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May 2019

Literature, music, drama, food, comedy, film… Dublin LOVES festivals. Here’s just a taster of what’s on offer



MAY: Dublin Dance Festival

Dublin Dance Festival

Since 2002, this festival has been bringing international dance companies and choreographers, along with established and emerging Irish talent, to share contemporary dance with eager audiences.


JUNE: Bloomsday Festival

Bloomsday Festival

The day on which James Joyce set Ulysses is marked by six days of walking tours, talks, pub crawls and high tea, until Bloomsday itself, where you can retrace the steps of hero Leopold Bloom.


JUNE: Dublin LGBTQ Pride

Dublin LGBTQ Pride

Prepare to enjoy one of the biggest LGBTQ parties in Europe! Dublin knows how to big it up, with a whole week of parties, events, glitter, glamour and fun, topped off with a not-to-be missed parade.


JULY: Festival of Curiosity

Curiosity Festival

A box of delights, this festival throws it all at you – science, bubbles, Lego, culture and ‘curious technology’, and asks adults and children alike to think, play and see the world in a new light.


JULY: PhotoIreland Festival

PhotoIreland Festival

Drawing on both Irish and international artists, this dynamic photography festival uses alternative spaces for a fascinating series of events.


JULY: Longitude Festival

PhotoIreland Festival

Marlay Park, just south of Dublin city, rocks with the sounds of the hottest international and Irish bands and DJs, and is set amongst pretty woodlands and ponds.


JULY: Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular

Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular

Street performers gather for a fiesta of fire-eating, juggling and tightrope walking, centred on Merrion Square. Meanwhile, kids will love the workshops and science shows.


AUGUST: Dublin Horse Show

Dublin Horse Show

Famous for its world-class showjumpers and well-dressed patrons, the Horse Show is an institution amongst horse lovers. Highlights include the thrilling Aga Khan Cup and the high fashion of Ladies’ Day.


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