See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Dublin area, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
Six to ten daily films, every day, at IFI, 6 Eustace Street in Temple Bar. New films and re-releases, classics, festivals, monthly "must see" lists, afternoon talks. See the website for scheules & details, and for pdf download of monthly schedule.
Every Thursday student nights, 11pm-3am at The Hub, Eustace Street. Sexy Pop & Commercial Dance! Prhomo is Pop! Prhomo is Crazy! Prhomo is GAY! Theme parties, holiday specials, dance offs. €5-7 entry.
Every Friday 11pm-3:30am at The Hub, Eustace Street. House parties for shirtless male throng on the dance floor; dark room with sofas. From the makers of WERK // BUKKAKE // MOTHER.
Once a month, underground at the Dive Bar/ Turks Head, 27 Parliament St, Temple Bar. Dance party for bears and leathermen night, with go-go boys, international DJs, no dress code.
Monthly gay club night at Button Factory, Curved St, the Temple Bar, with top international DJs and large dance crowd, shirtless guys, go-go boys.
July 5 - August 6, 2016 at Gate Theatre. Modern/ amusing take on marriage/ infidelity; quick-witted, alternative view on dealing with an extra-marital affair. Smart, sophisticated, Constance Middleton is kind and rich, yet friends feel sorry for her as her husband has an affair with her best friend. She denies the affair, defends the two, and turns a broken heart to her own advantage.
July 28 - August 1, 2016 - August Bank Holiday weekend - annual LGBT film festival at the Light House Cinema, in Smithfield. See their website for details about the festival and other screenings throughout the year.
July 30, 2016, Past/ present intertwining tale. NYk filmmaker Howard Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, while making his breakthrough Hollywood movie. His body of work capturing the late 70s/ early 80s cultural revolution, was buried in William S. Burroughs’ bunker for 30 years. His nephew Aaron unearths Howard’s filmmaking legacy and the memory of everything he was.
July 31, 2016. Oscar Madly, a creative only child in St John, Newfoundland, witnesses a shocking hate-crime against a young gay man. Fearing he too might be gay, Oscar tries to suppress his femininity. Later, in a friendship with a tattooed co-worker from Montreal, he has confusing sexual fantasies. A fresh perspective on coming-of-age, fusing whimsy/ fantasy with darker subject matter.
July 31, 2016, 10pm at Adelphi, 52 Middle Abbey St, Bears and friends new party night 5 minutes from Jack Nealons. DJ El Styra. FREE before 11pm. €5 afterwards.
August 1-6, 2016, 8pm, Boys School, Smock Alley. Irreverent bricolage of theatre, music and comedy, interrogating the essence of Irish identity and culture; a comprehensive introduction to the vicious/ savage world of …retail. Stylish, political, provocative fashion-infused musical; a nation slowly ridding itself of stratification of race, gender, sexuality and religion.
August 4, 2016, and every Thursday 11pm-3am at The Hub, 23 Eustace St. Girls, it’s all about you this week. Lads, lets embrace our lesbian sisters. Embrace them with vodka and dodgy dancing. DYKES ON DECKS make their return to the club, alongside Stephen Dowling & Pixie spinning tunes.
August 6, 2016, 11pm-3am at Mother Club. But before the launch at the all new Mother 2.0 in upgraded splendor at the Hub (Sat 13th) there's time to say goodbye to Copper Alley this Saturday. The soundtrack for our last dance will be provided by our beloved Mother DJs Rocky + Ruth.
September 10-25, 2016, 16-day/ 22nd annual festival of theater, comedy, music, dance and spectacle. Recent program program included over 100 shows in lots of venues and sites all across Dublin. See full details on their website:
September 16, 2016, 5pm-11pm. Entertainment, discovery and adventure in Dublin and across Ireland - this past year in a record 30 towns, cities, counties and islands. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors 5-11pm with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances. See the website for whats on.
September 21, 2016, 7- 10:30pm at Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame St. The Legendary Grace Jones and her band perform / to feature in the forthcoming film GRACE JONES - THE MUSICAL OF MY LIFE, a collaboration between Grace Jones and director Sophie Fiennes. Special guests Mother Club DJs. Tickets priced from €45.
September 21-24, 2016, 9:15pm at Boys School. We’re all equal now. We can all get married. We all have rainbow colours on our Facebook pictures. Our grannies voted Yes and the Taoiseach is having a pint down at Pantibar. All children of the nation to be cherished equally, just in time for the 1916 centenary. A show about queer activism today and republican activism in the past.
October 28-31, 2016. Annual 4-day festival - life, work, legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel ‘Dracula’. Free pop-up performances, spine-chilling street theatre, sinister sounds; a city-wide Vampire Hunt, spooky open-air movies, blood curdling literary happenings, terrifying theatre, haunted walking tours and a very special event at Dublin Castle.
February, 2017. Celebrating film as an art form, this past year over 120 films from four corners of the globe. Citywide event takes place in Dublin City Centre Cinemas including: Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute & Light House Cinema in Smithfield. See the 2017 program when announced, and the JDIFF 2016 Highlights Video now at their website:
March/ April, 2017 (TBC), annual weekend of bear festivities around the selection of Mr. Bear Ireland. See their website for photos and videos of previous events and news of other upcoming dates.
May, 2017 (TBC). Annual events over two weeks, celebrating the contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present. Founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city. Emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world.
June 21-25, 2017 (TBC). Five days packed with celebrations, spectacles and extravaganzas promoting/ celebrating LGBTQ diversity. The highlight of the festival will be the annual Saturday Pride Parade and post-parade celebrations in Merrion Square. The Parade starts 1pm from the Garden of Remembrance, and passes the GPO, to finish at Merrion Sq. See full details at their website: