Looking for things do in Dublin this November? The city is alive and looking beautiful thanks to all of those autumn colours – the oranges and browns could come straight from the New England fall but no. They’re Irish.
People wrapped up like snowmen against the chill still smile because the change of season means that Christmas is coming and that adds a touch of magic to the air. Delicious anticipation. So read on and fill your month of November with cultural events, theatre, music and comedy. Have you heard of The Late Late Toy Show? It’s an Irish institution.
Here are some of the things we’re most looking forward to:
1. Swan Lake
The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet together with The RTE National Symphony Orchestra will perform their outstanding Swan Lake on the 20th, 21st and 22nd. This was a huge hit at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre two years ago, and it’s back due to massive public demand.
2. Dublin Web Summit
Possibly the last Web Summit to be held in Dublin (for a while at least), the 2015 event promises to be the best yet. An estimated 42,000 people from 134 countries will attend to hear 1,000 speakers, meet 1,000 investors and hear from 2,100 startups over three days and four nights from the 3rd to the 5th.
3. Michael McIntyre – Happy and Glorious
Always a big hit in Dublin, Michael McIntyre returns to the 3Arena on the 6th and 7th with his hilarious observational comedy, stories and energetic antics. Tickets are hard to come by, but we know one or two people who might be able to help…
4. Temple Bar Arts Week
Dublin’s famous, or infamous, Temple Bar is going back to its roots as a prime cultural quarter with this; the inaugural Temple Bar Arts Week.
It’s a celebration of the area’s incredible cultural organisations and the innate creativity that stems from these unique cobbled streets in Dublin city centre. In true Irish style, the “week” seems to last for the whole month of November.
5. Dublin Book Festival 2015
This is an annual celebration of Ireland’s great writers and, unusually, publishers. This year there will be over 50 events with nearly 100 authors and contributors taking part in the Dublin Book Festival 2015 over four days (from November 12th to the 15th) in venues throughout Dublin.
6. Improv Fest Ireland
Highlighting the diversity of improv as a performance art, Improv Fest Ireland will introduce you to new and exciting shows, workshops, storytelling sessions and improv jams in Dublin between the 15th and the 21st of the month of November.
7. Romeo & Juliet
Yes, it’s back: On the 18th and 19th Romeo & Juliet will be back at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet will be accompanied by RTE National Symphony Orchestra in a repeat of their incredible November 2013 performances.
8. Late Late Toy Show
This has to be an event that is totally unique to Ireland and Dublin. Every year, the country stops to watch this annual, special edition of the Irish late-night chat show; The Late Late Show.
It features kids from all over the country presenting and reviewing toys and games that are destined to be the most popular this Christmas. For many, this Irish institution marks the start of Christmas period.
9. Van Morrison Live at the 3Arena
As part of his 70th birthday celebrations, Van Morrison will perform a rare concert, fully seated, here in Dublin on the 20th of November. With a host of musical accolades under his belt including 6 Grammy Awards, Van released his 35th studio album earlier this year and this Dublin concert sold out in minutes.
10. Thanksgiving Dinner in Citron
If you find yourself in Dublin on November 26th join us for Thanksgiving dinner in the fabulous Citron restaurant at the Fitzwilliam Hotel – we’ve got traditional Thanksgiving fare plus, of course, some contemporary variations and super-stylish options. The seasonal menu includes clever twists on the classic dining experience, see the Thanksgiving dinner menu here.
So there they are; Our top pick of things to do in Dublin in November. For more ideas, take a look at our online calendar of events.