Saturday 22 October 2016

Not going to Electric Picnic? Here are ten things you can do instead (without Portaloos)

Sasha Brady

Published 02/09/2016 | 10:41

Cliffs at Howth
Cliffs at Howth
American Football Showcase High School Teams parade down O'Connell street to a pep rally in Trinity College, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

If you're not one of the 55,000 people expected to hit Stradbally for this year's Electric Picnic, don't fret - there are still plenty of things to do that don't require sleeping in a tent or queuing for 20 minutes to use a Portaloo.

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Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016: Georgia Tech V Boston College at the Aviva

Saturday, September 3 at 12.30pm

The US college football spectacle takes place in Dublin this weekend. Whether you'll be cheering on the Boston College Eagles or Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the big game on Saturday you're guaranteed to have a day to remember.

Kick off game day with the Tailgate at Trinity College from 9am to 11am. Join the thousands of dedicated College Football Fans, dressed head to toe in their school colours, who will gather for the pre-game festivities, BBQ food and beer.

After the game, make sure you head back to Trinity Welcome Village for an evening of post-game celebrations. The village will open between 5pm and10pm and will feature live entertainment, food and, of course, beer. See for more information.

UCD Woodland Walkies

Saturday from 11am

Probably the cutest event on the weekend's calendar, UCD invite dog-owners to bring their furry little friends for a walk around the campus to raise some much needed funds for the UCD Veterinary Hospital.. You can also take part in their vet Q&A and meet some UCD staff and friends of UCD for some friendly pet care advice.

All dogs must be kept on a leash and some breeds are restricted. Click here to download your sponsorship form.

Free Yoga Class


Saturday at Sweaty Soul in the IFSC at 10 and 11am

While your friends are waking up in their tents with banging headaches and a hankering for anything fried and salty, you can welcome Saturday on a brighter and more holistic note. Dublin's latest yoga studio, Sweaty Soul, above Foodie Cafe in Dublin's IFSC, is celebrating their launch by offering free yoga classes: one today at 12.15pm and two on Saturday, at 10am and 11am.

Spaces are limited to 12 per class, and you've to register using the app Glofox (search "Sweaty Soul") or click here.

House of Horrors in Temple Bar

Saturday at Anglesea Street from 5pm

Head along to 11 Anglesea Street to visit one of Ireland's most terrifying dwellings. The original building has been taken over by tour experts Hidden Dublin Walks & Tours to create a scary interactive experience that will give you chills. Legends associated with 11 Anglesea Street start with the building of it during the famine, when workers were walled into the basement in order to keep the owner's secrets. Walled. Into. The. Basement.

*Hold me*

Children between 13 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. for more information.

The Totally Terrific Tomato Festival

Saturday at Kilruddery House, Bray from 11.30am

Forget Spain's La Tomatina festival,  Wicklow has its own tomato extravaganza. The festival is dedicated to tomatoes and all their weird and wonderful varieties – from tiny tomberries to their big beefsteak cousins, and anything and everything in between. Tomato fans from all over the country are invited to join them for exhibitions, competitions, recipes and discussions – a family day out with a difference. Click here for more details.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

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The iconic matchmaking festival kicks off in County Clare this weekend. Nathan Carter is among the many country music stars who will perform at the 160-year-old event. More than 60,000 people attended the festival in 2015 and organisers say they are expecting a similar number this year.. Sure you're bound to find a match with numbers like those. See for more details

The Wedding and Honeymoon Show

Saturday and Sunday at the RDS between 11am and 5pm

More than 200 exhibitors will be in attendance and catwalk shows will help you plan everything for the big day from canapes to venues and flowgirl outfits. Tickets are €12 from Ticketmaster or at the door. For more information see

Tarantino Weekend at the Sugar Club

Saturday and Sunday at the Sugar Club, Leeson Street

Cocktails, pizza, Tarantino movies and dancing... sure who needs Electric Picnic? You're invited to dress up as your favourite Tarantino character and head along to the Leeson Street venue for a screening of Pulp Fiction. And on Sunday, you'll be treated to a double showing of Kill Bill I and II will begin at 6.30pm on Sunday evening. Tickets are €15 and available from

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Ireland    


Sunday, Croke Park from 3pm        

If you didn't get tickets for the Croke Park showdown between Kilkenny and Tipperary, you can watch the game for free while munching on popcorn in selected Odeon cinemas across the country on Sunday afternoon. For ticket information, see

Yoga and Meditation Day in Howth

Saturday at 10am

More yoga but this time with the dramatic backdrop of the Howth Peninsula to inspire you. The event will take place from 10am to 6pm and the cost is €50. For more details, see or email

*Bonus* The Night Of


Sky Atlantic

Staying in? Your new small screen-screen obsession has arrived. When a geeky student wakes in bed next to a brutally stabbed ingénue, he is plunged into a nightmare world of legal manipulation and police brutality. Written by crime novelist Richard Price with John Turturro as a crusading/crazed lawyer, 'The Night Of' takes us to the dark side of modern America with shocking, compelling results. Sky Atlantic Thursday, with the entire season available on Sky Box Sets now.

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