SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND
1 Jazz Hands
The Cork Guinness Jazz Festival is in full swing and among its many free events is the annual Jazz on the Plaza stage on Emmet Place where brass bands and jazz musicians from all over the world take to the stage every half hour from 1pm - 6pm today and tomorrow. The Jazz Bites Food Fair on Emmet Place will also keep you fed while enjoying the music. A celebration of the golden era of the social dance halls takes place a Cork City Hall as The Swing Jive helps to reacquaint people with all the old time dances. While tomorrow the streets of Kinsale will come alive with a jazz procession through the town. 2 guinnessjazzfestival.com Macna Madness The annual Macnas parade takes place in Galway at 5.30pm tomorrow. Beginning at its home on the NUI Galway campus, the parade will weave its way through the heart of the City of the Tribes. More than 54,000 people are expected to line the streets. The group will then head to Dublin on Monday to close the Bram Stoker Festival with a parade on the streets of the capital. macnas.com 3
Folk Park Frights Halloween celebrations kick off tomorrow with a pumpkin picking event from 11am to 3pm at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in County Clare. Children can pick their favorite pumpkin for painting and decorating before taking it home. There will be a family fun day on Monday from noon to 5pm with face painting, traditional games and costume capers. There’s even a spooky train ride. A ticket for two adults and two children costs €45. shannonheri4 tage.com
Enter the Dragon Emerging once more from the underworld, a 36 foot Dragon will prowl the streets of Cork escorted by her legion of more than 500 loyal ghouls, beasts, misfits and demons to celebrate the ancient tradition of Samhain in a thrilling nighttime parade and finale show on Wednesday. Starting at 7pm at the junction of Church Street and Shandon street, the Dragon will make its way to 5The Cornmarket Street. Some Guys Have All
If you can’t wait til next May, a theatrical production of Rod Stewart’s career takes to the stage of the Cork Opera House on Thursday at 8pm. Some Guys Have All the Luck celebrates Rod’s career from street busker to international superstar.