Dublin Events and Festivals

Wondering what’s on in Dublin? There’s always something happening in and around Dublin, no matter the time of year.

January

TradFest

The Temple Bar TradFest is Dublin’s annual music festival, devoted to trad (traditional) and folk sounds, with some bands edging a little closer to nu-folk and rock. The event has been growing steadily since 2006 and is largely family-friendly, with concerts being held in different historic venues throughout Dublin, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It runs every January over a several-day period. For the most current information, visit TempleBarTrad.com.

February

Dublin International Film Festival

Every February since 2003, world-renowned directors, writers, actors, and other big-screen elite have descended upon Dublin city’s theatres for the International Film Festival. More than a hundred films are screened each year, including a mixture of emerging hits, time-tested classics, and new Irish films. Over the years, celebs like Al Pacino, Danny DeVito, Julie Andrews, Richard Gere, and more have made appearances at the festival. Various talks and events are also presented. To get the current programme, visit DIFF.ie.

March

St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

Ireland doesn’t devote a single day to St. Paddy’s Day; the celebration lasts the better part of a week. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival has been going on for more than two decades and offers up a ton of events and live music. Arguably, the biggest attraction is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held every year on March 17. To see the most current schedule of events, go to StPatricksFestival.ie.

May

Heineken Green Energy Festival

The Heineken Green Energy Festival is the harbinger of Ireland’s festival season and coincides with the May banking holiday. It originally launched in 1996 at Dublin Castle, though it has since grown to a several-day event with numerous satellite concerts at secondary venues. Countless world-famous musicians across various genres (particularly pop, rock, and metal) have graced the stage and the main event now sees 50,000 people turn out each year.

Fleadh Nua

Just a stone’s throw away in Ennis, Fleadh Nua offers concerts, dance, street entertainment, dancing workshops, and much more. Well over 100 events are planned for the week-long event, which has been going on since 1974. To get the latest, check out FleadhNua.com.

June

Bloom in the Park

Ireland’s biggest garden show is held every June at Phoenix Park. It first began in 2007 and has grown into a massive event with lots of inspirational garden concepts, music, food, competitive show gardens, and displays. Visit BloomInThePark.com for more information. And don’t forget if you are ordering flowers in Dublin you can find a great selection here.

September

Dublin Fringe Festival

Fringe Fest is a highly-unique event lasting two weeks every September. It features various types of performance arts, including music, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, and more. More than 100 events, put on by over 1,000 performers, are spread out across 40 different venues. To get the latest, head to FringeFest.com.

December

Christmas in Dublin

The entire month of December is filled with the joy of the season in Dublin. Music and bazars are ongoing and the city is aglow with lights. Christmas Eve is marked with a vigil at St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, led by the Archbishop of Dublin, as well as music from the Palestrina Choir and mass. St. Stephen's Day kicks off the Christmas Racing Festival.