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.

Cinemagic Film & Television Festival

Various Locations

Cinemagic Film & Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin with a programme jam packed full of diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people. 2019 will see a number of new exciting elements added to the programme and visits from representatives from Aardman Animations, Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon! A new screening series entitled Talking Pictures will offer the chance to view Irish movies with talks from filmmakers and film professionals involved in the productions. Among the industry names who will take part will be Frank Berry, Carmel Winters,

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Battle For The Bay

Bull Island

Battle for the Bay - the annual Dublin Kitesurfing and SUPing Competition is back. All ages are welcome – free entry for young and old! The concept of the Battle is very simple: Fun, Wind, Water… and Fun!!! The best riders in the country and from around the globe will come and compete in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world: Dollymount Beach! Home to the Puremagic gang. This will be the 1st leg of the Irish Kitesurfing Association (IKSA) Tour. The Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) event continues to grow with even more racing formats, something to suit everyone. Join us for a very

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Féile Nasc Folk and Traditional Music Festival

Marlay Park

Féile Nasc will take place in Marlay Park on Saturday, 25th of May 2019. The festival will showcase some of the best Folk and Traditional Music acts in an awesome setting! Féile Nasc will give a platform to Irish folk and traditional music in Dublin. Those in attendance will celebrate together the special role played by our music in creating a bond between the people of Ireland and beyond. There will be a special emphasis on showcasing local musicians as well as more well-known national artists. Féile Nasc will be run on an eco-friendly basis with all vendors committing to the use of

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Phoenix Park

Celebrate garden life at Ireland's largest and most spectacular gardening event. Bloom was launched in 2007 primarily as a promotional vehicle for horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby. Based on similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows, Bloom has numerous highly creative gardens and plant displays which are used to inspire and excite the public about gardening and garden design. The OPW's support and provision of 70 acres at the heart of the Phoenix Pa

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Bloomsday - James Joyce

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Trans-Fusion Trans Arts Festival

CHQ Building

This years TRANS-FUSION Trans Festival will be held from 31st May to 8th June. Having been on a hiatus for the past 2 years, it's back with a Bang, with a bigger more prestigious venue, support of Dublin Bus, Dublin Pride and CHQ. Once again, the festival will include Soapbox sessions, storytelling, trans history talks, mental health workshops, film evenings and much, much more. As part of the festival, this year we will be hosting our eclectic Arts and Performance show –‘Got to get it out of my Head’ on the 8 th of June in CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.

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Forbidden Fruit Festival


Dublin city centre's multi-stage music and arts festival, Forbidden Fruit, is set to return for its 9th instalment on the Bank Holiday weekend, June 1st - 3rd, 2019. A unique city centre festival that combines music, art, fashion, food and simple good vibes. The spectacular grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) will once again play host to the hotly anticipated three-day festival, which has become firmly fixed in the gig-goers calendar as the grand-opening to the festival season, and the official start of the summer. Set across 6 stages offering a wide selection of different styl

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Dublin Kite Festival

North Bull Island

Dublin Kite Festival - Dublin City Council event providing a jam packed day of exhilarating family fun in North Bull Island, Clontarf. Last year's Dublin Kite Festival attracted attendees from around the country, brandishing an array of kites ready to take to the skies and beautify the Dublin skyline with a jumble of colour. There was free entertainment all day long ensuring that attendees enjoyed a carefree Sunday afternoon reliving childhood memories of kite flying whilst having fun with friends and family. Whether attendees were brilliant kite fliers, or failing kite triers everyone g

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