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Event Guide for free Events in Greater Dublin

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 17 April 2021:

Dublin Event Guide 703: Expanding oyster! ;-) – Music Town Dublin, New Music Festival, One Dublin One Book


Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

Expanding oyster! ;-)

Music Town Dublin, New Music Festival, One Dublin One Book

Hi all!

The world is our Oyster!? is a saying that was allegedly sterted by Shakespeare in 1602. (It means that you can be anything you want and go anywhere you want to.)

With the expansion of our “oyster” from 5km to 20km it NEARLY feels like the world is endless again, doesn’t it. ;-)

Well, NEARLY! But at least all is going in the right direction – for now! And in a few weeks maybe even museums and galleries will open again. :-O Pubs & Restaurants? Hmmmm, not for another long while it seems.

Spring is also coming. So there is definitely new room for optimism. And it is a 100% certainty that events will start again a some point in our lifetime, I guarantee you that!

On the flipside and while the UK is celebrating with big crowds in Soho and we are grateful for the tiniest permission to walk a little further, Germany is NOW introducing curfews from 21:00-05:00. Let’s hope that our numbers will stay low.

A HUGE thank you to the wonderful people that contacted me last week with feedback, support, VERY appreciated donations or just a click on Facebook on the helpful buttons to confirm that you still want me to continue with the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). To you a click or a short message might be nothing, to me it is the fuel that keeps me going week after week. ;-) I never felt it with virus, but regarding the Dublin Event Guide we are definitely “in it together”.

Maybe this shiny, happy picture on the left helped last week, so let me test its effect for another week. ?

If you like free cultural events and enjoy the great content in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”, please help by donating a small amount.

Any amount will help, but if you are looking for a recommendation, then I would suggest a donation of 12 Euro per year. That’s just one Euro per month. Where else can you get so much value for so little money?

Use the Dublin Event Guide Donation Page here. It is really easy to use and uses Stripe’s trustworthy payment processing. In case it doesn’t work for you, the “old” links are still below for another little while. On this new page, you can also choose to sign up for a yearly subscription! Yearly subscriptions will give some important financial stability and reliability to the Dublin Event Guide and would be great to have! (Look for the RED subscription buttons at the bottom.)

If the new page above doesn’t work, just use these links and donate via
or for Revolut users among you just use @joergbrb (Revolut is moving away from phone numbers and to addresses like this one.)

Or you can buy one or two or even three virtual coffees (or Hot Chocolates!) for the Dublin Event Guide and you can do that on the “Buy Me a Coffee” page here

And another way to help is this free way: If you come to and check out some of the ads and click on the ones that you find interesting, that also helps with a few cent!

Thank you!!

The EPIC Zone


“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.

++ Irish Traveller Communities Abroad – Hidden Histories of the Irish Abroad
Thu 22 Apr – 18:30-19:30 – Online – Adm: Free (Donation suggested)
Looking for online talks? Tune in on Thursday 22 April to discover the fascinating and little-known history of the Irish Traveller community abroad, particularly in the US and Britain. Register for free, with donations welcomed:

++ EPIC – Virtual Tour

Hopefully EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum will be able to re-open again soon, but for a taster and to get an idea what EPIC is all about, you can still checkout the great virtual tour they make available here:

++ EPIC Museum Gift Shop – Brona Chocolate sale
Enjoy a selection of delicious chocolate from Brona, a family-run artisan chocolate maker based in Kerry. Sample a wide range of tastes and flavours with our special offer, with 3 bars for EUR 9, saving you EUR 1.50! Browse at EPIC Museum Gift Shop

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 17 April

+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
++ Franco Irish Literary Festival – Readings/Panel Discussions/Interview 10:00-17:00 Online
+ “What have the Ancients ever done for us?”: The value of studying the Ancient World both in and out of the Academy – Online Conference – Trinity College Dublin 11:00 Online
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only)11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

