Festivals

Dublin boasts of a lot of special events and festivals that take place throughout the year. Festivities include street performance, street theatre, live music, markets, and carnivals. The list is long. Here are some of popular Dublin festivals:

Bloomsday

Dublin comes to life every June 16, the date of Leopold Bloom’s 18-hour journey in the Ulysses. Dubliners celebrate Bloomsday Festivities all week, culminating on the 16th.

Events range from concerts to reenactments to guided tours of some of the spots stated in the famed book. The reenactment of the wake and the funeral is sponsored by the James Joyce Cultural Centre. It also hosts a Guinness breakfast, a lunch at Davy Byrne’s, among other activities.

Street Performance World Championship
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The Street Performance World Championship is a three-day free entertainment. Locals and tourists will enjoy the event as Buskers slug it out for the world title. This vibrant festival usually happens in the middle of June.

Music Festivals

If you want to hear period music, then this festival in Dublin is for you. Held every mid-June, this festival organizes concerts of 18th-century in some parts of the city. Feis eoil, held in mid-March, has the distinction as Europe’s longest-running classical music festival. It attracts musical groups from many countries, competing for a prestigious prize.
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Pipeworks, the Dublin International Organ and Choral Festival, features international ensembles and Dublin’s three cathedral choirs. The three-day Guinness Blues Festival in late July highlights art films, live music, blues performances, and workshops. This extravaganza also showcases an outdoor concert on College Green.

St. Patrick’s Day
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The St. Patrick’s Day is one of the top attractions in the city. It is definitely at par with other celebrations and festivals around the world. One of the most enjoyable Dublin festivals, it is celebrated on the week covering March 17. It features a breathtaking carnival of concerts, lively street theater, and sheer madness.

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to booze. A lot of pubs offer contests, special promotions, and extended hours. Make sure to spend your week in Dublin covering this event.

Other Dublin festivals include: Gaze: The Dublin International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Dublin Film Festival, Dublin Theater Festival, Dublin City Soul Festival, Dublin Toy and Train Fair, Docklands Maritime Festival, and The Buitoni Ital