There’s no better excuse for celebration than the start of the Christmas season and as the winter chills set in, Dublin hangs up the Christmas decorations and gears up for another year of festivities. For the most atmospheric surrounds, head to the city’s famous Temple Bar district, where some 30 streets are lit up with fairy lights and O’Connell Street hosts a giant Christmas tree.
Category: Festivals & Events
September 23, 2013
There are few better characters to prepare you for the annual spook-fest of Halloween, than Dracula, Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire and the legendary bloodsucker steps into the spotlight at Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival.
September 12, 2013
As balmy summer evenings give way to a crisp autumn breeze and the high season crowds ebb, it’s the ideal season for sightseeing in Dublin or escaping the city for the countryside. Take a walking or biking tour of Dublin or make the most of cooler weather by hiking in the nearby Wicklow Mountains.
August 26, 2013
As the streets of Munich erupt with crowds of lederhosen-clad, beer-swilling revelers and the world’s largest beer festival gets underway, they’ll also be another city gearing up to celebrate Oktoberfest across the sea. Dublin is as famous for its beer as Bavaria, so it’s fitting that the renowned beer festival should branch out onto Irish shores and Dublin has been holding its own mini-version of Oktoberfest for several years now.
July 8, 2013
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to strip down to your skivvies, dive into the famous River Liffey and swim straight through the heart of Dublin, now’s your chance to find out by taking part in Dublin’s annual Liffey Swim.
July 1, 2013
From the iconic Riverdance to the country’s native wildlife, this is the biggest annual celebration of Irish culture and heritage – the Dublin National Heritage Week. The annual week is a nationwide festival featuring over 1,500 free events across the country, and the Irish capital will, of course, be spearheading the festivities.
June 11, 2013
Whether you want to spend your time relaxing in the city’s beer gardens, exploring the city sights or partying up a storm, there’s no better time to get out and about in Dublin than summer. Best of all, there’s a packed schedule of events and festivals taking over the city during the summer months. Here are a few dates for the diary.
June 10, 2013
Ireland’s biggest Shakespeare Festival, the Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival has been held each June for the past 5 years and draws thousands of theater lovers to the capital. The 10-day festival is devoted to the legendary English playwright, including over 60 outdoor performances of his works, featuring over 500 of the city’s most talented professional and amateur performers. Aiming to bring a fresh approach to Shakespeare’s most memorable plays and introduce enthusiasts to some of his lesser-performed works, the festival has quickly become the most awaited date on the calendar for theatergoers.
May 23, 2013
Fans of the book from all corners of the world gather in Dublin for the celebration, to commemorate the life and works of the legendary Joyce and to indulge in a tour of Dublin’s Ulysses-inspired sights. The principal pastime of festival participants is to recreate ‘a day in the life of Leopold Bloom’ as told in the book, and many fans take to dressing in early 20th century period clothing (the book is set in 1904) and starting their day with a breakfast of sausages, beans, black and white pudding and toast in honor of their beloved protagonist.
April 25, 2013
With its penchant for lively Irish dancing and beer-fuelled pub sing-alongs, it’s no surprise that Dublin’s music scene makes a popular haunt for music lovers. While music fans will find plenty of variety in the Irish capital, most popular is the chance to watch some traditional Irish music and many of the city’s historic pubs host live music sessions.