Dublin is most famous for the St Patrick’s Festival, which takes place around St Patrick’s Day (17th March), each year. However there are lots of other festivals spanning music, literature, film, theatre, culture, food and dance. If you can name it, we’ve probably got a festival for it. You can view upcoming festivals below or see our full What’s On listings.

Temple Bar TradFest 2018

Temple Bar

TradFest Temple Bar has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved m

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Spike Cello Festival 2018

The Workman's Club

Spike is a 3-day festival of alternative cello, including alt-folk, jazz, trad, cabaret, cello yoga and cello clowning, based in the Workman's Club. Friday February 9th - Festival Launch Laura Moody (UK) is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant-garde, classica

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Various Locations

The largest Irish language festival in Ireland and around the world! Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival, which is the most popular celebration of our native language and culture in Ireland and many other countries each year. There was an excellent festival again this year, with almost millions of people taking part in hundreds of events around the world.

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2018

Across Dublin

Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship. DCNYF is a Dublin City Council initiative and works closely with the Chinese Community in Ireland to present a diverse and exciting festival. In 2018, from February 16th to March 4th, the festival will celebrate The Year of the Dog and marks the 11th year of this internationally recognised festival.

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Temple Bar TradFest

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    Dogs, dancers and dragons at @CBL_Dublin this morning for the #DCNYF programme launch! https://t.co/Q8aCC0GQfX

  • DublinDanceFest DublinDanceFestival
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    Casting Notice: 3 dancers needed for a series of early works by pioneering American dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer, #YvonneRainer being presented at @IMMAIreland for the 2018 Dublin Dance Festival in May. Applications close 2 Feb. More info: https://t.co/O24s2O7gkG https://t.co/yCl2Hzj7P1

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    Over 42% of our team joined us based on recommendation of another, 33% join based on seeing us at a previous event. We're always #HereToHelp

  • ImprovisedMusic ImprovisedMusic
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    ADHD from Iceland will be making their Irish performance debut at @TGSDublin on 7 Feb. This great piece from @TheEconomist mentions them as one of the artists bringing a new flavour of jazz into the 21st Century. Tickets & Info: https://t.co/sKAZqccQKx https://t.co/sClqNzZUQK

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    DUE TO DEMAND! 8 EXTRA DATES NOW ADDED! @daraobriain – #VoiceOfReason @Vicar_Street 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 27 & 28 June 2018 Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am! https://t.co/PlJniPZ6ZS

  • StoneybatterPoP StoneybatterFestival
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    Exciting news! RTÉ are making a very special television doc about Oxmantown Road. If you live on Oxmantown Road or know anyone who does, contact Anita Ward for more info on 01 2082490 or anita.ward@rte.ie #community #stoneybatter #oxmantownroad https://t.co/t2Q4UQ0QrN

Festivals later this year

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival

The Generator Hostel

The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is a brand new international festival dedicated to celebrating work shot on Smartphone and Tablets. ​ No longer is expensive technology a barrier to creativity. The mobile phone has expanded the scope and freedom for filmmakers, providing limitless possibilities in the palm of your hand. The festival was created with the goal of encouraging filmmakers to share the stories they have captured on mobile devices and to provide smartphone filmmakers with a platform to exhibit these stories to a wider audience.

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Silk Road Film Festival

Various Locations

Founded in 2012, the Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) is fast becoming an international acclaimed film festival which is held annually during the month of March in Dublin, Ireland. The festival also holds year-round screenings, talks & events. SRIFF celebrates world cinema where we discover new films and voices from around the world. As well as screening international films there is a “Silk Road Panorama” of films from countries part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes. The Panorama includes Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranea

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Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair

The Convention Centre

Join 10,000 fun loving attendees at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival this March 8 – 10, 2018 at The Convention Centre Dublin. It’s more than just craft beer; be entertained by home-grown artists and enjoy culinary delights while tasting the latest beers and spirits all under the one roof. The Fair will feature a host of local and international craft beverages as well as local culinary delights. Musical entertainment will be provided by a range of home-grown acts and food producers will be on hand with unique food pairings to excite your ta

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