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The "Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)" is Dublin's most popular event magazine that focuses on the vast amount of cultural events for no admission charges. For more than 11 years it was a weekly e-mail magazine that listed, described and recommended 170-200 free cultural events in Dublin City and in the Greater Dublin area. Gigs, Festivals, Talks, Lectures, Exhibitions and much more for all age groups were included. After 600 editions, the Dublin Event Guide was semi-retired and now continues in a new format.

The Dublin Event Guide is a non commercial initiative and is published by Joerg Steegmueller, it has more than 24,000 readers. Instead of a weekly e-mail, there is now an e-mail only when significant events happen and you can subscribe for free on the right here -->>

This site contains the newest edition below and is updated as soon as it is completed (check the date!). But even if there is no new edition here, you probably find some event information on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at!

The newest Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) below was posted on 01 August 2020:

Dublin Event Guide 667: No more Social Distancing! But hear me out! – Limited events this Bank Holiday Weekend.

DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

  01 August 2020 – No 667

Subscribers: 24,000

No more Social Distancing! But hear me out!
– Limited events this Bank Holiday Weekend –

Hi all!

We need to do something together! We need to stop that nonsense of “Social Distancing” and I need your help! Noooo, don’t worry, I am not suggesting to break rules and risk your and your family and friend’s life. ALL I am asking is to change how you talk about!
I don’t know who invented the term “Social Distancing”, but it is a bad bad bad term! The correct term should be “Physical Distancing” and nothing else and we should all use the correct term. You might think that a word doesn’t make much of a difference, but the fear and worry that has been created by authorities world wide (instead of just giving us the known facts) will be made worse by telling us to SOCIALLY distance ourselves from our friends and colleagues and even from our family. We do NOT have to distance ourselves socially to stay safe and be 2m apart. Just keep a PHYSICAL distance of 2 meters and all is good!
I will from now on ban the word “Social Distancing” from by vocabulary and will replace it with “Physical Distancing”. Who is with me? Let me know below if on Facebook and please talk to your friends about it! (Ohh, and if you disagree, please also let me know!)

We need to stand together…while being physically apart!

Standing physically together will take quite another while, though, as it seems at the moment. IF pubs open in a bit more than a week’s time and it is a big IF, then they won’t be the same as pubs we knew before. And currently I can’t see events resuming to their normal level for another long while. But at the same time I also see that online events have decreased quite significantly. So the “cultural gap” is getting bigger at the moment, rather than smaller and it concerns me a lot!

This weekend is another bank holiday weekend and it is traditionally one of the quietest bank holiday weekends in the year. 2020 is not a normal year, but the number of events on Saturday and Sunday does stay below of what I had expected and on Monday it is REALLY quiet. I am SURE next week will be better again!

Ans some news about a BIG event: Culture Night, one of my favourite events every year, will take place (on 18 September from 16:00-23:00) but it will be largely online and for many real life events pre-booking will be required and/or there will be significant limitations. So, we need to wait and see if an online version of Culture Night can attract anywhere close to the number of people that enjoy the real life version normally. You can already check out the programme at

I will do my best, though, to continue the Dublin Event Guide, but I really need some feedback from you to hear if you still use and benefit from it even with all the restrictions. I found a nice amount of events for you again this week, but I never know if you are able and willing to make use of these event offerings.

And this is important! Before we get to the events, I will have to ask you for support again because it has dried up over the last two weeks. :-O The Dublin Event Guide is entirely crowdfunded. That means it needs you to help with the bills! I use all donations to cover the cost for sending and hosting the Dublin Event Guide. Your donations are not for me, so you DIRECTLY help to keep the Dublin Event Guide alive!

You can help with some “virtual coffees” or maybe even a 10 Euro donation via Paypal or Revolut. Every cent is VERY MUCH appreciated!! Thank you!

You can contribute here on the “Buy Me a Coffee” site:
Or even better (because I don’t have to pay any fees) you can donate directly via
And for the Revolut users among you, it is super easy via 0872931571.

Thank you very very much!

The EPIC Zone


EPIC Logo “EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum” ( are currently sponsoring the Dublin Event Guide and this section of the weekly newsletter will contain relevant information about events in general or about EPIC-related news and happenings.

