Free Festival in Merrion Square

International Street Performers

Here at City Spectacular, we aim to have you gazing at our amazing performers as they loop, hoop, flip and twist before your eyes! Jugglers, break dancers, mysterious magicians and many more to keep you going for two weekends of world class, award winning street performances.

Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth

July 7th, 8th & 9th
Merrion Square, Dublin
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 with free performances, activities and lots of laughs from Festival Ambassador & National Hero -Dustin the Turkey!

Just Eat Street

July 8th-9th & 15th-16th
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 brought to you by DSCPA & PURINA

July 7th - 9th
Merrion Square Park

Your furry friends 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 DSPCA will have a vet on site to provide pet health advice & our friends at Purina will be on hand with a range of pet food & a photobooth to have your photo taken with Felix!

Birdbrain with Dustin the Turkey

July 8th & 9th
The Super Trooper Tent
Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular welcomes Ireland’s favourite bird and national hero, Dustin the Turkey as this year’s Festival Ambassador. He describes himself as many things, a builder, a singer, a genius, but is it fair to say he’s at the top of his GAME? Come join Dustin & co-host Francie Boylan from RTE's The Den for the Birdbrain Quiz where families will go head to head with Dustin!

Live Broadcast: The Ray D'Arcy Show RTE Radio 1

Friday July 7th
The Super Trooper Tent
Do not miss RTE Radio 1 and The Ray D'Arcy Show live at Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular on Friday July 7th between 3 - 4.30pm in the Super Troopers tent. Our festival ambassador Dustin the Turkey will be rejoined by his old pal D'Arcy from The Den. Expect live performance for the festival's international street performers and many more spectacular surprises!​ Want to be in the audience?

The Happy Pear

9th July
The Super Trooper Tent
Greystone natives David and Stephen Flynn are chefs, best selling authors, yogis, but are better known as the Happy Pear! They have created a community focused on making natural and healthy food mainstream and making it easier for people to be healthier & happier. Veg out with the Happy Pear this July 9th where you can expect healthy chat, yummy food tasters & lots of energetic fun with these two!

Positive Mental Fitness for all the family with Pat Divilly

8th July
Super Troopers Tent
Pat Divilly, Irish Fitness expert and transformation coach is coming to Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular to teach us about the benefits of mental fitness and positivity. Keeping your brain healthy is just as important as physical fitness and it should never be neglected.So get ready to challenge the brain and learn exercises the whole family can do, for sharper minds & healthy bodies!
Ready Steady, Grow!

Imaginosity - Dr.Osity's Ready Steady Grow Live Show

July 8th & 9th
The Super Trooper Tent
Join crazy Dr.Osity from Imaginosity in their body Science show...Ready Steady, Grow! A fully interactive show focusing on the magic of the body and how it works…from top, to toe! From the brain and the skeletal system to your muscles and skin, Dr. Osity will work with the audience in a fun, unique way to help children learn all about their bodies through the mediums of song, movement and science!

Imaginosity's The Imagination Playground

July 7th, 8th & 9th
Merrion Square
Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum presents 'The Blue Block Building Challenge' at this year's festival. The ‘Funstigators’ are calling ALL kids & their families to join them in their mobile playground to exercise every inch of their creative talent, transforming the workshop into a world of play, designed (and built) by YOU, allowing your creativity to become a reality!Dream BIG!

Nissan Car-Aoke

July 7th, 8th & 9th
Merrion Square Dublin
At Nissan, excitement is crucial to their success. They want to add this to the festival and showcase the innovation they provide with an added element of fun. See the all new Nissan Micra with the BOSE personal audio system which you can use to blast out your favourite tunes and try your hand at Car-aoke! They will also have some nice giveaways on the day for you and the family.

Kid's Court

July 8th & 9th
Merrion Square, Dublin
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. This is where Kids Rule the Turf!

The Book Clinic with Children's Books Ireland

July 7-9
Merrion Square, Dublin
Do you love to read? Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Then pop along to the Book Clinic in the Irish Daily Mail Area and get your free book prescription! Parents and children are invited to drop in for an informal consultation with one of Children’s Books Ireland’s friendly panel of Book Doctors who will offer the best advice for the young readers in your family.

Summer Stage Dance and Drama Workshops

July 7th
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 2017! Running 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! Chill Out Zone

July 7-9
Merrion Square, Dublin
HerFamily, Ireland’s leading Irish parenting site have teamed up with Laya City Spectacular to provide parents with the ultimate chill out zone. Come take a breather with the HerFamily team as there will be yummy treats, breastfeeding areas and baby changing areas provided throughout the weekend!

Strong Roots

July 7th, 8th & 9th
Merrion Square, Dublin
Strong Roots are ready and raring for festival season. They have created a one of a kind Food Truck and will be show casing this amazing vehicle at City Spectacular 2017. Not only that but they will be serving up their famous Sweet Potato Fries alongside a delicious Kale & Quinoa Burger. All the Strong Roots team ask is that you show up hungry, happy and up for a chat!

O'Eggs Fun On The Farm

July 8 & 9
Merrion Square, Dublin
O’Egg Fun on the Farm is a family fun event aimed at entertaining, exciting and educating kids and parents. What can you expect? You can whizz around on the children’s tractors and jump so high on our large inflatable tractor, to racing in our O'Egg & spoon races and fun O'Egg games. There is lots to do for children all ages, you will have an EGGcellent time, we promise!

Lost Child Information

Merrion Square, Dublin
Here at Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular we aim to not only make sure you and your family have fun, but to stay safe throughout the weekend. Click the link below for an outline of the precautionary steps courtesy of Laya Healthcare that should be taken should a child go missing in the park.