Free Festival in Merrion Square

International Street Performers

Here at Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular, we aim to have you gazing at our amazing performers as they loop, hoop, flip, freak and twist before your eyes! A lizardman, contortionists, beat boxers, mysterious magicians and many more to keep you going for two weekends of world class, award winning street performances.

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Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth

July 8-10 & 16-17
Families will discover and delight in the spectacular as they explore Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth. Children and their grown ups will play, dance and create together in circus tents filled with free performances and workshops including the world famous fully-animated Titan the Robot. See below for more information and timetables.
ESB Spark Your Imagination

ESB Spark Your Imagination

A banquet for the brain, the ESB Spark Your Imagination area is a creative hub for children designed to inspire, educate and feed the imagination. Here you’ll find a feast for the senses with creative writing workshops from Fighting Words, fun and games from Imaginosity, a live science and electricity show from Doktor Kaboom and much more! The makings of many light bulb moments!

Just Eat Street

July 9th-10th & 16th-17th
JUST EAT Street is a feast of food, fun & entertainment in Merrion Sq South. Enjoy over 25 different cuisines from around the world and music from international acts. Chill in the sunshine with friends & family, while the JUST EAT Waiter Service takes and delivers your food orders, bringing the best of JUST EAT's online ordering service to life at Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular.
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PET-acular with DSPCA

July 9-10
Merrion Square East
Bring your pooch along to PET-acular with the D.S.P.C.A and they can be the star of the 'Scruffs Dog Show', hang out in the King of Paws agility arena and set tails wagging in their very own photo shoot. The wonderful team at the D.S.P.C.A will have a vet on site to provide pet health advice. When we say fun for all the family we mean fun for ALL the family, including the 4-legged kind!
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Titan the Robot

July 9-10
Laya Heathcare's Greatest Place on Earth, Merrion Square
One of the most in-demand acts currently operating in the world today. The show is a unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music creating a fantastic show that is unrivalled in the world today. Funny, fast paced and full of surprises, where you come to expect the unexpected! Titan will be performing in Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth area Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of July.
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Bosco and Laura Lynn

July 9-10, 3pm
Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth
Bosco wants you to collect your waste batteries for recycling as a part of the annual campaign to contribute to LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. In 2015, the public recycled 25 million batteries, raising €90K for the charity and we hope to keep this up! Bosco will perform at Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth to help support our official charity partner. Click below for more info.
Doktor Kaboom

Doktor Kaboom! Live Science Shows

July 8-10 & 16-17, 1, 3 & 5pm
ESB Spark Your Imagination
Grab your lab coats kids, because mad German scientist Doktor Kaboom is coming to the 'ESB Spark Your Imagination' area. Mixing safety goggles with giggles, Doktor Kaboom will excite, educate and entertain kids of all ages. He'll be looking for super kid scientists to assist him in his zany experiments, so make sure to come visit. Get ready to get psyched about science! KABOOM!


July 8th, 9th & 10th
ESB Spark Your Imagination, Merrion Square
Build and create stories with Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum and their imagination playground this July. This big block story making workshop is a one of a kind interactive experience where children learn to design and create the world thats inside any story! Keep an eye out for Imaginosity's mascot Eco Badger! No pre-reg required, all workshops first come, first serve.

Fighting Words Story Writing Workshops for Kids

1pm - 3pm and 4pm - 6pm, Friday July 8-Sun July 10
ESB Spark Your Imagination, Merrion Square
Join Fighting Words for a fun and imaginative workshop where you will create characters and start a story together, illustrated by one of their story artists. Then finish the story yourself with help from their tutoring team! This workshop is FREE but places are limited and advance booking is required. Age Range: 8-11 years

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Tour

6th July - 10th July
Dublin City Centre
Guru Dudu takes the Silent Disco phenomenon to a whole new level with his Silent Disco Walking Tours. Everyone wears headphones and can hear the dance-mix of uplifting faves from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. It’s all about spontaneous Flash Mob dancing, interpretative dancing around local landmarks, hilarious comentary and lots of crazy impro that is guaranteed to open the ‘laughter meridians’!
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July 8-10
Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth
Unleash your Creative side! Artzone believe in the importance of art education. They are Ireland's leading public art school. They are creative, different, and most importantly, fun! Catch them in the Make n' Do Mountain tent in Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth area where they will host workshops and activities to keep the creative juices flowing throughout the day.

Summer Stage Dance and Drama Workshops

July 8th at 12pm, July 9th at 5pm & July 10th at 5pm
Super Trooper's Tent, Merrion Square
Summer Stage performing arts camps are holding Dance and Drama workshops for boys and girls aged 4-12 years at City Spectacular 2016! Running all weekend in the Super Trooper Tent, the workshops are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length, and involve fun games, warm-ups, drama exercises, improv and dance routines to chart hits!
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Kid's Court

July 9-10
12.30, 2, 3.30, 5pm on both 9th and 10th July
Laya healthcare will once again bring their ever-popular Kid’s Court to the family-loving festival, but this time it is even messier, meaner and more mischievous than ever! Children can put their parents on trial, who may be sentenced to a custard-pie-in-the-face or a bucket of iced water thrown as punishment.
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JOHNman AKA Woody Woodman the living statue!

July 8-10
Merrion Square, Dublin
JOHNman, is one of Berlin's best-known and most versatile Living Statue Artists, who has greatly influenced this art in Germany for many years. JOHNman has travelled the world with his acts, performing at festivals from Oslo to Johannisburg, from Toronto to Mumbai. He is the first, and so far only, artist who has twice won the World Championship of Living Statues.

LauraLynn, Official Charity Partner

Merrion Square, Dublin

We are delighted to be working with LauraLynn, Ireland's Children Hospice as our official charity partner this year. Come say hello to all team at the 'LauraLynn Games Garden' in the heart of Merrion Square. chill out area

July 8-10
Merrion Square, Dublin
Come and meet the team behind’s leading Irish parenting site, for the honest side of parenting. Come and take a breather, chill out, browse iPads with their best articles, feed your toddler in the high chairs, breastfeed on comfy armchairs, or just take a breather from the festivities. Sign up to the site while you’re there and you could win a luxury weekend trip.
Sing Factory Vocal Coach

Sing Factory Vocal Coach

July 9th & 10th
Merrion Square South
Experience the thrill of a real recording studio at ‪#‎Layacityspec‬ with The Sing Factory!! Record your favourite song and get the video to keep as a memento or share with family and friends! Limited free recording available, so register now!

O'Eggs Fun On The Farm

July 8-10
Merrion Square, Dublin
At O'Eggs Fun on the Farm, children get the chance to have hands-on fun playing with immersive farm toys. From loading up trailers, trying out diggers and scooping up with tractors in the sand pit, to manoeuvring around a cool life-like model farm display, there’s a whole range of great Bruder, Rolly and SIKU farm toys for children of all ages to enjoy.
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JJ Kavanagh & Sons: Our official transport partner

July 8-10
Merrion Square, Dublin
We are delighted to be partnering with JJ Kavanagh & Sons, the largest privately owned coach company in Ireland. With 97 years of experience in operating an extensive range of public transport services we’ll be joining forces for the weekend, providing 52 services to and from Dublin City with a stop at Eden Quay, just a short walk from Merrion Square. Promo code: cityspectacular to get 10% off!