exactly. We might be in for a proper traditional throwdown at Draiocht this weekend. Anything is possible when you’ve worked with as many major Irish musicians as Sharon. Tenner bets she and her band will play Galway Girl. Obviously.
Saturday from 8pm. Tickets: €25. For more, visit www.draiocht.ie.
The Doggie Do at Merrion Square Park
A festival for and about dogs, apparently (again, the clue was in the title). We’ve got doggie talks, demonstrations, a training area, lots of grooming and - get this – a ‘canine costume competition’ (hosted by Darren Kennedy) where the 2015 Dog of Dublin will be crowned. Serious business, this.
Saturday. Tickets from €10. For more, visit www.thedoggiedo.com.
Dublin Gallery Weekend
“Three days, 30 galleries, 60 events.” Now that’s a lot of artwork in one weekend, but we think we can handle it. A new visual arts festival, Dublin Gallery Weekend takes charge of the city’s greatest spaces for a series of unique events, exhibitions, talks and workshops. Most of it is free, too, with Irish and international work at DGW setting up shop in RHA, IMMA, Science Gallery, Project Arts Centre and NCAD Gallery to name but a few.
Friday – Sunday. For a full line-up of events, visit www.dublingallerymap.ie.