Thinking of heading to Dublin this Spring? There’s lots of exciting festivals in store so why not make your trip coincide with one! Here we take a closer look at some of the bigger festivals taking place in Dublin city this Spring.
The Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is a major celebration in Dublin city and this year it runs from the 12th to the 21st of February. One of the highlights of this festival is the colourful parade, which features drummers, people dressed in costumes, lights, lanterns, dancing and music. Of course there will also be some delicious Chinese food on display for you to enjoy. Events for this festival will take place in the City Hall, the Mansion House, Parnell Street and Smithfield.
Temple Bar Trad Fest
For a truly authentic Irish experience, get yourself down to this festival! The Temple Bar Trad Fest kicks off on Wednesday 27th January and runs until Sunday 31st January. Now in its 5th year, this is one of the biggest and best Irish music and cultural festivals in Dublin! A live concert will take place each evening and will feature top trad bands like Líadan, Beoga, Téada and Finbarr Furey to name a few. The festival is jam packed with events such as a craft fair, céilís, workshops, exhibitions, a food trail and a Tradfest pub trail!
For more check out Templebartrad.com
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
This film festival celebrates the cream of Irish and international talent from the world of cinema. It takes place in various venues throughout Dublin city and screens over 100 premiers. It will run from Thursday 18th to Sunday 28th Feb 2010. Check out the following website for futher updates and info www.jdiff.com
The Dublin Book Festival
Literature lovers will not want to miss this festival! It runs from Saturday 6th to Monday 8th March 2010 in Dublin’s City Hall on Dame’s Street and showcases the best of Irish publishing’s. This three day festival features workshops, book launches, readings and lots more. Keep an eye on www.dublinbookfestival.com for 2010 updates.
St. Patrick’s Festival
This six day extravaganza will run from Friday 12th March to Wednesday 17th March 2010. It claims to be the ‘world’s biggest annual party’ and the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The festival committee are still in the process of planning this year’s event but if other years are to go by, this festival will feature plenty of Irish music and dance, comedy, street theatre and entertainment and lots of family fun. The highlight of the festival is without doubt the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which will be held in Dublin city on the 17th. Keep an eye on the St. Patrick’s Festival website for more updates.
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