Dublin has become one of the world’s premier tourist destinations – it offers a taste of Irish culture to visitors from all around the world.
From the hottest new restaurants, featuring fusion cuisine and modern decor, to traditional Irish pubs where you can enjoy a pint among friends…you’ll never run short of things to do in this vibrant city.
As well as the nightlife and hospitality Dublin is so well-known for, guests to the city will also be able to explore a whole series of natural wonders, castles, and attractions.
If you’re interested in seeing a new side of Dublin this fall, take a few days to explore the city from a different point of view!
Instead of the tried-and-true (but always enjoyable) tourist attractions we all know and love, consider taking in a festival or attending some offbeat activities.
Getting out among the townspeople in a fun festival atmosphere will be a great way to really get to know Dublin…
Here’s a look at today’s Dublin, with some more unique options for enjoying its culture and people:
Are you lucky enough to be in Dublin this Halloween? Get out and enjoy this spooky night at Hallowfest! This festival is perfect for families, and it’s held in South Dublin.
At Hallowfest, you can dress up your kids (and yourself) while joining legions of Dubliners as they parade through the streets.
There are also treasure hunts for the children, fun prizes for the best costumes, and a family dance night featuring disco music.
Hallowfest runs from Oct. 5th to Nov. 1st, and the best part is – it’s totally free to participants: enjoy Halloween the Dublin way by joining the revelers at this great event.
For another great family event while visiting Dublin, take the kids to the Children’s Book Festival!
Fun and education meet as little ones enjoy readings from popular children’s book authors, drama and art workshops, and other worthwhile events.
These activities all take place in Ireland’s many libraries and community centers, where children can be inspired and entertained by some of the most critically acclaimed authors around.
Dublin will be a hub for this special event. The festival runs from Oct. 1st, 2009 to Oct. 30, 2009.
For more grown-up pleasures in the city of Dublin, this autumn season offers a range of choices.
For those who appreciate the beauty and intricacy of classical music, a night out to see the Irish Chamber Music Orchestra at the RDS will be unforgettable.
This concert, held at the venerable Royal Dublin Society, takes place on Oct. 31st.
The music of Mozart and Barber will be celebrated during this evening performance, which features a complete orchestra.
Compositions by Mendelssohn and Puccini will also be played on this special night.
Film Festivals –
For those who prefer edgier entertainment, Horrorthon will be an amazing way to enjoy Halloween!
This festival brings together horror film fans and a unique pairing of low budget indie flicks and big-ticket, big studio films.
Four days and nights of gore, chills, and things that go bump in the night will ensure a good time for horror aficionados. Enjoy this event from Oct. 22nd, 2009 to Oct. 26, 2009.
Get Into The Spirit This Fall –
Get into the spirit of things this fall by choosing a special piece of authentic Irish jewelry.
You’ll be able to enjoy fond memories of autumn in Ireland every time you put it on.
This gold Claddagh pendant is adorned with emeralds and diamonds that enhance its traditional, crowned-heart motif. This necklace is a symbol of love and loyalty.
Wear it with jeans or formal attire for a touch of Ireland – no matter where you are.