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Things to Do in Dublin in September

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This post has our top 10 suggestions for activities and things to do in Dublin for September 2019, including ideas for nighttime, free, as well as family-friendly activities.

It should help you decide how to spend your trip to Dublin with top concerts, festivals, and attractions during September. 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN DUBLIN IN SEPTEMBER

Here are our favorite events happening in September. Don't forget to check out the top things to do in Dublin any time of year! 

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1) Attend a Concert

Dublin is almost overrun with local and regional music performances during September from the many festivals that are in town.

However, there are still several internationally touring artists in the city that you can find! 

 

 

These concerts are a great way to spend an evening in Dublin, and if you have any teenagers they might love seeing Ariana Grande live in concert! 

For more family-friendly activities or things to do after dark, check out our full posts. 


2) See a Major Sporting Event

September is an exciting time for rugby fans in Dublin! There will be high-profile matches to attend. 

 

 

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Rugby

The Rugby World Cup warm-ups are happening in the beginning of the month, with offical matches and qualifiers happening later in the month. Check out all the sports happening in Dublin here. 


3) Take a Sightseeing Tour

Dublin is a great city to see on foot, which makes self-guided tours a convenient way to learn more about the history of the city and find some interesting sites you might not have otherwise.

 

 

If you’re looking for a guide or something more exciting, why not try a boat tour or cruise down the River Liffey? Bus tours are also very popular. 

We have a great self-guided tour that you can take yourself on at any time of day, or check out some of the pay-what-you-wish tours in town.

TIP: The sun starts going down sooner in September, which makes it a perfect time to go on a spooky Ghostbus Tour!


4) Go to a Comedy Show

Although there won't be much theatre to speak of this month, if you're looking for a good laugh, comedian Trevor Noah will be in town to perform stand-up at the 3Arena.

 

 

Fans will be familiar with Noah as the host of The Daily Show, but he is also excellent at stand-up comedy and this promises to be one of the funniest shows in Dublin during September.

To see more suggestions on things to do at night or things to do with the kids, check out our full posts. 


5) Dublin Fringe Festival

Dublin Fringe Festival is one of the most famous arts and theatre festivals in the world and is running September 7 - 22, 2019.

They have curated productions and gallery showings by both Irish and international artists and performers, as well as workshops for artists to further their crafts. 

 

 

Performers are selected for the annual program after submitting applications, which means that each performance has been vetted by the program manager. 

The art is considered innovative and interactive, which makes it a fun experience for both performers and attendees. 


6) Dublin Theatre Festival  

From September 26 - October 13, 2019, multiple theatres are putting on productions for the Dublin Theatre Festival

 

 

Participating Theatres: 

  • Gaiety Theatre
  • Civic Theatre
  • Gate Theatre
  • Pavilion Theatre
  • Abbey Theatre
  • Draiocht

7) Oktoberfest 

Dublin throws their own version of Oktoberfest every year. From September 15 - October 7 you can enjoy the beer, food, and live entertainment.

 

 

What will they have there? Beer enthusiasts can try a variety of German and international beers, as well as German snacks and treats at one of the many picnic tables.

There will be near-constant live music and dancing. And for people who are competitive, there will also be plenty of games like stein-hoisting and keg racing.

They’re open Tuesdays - Sundays. 


8) The Dublin Half Marathon

If you're a running enthusiast, participating in the annual Dublin Half Marathon could be a fun way to spend a Saturday morning with the locals.

It will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 9:30 am. 

 

 

The race route will take you through and around Phoenix Park, which is a beautiful green space we suggest visiting whether or not you participate in the race.


9) Enjoy the Art at the National Gallery of Ireland

A great way to spend a few hours as a family is to visit the National Gallery of Ireland.

The permanent exhibits are always free to enter and hold paintings, sculptures, and other works from both Irish and international artists.

 

 

What makes this a great museum for the kids are the audio guides and art packs aimed at younger visitors.

They can make their own masterpieces while gaining inspiration from the displays around them.

On Sundays they also host free workshops between 11:30 am and 13:30 (1:30 pm).

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TIP: Most museums don't allow large luggage or backpacks inside, and not all of them have coat rooms. You can securely store your bulky belongings in one of the multiple convenient locations listed here. 


10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

When you purchase a tourist pass upfront, it will give you some great bulk discounts to see many more attractions in Dublin during your trip!

The all-inclusive Dublin Pass will even get you into some popular spots for free. If you’re mainly into tours, there are also bus combo passes to take advantage of.

 

 

Included on Various Attraction Passes: 

  • Dublin Castle
  • Breweries and Distilleries
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
  • The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Jeanie Johnston Ship
  • Boat Cruises

Check out our full tourist discount pass comparison to see how much money you could save.

 


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HONORABLE MENTION:

Dublin Castle

Dublin's most famous landmark is Dublin Castle. There are multiple free sections to explore, from the grounds and outer walls to a few fully-furnished staterooms.

 

Dublin Castle
This photo of Dublin Free Walking Tour is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

There are also some lavish state apartments you can see after purchasing a guided tour. The tour also includes an inside peek at the Chapel Royal, which was once the official headquarters of the Church of Ireland.

Note: The ticketed sections of Dublin Castle are on multiple tourist passes.

 


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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