August starts with the bank holiday weekend and just seems to get better and better. If you’re coming to Dublin, here are our picks of the best events and things to do in Dublin in August:
1. Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot the Musical, one of the most beloved shows on stage today, is coming to Ireland for the first time after eleven extraordinary years in London’s West End. It runs right through August to September 3rd. Whatever you do, don’t miss it.
2. Prohibition: Gatsby’s Mansion
One of Europe’s biggest vintage parties brings its annual 1920s summer party back to Dublin with Gatsby’s Mansion at the glorious gardens and great hall of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Live in the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald for one night of glamour and decadence in Jay Gatsby’s summer mansion for the greatest party in all of literature.
3. Great Pink Run 2016
This event is as important as it is fun: Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run 2016 is on Saturday 27th August in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. There’s a 10k Challenge with Irish Olympian, Sonia O’Sullivan, setting the pace. There is also a 5k Fun Run, Jog or Walk the dog – all great ways to show your support and help Breast Cancer Ireland’s Race for a Cure.
4. Dublin City Liffey Swim
Immortalised by Jack B Yeats in his 1923 painting of the same name, the Dublin City Liffey Swim is one of Ireland’s most famous sporting events. It is also one of the most famous open sea races throughout the world. This year the 97th Liffey Swim will take place on August 6th. Over 2,200 metres in length, this is a seriously competitive event. Get down to the river and enjoy one of the city’s most unique sights!
5. Mud Fest 2016
Also in Kilmainham in August you can get down and dirty at Mud Fest 2016. This is where you’ll learn how to “make, use and source materials for earth-based paints in order to live a happier, healthier, planet-friendly lifestyle”. Led by trans-national charity Earth Building UK and Ireland, it’s an educational and fun event designed to help you and your friends foster a better understanding and conservation of our rich earth-built heritage.
6. Leinster Rugby
Leinster Rugby is back for a new season of action and excitement. Leinster Rugby’s home ground is the RDS which is about 5 minutes from the hotel in a taxi. This year it all starts for the three-time European champions with a pre-season friendly against traditional rivals Bath on on Friday, 26th August, at 7.30pm. Come On You Boys In Blue!
7. Amy Schumer Live
Amy Schumer Live is returning to Ireland in August. This is Amy’s hugely acclaimed live stand-up show and you can catch it in Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday, August 26. The comedian and Emmy Award winning actress has been here many times and claims to want to live in Dublin, which means her show here should be pretty remarkable.
8. Dublin Comic Con 2016
Comic Con 2016 takes place at the Convention Centre Dublin on August 6th and 7th. They’ve got some amazing guests lined up, talks, photo shoots, revelations, trading and, of course, the spectacle that is a Comic Con audience.
Riverdance in Dublin? You’ve just got to do it! This spectacular production is a phenomenon experienced by over 25 million people in 11,000 performances in 47 countries. But Dublin is where it all started and Dublin is where you should see it. Riverdance is on in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin which, luckily for you, is just beside the hotel.
So there are nine of our most recommended things to do in Dublin if you’re visiting in August. Always remember, if you’re ever planning a vacation here or are looking for things to do, just follow us on Facebook for regular suggestions and news.