+ Beetroot and Chocolate Cake – Baking Workshop – Boozy Bakers, UK 14:00-15:00 Online
+ Come, let the blazing truth blind: readings by Irish writers on the subject of Mother and Baby Homes – Poetry Ireland 16:00 Online (Booking required)
+ The Electric Kazoo – Family Music Show with Paul Noonan – MusicTown Dublin 17:00 Online
+ Stoicism for today: The art of living by Epictetus – Talk – Acropolis Ireland 17:00 Online
+ Yoga for Respiratory Health  – Live Webinar with Isha Online 16:00-17:00 Online
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 19:00 Online
+ Weapons of the Custom House Attack on 25 May 1921 – Talk 20:00-22:00 Online
+ Jack Lukeman: Open Your Borders – Gig 20:00 Online
+ Saturday Adult Quiz with Dun Laoghaire Libraries 20:30 Online
+ Gig In The Gaf With Aoife & Lenny Unplugged from Vintage Vibes Band 20:30 Online
+ Fears performing “Oiche” – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 21:00
+ D:Ream – Off The Walls Festival – Gig 21:00-22:00 Online
+ Karlos (McDermott) from The Receipts – Saturday Night Live – Gig – Blue Light Pub 21:00 Online
+ Introduction to SKY Breath Meditation Workshop – Art of Living Foundation 21:00-22:00 Online (Booking required)

Sunday 18 April

+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only) 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
+ Sundays@Noon – Classical Music Concert – Spero String Quartet – Hugh Lane Gallery 12:00-13:00 Online

+ A Weldon Kane Report: Joe Heaney Was A Time Traveller – MusicTown Dublin 17:00 Online
+ D.J. Curran (Surfing Solo) live on Irishgigs – DJ Set (Irish, Country, 60s, 70s) 17:00 Online
+ Vive L’Irlande: a Franco Irish Literary Cabaret – drama, music, dance and comedy in English and French – Bethencourt Productions 18:00 Online
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 19:00 Online
+ Singer/Songwriter Sina Theil – Live – Country & Ballads 19:15 Online
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online
+ Blind Date Jazz Episode 5: Colm O’Hara + Seán Carpio – Improvised Music Company 20:00-20:30 Online
+ Traditional Music Slow Session – Séamus Ennis Arts Centre 20:30 Online
+ The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Live Tour – Washington DC History & Culture 01:00-02:30 Online (Booking required)

What’s on and free next week….

Monday 19 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ William Partridge (1874-1917) – a poet, trade unionist and community leader in Inchicore by Richmond Barracks – Talk – Online Virtual Culture Club 10:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Turning Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action – Talk – Natural History Museum London 12:30 Online
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 19:00 Online
+ Poetry at the LexIcon: Bebe Ashley, Seán Hewitt, Richard Scott – One Dublin One Book 19:00 Online
+ Supported by her exiled children in America: American Support for the 1916 Rising – Talk – Irish American Heritage Museum (Albany, New York) 00:00 Online

Tuesday 20 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ Hugh Lane Gallery – Audio Tour (audio descriptions of artworks in the collection for people with a visual impairment) 12:00 Online
+ Nature Live: Down the Mines – Talk – Natural History Museum London 12:30 Online
+ Food for Wellbeing: Eat the Yogic Way – Live Webinar with Isha Online 18:00-19:00 Online
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 19:00 Online
+ Celebrating Leonard & Hungry Paul – One Dublin One Book 19:30 Online

Wednesday 21 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ Warrior Cock by Elizabeth Frink – Art Discussion – Hugh Lane Gallery Coffee Conversations 11:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Develop yourself as a positive and confident entrepreneurial leader – Webinar – LEO Dublin City Women in Business Network 11:00 Online (Booking required)
+ An IT Roadmap for Remote Working – Webinar – Dublin Chamber 12:00 Online
+ Mindful Creativity Workshop – Iconic Offices and The Reluctant Gurus 18:30-20:00 (Booking required)
+ Chart These Urban Hearts Poetry Workshop – Rathmines Library 18:30-19:30 Online
+ Screen and play writer Mark O’Halloran – In conversation with Eugene O’Brien – The Percolate Talks 19:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 19:00 Online
+ TTT (Toys+Technology+Training) Talk – to support children and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities or more significant needs 19:00 Online (Booking required)
+ The Writing and Research of Dublin Moving East and the Making of Clontarf by the Bull Wall – Talk – Raheny Library 19:30-21:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Word Up Collective present ULYSSES 2021 – Spoken Word, Music, Video – MusicTown Dublin 20:00 Online
+ The Real Robert Welch: “The Titanic’s Photographer” – History Talk – Trasna na Tire 20:00 Online

