Ditch The Drink – 6 Booze-Free Activities That DON'T Involve Rugby This Weekend

Weekend plans = Sorted

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Rugby seems inescapable at the moment, which is obviously brilliant if you love the sport, but not so much if you don't.

For those of you who're looking for distractions of the non-rugby variety this weekend – that don't require alcohol either – we've got you covered.

Have a gander at our suggestions below.

1. The Martian

Perhaps a trip to the pictures is on the cards for you this weekend, if so, The Martian is well worth a look.

The latest offering from Ridley Scott sees an astronaut named Mark Watney (Matt Damon) get stranded on Mars after his crew believe him to be dead. With help being 140 million miles away, Watney is forced to "science the shit of it" up on the Red Planet in order to survive.

The movie is great fun, visually stunning, and it's got gags a-plenty. Add a bit of popcorn, maybe throw in some Malteasers, and you've got a nice little evening on your hands.

Check out the trailer below.

2. The Comedy Crunch

Maybe you need your fix of funny this weekend, so The Comedy Crunch is just the ticket.

You'll find the show at The Stag's Head, where Aidan Strangeman will headline, with support from Danny Ryan, Trevor Browne, Stephen Elliott and Colm McGlinchey.

The show will take place at 9pm on Sunday at the The Stag's Head. Entry is free, and apparently there'll be free ice cream. Seriously!

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3. The Red Line Book Festival

One for the bookworms out there. The annual festival returns to Dublin this weekend, and it'll have a mix of competitions, readings, workshops, discussions and a prize-giving ceremony, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.

It'll take place in several venues across South Dublin, such as the Civic Theatre and Pearse Museum. For full details of the festival, click here. It runs from October 11 until 17.

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4. Up To Speed at The Ark

Now something for the all the family. Part of Dublin Theatre Festival Family Season, Up To Speed tells a funny, moving and captivating tale about a boy and a girl... and the mysteries of the universe.

You'll find The Ark in Temple Bar. Tickets are €12.

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5. What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now

Arty types, this is for you. The latest exhibition at the IMMA features modern and contemporary masterworks from the world’s leading collections by Abramovic, Brancusi, Dalí, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Oppenheim, Picasso, Warhol, Yoko Ono, and many more.

There's no mad rush on seeing the exhibition though, as it runs until February 2016. Admission is €8.

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6. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

This is a theatre production of the bestselling novel of the same name, and it's supposed to be genuinely amazing.

If you haven't read the novel, if follows a young autistic boy with a gifted mind as he investigates the death of dog in his garden, leading him to revelations that upturn his world...

Tickets for the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre production range from €15 to €55 and you can find them here. Get on it quick though, the final shows take place tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Watch the trailer below and see what you think.

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