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.
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival takes place in Dun Laoghaire every March. It honours the unique and enviable literary heritage of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown by providing opportunities for the public to hear the very best of Irish and international writers. Literary fiction is at the heart of the festival but events cover an array of genres including a family and schools strand and a dedicated poetry programme. The aim of the festival is to engage the public with a quality literary event that has at its core the meaningful engagement between author and audience.
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Dublinia is proud to present Viking Fest 2018. A huge celebration of Viking Culture happening Easter weekend at Dublinia and Wood Quay from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April.
This unmissable festival of Viking heritage will host Living history demonstrations, Viking ships moored and on display in Wood Quay, and will culminate in a live outdoor spectacle with the international Follow the Vikings audio visual and theatrical performance at the historic Wood Quay amphitheatre, celebrating the cultural and historic impact of the Vikings on Saturday 31st March.
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MusicTown will be back with a bang this April, with a ten-day musical celebration taking place from April 13th – 22nd , brought to you by Dublin City Council and Aiken Promotions. Setting out to explore and celebrate the diverse constellation of music cultures that exist in Dublin City, MusicTown aims to unify the city, making its music relatable and accessible, instilling a sense of pride in Dublin’s musical heritage, whilst welcoming newcomers and visiting artists. The overall programme this year focuses on the themes of collaboration and community.
Dublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. The festival provides a platform for Irish choreographers to develop their work in an international context, premiering major new Irish works during each Festival and providing key networking opportunities. Each year the Festival attracts many prominent dance promoters from overseas for whom Dublin has become an exciting place to discover new dance.
Fashionistas! Last chance to see Ireland's Fashion Radicals Exhibition in @dublinmuseum It salutes fashion designers of the 50s who paved the way for Irish fashion. Finishing Sunday Mar 25th. Don't miss it! https://t.co/R2ieh0PLrb #DublinTown #DublinFashion #whatsondublin https://t.co/oY8zzB9xwy
We are officially OUT OF OFFICE and on site @BGETheatre until Sunday. Hope to see you over the weekend, make sure to say hello! Limited number of tickets (about 100) https://t.co/j4gFCF4VTD #OffsetDUB https://t.co/vxE4KPY1BV
#ADIFF18 film "A Ciambra" wins at Italy's David di Donatello awards! https://t.co/483n7RI6v4
"One of the biggest discoveries in Cannes was Jonas Carpignano’s raw unflinching coming-of-age film, packed with powerful performances."
– Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director https://t.co/XXpCwOgfcy
Thanks to Emmalene Blake for this new sweet piece of art in our Festival HQ @TGSDublin https://t.co/K4sZ35codX
Festivals later this year
St. Michael's Pier
The Ball is back after an epic debut in 2017! The Ball is Ireland's first multi-stage STUDENT ONLY music festival which will be returning to Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Friday 27th April 2018. End your college year in style…#WeBeBallin
Expect 3 stages, over 20 acts, food yard, funfair, bars, Dublin's best festival location and much more.
The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is an annual event, celebrating contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present.
The Festival was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city. With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world.
The Festival creates new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works. The Festival’s criteria for inclusion into the pr
The wellness event of the year in Ireland returns 12-13 May 2018 in our brand new venue, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Combining world-class professionals and brands in fitness, mental health and nutrition, WellFest is a place to be inspired, try something new and most importantly, have fun.
Learn from the best!
Whether you want to pick up some tips or perhaps learn a bit about nutrition, there will be plenty to choose from!
WellFest gives you the opportunity to train, listen and learn from the top names in wellness. A ticket to WellFest allows you the opportunity to handpick your ow