EPIC Logo ++ Planning a Staycation this year?
Stay home, stay local and help EPIC stay Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Spare a minute to VOTE for EPIC at The World Travel Awards:


++ Children go free to EPIC for the whole month of August!
Summer is well underway and there aren’t many weeks left in the school holidays. Make the most of your time with the kids and plan a fun day out for the whole family in Dublin’s Docklands this August.

Here at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019, we are delighted to offer FREE entry to children aged 16 and under, when accompanied by a paying adult.

EPIC is a fun and interactive experience for kids, adults and grandparents alike. Whether children are exploring the 200 year old vaults, swiping through the interactive quizzes, dancing to Riverdance or listening to the whispering library, they are sure to be entertained and educated.
++ Kids also go free to The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship throughout August
Located less than 5 minutes walk from EPIC, you’ll find The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship which tells the story of the thousands of Irish people who fled the Famine and embarked on a voyage in the hope of a better life in North America. Step on board and you will be transported back in time to join them on their amazing journey.

Unlock your kids’ imagination and fuel their curiosity with a FREE trip to these two great attractions in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands! With world-class visitor attractions, plenty of wide-open space and an excellent selection of bars and restaurants, Dublin’s Docklands is the place to be this summer.

++ EPIC Explorers Virtual Imagination Summer Camp for Kids returns next month!
Date: 10-14 August (5-day camp) – Age: 6-12 years but suitable for the whole family – EUR 5 (for 1 workshop) / EUR 15 (for 5) / Family ticket: EUR 40 (includes all 5 workshops AND entry to EPIC for 2 adults and 2 children)
Escape your house and explore the world alongside the Irish diaspora this summer with our EPIC Explorers Imagination Camp for Kids! Delivered remotely, this camp consists of a 1.5-hour Zoom-delivered session every day, followed by engaging activities for children aged 6 – 12 years and families to do at home together.
++ Tiny Tots: Summer Storytelling
Date: 11 August – 10:30-11:15 – Age: 2-5yrs – EUR 5
Tiny Tots is back at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum! Suitable for 2-5 year olds, join us on a journey across the sea alongside Irish emigrants in this original adventure tale composed by EPIC.
Delivered via Zoom, we’ll meet some of the museum’s famous characters in a fun, interactive storytelling session. First, we’ll go on a “Viking Voyage”, then crash a “Pirate Party”, before we join the “Nautical Navy” and meet the “Singing Submarine”.




And here are lots of free events extra for you:


+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food Market – 09:30-16:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
+ The Coronas Ice-cream Tour @ City Centre 10:00-11:00 Murphy’s Ice Cream, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
+ Bushy Park Market 10:00-16:00 Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6W
+ Jackie Edwards – To Catch a Hummingbird – Celebrating Frida Kahlo – Art Exhibition 10:00-17:30 Gormleys Fine Art, 27 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2
+ Ukulele Licence – Play Along – Rock Jam School 11:00-11:30 Online
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
+ The Coronas Ice-cream Tour @ Dundrum 12:00-13:00 Mill Pond, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16
+ Ballet Class with Saor Dance and Fitness 13:00-14:00 Online
+ David Keenan & Liam Ó Maonlaí – Live – All Together Now Festival 14:00-15:00 Online
+ Dance Fitness Class with Saor Dance and Fitness 14:00-15:00 Online
+ Gooey Chocolate Cookie Workshop 14:00-15:00 Online
+ The Coronas Ice-cream Tour @ Liffey Valley 16:00-17:00 Starbucks Entrance, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Lucan, Co. Dublin
+ Billy Treacy & The Scope – Live in Beauvale Park 17:00-19:00 Live and Online Beauvale Park, Artane, Dublin 5
+ Guy – Play about consent and nights out 19:00-19:30 Online
+ Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival Re-Imagined 21:00-22:00 Online
+ Online Karaoke 19:00-21:00 Online





+ Ballymun Car Boot Sale – 08:00-13:00 Ballymun Comprehensive School, Ballymun, Dublin 9
+ Jackie Edwards – To Catch a Hummingbird – Celebrating Frida Kahlo – Art Exhibition 10:00-17:30 Gormleys Fine Art, 27 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

+ Gemma Dunleavy – Live – All Together Now Festival 14:00-15:00 Online
+ NudeActivity Mix (Qigong + Fitness + Movement/Dance) 15:30-18:00 Donabate-Corballis Beach
+ Sarah Elaine Live Gig 16:00-17:00 Online
+ Matthias Winkler Jazz Trio – Livestream 19:00-20:30 Online from the Music Cafe Dublin on Wellington Quay
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass 19:30-20:30 Online
+ Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival Re-Imagined 21:00-22:00 Online


