4 things to see and do on a day out in Dublin this January

By Lovin.ie

January 12, 2023 at 1:49pm



From David Bowie tribute acts to Mnásome women in sport, this month's Winter in Dublin programme has something for everyone.

Planning a quick break away to cure the January blues? Whether it's for a weekend getaway or a quick day trip, Dublin is the perfect spot for a last-minute winter break.

Aside from the cosy winter atmosphere that makes our capital so special at this time of year, the big appeal of visiting Dublin this month is the brilliant January cultural scene and the huge selection of things to see and do during your visit.

This month's Winter in Dublin programme is packed with exciting events, including live gigs, comedy, theatre, festivals and family activities. There's something for everyone, whether it's a family day out, a couple's break or a solo date in the city centre. You can find a full programme of events on VisitDublin.ie.

With that in mind, we've picked out a handful of upcoming events in Dublin to add to your calendar. Covering everything from history to music and sport, here are some spots to check out from this week...

4. Dublin Bowie Festival - 10th to 15th January


The Dublin Bowie Festival returns this month to celebrate the iconic singer-songwriter and actor, through a series of fun events taking place across the city.

The full line-up includes some live tribute performances at Opium, a Bowie silent disco at Whelan's, listening parties, photography exhibitions and some film screenings at the Lighthouse, including Labyrinth and The Hunger.

3. Doors into Docklands AR Discovery Trail - Launches 11th January 

This month, Dublin Discovery Trails launches the first in a series of immersive Augmented Reality (AR) heritage trails, beginning with Doors into Docklands.


Through the new Discovery Trails app, the Doors into Docklands trail takes visitors on an interactive and historic journey along Dublin's docklands using AR characters, discovering hidden history, interesting landmarks and fascinating heritage sites along the way.

2. Mnáwesome: A Celebration of Irish Women in Sport at Rascals Brewing Co - 18th January

In the spirit of Nollaig na mBan, Rascals Brewery is holding a very special celebration of women's sports, to raise vital funds for Women's Aid.

The event will see sporting legends chat through some historic and memorable moments in Irish sport and discuss what's to come for women's sports in the next twelve months, featuring former MMA champion fighter Aisling Daly, footballer Louise Quinn, Olympian Roisin Upton and basketballer Sarah Byrne.

  1. Tradfest Temple Bar - 25th-29th January

Tradfest, Dublin's annual celebration of traditional Irish music, returns to Temple Bar this month with a quality line-up of new and established trad performers.

Over 50 live music concerts will take place in various locations including free ticked events at some of Temple Bar's best pubs and a limited number of larger gigs taking place in key Dublin landmarks including St Patrick's Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland and Malahide Castle.

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