The Dublin Summer Season - City Spectacular, Festival of Curiosity, and Mission to Mars

In Dublin, we're spoiled for choice over the summer when it comes to festivals.  We do our best to sample them all and managed to check out City Soul Picnic and the Festival of Curiosity in a single day.  City Soul Picnic was conveniently located in Merrion Square and started about midday.  We caught the tail end of a performance by Moo.
It was sprinkling lightly but we didn't let that ruin the fun!
While we were there, we bought a raffle ticket for a good cause.  For a fiver, we were entered to win one of these fabulous art guitars and the money went to support underprivileged children learning a musical instrument.
Next up, we caught The Blood Red Mountain Band.  All the acts had a folksy bluegrass vibe - our favorite...
Here are some sample clips from the gigs we saw.
We then popped over to Trinity College for the Festival of Curiosity.  Meant to promote an interest in science, various displays and demos were set up on-campus.  They ranged from a sculpture artist who worked in metal...
...to a pedal-powered ducky.
I know I'm always curious about robots, especially those that are larger than life.
The Festival of Curiosity extended all the way out to Smock Alley Theatre where potential 'Marstronaut' Joseph Roche was giving a talk about Mars One and why he signed up for what could be a one way ticket to The Red Planet.  Dr. Roche is the only Irishman still left in the running to go on this ambitious voyage in 10 years time.  A reality TV style competition will be used to generate the funding to send people on this one-way trip to Mars.
We had to high tail it out of the talk a few minutes early when we received a phone calling saying I'd won one of the art guitars at the City Soul Picnic and had 30 minutes to get there to pick it up.  Sweet!  We'd definitely earned the calories in our beer after that rushed walk back to Merrion Square!

We spent that evening at Whelan's where more free music was in store as part of the Whelan's Bluegrass Country Roots Festival.  Various folk and country music performances were on all over town as a consolation prize after the five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park were cancelled due to resident complaints and frankly some diva behavior on the part of Mr. Brooks (the city officials and local residents were going to bend the rules and allow three concerts but Brooks came back with 'it's all or nothing!'  Looks like nothing it is...)  We could care less about Garth Brooks but appreciated the high quality music around town that resulted anyway.  We saw the Handsome Boatmen...
and One Horse Pony.  One Horse Pony are the band in residence at Whelan's but this was their first time on the Main Stage.  They were so excited to be there and the energy was simply amazing - great gig!
I even recognized the bass player from a performance we'd seen in Cork a few months back (Pixie and the King).  Apparently, he plays with about five different bands in Cork.  It's nice to be in demand, I suppose.

The Prairie Dawgs took the stage to finish out our evening with some bluesy riffs.

Here are a few clips to give you a flavor of the music on offer.
Our day was packed with festivals but full of fun.  Can't wait to do it again next year.

