Dublin is most famous for the St Patrick’s Festival, which takes place around St Patrick’s Day (17th March), each year. However there are lots of other festivals spanning music, literature, film, theatre, culture, food and dance. If you can name it, we’ve probably got a festival for it. You can view upcoming festivals below or see our full What’s On listings.

Big Grill Festival

Herbert Park

Europe's largest BBQ & Craft Beer festival returns August 16-19th 2018. A celebration of the art of cooking with fire & smoke, in the leafy surrounds of Dublin 4's Herbert Park. The Big Grill will allow you to smell, taste, discover and learn about all kinds of BBQ'ing grilling, smoking, meats and delicacies from around the globe, all washed down with a choice craft beer or cider. There will be demos and workshops from well known chefs, a chilli eating challenge, children's play area with entertainment, a grand BBQ cook-off and loads more.

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Dublin Tattoo Convention

Convention Centre Dublin

You will have the opportunity to meet and hang out with thousands of other people interested in tattoos! The tattoo culture itself is amazing and full of open-minded people. Great opportunity to get out and actually meet people. Also a chance to network and exchange information on the latest techniques and trends. There are, booths with products and services, competitions and contests, giveaways, seminars and workshops related to tattoo industry issues. There’s food, drink and entertainment. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. And, yes, you can get tattooed and pierced at th

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Dalkey Lobster Festival


The Dalkey Lobster Festival takes place in the chilled out village of Dalkey. The festival presents a fusion of local seafood with the best of current global jazz musicians and lots of fun events for all the family to enjoy. There are lots of free events on throughout the day. It's a fantastic weekend for all the family. So come along and enjoy some crab, lobster and all that jazz. The Dalkey Lobster Festival is the perfect fusion of the best local food, top jazz acts and great entertainment. Lots of great seafood available and of course delicious lobster too!

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Dublin Fringe Festival

Various Locations

Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. Dublin Fringe Festival supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, DFF provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. DFF provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of th

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Big Grill Festival Highlights 2017


  • DublinDanceFest DublinDanceFestival

    Good news for theatre lovers! The @DubTheatreFest box office is open which means we're getting close to festival time - pop down to 12 East Essex St, Temple Bar to book your tickets for some incredible shows! #DTF18 #dublintheatre https://t.co/PJKJ8l4HaI

  • hwchfestival Hard Working Class Heroes

    .@SarahCasey02 is a booking agent at 1 of the biggest talent agencies in the world, @unitedtalent. Some of the acts on her roster incl. @alltvvins, @beogamusic & @thisistalos. Get to meet Sarah at the HWCH Music Conference this September. #HWCH18 Tix on https://t.co/uZ7CJk77Ig https://t.co/F9kzzuoQCF

  • festivaluprise #jointheuprise18

    Another Awesome Company on our Marketplace floor during #jointheuprise18 @bsecurtech Securing identity and beyond with #ECG #biometrics, turning heartbeat data into meaningful insights on fitness, stress and fatigue. #healthtech https://t.co/cHoaWdZFpw https://t.co/PX9qtXg1pZ

  • biggrillfest The Big Grill Fest

    Always look forward to what @JamesonIreland cook-up for The Big Grill (last year they joined forces with @3FE for a whiskey coffee cocktail 😋 ) looking forward to this years menu #countdown #2days https://t.co/NP8MBfxJoX https://t.co/m29OcIzmqH

  • BleedingPigFF BleedingPigFilmFest

    "The Beach" is a stunning #shortfilm about a woman searching through history for the hope of memory Written and directed by  @darrenk727 + starring  Veronica O'Reilly @rawbuddy  Screening on Monday 10th Sept https://t.co/FHWPhWniOt

  • DublinFilmFest Dublin Film Festival

    Some pics from the event screening of new Irish coming-of-age comedy METAL HEART which DIFF screened in partnership with @DublinComicCon last Sat. If you didn't catch it, keep an ear out for our podcast special featuring the post-screening panel. Coming soon! #DIFF18 #IrishFilm https://t.co/pYLaJhFel4

Festivals later this year

The Bleeding Pig Film Festival

Keelings Pub

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival is delighted to feature its Short Film Event again this year after a hugely successful event in 2017 Join them for three nights of exceptional Irish Short films. The aim of the Bleeding Pig Film Festival is to bring independent Irish film to the local community.

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Oktoberfest Dublin

George's Dock

When would you get the chance to sing and dance along to an authentic Bavarian Brass Band on your lunch break? Well, now you can  - come on down to Oktoberfest in George's Dock and listen to the traditional Bavarian band Mostland Stürmer followed by Bavarian DJ Udo, playing traditional music from the region. Opening Hours Mondays: closed Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm – 11:30pm Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 4pm | 5pm – 11:30pm Sunday: 12:30pm – 4pm | 5pm – 10:30pm Free admission except Thursdays (€8 after 6pm), Fridays and Saturdays after closing hour (4pm to 5pm) from 5pm to 11.30

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Dublin VegFest

Griffith College Campus

Dublin Vegfest is back with a two-day celebration of a vegan lifestyle. It is the country’s biggest vegan food event with a large outdoor area, Speakers area, Vegan Food Village and Chill Zone. Expect vegan cheeses, falafels, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, ice cream, chocolates, healthy salads, cakes and drinks. There’ll be cruelty free cosmetics and body care producers too. Diet and nutrition talks by experts, demo’s, performances & lots more! We’re expecting thousands of people to flock down over the weekend. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the event! Everyone is welcome to try ne

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