Summer Festivals in Dublin

There’s a great party atmosphere in Dublin during the Summer months. The finest in music, film, literature, food, theatre and arts come to life through a host of fantastic festivals dotted around the city’s streets, parks and unique spaces. Here are some of the essential spectaculars to discover!

Battle of the Bay

Watersports Festival of the Year

When: 25th & 26th May 2019

Where: Dollymount Beach, Clontarf, Dublin

The annual Dublin Kitesurfing and SUPing Competition is back. All ages are welcome – free entry for young and old! The concept of the Battle is very simple: Fun, Wind, Water…and Fun!!!

The best riders in the country and from around the globe will come and compete in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world.

The idea of the event is to have as much fun as possible. So take your friends, your family, to enjoy an amazing extreme water show and have a great day on the beach! Demonstrations of new toys will be organised thanks to our Watersport partners…it will be the best chance you have to try out what’s hot or ask the pros from some reviews!

If you want to learn about the sport, powerkite and SUP introductions will be offered by qualified instructors. Who knows, you could be competing by next year! There will be live music stages with great Bands and Djs playing all day long some cool tunes. And there’ll be plenty to eat at the Food Village. Plus Funfair Attractions and a Kids Zone and The Biodiversity Village for the kids.
The Biodiversity Village is a exciting place to explore the wildlife of Dublin Bay with some very friendly Experts! Experience highly recommended for the family!
So take your picnic blanket, swimming trunks and suntan lotion (and maybe an umbrella just in case) and head down to the beach!

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Battle of the Bay

Pride Festival

When: 29th June 29th

Where: O'Connell Street and Parnell Square.

Dublin Pride Parade first took place in 1983 and has been going ever since, getting bigger every year.

Dublin Pride Parade 2019 will assemble on O'Connell Street and Parnell Square. 7,000 people from over 150 different groups with floats and marching bands and colourful costumes and lots and lots of noise will lead the way – Saturday June 29th, 1.00pm.

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Pride Festival

City Spectacular

When: 12th -14th July 2019

Where: Merrion Square, Dublin

City Spectacular is Ireland Biggest FREE Summer Festival

Over 300 spectacular shows, workshops and activities to enjoy. 250,000 festival-goers are expected at Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular in Dublin's Merrion Square.

The festival runs over 3 days in Dublin and 2 days in Cork, showcasing the best in international street performers, the world's leading living statue artists, free family activities, delicious street food from around the world as well as a pet area with charity partner the DSPCA.

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City Spectacular

Bloomsday Festival

When: 11th - 16th June 2019

The Bloomsday Festival is an annual celebration of James Joyce’s modernist epic Ulysses, the events of which take place in Dublin on 16 June 1904. The name is inspired by the main character Leopold Bloom. The first Bloomsday in Dublin took place in 1954 and was organised by a group of literary and cultural figures including Patrick Kavanagh, Brian O’Nolan, John Ryan and Anthony Cronin. The Bloomsday Festival has developed into a colourful and diverse celebration of Joyce and Ulysses. This world famous literary street carnival typically takes place from 11-16 June in Dublin, the heart of the Hibernian metropolis, the city that inspired Joyce and his major works.

People celebrate Bloomsday by dressing in the fashion of the period, eating food mentioned  in the book, visiting the locations where the novel takes place and performing readings from the text. Festival events range from lectures, readings, workshops and walking tours to Bloomsday Breakfasts, theatre, music and pub crawls. Traditional Bloomsday must-sees are the James Joyce Martello Tower in Sandycove, Sweny’s Chemist on Lincoln Place, Glasnevin Cemetery and Davy Byrne’s Pub on Duke Street. 

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Bloomsday Festival

The Horse Show, Dublin

When:  7 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019

Where: The RDS, Dublin

Famous for its world-class showjumpers and well-dressed patrons, the Horse Show is an institution amongst horse lovers.

2019 will be the 146th Horse Show which started in 1864, when it began on the lawns of Leinster House. During the five days of the Horse Show over 1,500 horses and ponies compete in a total of 133 competitions and classes and 59 championships. Other highlights include shopping village with over 300 outlets; artisan food, bars and snack areas; live music and roving entertainment; Family fun with Keelings Kids’ Zone, face painting, pony rides and more; it’s a great place to catch up with friends, and a place to be seen.

The Show is renowned for being an effortless mix of sport, style and socialising. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Grand Canal Hotel is located only 10 minutes by taxi or a 15 minute walk from RDS.  We are located directly across from the Grand Canal Dock Dart Station making travelling around the city very easy.

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The Horse Show, Dublin

Dublin Fringe Festival

When:  7th - 22nd September 2019

Dublin Fringe Festival is home to bold ideas, brave performing arts and adventurous audiences.

Expect the unexpected, as established companies try new material and experimental groups shake up notions of performance. Shows everywhere from run-down Georgian houses to cars.

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Dublin Fringe Festival

Book your stay with us at the Grand Canal Hotel

The Grand Canal Hotel, is only a 20 minute walk away from Grafton Street – Dublin’s main shopping street and a very short two minute walk away from the DART station where you can easily access Dublin’s beautiful costal towns and villages.

Book Grand Canal Hotel for the most convenient location for you to stay during your trip this Easter!

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Within walking distance of Dublin’s main attractions

Located directly on Grand Canal Dock DART Station

Gasworks Craft Beer Bar on-site

Canal Express bar/lounge with fabulous outdoor terrace