Dublin may be the most festive city in Europe. With events occurring all year long, the city provides a constant source of entertainment for its locals and tourists alike. This is perhaps one of the best reasons for you to visit Dublin and enjoy our holidays. And of course, when you do come to Dublin and are looking for affordable apartments in central Dublin for your stay – give us a shout and we will sort it out for you!
Whichever month you choose to visit, it’s unlikely that you won’t find a festival to enjoy. Here are some of Dublin’s best:
In January, this mostly-free winter festival takes place in some of Dublin’s iconic sites. Start the fun at the Temple Bar, once a Viking stronghold that completely immerses visitors in a medieval setting. Here, you can enjoy a beer or two while listening to some fine folk music. Other Tradfest venues include the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Michan’s Church and the Dublin City Hall. Come put on your Irish dancing shoes and see the beauty of these stellar city spots at the same time.
St. Patrick’s Day
In March, celebrate the luckiest day in the country where it all began. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest festivals in Dublin and for a good reason. The religious holiday not only commemorates the death of the well-known St. Patrick, but it also honors Irish heritage. Put on your best green gear and hit the streets of the city. Enjoy parades, music theater, Irish dancing and of course, lots and lots of beer at a variety of pubs downtown.
Dublin Dance Festival
Since 2002, the Dublin Dance Festival has charmed the hearts of spectators far and wide with its impressive line-up of international dance companies, plus emerging and established Irish talent. In May, you can witness the spectacle at select Dublin theaters and even on the city streets themselves.
Bloomsday honors the great literary work Ulysses by famous Irish author, James Joyce. Dress up as your favorite character for 6 days of walking tours, talks, pub crawls and high tea. The best part of the celebration is the last day, which gives you a chance to celebrate the book’s hero, Leopold Bloom. Hence the name, Bloomsday.
Dublin LGBTQ Pride
As one of the best destinations for LGBTQ parties in all of Europe, Dublin sure knows how to party up for Pride. In June, Enjoy a whole week of glitz, glitter, glamour, and fun, topped off with parties, a fun parade, and other lively events.
Festival of Curiosity
Dublin’s Festival of Curiosity in July lets you dive into the wonderful world of science with a fun variety of interactive activities. Children can get curious about hands-on technology that they can test out and play with. This box of delights packs in everything from bubbles to Legos.
If you love taking photos, this should be your go-to summer festival. PhotoIreland truly lets you experience quality photography at its finest. The dynamic series of events in July features international and Irish artists and alternative spaces to add some exquisite flare.
Despite the name, this festival isn’t about maps. However, when it comes to world music, this July celebration reigns supreme. The Longitude festival serves up some of the hottest sounds from a sweet line-up of international and Irish bands and DJs. Dance the day away in a pretty woodland setting in Marlay Park, just south of the city.
Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular
This vibrant July festival drowns Dublin in spectacular color complete with a fiesta of eating, street performers, juggling, tightrope walking and even fire-eating. With over 300 shows and workshops during the 3-day extravaganza, there are loads of opportunities to have quality family fun.
Dublin Horse Show
Horse lovers get ready for a treat. Dublin Horse Show’s world-class show jumpers will have you jumping out your seat. So, put on your best daywear and come to cheer them on. This spectacular event is fit for the biggest equestrian fans.
Who says that Bavaria can’t come party in Dublin? The Germans certainly don’t. Their annual Oktoberfest comes to Dublin every September packed with a ton of fun festivities. Sample German food, drink lots of beer, dress up in Bavarian costumes and even take part in the Bavarian Games.
Bram Stoker Festival
Things are about to get pretty spooky in Dublin for Halloween and you can blame Bram Stoker, the writer of Dracula for that. During the Bram Stoker festival, you’ll not only celebrate the ancient pagan holiday, but also the Dracula creator and Dubliner. Enjoy three days of screenings, plays, talks, music, guided walks, and fancy-dress balls.
Dublin Theatre Festival
This September, view amazing work from Irish playwrights in action. The Dublin Theatre Festival has enticed crowds for over 60 years and it’s easy to see why. With big-named international productions all month long, there’s nothing better to do than sit back, relax and enjoy the show. The plays will be held in various theaters throughout the city