Things to Do in Dublin and the Surrounding area’s in September!

Things to do in September in Dublin and surrounding areas!

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in September in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!


Lucan Firework Display

8th September – 20.00 – 20.30



The Lucan festival team in association with the South Dublin county council are proud to bring a new addition to the Lucan Festival this year. Friday evening overlooking the weir a fireworks display will bring you a host of colours as we open the 9th annual festival and will kick off the weekend entertainment look out for more special events over the Lucan festival.




Sensational Kids Fairy Event For Charity

9th and 10th of September – 9.00 – 18.00

Rathwood – Tullow – Co.Carlow
Fairies & Elves of all ages will begin the festival with a themed craft activity which is yours to take home with you. There ‘s one for all fairy & elf folks from the age of 1 to 101!
Continue the journey with a train ride accompanied by some very special guests into The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Forest where we will stop off for some fun and games along the way.
To add to the atmosphere, you are invited to dress up in fairy & elf costumes, wear some fairy wings or come along dressed in your favourite fancy dress costume!

Visit the Maze of Ireland to find the secret password which will give you entry into the festivities in The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival Area where you can meet and greet some fairies and elves, including The Tooth Fairy
Roam free and take a walk around the Rathwood Forest Walks complete with Fairy Door Trail, Dodie Tree, Wishing Seat, Worry Tree. The Rathwood Forest Walks are very easy trails, suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities.The walk trail to the lake is wheelchair accessible
Have fun in the onsite playground.
Enjoy the onsite 300 seater Rathwood Restaurant and cash in your free hot chocolate voucher
Craft Activity for every ticket holder to take home
Train Ride Trail with lots of surprises and characters along the way
Admission into The Maze of Ireland
Free hot chocolate voucher for the onsite restaurant with each ticket
Free onsite car parking

This is a ticketed only event and tickets must be purchased online
Babies under 12 months are free of charge
A limited number of Wheelchair accessible tickets are available during ALL time slots
Dedicated Special Needs Times are available at 9am and 9.30am each day with reduced numbers and quieter music in the festival area.
We advise early booking to avoid disappointment

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Sensational Kids. We would like to thank you for your kind support and thank all the team at Rathwood for partnering with us to provide this very special event which will make a difference to the lives of thousands of children with additional needs.



rathwood fairy event



Airfield Festival of Food

9th and 10th of September – 9.30 – 17.00

Airfield Estate

The annual Festival of Food is back at Airfield Estate on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September.

With free admission for everyone over the 2 day festival, you’ll get to engage with over 40 local food producers and enjoy the very best of Irish food and drink.

We’ll have lots of fun activities for all the family based around the theme – Food Literacy: Unearthing the Knowledge Gap including:

• Face painting
• Kids craft hubs
• Family games
• Foraging walks

Free Admission

airfield festival of foods



Grandparents Weekend at Dublin Zoo

9th and 10th of September

Dublin Zoo


Calling all grandparents and grandchildren! Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce it will host a fun-filled family event on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th especially for you!

To mark Grandparents’ Weekend, there will be activities for visitors to look forward to including music on the Great Lawn, educational games, arts and crafts, and historic Zoo photos. Children can also enjoy getting their faces painted to look like their favourite zoo animals with the help of Dublin Zoo’s talented face painters!

This is the perfect opportunity for grandparents and their little ones to spend quality time together by exploring the sights and sounds of Dublin Zoo.

Phone – 01 4748900

dublin zoo



Family Fun Enclosure

10th of September – 12.00 – 18.00

The Curragh Racecourse

Family Fun Enclosure

Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday 10th September is set to be an exciting finale to the 2017 season at The Curragh

The County Kildare venue is delighted to announce that they will create an exciting Family Fun Enclosure on the 10th September, which will be located in the In Field of the racecourse with fantastic views of all the racing action and accessible to anyone with a race day admission ticket.

The Enclosure will feature a great mix of family friendly fun entertainment including Alice in Wonderland themed shows with special guests Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, Giant Games Zone, Horse Racing Zone with simulator, Reptile Zoo, face painting and lots more, together with a high quality food and beverage area.

Family tickets are just €50 and all children’s entertainment is free once inside the racecourse.

Tel: + 353 (0) 45 441 205


The Doggie Do with Dogs Trust

10th of September – 12.30 – 17.30

Herbert Park

The Doggie Do is a family-friendly festival for and about dogs on September 10th 2017 at Herbert Park. We’ll have cultural chats and artistic workshops at The Cultured Canine, a chill out area called Doggie & Soul, great ReTail Therapy shopping and of course the crowning of ‘The Dog Of Dublin 2017’ at our Canine Costume Competition. Our friends from Dogs Trust will be onsite with lots of fun & games too.

A Mardi Gras for Mutt & Man indeed! We can’t wait for September 10th!

the doggie trust


Dr. Osity’s After-School Science Class

13th of September – 15.00 – 17.00

Imaginosity – Sandyford Dublin 18

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Join crazy Dr.Osity for a 13 week term of FUN packed, interactive hands-on scientific learning! EVERY week will include hands-on experimentation; from ‘Scientific Slime’& ‘Moving Galaxies’ to chemically ‘Growing Snakes’…!

