Six things to do this weekend

1. All that Jazz

It’s that time of the year again when Cork invents its own word and invites the nation to go jazzin’ (right). There will be more than 400 sessions at 70 venues across the city as a jam-packed festival programme sees everything from classic jazz instrumentalists to Gary Numan and The Stunning.

Cork Opera House plays host to a double bill on Saturday with The Coronas taking to the stage at 8pm followed by the highly energetic, Irish version of a New Orleans 8 piece, the phenomenal Booka Brass Band who will take over from midnight. The Cork Opera House Festival Club will also host its first Silent Disco in the Blue Angel Bar from 10.30pm.

Tickets for the The Coronas cost €36, €15 for the Booka Brass Band while the Festival Club Silent Disco costs €5 on door.

2. Ale be there

Music, cheese, pizza and beer — it can only mean the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork is hosting its annual Octoberfest this weekend. An exotic line up of beer and delicacies will be showcased over the weekend including Tuatara Sauvinova Single Hop IPA and Aotearoa Pale Ale, both hailing from New Zealand, and the Espiga Hop Collection Series — Amarillo from Spain.

Music will be provided by Cork-based blues outfit One Horse Pony, as well as swing-jazz quartet Pinky Trolley, and trad band Lyda. As ever, festival-goers can look forward to delicious pizza, hot from the wood-fired stove in the beer garden.

Free entry from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday; franciscanwellbrewery.com

3. The Brunch Bunch

Looking for a splash of jazz with a dash of flavour? The Kingsley Hotel is hosting a Jazz Brunch tomorrow from 1.30pm to 3.30pm with live jazz music by singer-songwriter Fiona Kennedy.

While Fiona plays, The Kingsley will spoil you with delicious dishes, including freshly baked breads, charcuterie boards, seafoods and sweet treats for dessert. Could be just the thing to set you up for a day of jazzin’.

Bookings can be made by calling The Kingsley team on 021-4800500.

4. Castle capers

You don’t have to be the Addams family to enjoy Halloween horror at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this Bank Holiday Monday, but it might help. From noon to 6pm there will be a haunted house, a spook train ride, a ghastly talking head, face painting and traditional Halloween games including snap apple, songs and stories.

Brave visitors will also relish the opportunity to descend into the basement of Bunratty Castle to visit the spooky crypt, where a famous blood-sucker lies in his coffin, waiting…

Tickets cost €12 per adult, €8 per child aged 6-16, under fives go free; shannonheritage.com/061-360788.

5. Play Time

Children from the age of seven years upwards will be enchanted by an adaptation of The Secret Garden at the Everyman Theatre.

The one hour show runs from Wednesday until Saturday for two shows daily, at noon and 3pm. This well loved classic has been adapted by Deirdre Dwyer who is also directing the cast of three, Mary-Lou McCarthy, Nicholas Kavanagh and Julie Sharkey.

The audience will be taken behind the curtain and seated on the Everyman Stage where the trio of skilled actors will explore the story’s powerful themes of loneliness and friendship and reveal that the best secrets are the ones waiting to be shared.

Tickets cost €10 each and a family ticket (4 people) is €35. Booking on 021 4501673 or www.everymancork.com

6. I’ll drink to that

MiWadi and Temple Street are encouraging people to have fun this Halloween by throwing a party to raise money for the hospital.

It is frighteningly easy to register — just log on to www.templestreet.ie, fill out the registration form and you will receive a special pack which includes everything they need to have fun and raise money.

Trick or Treat for Temple Street is one of the hospital’s biggest fundraisers and is in its 14th year.

Last year there were more than 1,800 Halloween parties held nationwide for this campaign.


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