James Kavanagh's 5 Best Things To Do in Dublin

James Kavanagh's 5 Best Things To Do in Dublin
Rachael Ryan
Rachael Ryan

5 Jan 2018

Just cause it's January doesn't mean you can't get out and enjoy yourself! James Kavanagh has rounded up his top 5 things to do in Dublin this weekend!

1) Wild Lights @ Dublin Zoo (ends this weekend!) 

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife. Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more! More info: https://dublinzoo.ie/wildlights/

2) David Bowie Festival, 5th - 10th @ Various Dublin Venues  

The 3rd Dublin Bowie Festival takes place citywide in Dublin from Friday 5th of January and ends on the second anniversary of David Bowies death; Wednesday January 10th. After the success of the last 2 years the Festival program is greatly expanded to include more events and more venues and encapsulates the profound influence and inspiration that Bowie had on both popular culture and art. Topped by a heavyweight line up of live music, the program also includes movie & documentary screenings, Q&A's, debates & discussions, literary events, fashion, fine art, merchandise markets, a quiz, a Festival club, illustration, karaoke, DJ's and lots lots more… More info: http://www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/

3) Leinster V Ulster 

Leo Cullen's Leinster side will be looking to make amends following injury woes towards the start of the tournament and with Ulster having scored an epic 12 tries against Southern Kings recently, will their winning form continue to reign supreme at Leinster’s home grounds in Dublin? Find out first-hand which team will come out on top in this All-Irish match in Dublin’s RDS when Leinster take on Ulster in the Guinness PRO14. Tickets: https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/

4) First Fortnight: The Art of Mental Health 

First Fortnight is a charity-based organisation with the express aim of challenging mental health prejudice through the creative arts. We believe the arts allow us to create a space where people can talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner. Once that conversation has begun, we hope this will then help to change people’s perceptions about an issue that affects us all with one in four of us set to experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. With that in mind, we hope to make the First Fortnight of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma. More info: http://www.firstfortnight.ie/

5) A Toastie @ Industry, Drury Street  

Considering it's January, it's a bit miserable & everyone just wants comfort, head to Industry and treat yo'self this weekend to one of their epically delicious toasted sandwiches. The pastrami is a personal fave. More info: https://industryandco.com/