Next Week

+ 750th Anniversary of the Battle of Connacht – History Lecture Mon 03 Aug 20:00-21:00
+ Fontaines D.C. – A Night at Montrose, Dublin – Music Video Mon 03 Aug 20:00 To get an invitation you need to subscribe to their newsletter before 03 Aug
+ Axis Summer Sessions: Colm Quearney – Songwriter – Live Music Mon 03 Aug 21:00 Online

+ Plastic in the Thames – Live Talk with Natural History Museum Scientist – Nature Live Online Tue 04 Aug 12:00-13:00 Online
+ Dance in the Park with Mumba Dance (Parent + Child 0-6 years) – Activity Tue 04 Aug 12:00-13:00
+ Finghin Collins: Building a Performing Career in the 21st Century – how to keep it all going – NCH Masters Course Tues 04 Aug 14:00-15:00
+ Ruby Sessions at Home Tue 04 Aug 20:30-23:00 Online

+ Online Coffee Conversation: At the Seaside (Hugh Lane Gallery) 11:00 Online
+ Clay/Works Exhibition – Ceramics Ireland Annual Members Exhibition 05-29 Aug (Daily 11:00-17:00) Printworks, Conference Centre Foyer, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
+ Gwendolyn Masin: The Changeless Change – How to Achieve a Varied, Flexible Vibrato – NCH Masters Course Wed 05 Aug 12:00-13:00
+ Gilles Apap – Mozart’s Cadenzas  – NCH Masters Course Wed 05 Aug 18:00-19:00
+ Philosophy for Living: India and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita Wed 05 Aug 19:30-20:45 (Admission is free to this 3rd introductory class)
+ The Irish in American Civil War – History Lecture Wed 05 Aug 20:00-21:00 Online
+ WeAddHeart Meetup Wed 05 Aug 20:15-20:50 Online (Registration required)

+ Yeats: the life and works of WB Yeats – Online Exhibition tour Thu 06 Aug 11:00
+ Ukulele Licence – Play Along – Rock Jam School Thu 06 Aug 11:00-11:30 Online
+ Birds of Prey – Family Webinar + Q&A with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (for all ages!) Thu 06 Aug 14:00-15:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Kim Kashkashian: Tai Chi for string players and injury prevention – NCH Masters Course Thu 06 Aug 18:00-19:00
+ Building a Resilient Mindset – Webinar Thu 06 Aug 19:00-20:00
+ Birds of prey & the threat from wildlife crime – Webinar for adults Thu 06 Aug 19:00-20:30 Online (Booking required)

+ Hugh Lane Culture Club Online: Conserving Contemporary Art Fri 07 Aug 10:30 Online
+ Neurodiversity and the Impact of Covid-19 – UCD Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Lecture Fri 07 Aug 12:30-13:30 Online
+ Cellist Gary Hoffman: Ask me Anything – NCH Masters Course Fri 07 Aug 18:00-19:00



Hungry for more events and suggestions?

I found a few more things to keep you going or that you might find interesting:

1) Daily Tours in National Botanic Gardens
The daily tour in the National Botanic Gardens has resumed and while it is limited to outside areas only (the glass houses are all closed at the moment), it is definitely a good reason for visiting the gardens again.
The tour takes place at 11:30 and you need to book tickets. You won’t have much luck with short term bookings (both tours for this weekend are booked out, for example) but if you can plan a little in advance, there should be no problem to get tickets….even for an upcoming weekend.
The tours are currently (!) free as part of the government stimulus package. Go to and then “Select A Date” to choose your preferred date.

2) Online Courses – Special Offer
During the Covid lockdown, enrollments in Udemy courses increased by 425%! Wow! What did you learn during that time? In August most Udemy courses will cost between EUR 10.99 and 12.99 again, so it is not too late yet to learn something new. Especially watch out for 05+06 August on these two days the courses will cost just EUR 10.99. That will be the lowest price this month. Use this link because if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)

3) Books
A free Book summary per week can be found here:
And to buy books I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include delivery for free (and by using this link you help the Dublin Event Guide). But Book Depository played a trick on me: They changed ALL their links, so if you used an old link, please don’t use it anymore and ONLY use this new link if you want to help the Dublin Event Guide with your purchase:


And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week.
Take care,–Joerg


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