September City Events in Dublin
Dublin is a writhing hotbed of culture, art and music this September with the Fashion Festival right up against the Fringe Festival. Don’t forget to toast Arthur with a pint of Guinness and sink a few beers at the Oktoberfest.
1. Fringe Festival, city wide – 7th – 22nd September
You can expect great things from Dublin Fringe; a stunning mix of theatre, comedy, music, dance and more. HotForTheatre are back at the Fringe with their educational satire “Break”; see what really happens in the teachers’ lounge at school (and how much it resembles the playground!). Irish daughter Aisling Bea is only the second woman to win the coveted ‘So You think You Are Funny’ award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe she will have you laughing and crying with tales of life, death, hip-hop, raving and riding.
2. Arthurs Day, city wide – 26th September
You are enjoying a cool pint of the black stuff in a traditional Irish pub in Dublin. The walls are panelled in dark wood and decorated with pictures of famous Irish sons and daughters from writers and artists to sports men and women. Then suddenly, without warning the whole bar rises up and with one voice exclaims “To Arthur”. You heartily drink and turn to the barman for an explanation. At 17.59pm on the 26th September the Irish celebrate the founder of Guinness and inventor of the famous black gold. It’s not just about the drink there will be live music and festivities across the city to complete the celebration – get a pint in and be part of something.
3. Culture Night, city wide – 20th September
You may think night time in Dublin is for drinking and dining. Usually you would be right but on the night of the 20th there will be chance to visit museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres. They are throwing open their normally closed doors and welcoming you to sample their cultural delights for free. Delight in a little Shakespeare at the Castle, connect with your creative side with free art workshops or tap your feet along with some traditional Irish music at a Ceili. Perfect for some entertainment of a more highbrow nature.
4. Oktoberfest 2013, city wide – 19th September – 6th October
Sharing a good pint with friends is one of the best feelings in the world. And Oktoberfest in Dublin is the chance to jostle shoulders with other beer lovers. Supping authentic German larger or Weizenbier from a huge stein will transport you Bavaria and the home of traditional German beer. And it’s not just German beer on offer you can tuck into tasty treats like home-made bratwurst, spicy and delicious gingerbread hearts or the original German pretzels all sold from stalls in a cosy German marketplace. Join in with Bavarian yodelling or learn the polka. And best of all it’s free entry!
5. Dublin Fashion Festival, city wide – 5th – 8th September
The bright lights and glitter of Dublin Fashion Festival will gently sprinkle some glamour onto the city this month. Dublin has always been a city at the forefront of style and the arts and now Fashion Festival is a chance to take a look into one of the most enigmatic industries. Enjoy the exhilarating mix of special offers, live fashion shows and other in-store events. More than 250 retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels will be showing off their latest and top trends so you are sure to find something that appeals to your unique sense of style.
6. September in the Square at Merrion Square – All Month
What stories they would tell if the beautiful Georgian houses that encircle Merrion Square could talk. The straight, strong and solid buildings have seen much of Dublin’s history and have housed many notable names. September in the Square is your chance to glimpse some of the history as the buildings open their doors to the public. Discover where Ireland’s favourite son Oscar Wilde learned to walk, where he ate his breakfast and generally grew up. See the house where The Emancipator, Daniel O’Connell, planned his political career. Imagine W.B. Yeats looking out of the window into the square and searching for inspiration.