Following on from my post about the Opera in the Park that was held in Merrion Square, August sees the launch of Opera in the Open. These are held in the amphitheatre that is behind the Dublin Civic Offices on the Quays at the end of Temple Bar. Get there early because the concrete amphitheatre seats fill up quickly but there is a large grass area around where you can sit with your blanket or deckchair. The lovely thing about watching opera this way is you can wander in and out as you like popping in during your lunch hour or after a shopping visit. It's free, and depending on the weather it's just a lovely way to spend a couple of hours in the city.