When it comes to planning your weekends in Ireland, you really are spoiled for choice. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Mastercard to bring you the ultimate event guide every weekend for the rest of the year. Your weekend starts here:
Scene + Heard is a chance for artists in music, dance, theatre, comedy and spoken word to showcase some of their new or previously unseen work in front of a live audience for the first time, making for an exciting event all-round.
The idea is that the artists can gain feedback from their audiences before going on to stage full length productions. Feedback is given in a variety of ways at the events, including via Twitter, secret ballot, video booths and even a candy poll.
Brought to you by Smock Alley, it's a great opportunity as an audience member to get involved in developing talent. Since it kicked off in 2016, many of the pieces that have been showcased have gone on to form full scale productions at the likes of Electric Picnic, Edingburgh Fringe, Galway Fringe and beyond.
So if you're up for an evening with a twist, be sure to check out the festival's schedule!
The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is celebrating The Year of the Dog from February 16th to March 4th with events taking place all over the city.
All the while, Dublin's major landmarks will be lit up red in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
If you're getting cabin fever being cooped up from the cold weather this week, pop on your parka and head down to The Grand Social this Saturday for the Ha'Penny Flea Market.
Kicking off at 12, the market has everything from vinyl records to vintage clothes, crafts, food, books and retro furniture and homewares.
Whether you're already a vegan, thinking about exploring the world of veganism or just a fan of vegan food, you can head along to the Vegan Potluck events in Galway on the second last Sunday of every month to meet likeminded folk and enjoy some delicious food, of course!
This month's event takes place in The Kitchen in the Galway City Museum and everyone is invited to bring a vegan dish, desert or snack to share (bought or homemade) and there will be free tea and coffee (with plant milks) and gluten-free snacks on offer!
Fancy yourself as an artist? Like Brunch? This one's for you. Galway's Tribeton plays host to PaINTCLUB Brunch on Saturday, February 17th to recreate the below painting, entitled 'Surf's Up'.
Kicking off at 10:30am in Tribeton's light-filled gallery, you'll paint for a while first before heading upstairs to enjoy a delicious brunch and some mimosas (optional, of course!).
Nothing quite beats the nostalgia of a day out at the circus - the smell of the sawdust mixed with popcorn and candy floss. Well, if you're in Limerick this weekend, you're in luck! Duffy's circus is finishing up its stretch in the city on February 18th.
Duffy's, one of the world’s longest-established circuses, has been entertaining audiences for over three centuries. This latest show promises to be a mix of traditional and modern acts.
If the circus isn't your cup of tea, there's always the Limerick Milk Market, which takes place every Saturday from 8am-3pm.
At the market, you'll find over 50 stalls and 21 shops with everything from fresh food and flowers to tea and coffee, crafts.
If you're into seafood, there's freshly caught fish or if meat is your thing, there's a massive selection of artisan meats on offer as well.
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