All year round, Dublin is a hive of activity with festivals and major events.
It seems like every week, there is some major festival or event taking place in Dublin, here are some of them you might like to participate in :
TradFest is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music, but it also feature artists from the worlds of folk, nu-folk, and even (whisper it) rock and roll! TradFest also offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. From the breathtaking nave of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the grandeur of City Hall, this is the difference between memorable and unforgettable. Come along and see for yourself!
Dine in Dublin is Dublin city’s week-long food festival that takes place every year in February. The festival is dedicated to food lovers that are looking to enjoy the vast selection of restaurants in the city. Throughout Dine in Dublin week, the city centre’s electric atmosphere will be highlighted through restaurant promotions and events, on-street Food Pavilions, and so much more.
February / March
The Six Nations Championship is an annual international rugby union competition involving six European sides: Ireland, England, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Depending on the year, Ireland play 2 or three homegames in the Aviva. Whether home or away games, Dublin is an amazing place for rugby fans at this time, as Rugby Fever takes hold of the city.
The largest festival in Ireland is the celebration of St Patrick's Day. There is nowhere better to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, than in Dublin. Most of the festivities over the four days are centered in Dublin, and the parade passes less than 100 metres away, making Blooms Hotel the perfect base camp for St Patrick's Festival.
Held every year on 16 June, the date on which Ulysses is set, and taking its name from the novel's central character, the Bloomsday Festival commemorates Bloom's 'walking out' with a week-long celebration. Readings from Joyce, performances, excursions and meals help recreate the atmosphere of 1904 Dublin.
Offering some of the richest prizes in the world, this five-day showjumping event attracts high-profile visitors and competitors. The famous Nations' Cup, where international teams compete for the prestigious Aga Khan Trophy, is traditionally held on a Friday; Thursday is Ladies' Day.
August & September
The north side of the city traditionally grinds to a halt on the second and fourth Sundays in September, as fans of Gaelic football and hurling travel from all over the country to Croke Park for their respective finals. If Dublin, known locally as the Boys in Blue are involved, the whole city gets behind the team. An amazing spectacle for what is still an amateur sport.
The Fringe is such an established event it hardly deserves the term 'fringe'. The emphasis is on the unusual, and performances are innovative. The huge demand for venues during the event has sometimes forced companies to adapt quickly: previous performances have taken place in the city's public toilets and in parked cars.
September / October
This has been a showcase for the best of Irish and world theatre since its foundation in 1957. It not only provides a stage for emerging local talent, but also attracts international productions. Most of the city's theatrical venues host festival events, and the programme is usually varied; sometimes it follo
ws a specific theme. Be sure to book in advance.
Last Monday in October
Ever since it first ran in 1980, the Dublin City Marathon has been hugely successful, attracting thousands of runners. The 26-mile (42km) course starts in Georgian Dublin, and works it way through the city street and suburbs. It starts at 9am, and you can cheer on the finishers a couple of hours later. Competitors should submit their entry form at least three weeks before the race.
Celebrate the dawning of the New Year in Dublin, at a huge outdoor Countdown Concert on College Green. The concert area is less than 100 metres from the hotel. Celebrate the new year in Dublin, and stay with us here at Blooms Hotel.