Top Family Activities around Ireland for Culture Night Friday September 21st

Friday September 21st will see the country vibrate to the rhythm of dancers, musicians, poets, actors, artists, storytellers and more as Culture Night returns with over 4,000 free events taking place nationwide. Each year Culture Night brings people together to create unique shared experiences and memories, from generations of families consuming and exploring new night-time adventures to groups of friends visiting venues in towns, cities and beyond to enjoy the best of contemporary culture and genres they might never have before.

Cultural audiences in the capital can travel with a ‘cultural edge’ on the night thanks to transport partners Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail. Dublin Bus will provide FREE buses every 20 minutes starting on Bachelor’s Walk, Pearse Street, Aston Quay and Eden Quay bringing visitors to and from their favourite cultural quarters. In Cork, Bus Éireann will provide three complimentary bus routes to cater for those on the cultural hunt and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail is offering 100 family passes for travel on Culture Night.

Culture night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with the regional arts offices, local authorities, and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.

Here are some of the top family events to go along to with the kids this Friday.


Brown Bag Films 5pm–9pm | Unit 20, Block C, Smithfield Market, D7

Twice Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films, one of the world’s leading animation studios, will be hosting some family-friendly workshops and activities in their Dublin space led by their very own Emmy Award winning Episodic Director Marten Jonmark. Learn about the storyboarding process and join in on some epic doodling fun! Suitable for Children aged 5-12. Booking required, please see website for details.

A History of Dublin for Children 5.30pm | Outside Smock Alley Theatre, Cow’s Lane, D8

Join Humpty Dumpty for nursery rhymes and stories from auld Dublin. You’ll hear all about what life was like for children over approximately 1,100 years of Dublin’s History. Viking kids and modern kids welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. [60min]

Taking Flight: Education & Performance Ltd. 4.30pm–10pm Address Unit 4, Cross Guns Business Park, Phibsborough, D7

Taking Flight provides quality circus arts education to learners of all ages and abilities. Parents, grandparents, and children alike are invited to take part in family circus workshops in aerial movement, acrobatics, and other circus disciplines from 5pm–7pm, followed by circus arts performances at 7.30pm and 9pm. Proceeds in aid of the Gaza Women’s Circus Project.

Aerial Cirque 5pm–9pm | 10 Exchequer St, D2

Aerial Cirque is a home for budding and professional aerialists. In their gorgeous studio, they will be hosting two 50-minute child and parent cocoon workshops at 5pm and 6pm. From 7pm–9pm the studio will be open to the public to come watch aerial students practice their skills! Book workshop spots via website.

Alliance Française Dublin 6pm–10pm | 1 Kildare St, D2

Check out some unmissable family events at the Alliance Française! Bring your team to the library for the multimedia treasure hunt from 6pm to 8pm for a chance to win goodies and prizes, before heading to the building’s French restaurant for a concert by folk-pop group Alcaz. The restaurant will be open serving treats and drinks for guests to enjoy.

Engineers Ireland 6pm–7.30pm | 22 Clyde Rd, Ballsbridge, D4

Engineers Ireland, one of Ireland’s largest and oldest professional bodies, will be providing a hands-on family workshop incorporating elements of STEM and the arts for all to enjoy. Learn about the many disciplines of engineering and the work of Engineers Ireland in a fun and welcoming atmosphere through a number of interactive sessions running all evening. The workshop will be held in collaboration with Gaiety School of Acting.

DLR Mill Theatre Dundrum 5pm–10pm | Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Rd, Leinster 16

The theatre will open its doors again this year for a wide range of events for the whole family to enjoy, taking place throughout the venue. Enjoy live music in the Bar, view the Print Exhibition in the Gallery, and for younger audiences, a Roald Dahl Drama Workshop in the Studio.

Light House Cinema 4pm–9.30pm | Market Square, Smithfield, D7

One of Dublin’s most exciting cinemas welcomes all the family to a very special sing-along screening of the year’s biggest, most spectacular musical, ‘The Greatest Showman’. Lyrics will be provided on screen- all you have to worry about is the singing and dancing!


Deadlines and More Deadlines! 8pm | The Meeting House Ballitore, Athy

Griese Youth Theatre presents Forty-Five Minutes by Anya Reiss, a play about exam deadlines, hopes and fears. Followed by a post-show discussion and study tips! A great play to be enjoyed by all the family.


Baby Culture Night With Branar 5pm- 10pm | Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street & The Model Niland, The Mall

A breakthrough space encouraging child-directed free play, enabling children and their families to have hours of fun as they imagine, invent, build and play.  Facilitated through the Irish and English Language across two Sligo venues.


Bilingular Tour and Explore! 4pm | Carlow County Museum

Carlow County Museum will have a free family-friendly, interactive, bilingual tour of Ireland’s newest local authority museum featuring a temporary exhibition on St. Willibrord – the patron saint of Luxembourg. Families can complete a quiz as they visit the galleries, identify mystery objects and handle some artefacts – as well as get ideas for hundreds more questions to ask parents and grandparents.


Drumming Workshop 5.30pm – 6.30pm & 8.15pm – 9pm | The Plaza, Main Street, Cashel

Grab a drum and find your inner rhythm with Jabba Jabba Jembe drumming group. A great family activity, open to all, kids, parents, grandparents alike! Experience the excitement, energy and satisfaction of making music in-the-moment together at these energy-packed interactive workshops.

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