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20th Dec 2016

Ditch The Drink – 6 Booze-Free Activities To Do Indoors This Weekend


There’s an awful nip in it these times, according to friendly neighbours around the country today.

But just because the temperature’s dropping, that doesn’t mean you have to go into hibernation under your duvet on your precious few days off.

Get out there and make the most of the next few days with these indoor (and alcohol-free) activities this weekend.

1. Keith Barry: Out Of Control

Check out Ireland’s favourite mentalist with his new show ‘Out of Control’. He’ll be doing his usual bit of hypnosis and general mind-reading craic.

You’ll find him at the Olympia Theatre, where he’ll be performing tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm. Tickets are €30 and you can find them here.


2. Open House Dublin

Open House Dublin is Ireland’s biggest architectural festival, and it’s all taking place this weekend.

The event will unlock the doors to some of Dublin’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, allowing you to explore the wonders of our handsome city (we wrote an article about it earlier in the week).

It runs until October 18, you can find out more about its locations here.


3. Dylan Moran

The star of Black Books and one of Ireland’s greatest comedians, Dylan Moran is performing in Vicar Street this weekend with a stand-up show full of his unique takes on love, politics, misery and everyday absurdities.
Moran plays Vicar Street tonight at 8.30pm, tickets are €30 and you can get them here.


4. Dublin Flamenco Festival

Dancing enthusiasts, here’s one to drag your significant other along to. The festival will include theatre shows, conferences, master classes and flash mobs. If that’s sounds like you bag, click here for more info.

Here’s a taste of what to expect.

5. Dublin Animation Film Festival

Here’s one for all the family, the only festival in Ireland that’s dedicated completely to animated films. Animated films by Irish and international animators are showcased, introducing the joy of animation and creativity to children and beginners of all ages.

The festival takes places today and tomorrow in the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. For more info, click here.


6. Watch ‘Crimson Peak’ at the cinema

Another movie option, but this one’s definitely not for the kiddles.

Set in Victorian times, the latest offering from Guillermo Del Toro (director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim) sees a young woman (Mia Wasikowska) move into the creepy mansion of her equally creepy husband (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister (Jessica Chastain)… who is also creepy. Things get even weirder when long-fingered ghosts start showing up…

The film’s out today, and it’s definitely a great way to get in the Halloween mood. Check out the trailer below.

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