Classes run after-school at Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum (Sandyford) every Wednesday from 13th September – 13th December (exluding mid-term break) from 3-5pm, and are suitable for children aged 5-9 years. Classes will feature an hour of fun class based learning and experimenting, and an hour of supervised play on the museum floor.

Price for the term = €120…13 weeks for the price of 12! Remember, Imaginosity members get an additional 10% off!

Tel – 01 2176130

science class




Terenure Family Fun Day

16th of September – 13.00 – 16.00

Bushy Park

The Annual Terenrue Family Fun Day takes place on Saturday 16th September 2017 from 1pm-4pm.

The event itself takes place on the roadside pitch next to the market and consists of 6 bouncy castles (including Ireland’s biggest Zip Line experience), 4 face painters and live music all day long, a bumper market consisting of 40 stalls shocasing Hot Food, Artisan Produce and Craft with compliment the event.

Please walk, cycle or ride where possible, free parking is availlable @ Our Lady’s Senior School on the Rathfarnham Road.

Free Event

terenure family day




Blue Fire Street Fest

16th of September – 14.00 – 20.00

Smithfield Square

BLUEFIRE STREET FEST is back and bigger than ever.
Join us on September 16th in Smithfield Square for a FREE and family-friendly celebration of Dublin’s diversity and our 5th anniversary!

Get ready for a fun-filled day featuring some of Ireland’s best musicians, artists and street performers. A diverse range of activities – everything from youth talks, poetry and live street art to dance, drumming and dj workshops will be taking place throughout the day with loads of opportunity for the audience to get involved!

A kids area, teen zone and food & craft market are just some of the other areas of the festival that promises to keep the whole family entertained.

Lots of laughs are also guaranteed as we are delighted to welcome Nathan O’ Reilly (the tall one from #FullyCharged on SPIN 1038) to the stage as this year’s MC!

Free Admission

Blue Street Festival

Marine Life Scavenger Hunt

17th of September – 15.30 – 17.30

Sandycove Avenue West, Sandycove, County Dublin

We will join Marine Zoologist and Environmental Scientist, Mona McCrea on Sandycove beach at low tide to learn about the rich marine life found on our doorstep. Mona will explain to everyone what we are going to do, safety and a bit about workings of the tides. Then, with the help of a scavenger hunt we all go down to the waters edge and work together to find the plants and animals on the sea shore.

This activity is for children aged 5+. Younger siblings are welcome but are to supervised by their parents/carers at the top of the shore or down on the lower shore with the group. Although siblings will not be part of the group, Mona will try and include them as much as possible and show them all the interesting animals that are found.

More details can be found on our website:



seashore kids

Smithfield Square Spectacular on Culture Night

22th of September – 17.00 – 23.00

Smithfield Square

The interactive playground returns to Smithfeld this year with an even bigger family-friendly programme for Culture Night 2017.
The square will come alive with an array of performances, workshops and demos. Come enjoy grafitti walls, circus shows and drumming workshops. Try out taster classed in dance and fencing, and take part in some make-and-do.

Full programme information will be released closer to the time.

Square Spectacular

Young Chef: Harvest Feast

23rd of September – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

Our cookery classes for 8-12 year olds run once a month and during mid terms and holidays with seasonal menus such as “All you knead is love (Bread and cake making)” at Easter and Traditional Irish classics during St. Patricks weekend.

Children will explore our food gardens and harvest their own ingredients for the different dishes they produce. Classes will be led by our education and bakery team in a relaxed and fun environment where children will be encouraged to ask questions.

Children will see the process of food from farm to fork and get hands on, learning kitchen safety with correct utensil care. They will soon getting creative in the kitchen preparing delicious healthy meals that they can recreate at home.

Classes run from February to October. For a full list of classes, please visit

01 969666

airfield young harvest




Messy Play Class – Giddy Studios

29th of September – 10.30 – 11.30

Giddy Studios, Dundrum Town Centre

Come along to Giddy Studios for lots of messy sensory play in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
We will spend an hour doing lots of painting and handprints on a canvas – leaving everyone with a beautiful masterpiece to take home!
Admission is €12 which includes all materials, with pre-booking required. Call 01-2960303 for more details and to book.
We can’t wait to see lots of little beanies and their mums and dads soon for some messy fun!

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.
Email with any questions.

giddy studios




Fairy & Elf Garden Workshop

30th of September – 14.00 – 15.15

The Baby Room – Carlow

Invite Fairies & Elves into your home by making them a beautiful little house and garden to live in. Use your creativity to decorate small wooden bird houses, choose paints, leaves, stones, glitter, jewelled stickers and decorative plants to create a magical home for your little friends. You can even make a tiny clothes line or garden fence. If you believe in magic, our workshop is for you.

Finish with a hot chocolate and cookies while listening to a short story.

Suitable for boys & girls, aged 5 -10.
Time 2- 3.15pm
Cost €15
Spaces are limited. Booking essential.

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Hope you like the suggestions!

Have a great September

Eimear x



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