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.

First Fortnight European Mental Health Art and Culture Festival

Nationwide

First Fortnight: European mental health arts and cultural festival comes to Ireland for the first time with the aim of challenging mental health stigma. A first for Ireland, audiences will enjoy mental health-related music, theatre, film and spoken word from 16 nations (Ireland, Hungary, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Romania, Greece, Italy and Lithuania), as Europe aims to start 2019 by challenging mental health stigma and using arts events to create open discussion and understanding of mental health problems. First Fortnight is a

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FemFest

Liberty Hall

Join the National Women’s Council of Ireland for #FemFest, a major conference for young women aged 16-25 discussing leadership, equality and planning for that feminist future! On the centenary of the first Dáil, FemFest 2019 will explore the theme of women in public life in Ireland: past, present and future. FemFest 2019 is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Justice and Equality Please Note: This event is strictly for young women aged 16-25 #FemFest is a fun and engaging space about young women and for young women. It will combi

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Dublin Smartphone Film Festival

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is a 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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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2019

Various locations

Sow-prise! Dublin Chinese New Year Festival returns, welcoming Year of the Pig. Dublin Chinese New Year Festival will mark the Year of the Pig with a two week programme of events from Feb 1st – 17th 2019. This is the 12th edition of the festival, which began in 2008, so this year we celebrate the final zodiac animal – The Pig! The programme will include talks, visual arts, performance, film, music and many family-friendly events inviting all ages to be part of this cultural celebration. Immerse yourself in Chinese culture as Dublin City celebrates! Festival highlights include: T

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Tradfest

On Raglan Road

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TradFest 2019

Temple Bar

TradFest  is Ireland's largest festival of traditional music. The festival also features artists from the worlds of folk, nu-folk, and even (whisper it) rock'n'roll! We want to keep it special – we are still a boutique Winter festival – closing the door on the darkest season and ushering in the light and energy of Spring. TradFest also offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin's most historic places. From the breathtaking nave of St Patrick's Cathedral to the grandeur of City Hall, this is the difference between memorable and unforgettable. We

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The Ark - TradFest Children's Hub

The Ark

A jam-packed programme of traditional music and craft activities, with concerts, workshops and sessions for schools & families. TradGigs for Children: Pólca 4 Seedlings Workshops: Sewing Someone to Love Family Workshop: Bodhrán Beats & Rhythms Give Trad a Try Children's Open Trad Session Children's Crafts Club

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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 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, Mediterranean and European cinema.

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