Six things for you to try out this weekend...

1. Dracula Delights
Dublin’s dark side will be celebrated in style for its annual Bram Stoker Festival which runs from Friday until Bank Holiday Monday. 

As the city revels in all that is gloriously gothic for Four Days of Living Stories and Four Nights of Deadly Adventures, the festival programme presents daily Victorian intrigue at family-friendly events, talks and interactive experiences. 

At night, a host of venues deliver deadly adventures for festival goers in search of macabre thrills and late-night parties. 

The deadliest adventure of all, New Blood, takes place at Projects Arts Centre on Sunday — a progressive Halloween Party filled with bespoke cocktails, art installations, live electronic acts and DJs.Excessive dress-up is essential. www.bramstokerfestival.com 

2 Classical Concert

Following on from their début concert last year, Limerick Sinfonia (based at Limerick School of Music) will host a concert of music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Kreisler, showcasing the talented teachers of the school with some student performers and special guest soloists: John O’Shea (guitar), Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp), David Mackenzie (violin). 

There will be a tribute to John MacKenzie, founding principal of the Limerick School of Music. The concert starts at 8pm and will be conducted by John Davis and the orchestra leader will be Anna-Jane Ryan.

Tickets, which cost €15 or €40 for a family of two adults and two children, are available from Eventbrite, the Limerick School of Music Office, from St Mary’s Cathedral, 061 417348 or limericksinfonia@gmail.com 

3 Riverside charm

Innishannon house will host a wedding event tomorrow from 4pm to 6pm and will unveil the recently refurbished River Suite which accommodates up to 200 people. 

Engaged couples will have the opportunity to view the hotel and lodges set on four hectares of parkland and meet the wedding team, led by director Margaret Roche.

To meet with them, call 021 477512 or visit www.innishannonhotel.ie 

4 A Scare at Bedtime

If you are looking for a fright night to get you in the Halloween mood then the classic drive-in movie horror Fest at Tattersalls Country House, Ratoath, Co Meath will be right up your street. 

Lock your car doors as you enjoy such scary movies as Alien (1979), The Exorcist (1971) Psycho (1960), The Shining (1980), Night of the Living Dead (1968) on the world’s largest mobile LED screen. There are also a number of non-scary children’s movies to choose from.

The horror fest runs from Friday to November 1, if you dare. Tickets cost €25 per car parking space.

www.tattersallscountryhouse.ie/movies 

5 Fear and food in Kilkenny

Combine a tasty break with some fearsome fun and great music in Kilkenny in the heart of medieval Ireland which is hosting three festivals over the Bank Holiday. 

Celebrity chef Nevin Maguire is the star attraction at the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, which starts on Thursday with more than 80 food exhibitors confirmed for the city’s Parade Plaza by Kilkenny Castle.

Once you have had your fill join the ThrillKilkenny Zombie Fest on Sunday and Monday and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Pubs all over town will be filled with music thanks to The Rockfall Festival.

www.savourkilkenny.com 

6 Castle Capers

Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork is organising a frightfully good time for youngsters for the mid-term break.

Those aged between eight and 12 can get to grips with some spooky science as the children get to explore glow in the dark goop, make spooky sounds, and whip up a batch of witches’ brew. 

Taking place from October 27 to 29 from 2pm to 3.30pm, places are €10 each and booking is advised. Costumes are encouraged! Call 021-4326120 or log onto www.bco.ie  to book a space.


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