June Events Guide

We’ve rounded up the festivals, parades and exhibitions you can’t miss this month

Words by Michelle Hanley
June 2nd, 2017

Bulmers Forbidden Fruit

As spring creeps into summer, we are all counting down the days to the first festival and the official start of the season with Bulmers Forbidden Fruit. This year’s line-up includes Orbital, Apex Twin and Nicolas Jaar bringing an electronic start to the weekend with a more mellow line-up on Monday with soulful singer-songwriters like Bon Iver and Lisa Hannigan.

Admission: Day tickets from €64.50. Time & Date: Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Monday 5 from 2.00 p.m. Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Road, Dublin 8.

Bloom in the Park

Any gardeners delight, this year’s five-day show is sure to offer visitors a taste of the best planting and design trends and give your chance to meet Ireland’s top food and beverage producers while sampling the fruits of their labour.

Admission: day tickets from €16.00. Time & Date: Thursday 1 to Monday 5 from 2.00 p.m. Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Hepburn Forever at the Lighthouse

Celebrating the two of Hollywood’s all-time greats, Audrey and Katharine Hepburn, who have a combined eighteen Oscar nominations between them. Don’t miss your chance to catch The Philadelphia Story, Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner and Roman Holiday on the big screen. If there’s one we’re sure not to miss it’s the boozy screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s with prosecco and macaroons.

Admission: tickets from €6.50. Time & Date: Saturday 3 June – July 4. Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

An American in Paris with RTÉ Concert Orchestra

See this spectacle come to life thanks to the talents of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as they accompany Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly on the big screen in An American in Paris. Featuring such Gershwin classics as Embraceable You, Nice Work If You Can Get It, I Got Rhythm, ’S Wonderful and Love is Here to Stay.

Admission: Tickets from €23.00. Time & Date: Friday 2 & Saturday 4, 8.00 p.m. The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

Saint Sister at The National Concert Hall

Arguably the best new act in the country, Saint Sister, fresh from they’re European tour with Lisa Hannigan, return triumphantly to the National Concert Hall for their biggest show to date. A mix of heavenly harmonies, off-kilter beats and beautifully honest lyrics, it’s little wonder their debut EP Madrid has over 1 million hits on Spotify. For a taste of what to expect, listen to their latest creation ‘Chasing Trouble’ below.

Admission: Tickets from €17.50. Time & Date: Wednesday 7, 8.00 p.m. The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

SOUND CHECK at Science Gallery

Break out your old mix tapes, swing your way to melodic bliss or rock up to the noise studio to make your own synth. The newest exhibition at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin opens on 9th June and promises a noisy cacophony that will make your hair stand on end and your stomach vibrate!

Admission: Free. Time & Date: Friday 7 to 24 September. Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Pearse St, Dublin 2.

Bloomsday Festival

We love how Dublin transforms into a time capsule for one day each year, captured in the pages of Ulysses. From Joycean pub crawls to Bloomsday afternoon tea, this year’s programme has something for every Leopold Bloom lover out there.

Admission: Varies. Time & Date: Friday 11 to 15. various locations, see here for further details.

Vermeer And The Masters Of Genre Painting at The National Gallery

Heralded as the exhibition of the year when it opened in the Louvre in February, Vermeer And The Masters Of Genre Painting includes 12 out of 40 surviving Vermeer paintings alongside some of the most celebrated genre painters of all time, not just the Dutch Golden Age.

Admission: From €5. Time & Date: Saturday 17 to 24 September. National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Body & Soul

The summer solstice celebrations would not be complete without this magical jamboree between the trees. A line-up that includes Metronomy, Bonobo, and Irish acts like Aibhe Reddy, I Have Tribe and Loah, this is to be a highlight of the summer.

Admission: From €65. Time & Date: Friday 23 to Sunday 25. Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Navan, Co. Meath.

Dublin Pride 2017

Dublin’s annual Pride parade starts at 2pm (with a pre-parade rally from 12am) at the south side of St. Stephen’s Green, and march towards Christchurch, over the Liffey and will end on Smithfield Square. From here, be sure to join the glittered crowds at the annual Mother Pride Block Party.

Admission: Free. Time & Date: Saturday 24, 2.00 p.m. Meeting point: Southside of Stephen’s Green.

Olive Oil Masterclass at the Instituto Cervantes Dublín

Spanish culture has been centred around the humble olive for centuries, known there as ‘liquid gold’. This masterclass will examine the different types of olive oil, its health-giving properties and the right way to cook with it.

Admission: €10. Time & Date: Wednesday 28, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Café Literario, Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Dublin 2

Sense & Sensibility Open Air Garden Theatre at Ballyseede Castle

Prepare for one hell of a pleasant evening watching Jane Austen’s classic unfold in the picturesque gardens of Ballyseede Castle. Bring a picnic along with family and friends and follow the sisters as they find their path and lose their hearts in their quest to find the perfect balance of sense and sensibility.

Admission: TBC. Time & Date: Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29. Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Ballyseede, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Camille Normen Solo Show

American artist Camille Norment’s latest collection seeks to engage the viewer as a physical and psychological participant in the work, and as such, is interested in creating experiences that are both somatic and cognitive. An architectural experience not to be missed.

Admission: Free. Time & Date: 30 June – 02 September. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

 Photography on a Postcard Open Call

If you are looking to get creative this June then why not apply to the Photography on a Postcard open call. Modelled after the hugely successful Art on a Postcard auction which has been running for the last few years and has included artist such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Gilbert and George and Sir Peter Blake. The first photography only postcard collection will be sold as lottery tickets later this year to raise money for o the Hepatitis C Trust.

See website for details on how to apply.