November marks the end of Autumn and the donning of those big woolly jumpers, hats and scarves. But look around. There are smiles on those red-cheeked faces because there’s lots of things going on in Dublin in November…
1. The Nutcracker
The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre must be pleased as punch to be staging this great ballet on November 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th. This production of The Nutcracker by the renowned Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet is one of the best there is.
Its performances have an air of magic featuring outstanding soloists whose exquisite dancing will take your breath away. Complete with stunning costumes, sumptuous sets and Tchaikovsky’s legendary, masterpiece score, of course.
2. Dublin Gallery Weekend
This is only the second ever Dublin Gallery Weekend but we highly recommend it. It takes place from the 25th to the 27th of November when over 30 of the city’s greatest galleries will stage more than 60 events. It’s the one weekend to discover great art in Dublin.
See a map of where all the participating galleries are located on the Dublin Gallery Weekend website.
3. Whiskey Live Dublin 2016
Here’s another uniquely Dublin event. Whiskey Live Dublin is a celebration of whiskey culture in Ireland. With more and more small, craft distilleries appearing around Ireland making beautiful, exclusive blends of Irish whiskey, this is a sort of trade show to the public.
You can sample whiskies from all over the country, discover food pairings, cocktails, mixings and take part in masterclasses.
4. Evening Of Burlesque
On the evening of Friday November 18th, The Olympia Theatre is hosting an Evening Of Burlesque. It promises to be “scintillating, titillating and mesmerising” but because there is no show like a burlesque show, it should be an evening like no other.
Burlesque is the ultimate parody, an escape from the norm. It’s brash, it’s glamorous, it’s lewd and it’s a bit rude. And great fun, of course.
5. Professor Brian Cox
Britain’s much-loved and widely acclaimed Professor Brian Cox, OBE, is coming to the Olympia Theatre Dublin on Tuesday November 22nd. This is a highly anticipated tour and not just for science professionals and physics enthusiasts but for novices too.
He makes highly complex ideas accessible to everyone with an infectious zeal for physics and the cosmos that is impossible to resist.
6. Guinness Series Rugby
Guinness Series Rugby also marks the beginning of Ireland’s rugby season and the end of year tours for visiting nations. This year we face the mighty All Blacks as we attempt to beat them for the first time in over 100 years of trying.
We also welcome Canada and Australia so it will be a tough, bruising but hopefully glorious November for the boys in green.
7. ‘Twas The Night Before Murder
In Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre on November 30th, a vengeful killer will be on the loose as Catastrophe Theatre Company brings ‘Twas The Night Before Murder to thrill you. If you like Agatha Christie you’ll love this – it involves a cast of actors AND participants, who will carry the drama during a three course meal.
Who is the murderer? Are they sitting right beside you? Be in your very own thriller at this unique and quirky take on the classic murder mystery party.
8. Dublin Art Book Fair
There’s something wonderful about art books. The big, glossy prints, the weight of the paper, the feeling of creativity at its best. The Dublin Art Book Fair on November 10th to the 13th is in its sixth year and is as brilliant as ever.
It will be welcoming over 50 Irish and international publishers to the city to show off their gorgeous books and magazines, while also hosting events such as be book launches, workshops, panel discussions and much, much more.
9. Disney On Ice: Frozen
Disney is back from November 11th to the 13th in the Citywest Hotel. This time it’s Frozen: Disney on Ice and its fantastical winter wonderland. Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the rest of the loveable characters in a theatrical production on ice from Disney’s Academy award-winning movie.
With dazzling special effects, stunning costumes and spectacular dance and music performances, this is the perfect winter treat for the whole family.
These are nine of most intriguing things to do in Dublin in November. Tell us which event you’re looking forward to most in the comments below!