WHAT'S ON IN DUBLIN
Dublin plays host to numerous events and festivals each year. From sports to drama, fashion to film, there is something for everyone. Highlights of the Dublin festival and events calendar include;
- MusicTown 2017 - 7th - 17th April: MusicTown is a 10-day event founded by Dublin City Council to explore and celebrate the diverse constellation of music cultures that exist in Dublin City. MusicTown aims to unify the city, making its music relatable and accessible, instilling a sense of pride in Dublin's musical heritage, whilst welcoming newcomers and visiting artists.
- James Connelly Festival 2017 - 8th - 14 May: A mix of cultural events, music, theatre, poetry, debates and lectures on the themes of debt and austerity and the wider effects they have on society by linking it with the politics of Connolly
- International Literature Festival 2017 - 20th - 28th May: Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.
- Bloom - 1st - 5th June: Bloom was launched by Bord Bia in 2007 primarily as a promotional vehicle for horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby. Based on similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows, Bloom has numerous highly creative gardens and plant displays which are used to inspire and excite the public about gardening and garden design.
- Dublin Port River Festival 2017 - 3rd - 5th June: Dublin Riverfest 2017 will be activating the River Liffey from the Ha'penny bridge in the heart of Dublin City right out through Dublin Port and into Dublin Bay with a variety of exciting activities and events. On the water activities will include river ferries and cruises, boat tours of Dublin Port and Dublin Bay, Try Sailing sessions on both sailing dinghies and keelboats, Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) sessions and Kayaking trips.
- Dublin Horse Festival 9th - 13th August: Since it was first held in 1864 the Horse Show has become a Dublin institution. A celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse, from the best show horses to the best international show jumpers. It is one of Ireland's largest events, a highlight of the summer, each year welcoming tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world
- Tiger Fringe Festival - 9th - 24th September: Fringe is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on fresh and innovative approaches to the arts from Irish and international makers.Followed by fans and first timers alike, Dublin Fringe Festival draws more than 33,000 spectators for 14 days each September and transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe.
- Dublin Theatre Festival - 28th September - 15th October: Dublin Theatre Festival is Europe’s longest running theatre festival, and runs for 3 weeks each autumn. The bring world-class theatre to Dublin, support artists in creating outstanding work and provide a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world.
Not staying during these events? Dont worry, there's plenty of others on around the city. Check out VisitDublin.ie to look at date when your in Dublin.