SOME­THING FOR THE WEEK­END

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Feature - Com­piled by Co­lette Keane co­lette.keane@ex­am­iner.ie

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

Luck

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.

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