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8 Things to Do in Dublin in September

What's On/ 23 September 2015
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What’s happening in Dublin this month? The short answer is “lots”. If you’re planning a visit, here are eight of our top tips for things you can do in and around Dublin this September:

1. Dublin Theatre Festival

Since 1957, this has been a big event in the international arts calendar and this year it starts on September 24th. This is one of the finest theatre festivals in Europe and it proudly brings the world’s best performers to the city’s stages, staging classic plays by famous companies alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre makers from Ireland and overseas.

To celebrate the return of the festival, we are offering you the chance to win tickets to “Dancing at Lughnasa” at the Gaiety Theatre plus dinner and cocktails at the five star Fitzwilliam Hotel, enter our competition to win. Best of luck!

2. Rugby World Cup

Ok so no, there are no actual matches in Dublin – they are all in England and Wales – but Rugby World Cup Fever will be high in the city throughout September and October. The whole nation has great hopes for the Irish team who will be playing every weekend for four weeks and hopefully longer when they make it to the quarter-finals and maybe even the semis…

You’ll know when the matches are on because you’ll hear roars from every pub in the city when Ireland scores!

3. Dublin Culture Night

On one night – September 18th – arts and cultural organisations throughout Ireland will stage events for everyone to enjoy on Dublin Culture Night. Dublin alone will see 230 events in venues including Christ Church Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland, the Science Gallery Trinity College, The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle State Apartments, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, the Chester Beatty Library and many others.

At Citron restaurant, we are offering something a little bit different where you can come back to the hotel for your dessert after you have been to a Dublin Culture Night event.

4. Dublin’s Liffey Swim

On the 19th – one of the city’s more bizarre events will take place. The Dublin City Liffey Swim is one of the most famous open sea swimming races in the world. It all started back in 1920 when a Dublin Corporation engineer wanted to show how good our water quality was and the events has gone from strength-to-strength since then.

5. BlueFire Street Fest 2015

On Saturday September 19th BlueFire’s free festival for the arts will be back in Dublin in a full day of live music, fun, art and entertainment. From graffiti artists to musicians, bands and performers playing rock, reggae, contemporary and more – you can either plan your meanderings or just wander the streets of Dublin and take it all in…

6. All Ireland Football Final

The biggest sporting day of the year is the GAA All-Ireland Football Final in Dublin’s Croke Park. 82,000 passionate, screaming, colourful fans pack the stadium, the bars and clubs all weekend, creating what is always an incredible atmosphere.

7. Live Saturday night jazz

Like music? Love jazz? Every Saturday night the Fitzwilliam Hotel’s Inn On The Green transforms into the city’s only live jazz music bar and it’s a must for anyone who appreciates good music, great cocktails, stylish surroundings and good company.

8. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

First came the hit movie with Steve Martin and Michael Caine and then came the musical production. It’s the first time the show has come to Dublin and it follows its debut appearance to rave reviews and sold-out houses at the West End earlier this year. Directed and choreographed by the Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell and running for a week from September 29th, it’s an unmissable show.

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