On these long summery (and not so summery) days in Dublin, we've been asking ourselves what activities can we get up to in the evening that won't have us in bits for work tomorrow.
So, we've compiled a list of fun things to do in the evening this month that won't eat away at your wallet, sleep cycle and liver..in that order.
So much month for activities!
1. Childhood movies, Light House Cinema
The Light House Cinema is giving the people what they want even more so than usual this month, by screening a stellar collection of movies from our childhood that we'd like the younger generation to enjoy as well.
But does that mean it's just for kids? Nooooope.
Here is the list of films they're screening this month:
- E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Sat July 16 10.30pm, Sun July 17 3.30pm, Wed July 20 3pm & 8.30pm
- Jurassic Park: Sat July 23 10:30pm, Sun July 24 3.15pm, Wed July 25 3pm & 8.30pm
- Jaws: Sat July 30 10.15pm, Sun July 31 3pm
- Babe: (Cinema Book Club) Mon July 25 6.30pm
2. Prince, A Celebration of Music
Come celebrate a life fully lived at The Academy on July 21 at 7pm with like-minded individuals who also mourned the loss of The Purple One this year.
Artists performing at this seemingly incredible showcase are Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Steve Wall (The Stunning), CC Brez, Dave Geraghty (Bell X1), Bronagh Gallagher, Wyvern Lingo, Roisín O, Gavin Glass and special guests.
Tickets are just €17.50, with proceeds are going towards the Irish Cancer Society.
3. Billy Elliot, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Kick start your evening with an electrifying performance by one of the most beloved stage performances ever, while it's touring for the very first time in Ireland.
Featuring a timeless score by the one and only Elton John, extraordinary dance and a powerful story, Billy Elliot the Musical is the feel good experience you need to break up the working week.
See here for group discounts and ticket prices..
4. Wakeboarding, Grand Canal Dock
Get active this week with a trip to the briny deep, right in the heart of the city. Nothing quite like a quick dip to shake off the stress of the working day and make you feel like a human again.
And don't fret if you're a beginner, they have starting classes too. More information here.
5. Yoga, Phoenix Park
Throughout the summer, a fun outdoor yoga session will take place in Phoenix Park every Saturday morning.
Classes will be situated beside the bandstand, right next to tea house by the entrance to Dublin Zoo, and held by the experienced and friendly teachers of YogaHub.
And with tickets only coming in at €5, this is definitely among the cheapest yoga classes in town. The timetable is as follows:
- Sat, 9 July 2016 11:00-12:00
- Sat, 16 July 2016 11:00-12:00
- Sat, 23 July 2016 11:00-12:00
- Sat, 30 July 2016 11:00-12:00
6. Once The Musical, Olympia Theatre
Go see the story that made the world fall in love with Dublin again (and won some Oscars in the process).
Once is gracing the Olympia this summer once more, after a roaring success last year. The central theme of the movie is about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us. Seeing it where it all began, at home in Dublin, is definitely something you should consider.
7. Riverdance, Gaiety Theatre
Speaking about national treasures you should definitely consider, Riverdance is back with a bang, bringing their explosive 20th anniversary tour (albeit two years late) to the Gaiety this summer.
Find out exactly what it is that makes the Coppers DJ play this iconic track every single night and get yourself a ticket here.
8. Train for a fun run
Looking for motivation to get back into the gym? Look no further than the plethora of fun runs and obstacle courses happening in Dublin and surrounding counties this month.
With activities available for the novice, the experienced and the keen, you have no excuse not to stick on your runners and get some fresh air.
9. Seeing Exhibition, Science Gallery
Science Gallery has us bowled over once more with yet another incredible exhibition, aptly named SEEING. The exhibition aims to explore the sense of sight in all its forms and what goes on inside our brains as our gaze changes.
It’s a properly engaging experience with plenty of interactive and mind-boggling installations. Oh, and it's absolutely free.
More information here.
10. Tea tasting, Tea Garden & Shisha Bar
We love tea, we love sitting and we love things that are cheap and close to town. Talk about ticking all the boxes...
Get it into ya!
11. Festival of Curiosity
Running from July 21-24, the Festival of Curiosity is a weekend-long get together of the eager and inquisitive, all around Dublin city.
From curiosity carnivals and urban escapes to night cycles and secret tours, to curiosity gardens and playful installations, to dancing in the dark and escaping to virtual realities, to immersive rooms controlled by your brainwaves to building robots and taking curious trails across Dublin... it's all there.
The Playful Days events are targeted towards families, while the Curious Nights activities are for adults only, meaning there's something for everyone. More information here.
12. Haunted Landscapes, Irish Film Institute (IFI)
A fan of scary movies, you say?
This month (July 16 - 30), The IFI is bringing us Haunted Landscapes: A Season of Folk Horror, highlighting a genre that shows an interest in paganism; traditional, rural communities with a connection to the land and its regenerative cycles; the importance of ritual and superstition over scientific rigour.
In the repertoire of this subset you'll find classics such as The Wicker Man, Night Of The Demon and the one and only The Blair Witch Project. Tickets and more information are available on their website.
13. Dublin Maker Festival
Dublin Maker Festival is a day-long free festival of hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed inventors taking place on July 23 in Merrion Square.
It's a creative carnival of show and tell, and is completely free to attend. Dublin Maker offers the perfect summer day out for all ages and this is set to be its biggest year yet. As part of The Festival of Curiosity, they’ll be transforming the park into a marvellous family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness.
And they're only dying for you to join them. More information here.