COMMENTS

Name

#DrJSabbatical #pigsonparade #tasteoftravel 1916 Rebellion a City Break Absolut Fringe Adelaide Adriatics Africa Agra Aix-en-Provence Alameda Alamo Square Alfama Algarve Alliance Francaise Americas Amnesty Amsterdam Andolu Kavagi Android Ann Arbor Antwerp Argentina Arizona Art Gallery Arthur's Day Asia Asia Pacific Athens Augsburg AUNZ AUNZ_Archive Auschwitz Austin Australia Austria Auto Awesome Avignon Baixa Baltics Bangkok Barcelona Barrio Alta Basel Basque Basque Country Bath Bazaar Belem Belfast Belgium Bellagio Bergamo Berlin Bern Bernal Heights Best of Beyond Dublin Bidart Big Island Bird Watching Birmingham Blackrock Market bleisure Bloco de Dublin Blogger Fiesta BloggerFiesta Bologna Bonn Boston Brad Pitt Bray Brighton Bristol Bruges Brussels BTW Bucharest Budapest Buffalo California Camargue Cambodia Cambridge Canada Canary Islands Cannes Cannonball Cannonball Run Canterbury Cape Town Carcassonne Cardiff Carnival Castro Catalonia Catalunya Cats Central Europe Central Richmond Chemistry Chinatown Christmas Christmas Market City Break Itinerary Civic Center Cobh Coffee cole valley Cologne Comedy Club Commute Chronicles Connemara Copenhagen Cork Costa Brava County Kerry Cow Hollow Critical Mass Croatia Culture Night Cyprus Czech Republic Dalkey Dalkey Castle Danang Delft Delhi Den Haag Denmark Denver Derry Diamond Head Disneyland Dolores Heights Donegal Dover Downtown Dresden Dublin Dublin Castle Dublin Culture Night Dublin_Archive Dubrovnik Ducks Dun Laoghaire Dusseldorf Eastern Europe Edinburgh Eindhoven England Eruption Estonia Europe Europe_Archive Evora Fado Fall Foliage Faro Faversham Festival Film Film Festival Financial District Finland Fisherman's Wharf Flanders Florida Flugtag Food France Frankfurt French Riviera Fringe Fringe Festival Galway Gandhi Gdansk Gdynia Georgian Dublin Germany GhostBus Gig Girona Glasgow Glen Park Golden Gate Park Google Plus Granada Grand Canal Greece Greece and Cyprus Guest Posts Guiness Storehouse Guinness Gurgaon Half Moon Bay Halloween Hamburg Hanoi Hawaii Hayes Valley HCMC Helsinki Hermanus Hilo Ho Chi Minh City Hobart Hoi An Holland Honolulu Hula Hungary Hurling Hyderabad Ice Cream Sandwich ICS India Inner Richmond Inner Sunset Ireland Ireland_Archive Istanbul Italy Itinerary Izmir Jackson Square Jaipur Japan Japantown Johannesburg Kaunas Kenmare Kilauea Kilkenny Kilkenny Cats Killarney Kiluaea Kona Krakow Kuala Lumpur Kyoto Lake Como Lake Street Languedoc Lanzarote Las Fallas Las Vegas Latvia Laurel Heights Leeds Leinster Leipzig Lemesos Let's French 2011 Liechtenstein Limerick Lincoln's Inn Lisbon Lithuania Liverpool Lloret de Mar London Los Angeles Louisiana Lower Pacific Heights Lübeck Lucerne Lyon Mackintosh Madeira Madrid Mainz Malaga Malaysia Mallorca Malta Manchester Marina Marrakech Marrakesh Marseille Massachusetts Mdina Med Melbourne Menton Milan Mission Bay Mission Dolores Modena Monaco Monte Carlo Montenegro Monterey Montpellier Morocco Munich Munster Music NA_Archive Naples Netherlands New Orleans New Year 2011 New Year Festival New Years Eve 2010 New York New Zealand Nice Nicosia Nob Hill Noe Valley NOPA Normandy Norrkoping North America North Beach Northern Ireland Nuremberg Oahu Oakland Oktoberfest Oliwa Olympics On The Road Osaka Outer Richmond Outer Sunset Oxford Pacific Heights Padua Palafrugell Palma Panorama Paphos Paris Parma Pearl Harbor Pennsylvania Perth Philadelphia Pittsburgh Poland Porto Portugal Potrero Hill Prague Presidio Presidio Heights Pride Provence Queensland Rabat RAF2010 Rainbow Ranelagh Ranelagh Arts Festival Recent Red Bull Regensburg Reims Restaurant Review Riga Ring of Kerry Rochester Roman Ruins Romania Rome Rotterdam Rugby Russia Russian Hill Salt Lake City Samba San Diego San Francisco San Sebastian Sand Castles Santa Cruz Scandinavia Science Gallery Science Museum Scotland Seattle Segovia Seville SF - Further Afield SF_Archive Shakespeare Shave Ice Sicily Siem Reap Silent Film Festival Singapore Sintra Sligo Snow SOMA Sonoma Sopot South Africa South America South Beach South San Francisco Soweto Spain SPWC St. Petersburg Stellenbosch Stirling Stockholm Strasbourg Street Performance Stuttgart Sultanahmet Sweden Switzerland Sydney Tallinn Tasmania Tavira TBEX Telegraph Hill Temple Bar Tenderloin TenderNob Tenerife Texas Thailand Thames Festival The Haight The Kruger The Mission Theatre ThisIsAthens Tipperary Tokyo Toledo Toronto Toulouse Trad Trad Sessions Transylvania Trinity College Turkey UBTD10 Uganda UK Ulster Bank Theater Festival Union Square United States Uruguay Utrecht Vacation Rental Valencia Valletta Venice Vienna Vietnam Vilnius Volcano Volcanoes National Park Waikiki Wales Walking Walking Tour Warsaw Washington Waterford Western Addition Western Australia Westerplatte Westfield Where's Wally? Whiskey Whitsundays Wicklow Wine Tasting Wisconsin World Record World War II Wroclaw WWI WWII York Ypsilanti Zurich
false
ltr
item
Sidewalk Safari: The Dublin Summer Season - City Spectacular, Festival of Curiosity, and Mission to Mars
The Dublin Summer Season - City Spectacular, Festival of Curiosity, and Mission to Mars
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ozJUW3DJpWs/U9Th21W82TI/AAAAAAAA60Q/Ay0umfPlyNU/s1600/IMG_3674.JPG
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ozJUW3DJpWs/U9Th21W82TI/AAAAAAAA60Q/Ay0umfPlyNU/s72-c/IMG_3674.JPG
Sidewalk Safari
http://www.sidewalksafari.com/2014/09/dublin-summer-season-city-festivals.html
http://www.sidewalksafari.com/
http://www.sidewalksafari.com/
http://www.sidewalksafari.com/2014/09/dublin-summer-season-city-festivals.html
true
2802498442123035908
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy