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Plan your weekend - 7 of the best events on in Dublin

Planning is half the fun.

OK, IT’S ONLY Monday, we know, but half the fun of doing anything is planning and anticipating it.

No matter what age you are, there’s always something fun to do around town. So, here are seven really cool things you could do in Dublin this weekend. There’s something for everyone in here, from the culture vulture to the sporty.

Let us know what you’re planning in the comments below.

1. For some laughs

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George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Pygmalion was the inspiration for Academy Award winning film My Fair Lady and is lauded as one of the most witty, insightful and ahead of its time comedies around. It’s coming back to the stage with a Smock Alley production from the start of August.

2 August – 3 September, Smock Alley, Temple Bar

2. For the fitness fanatics

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There is a flurry of running events taking place this weekend, including a half-marathon on Sunday morning, which kicks off in the Docklands area at 8.30am. There’s also a 5km race on Saturday for those looking for a less gruelling weekend.

5-7  August, Dublin Docklands and various locations

3. For the kids

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Working with artist Jane Groves, your 5-7 year olds can create sea creatures to populate a special Song of the Sea inspired stage at The Ark, in Temple Bar. The kids will use recycled materials to create all sorts of wonderful underwater creatures – and you can help out too.

Until 6 August, The Ark, Temple Bar

4. For the Rockabillies

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If you’re not a runner (see the Rock’n'Roll Half-Marathon above) you can still get your rock’n'roll on as there’s a Rock’n'Roll festival on all this weekend. Set in and around Dame Street there will be all sorts of fun stuff to check out such as vintage car shows and dance competitions.

5-7  August, Dame Street district

5. For the history buff

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Soldiers, Spies & Scars: Dublin Castle and Revolutionary Ireland is an hour-long after-hours talk and tour of Dublin Castle. It covers Dublin Castle’s role in various revolutionary times including the Rising and the War of Independence.

4 August, Dublin Castle, Dame Street

6. For lovers of classical music

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Yeat’s Women is a celebration of the poet’s 150th birthday and tells the story of all the women who supported and inspired him. Performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall and features some of his poetry set to music and sung by harpist/singer Claire Roche.

4 August, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace

7. For the modern art lover

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Five female artists were asked to provide a response to a year that has seen many political milestones, and the result is My Brilliant Friend. The work covers responses to issues that affect us all – work, politics, relationships, housing and our sense of self and is at times poignant, funny and thought-provoking.

Until 3 September, Temple Bar Gallery, Temple Bar

Are you already planning your weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

Thinking about checking out some of these events for yourself? Head into Dublin city and enjoy everything it has to offer – from shops, bars, markets, restaurants, theatres and cultural sights. There’s something for everyone, no matter your age or interests. To find out more about what’s going on in Dublin, check out DublinTown.ie.

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