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.

2016 is significant for Dublin as we mark one hundred years since the Rising, a rebellion against English rule in Ireland, and there are events across the region to mark the centenary. This year will also see the first Dublin Pride festival since legislation on Marriage Equality was enacted. You can view upcoming festivals below or see our full What’s On listings.

Festival of Politics

Various Locations

Are you a politics junkie who just can’t get enough of the news? If you answered yes, then the inaugural Festival of Politics will be right up your street. This exciting new festival covers the major political issues of the day, both in Ireland and abroad. At the Festival of Politics you can expect to hear heated debate on topics as diverse as Donald Trump’s first year in the White House to how songs can influence political thinking. Venues: Tailors' Hall - Gutter Bookshop - The Liquor Rooms - Irish Film Institute - The Ark  

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The Jonathan Swift Festival

Various Locations

Join us this November to celebrate the life and work of Ireland’s most popular author. Listen to ballads from 300 years ago, take walking tours around Swift’s Dublin, watch a theatrical performance or sit down to eat a dinner in the beautiful surrounds of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Immerse yourself in Swift's life and work, and hear from contemporary writers, musicians, historians and performers taking up Swift's challenge to "Go, traveller, and imitate if you can this earnest and dedicated champion of liberty." The Jonathan Swift Festival is run by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

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Après Dublin

Custon House Quay

Take a break from working hard and go off-piste to what will be the best Christmas event this year. Ireland’s first-of-its-kind Christmas party venue will bring all the fun of the lively Après scene direct to Dublin. Unwind and party hard in a celebration that will get you fully into the spirit of Christmas. • Dublin City Centre location • Full band and DJ every evening • Family fun for during the day • Wide selection of street feast food • Aprés Ski themed activities for all • Fancy dress encouraged Don’t miss the Christmas party event of the year taking place at

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Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival

Dun Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival presented by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with the Dún Laoghaire BID Company brings its seasonal delights back to town from Saturday November 18th to Saturday December 23rd 2017. Santa will launch the festival at 5.45 pm on Saturday November 18th on Harbour Plaza and switch on the Christmas Lights at 5.50pm. Then the skies over Dún Laoghaire will be spectacularly illuminated with a magnificent fireworks display at 6pm. Santa's Postbox at the Christmas Tree beside dlr LexIcon will be there from Saturday November 18th to post you

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Jonathan Swift Festival


  • ILFDublin ILF Dublin

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  • DubWebFest Dublin WebFest

    #DubWebFest Awards Ceremony, Nov 26, 20:00. €10. Find out what Web Series, Music Videos and Short Films will take home the awards for 2017. #Awards #ShortFilms #WebSeries #MusicVids #DWF2017 #Dublin #Festival https://t.co/C4t40dbvyt

  • festivaluprise UPRISE Festival

    We are back at it again! Get on our Exhibition Floor. We launch our #Startup exhibitor stands for 2018 starting at €195. There are only a few of these available. https://t.co/QqsTGXxVcf https://t.co/InSw9SMqq3

  • DublinFilmFest Dublin Film Festival

    He has worked on Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine and the Oscar-winning virtual reality experience Carne y Arena, and now Lucasfilm’s @eoghancunneen is coming to present Immersive Stories at ADIFF 2018. https://t.co/6DfXWUQiWi https://t.co/6GMEquU24F

  • ForbiddenFFest Forbidden Fruit

    We are delighted to announce the first acts performing #FF18 on the Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th... The War On Drugs, Grizzly Bear, Warpaint, Thundercat, Spoon & Superorganism with more still to be announced. Monday Day tickets go on sale 9am Monday, Nov 27 @TicketmasterIre https://t.co/OMeEPdzuPD

  • BealtaineFest Bealtaine Festival

    Last chance to win 2 tickets to the SOLD OUT #peggyseeger event, as part of @PoliticsFestDub details on how to enter here https://t.co/ruILU9sVLH #FoPDub https://t.co/DW8WhHl50C

Festivals later this year

Festival of African and Black Irish Theatre

Project Arts Centre

FESTABIT is a three-day festival of events, comprising of keynote lectures on the history and current state of African/Irish theatre. The line-up will include a performance of a rehearsed reading of The Other War by Eritrean Tesfai Alemseged with an all-white cast directed by Cathy Leeney; a panel discussion with, among others, Sinéad O’Reilly, Katrina Goldstone, Yemi Adenuga on the development, future and sustainability of African Irish theatre; intercultural dialogue; acting workshop by Terry McMahon; playwriting workshop by Gavin Kostick and much more.

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NYF Dublin 2017

Various Locations

NYF Dublin – now in its fourth year, this three-day citywide festival will be bigger and better than ever with an amazing programme from the 31st December 2017 to the 1st January 2018. The main event will be the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment which will take place at 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve and progress past midnight. The free event will incorporate high-flying aerial and aquatic elements with an accompanying light show of over 100 aqua beams and spotlights. An earlier, family friendly show will also take place beforehand at 6.30pm. There will also be a live concert with Irish band

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Games Expo Ireland


Dublin Comic Con (Comic Con Ireland) and AsOne Productions (Celtic Throwdown) – two of Ireland’s most experienced pop culture event organisers- are delighted to announce that we are joining forces to create Games Expo Ireland, the country’s premier large scale gaming event covering all areas of fandom from casual play and tournaments to voice actors and life-size interactive game sets! It’s happening in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) for a fun packed two days on November 25th and 26th. Join us in this wonderful fusion of worlds where you can play competitive games, meet actors fr

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