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.

Bloomsday Festival

Various Locations

Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. Celebrations often include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many different

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Dalkey Book Festival


Dalkey Book Festival, described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world”, takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Costa winners. Dalkey, “the most beautiful little seaside town on earth”, has a rich literary heritage. The birthplace of George Bernard Shaw, schoolhouse of James Joyce and playground to Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, Dalkey is also home to the like

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Dublin Pride Festival


In 1983, the 1st Dublin LGBT Pride Parade took place and has been going ever since, getting bigger every year. Dublin LGBTQ+ Parade is Ireland's, and now one of Europe's, biggest LGBTQ+ people parades with up to 30,000 plus people marching in 2017. We had 60+ floats with thousands and thousands of rainbow flags that involved community groups and a mix of corporates. The 2017 parade featured, for the 1st time ever, Ireland's Taoiseach who took part fully in the Dublin Pride Parade 2017 with Irish and International media attention on the parade & festival. Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Parade is th

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Irish International A Cappella Festival

Various Locations

The Irish International A Cappella Festival returns for the second year taking place across various venues in Dublin city between the 22-24 June 2018. The biggest singing event of the summer, IIACF showcases the best a cappella that Ireland has to offer! Programme Friday June 22nd // ARDÚ VOCAL ENSEMBLE Festival hosts Ardú will launch the festival at the Sugar Club, Dublin with a brand new show, launching their first full album in two years on the same night! The concert will also feature the debut performance of Ardú A Cappella Chorus, a brand new initiative of young a cappella sing

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Bloomsday Festival

A weeklong celebration of all things Bloom


  • CultureNight Culture Night

    Interested in hosting #CultureNight events at your venue on Fri 21 Sep 2018? Deadlines for lots of counties and cities approaching, so make sure to register here: https://t.co/28Y55TEDYO https://t.co/3oBMW45FdN

  • ImprovisedMusic ImprovisedMusic

    HOTTER THAN JULY is back! A FREE family-friendly world music & dance festival in @SmithfieldSq. Everybody welcome! SUNDAY 29 July 3-8pm. More details below: @DubCityCouncil @creativeirl @DanceIreland @artscouncil_ie @BigBangRhythm @countykerry @98FM https://t.co/mZfZ9SAval

  • dalkeybookfest Dalkey Book Festival

    Shona Murray @ShonaMurray_ asking @PinchasLandau if the British / other countries were looking for an opportunity to demonstrate strength by expelling Russian diplomats in the wake of the poisoning allegations... #DalkeyBookFestival https://t.co/XOxeEJu36G

  • playstivalfest Playstival with The Happy Pear

    It’s time to build in the Construction Play Universe 🏗 Children become the builders sporting high vis vests & hard hats. With support from the Construction Site Manager, children will build structures using different materials such as sand, stone, bamboo, wood & potato starch! https://t.co/CqLP5ivdAx

  • hwchfestival Hard Working Class Heroes

    📢 3 weeks left to apply for HWCH 2018! Artist registration closes on Friday, July 6th. Log onto https://t.co/uZ7CJk77Ig to apply now. #HWCH18 https://t.co/yPqsYgNBuw

  • 98FM 98FM

    Dublin Pride pop up opens on Clarendon Street https://t.co/YXeeP9PUsM https://t.co/HbOOPDXWuR

Festivals later this year

The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival

Various Locations

The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival returns for its 48th year, with an eclectic programme of chamber music ranging from the familiar, with Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart and Schubert, through to exciting new repertoire from living composers such as Thomas Ades, Edith Canat de Chizy and Ian Wilson. The virtuosic Quatuor Modigliani, Classical Guitarist Sean Shibe, the Van Kuijk Quartet, the Sacconi Quartet will all visit Ireland this year to perform. The festival also showcases a number of wonderful Irish performers including clarinettist Carol McGonnell, tenor, Robin Tritschle

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Pipeworks Festival

Various Locations

Taking its cue from the centenaries of Claude Debussy, Charles Gounod and Lili Boulanger, Pipeworks celebrates the last one hundred years of the French organ and choral tradition. 13th June 2018 7:30pm - “The Submerged Cathedral” at Christ Church Cathedral Our opening concert features David Adams, premier Irish organist and former Pipeworks' competition winner celebrating the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy. Presented in the stunning surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral this programme includes Leon Roques' transcriptions of this great composer's keyboard works includi

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Taste of Dublin

Iveagh Gardens

Taste of Dublin will return to the stunning Iveagh Gardens from 14 – 17 June 2018. Over four indulgent days the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants each fashioned together exquisite signature dishes, allowing visitors to create their dream tasting menu at the ultimate foodie festival. This year’s theme, Food Lovers Playground, will bring a playful and vibrant twist to the event in June, brought to life through the vast array of restaurants, producers, bars, and exhibitors. Those in attendance have the chance to mingle with award-winning chefs and like-minded foodies. You wi

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