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 22 Apr

Earth Day

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
++ The Business Show – Rebooting Ireland – Talks/Seminars 10:00-18:00 Online
+ Yeats and Theatre – Virtual Exhibition Tour – National Library 11:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Earth Day: Easy Tips for a More Sustainable 2021 – Webinar – Iconic Offices with Edamame Eco 12:30-13:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Reshaping Our Relationship with Nature – Talk – Natural History Museum London 12:30-13:30 Online
+ A Gap in the Clouds: Crafting a New Translation of Japan’s Most Important Poetry Collection – Talk – Chester Beatty Library 13:10 Online (Booking required)
+ The True Cost of Fashion – Who’s Paying for It? – Talk – Comhlamh 15:00-16:30 (Booking required)
+ Your Subconscious & Relationships : Ego Defence Mechanisms in Daily Life – Talk – Jayson Moran 18:30-19:30 Online
+ Theatre Maker Louise Lowe – In conversation with Veronica Coburn – The Percolate Talks 19:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 19:00 Online
+ famos. DUO – Gig (Covers) by friends of mine from Germany ;-) 19:30 Online
+ Naturist Holidays in Europe – Irish Naturist Association – Talk 19:30-20:30 Online
+ Bob Gallagher presents Junior Brother’s Hibernorama – MusicTown Dublin 20:00 Online
+ Climate Comedy Night with Viral Comedy Club – Night of comedy in celebration of Earth Day – Axis Ballymun 20:15 Online (Donations appreciated – Booking required)

Friday 23 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ Grounded – Concert – Live from Smock Alley Theatre – New Music Dublin 13:00 Online
+ Seattle and Dublin: Two Cities One Book – Rónán Hession and Nancy Pearl discuss Leonard and Hungry Paul – One Dublin One Book 13:00 Online
+ Home: Part One by The Abbey Theatre – Play – Online Virtual Culture Club 14:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Evlana presents Constellations: Concert 1 – Live from Smock Alley Theatre – New Music Dublin 14:30 Online
+ Evlana presents Constellations: Concert 2 – Live from Smock Alley Theatre – New Music Dublin 15:30 Online
+ Evlana presents Constellations: Concert 3 – Live from Smock Alley Theatre – New Music Dublin 16:30 Online
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – MusicTown Dublin 18:00 Online
+ Rock Hard Women: Trad Session – Gig – Five Lamps Art Festival 19:00 Online
+ RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Farrell, Buckley, Shaw – Concert – New Music Dublin 19:00 Online
+ Glasshouse presents GOLDEN HOUR – Concert Film – MusicTown Dublin 19:00 Online
+ Piltown during the War of Independence and the Bessborough Escape – History Talk – Trasna na Tire 20:00 Online
+ Ascension Of Larks – cinematic one-person show performed by Adrian Crowley – MusicTown Dublin 21:00 Online
+ Ross Donegan live on Irishgigs – Gig 21:00 Online

And there is more…

+++ MusicTown Festival
Each April a Music Festival takes place in Dublin. Initially it was planned for April because of the significant 13 April date. On 13 April 1742 Händel’s Messiah was first performed in a music venue in Temple Bar and the Music Town Festival was meant to incorporate the yearly commemoration of this event.
This year the “Messiah on the Street” performance that normally takes place on 13 April didn’t happen for understandable and obvious reasons, but oddly the Music Town Festival was moved away from 13 April. It started on 15 April and will run until 25 April. All events are taking place online and nearly all of them are free, which is a first and a great opportunity this year for you to participate.
Over 10 days, producers, artists and musicians work together, celebrating music of all genres in both established venues and unorthodox locations. 

+++ New Music Dublin
And a second music festival is taking place this month: New Music Dublin is a contemporary music festival that happens in the National Concert Hall and other venues throughout Dublin. It runs from Fri 23 – Mon 26 April and all events are free. There is also a projection of musicians that is done in cooperation with the Music Town Festical. All details are here

+++ For Curious People
Last week I found something for the curious people who always are open to learn new things. ;-) It is an article in the New York Times about “A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics Experiments with particles known as muons suggest that there are forms of matter and energy vital to the nature and evolution of the cosmos that are not yet known to science.” A slightly complicated headline, but this is BIG!! It seems that muons do not stick to the rules of physics that we always assume as universal. Watch this space! You will read more about muons!

Is learning a new skill part of your plans for the new year? 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.
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 help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)

For physical books and e-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 when you purchase a book and it doesn’t cost you a cent:  .

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

Take care,

–Joerg (


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