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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 23 October 2021:

Dublin Event Guide 729: The rules mess continues! – Dandelion Market, Halloween, Workman’s Club Party

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

The rules mess continues!

Dandelion Market, Halloween, Workman’s Club Party

Hi all!

What now? The 22 October is gone and promises were broken and many hopes got disappointed once again. But with relatively high infection numbers, it was easy to justify the change of plan. We know, the promise of lifting all restrictions was just a carrot (and a trick) to keep us simpletons from rebelling, but it still raises the question if there ever can be a situation when ALL restrictions can be lifted. Maybe in May 2022 … or April 2025?

As every time before, when new rules were announced, you wonder if anybody in government or in the government departments has any sense of real life?

Nightclubs are now allowed to re-open up to full capacity as long as “social” distancing can still be maintained. At least when you go to the toilet and when you queue, not so much however on a dance floor or in the normal night club area. When you drink, eat or dance you can be closer together and you don’t need a mask. When you speak or shout over the music while dancing, there is no risk. But when you do the same while standing still, then a mask has to be worn because you are at risk. (And keep in mind that “snogging” is only allowed with mask in a night club!!) And just to be clear, the distance for “social” distancing has been removed from the rules. So you HAVE to still socially distance yourself, but we are not too sure anymore how far.

The prize winning sentence in the new guidelines for nightlife is “Specific distances for social distancing are being removed, however the sector should ensure that social distancing remains part of the overall infection prevention control measures especially for shared spaces e.g. restrooms, foyers, concourses etc.” Duuuhhh!!!

If you have any questions, then the PDF here will explain NOTHING in a consistent and logical way.

The poor event organisers are meant to make sense of this mess. :-O I don’t envy them!

In general, all these regulations are an additional challenge for every business and that combined with the fact that even to visit a nightclub now you will have to pre-book a ticket at least 24 hours in advance (it seems that this unwritten rule was not in place yet this weekend, but will be in place from next weekend) will mean that events will be more expensive and there will be less free events. That is not good news!

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“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.

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We are very proud to have been awarded Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2021 – our third time to win. Thank you to all of our visitors, industry colleagues and friends around the world for your votes and support. And a special big Thank you!! to all “Dublin Event Guide” readers who voted for us! Read more:

+++ Halloween at EPIC
22-31 October – Online or in-person
Get spooky this midterm break with our fun and family-friendly Halloween events! We’re returning to our folkloric roots with ghostly tales, virtual trick-or-treating, creepy crafting and much more. Suitable for all ages. There are a number of free events (online and in-person) and events that are included in the admission charge and there are a few events with separate admission charges. The whole list of events can be found on

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 23 October

+ Irish Car Boot Sales – Market 06:00-12:00 Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24
+ Airfield Estate Farmers’ Market 09:00-14:30 Airfield Estate, Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14 (lower car park)
+ Glasnevin Indoor Market/Food Fair 09:00-14:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11
+ Supernatural Food Market – Food & Farmer’s Market 09:00-15:00 St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St., Dublin 2
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food & Farmers’ Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
+ Bushy Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6W
+ Red Stables Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
+ Marlay Park Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
+ Crows: Spooky or Smarties – Talk for Families – Natural History Museum from 11:00 Online
+ Urban Picnic Market – Corkagh Park 11:00-17:00 Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
+ 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

+ Rob Strong Band – Gig – Cherrytree Walkinstown 20:45 Online (Oddly the Facebook page says that this is an online gig, but the description indicates that it isn’t. Maybe they changed their plans after the recent announcements?)
+ Latin Fever Returns – Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton and more – River Bar 21:00-01:00 (free from 21:00-23:00) River Bar,
+ The Goods live – Gig 22:30-01:00 Tolka House, 9a Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

Sunday 24 October

+ Irish Car Boot Sales – Market 08:00-13:00 Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School, Ballymun Rd, Ballymun, Dublin 9
+ Glasnevin Indoor Market/Food Fair 09:00-16:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11
+ Pimpin’ Pumpkins and Transforming Turnips Online Workshop – EPIC Samhain Family Festival 10:00-11:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Marlay Park Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
+ People’s Park Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 People’s Park, Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
+ Pet Friendly Dublin Halloween Dog Meet-Up – St. Anne’s Park 11:00-13:00 St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
+ Herbert Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
+ St. Catherine’s Park Urban Market 11:00-17:00 St. Catherine’s Park, Lucan, Co. Dublin (beside overflow car park)
+ Dandelion Halloween Market – Vintage/Jewellery/Arts/Crafts/Vinyl – The Well 12:00-17:00 The Well, 130 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

+ A Beuys Crying in the Wilderness – Film Screening followed by talk – Beuys 100 – Hugh Lane Gallery 13:00-14:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 (Booking required)
+ Organ Freeman – Weekly Jazz Sundays 18:00-20:00 The Big Romance, 98 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
++ The Best of Mario Lanza with Sean Costello & Vladimir Jablokov – Free Online Concert 20:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Nialler9 presents… Strange Boy + The X Collective – Gig – Workman’s Club 20:00 Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
+ The Bank Holiday Sunday Party with Turnstiles, TV People, Scattered Ashes – Gig – Workman’s Club 20:00 Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

What’s on and free next week….

Monday 25 October


+ Building Hope: A Celebration of Traveller Culture – On-Demand Stream – Online concert and discussion about Traveller Culture and Mental Health – All Day (Booking required)
+ Family Ghost Story Online Workshop – EPIC Samhain Family Festival 10:00-11:00 Online (Booking required)
+ “Experience Samhain” Pop-up Crafting Stations – EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum 11:00-15:00 chq Building, IFSC, Custom House Quay Dublin 1

Tuesday 26 October

+ The Crow Knows: Arts and Crafts Activity – Pre-recorded video – Family Event from Age 5 – Natural History Museum from 11:00 Online
+ Culture Kids: Family Tour of Goldenbridge Cemetery – Age: 9-12 – Dublin City Culture Company 11:00 Meeting at Richmond Barracks, St. Michael’s Estate, Inchicore Dublin 8 (Booking required)
+ How to Make a Decorative Frame – Online Workshop – Chester Beatty Museum from 11:00 Online
+ Pilates: Deep Stretch & Release – Online Class – Iconic Offices & CoreState Pilates 12:00-13:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Welcome Notes? Music for Children living in Direct Provision – Talk – Hugh Lane Gallery 13:00-14:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 (Booking required)
+ The Animal Crackers Family Challenge – Family Event with Children aged 7+ – Hugh Lane Gallery 15:00-16:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 (Booking required)
+ So Close but so Far Apart: Living and Working as an Artist in Post-Brexit Ireland – Cultur/Raum Panel Discussion – Goethe Institut 18:00 Online
+ Shadows from the Trenches: Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution 1918-1923 – Talk – National Library 19:00 Online (Booking required)

Wednesday 27 October

Just ONE event this Wednesday? Usually Wednesday is the busiest day of the week. Odd!!

+ Developing Thought Leadership for Impact and Influence – Webinar – Iconic Offices & Dominic Soh 11:00-12:00 Online

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Thursday 28 October

+ How to Make a Candle Holder – Online Workshop for Teens – Cheater Beatty Museum from 11:00 Online
+ Understanding Pensions – Webinar – Iconic Offices & Zurich 12:30-13:10 Online (Booking required)
+ WB Yeats: Folklore and Fairy Tales – Talk – National Library 14:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Channelling Joseph Beuys – Performative artwork by Rónán Ó Raghallaigh – Goethe Institut 18:00 Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Booking required)
+ Foundation myths & other stories- Writer Mary Dorcey in conversation with Tonie Walsh about her work as an LGBTI+ and feminist activist – National Library 19:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Book Club: “Home Stretch” by Graham Norton – Dublin City Culture Company 20:00-21:15 Online (Booking required)

Friday 29 October

+ Free Fitness for all! – Group Session 07:00 Grand Canal Dock, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
+ National Museums: Narrating the Nation – 2-day international conference – National Museum 10:00-19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Down to Earth: Exploring Ireland’s Geology – National Museum – Dublin City Culture Company 11:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Children’s History Workshop: Spooky Stories – The history of Halloween (Age 9-12) – Dublin City Culture Company 14:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Spookfield Halloween Lighting Installation (29-31 Oct) – Smithfield Plaza 18:00-22:00 (??) Smithfield Plaza, Smithfield, Dublin 7
+ ZEHR GUT Concert – with Lambert, Sara Miller & Navá – Goethe Institut 18:30-22:30 Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Booking required)

And there is more…

+++ Dublin City Halloween Hunt Virtual Orienteering Community Event
From 23-31 October the Halloween Hunt, a virtual orienteering event hosted by Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership (DCSWP) will take place in seven Dublin City Parks. Each park has up to 17 zombie locations and if you find all Zombie locations in your local park, you can win a prize. The following parks are part of the Zombie Hunt: Le Fanu Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 / St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5 / Herbert Park, Dublin 4 / Eamonn Ceannt Park, Sundrive Road, Dublin 12 / Albert College Park, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 / John Paul Park, Cabra, Dublin 7 / Poppintree Park, Ballymun, Dublin 11 Find all details on

+++ Science Gallery Re-opening: “BIAS: Built this Way”
As one of the last museums in Dublin, the Science Gallery is re-opening with a new exhibition on show from 22 Oct 2021 – 28 Feb 2022. The exhibition is called “BIAS: Built this Way” and is an exploration of preferences, prejudices and digital equity with exhibits about privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition, class and artificial intelligence. The opening hours are a lot more limited than in the past and will be Wed 11:00-18:00 / Thu 11:00-19:00 / Fri 11:00-18:00 / Sat+Sun 12:00-15:00 Find all details at

+++ Halloween at the National Botanic Gardens
From Monday 18 October a Harvest Display will be on view in the Alpine Yard (opposite the Visitor Centre entrance). The Online Pumpkin Decorating Competition is open for entries from Monday 18 October and is taking place on All Halloween tours are booked out.

+++ Low Priced Books with free delivery
Book Depository is the place where you can buy low priced books, usually for better prices than on Amazon and Book Depository always delivers for free. And by buying books from Book Depository you will also help the Dublin Event Guide for no additional cost to you. Use this link:

+++ National Gallery tickets available here
The National Gallery is usually free anyway, but in current times you will have to book tickets to get access and you have to enter the building on the Merrion Street side. Tickets are available here: The National Gallery also is running events again and because the events have limited number of spaces, they can book out relatively fast, at least before I can write about the events, so check out the events 1-2 weeks in advance here and then book tickets for them.

+++ Visit Dublin Castle for free
Until the end of 2021, entry to Dublin Castle is free for all visitors. You will be able to visit the State Apartments on a self-guided tour. There are currently no guided tours and therefore the Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal are not accessible. Opening hours are Mon-Sun & Bank Holidays: 09:45-17:45 (last admission 17:15). Tickets can be booked at for free there will also a limited number of tickets available at the ticket desk.

Is there ever a wrong time for learning a new skill or enhancing what you are already interested in? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available. Nearly all the courses are REALLY affordable!
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at And if you buy through that link, you also help the Dublin Event Guide! :-)

And this is it for another week! Have a great weekend and good new week.

Take care,

–Joerg (


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