Upcoming festivals in Dublin

Docklands Summer Festival

For the weekend of May 17& 18th head down to docklands for water activities mixed up with great food & fun!  The newly developed Grand Canal Plaza and surrounding quays provide a uniquely modern and dynamic unban space for everyone to enjoy. Activities include wakeboarding, sailing,  kayaking, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and a canal barge gathering!


Dublin Writers Festival

With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, Dublin Writers Festival brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that surprise and inspire. This festival is taking place across different venues in Dublin, between 17th and 25th of May.


Dublin Dance Festival

Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. This is 10th year of festival, and is perfect opportunity to uncover  beautiful dance – from near and far – in Dublin in May! Events are taking place in various venues around Dublin, 20-31st May.


Dublin City Soul Festival

This must be one of our favourite events in Dublin – music filled weekend with host of events and most of them are free! Enjoy the world’s best music concert in a picnic style starring an exciting line-up of amazing local, national and international artists. Much more than a music event, enjoy tasty treats and BBQ food from our picnic vendors. Most events will be taking place in Merrion Square Park 24 and 25th of May.


Forbidden Fruit Festival

Multi stage festival right in the city centre of Dublin! Line up includes: Public Enemy | The Flaming Lips | Bell X1 Wild Beasts| Thundercat | Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs | Klangkarussell (Live) | The Range | 2 Many DJ’s | Vann Music | Nils Frahm | Little Dragon | Flying Lotus (3D Show) | Kid Karate | Warpaint | Brian Deady | Gold Panda | To Kill A King | Fuck Buttons | Young Knives | Captain Murphy and much much more…. Perfect thing to do on a bank holiday weekend of 31st of May!


Dublin Port Riverfest

A huge array of activities are planned over the course of the bank holiday weekend, 31st of May to 2nd June. Activities will including the arrival of 6 tall ships, currach racing on the Liffey, boat racing on the Liffey, tug boat demonstrations and much more.
In addition to activities on the water, you will be able to enjoy street performers, music, bars, face painting, and carnival attractions from the new Samuel Beckett Bridge to East Link Bridge.


Dublin Pride Festival

Big and bright, the Dublin Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Festival takes place every June in Dublin and is one of the largest festivals in Ireland, and as well as being a whole lot of fun, plays an important role in celebrating diversity and creating mutual respect. Parade is 2nd biggest in Ireland, being outdone by only St Patricks Day Parade! Enjoy this festival between 14th and 29th June!



Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16th every year in Dublin and commemorates the work of the Irish author James Joyce and is called after the main character in his most famous work – Leopold Bloom of Ulysses. The James Joyce Centre on North Great Georges Street have scheduled a week of of engaging and inspiring events, from staples like the traditional Bloomsday Breakfast and walking tours, to brand new theatre, live music, talks and other special events.