August Events Guide

A cultural round up of the best that this fair isle has to offer for high summer outings

Words by Michelle Hanley
August 2nd, 2017

New Masters Exhibition

New Masters is the latest exhibition from Hens Teeth, championing the bold and the brilliant works of Mason London, The Project Twins, Broken Fingaz Crew (Tel Aviv), Armando Veve, Kelly Anna London and Timothy Saccenti. Whether it’s street art, illustration or photography, each one of these artists is doing something truly special.

Admission: Free. Date: July 31st-August 6th, 11am-8pm each day. The Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Ln, Dublin 2.

Essence by OH Ritual

Nicola Winters will guide you through an essential oils workshop. Along this sensory journey you will get to create your own summer blend to take home with you along with a floral hanging piece. Wine and coffee will be available to purchase to complete your essence of summer experience!

Admission: €45.00. Date: Tuesday, 1st August, 18:30–21:30. Urbanity Coffee, The Glass House, House 11, Coke Ln, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Bjork: Biophilia Live Film

From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centred on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist Björk.

Admission: €12.00. Date: Wednesday, 2nd August, 20:30. The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Dublin Blues, Roots & Brass Festival

The Dublin Blues, Roots and Brass festival curators have left no stone unturned in their search for the best acts to make an interesting and exciting program for the third annual Blues, Roots & Brass Festival.

Admission: Free. Date: August Bank Holiday Weekend August 4th- August 6th, 7pm-close. The Liquor Rooms at 9pm. Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2.

Spraoi 2017

Spraoi returns to the streets of Waterford for another August Bank Holiday weekend set to attract 100,000 people keen to check out the colourful spectacle. Expect acts from all over the globe and a whopper fireworks display.

Admission: Free. Date: August Bank Holiday Weekend August 4th-August 6th. Various locations in Waterford.


Bodytonic is bringing back the sailor hats this year for Beatyard 2017 in its home on Dún Laoghaire pier. 80 music acts will be joined by over 100 food stalls, sure to fuel you up for a night of boogying.

Admission: Free. Date: August Bank Holiday Weekend August 5th- August 6th. Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

We Belong Together: A Fifth Birthday Zine Party

A gig to celebrate five years of one of Dublin’s most beloved sub-culture zines This Is Not Where I Belong. Music from The Late David Turpin, Segrasso and Jon Dots and a complimentary issue of the 19th zine with admission.

Admission: €10.00. Date: August 9th, 20:00–23:00. The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin.

The Truth about Irish Hip Hop Premiere

Gavin FitzGerald and Mark Hayes (directors and producers) follow the story of the rise in success of Irish hip hop acts such as Rusangano Family, This Side Up and Mango & MathMan. A Q&A will be followed by a celebratory open-mic performance from some of Ireland’s leading hip hop talent. Get down early to avoid disappointment!

Admission: Free. Date: Thursday 10th August 2017 8pm-12am. 8 Lower Leeson Street, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Encounter extraordinary artists and unique collaborations in the magical ancient buildings and gardens of Kilkenny. Founded in 1973, Kilkenny Arts Festival has a strong legacy of filling the medieval city classical with music.

Admission and locations vary. See for details. Date: 11–20 August 2017.

Another Love Story

The most beautiful boutique festival on this shore, Another Love Story, will return to Killyon Manor this summer with a stellar line-up of live music, events and DJs featuring Katie Kim, JFDR and Bantum.

Admission and location: See website for details. Date: 18th-20th August 2017.

Mexican Supper Club

A workshop with a difference from arguably Ireland’s best Mexican chef, Lily Ramirez-Foran, these supper clubs consist of a Mexican three-course meal and one thing you can be sure of, you won’t go home hungry!

Admission: €45.00. Date: August 25th 2017, 7pm-10:30pm. Picado, 44A South Richmond Street, Dublin 2.

The Great Gatsby at The Gate

Don’t miss your chance to catch the last few performances of this roaring success and truly original take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz-age novel, The Great Gatsby. The theatre is emptied of seats and transformed into the Gatsby mansion as you follow the actors around the building. Expect music, cocktails and scandal. 1920’s dress encouraged. Dancing shoes mandatory!

Admission: From €28.00. Date: until September 16th, 2017, Tue-Sat: 7.30pm, Sunday performances: 4pm, Saturday matinees: 2.30pm. The Gate Theatre, Cavendish Row, Rotunda, Dublin 1.