Searching for something fun to do in the city this weekend? You should head to Canalaphonic Festival, for all things music, art and adventure!

Canalaphonic is back with a bang for the third year in a row. This cracker of a festival takes place this weekend from Friday through to Sunday, along Dublin’s Grand Canal. The festival will take over Portobello square and Rathmines to host the three-day event which incorporates music, art, sports and water. With an urban market, live gigs and boat trips, it’s all about getting outdoors and immersing oneself in as much culture as possible.

The three-day festival will see musicians perform across 14 different venues around the city. On Saturday, Portobello square will come alive with a variety of activities and performances for all ages. The Canal Bank Market, one of the centrepieces of the festival, offers a wide range of produce from food, arts, crafts and clothing by local artists and designers.

Independent music and arts will dominate, with 120 acts lined up to perform including names like Rocstrong, The Eskies, Zaska, Mongrel State, Barq, Mongoose, and many more. It’ll be like a mini electric picnic!


There will be photography and art exhibitions, spoken word performances, opera, theatre and culture galore. A Kids Zone at St. Marys College offering a biodiversity village, kids fencing, face painting, a children’s entertainer and a bouncing castle. There will also be boat trips along the canal courtesy of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland.

For more information: Canalaphonic

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