A Guide to Summer Festivals in Dublin 2024

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Dublin is a city that knows how to celebrate, and this year’s summer festival lineup is a testament to just that! From music and arts to food and community gatherings, Dublin’s summer festivals offer something for everyone. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the top festivals happening in Dublin this summer, providing you with all the essential details to make the most of your festival experience. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, get ready to enjoy Dublin’s best summer festivals.

Dublin Pride

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When: June  

Where: Various locations around Dublin

Dublin Pride is one of the most anticipated events of the summer, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with festivities culminating in a vibrant parade. The city comes alive with rainbow flags, music, and an atmosphere of inclusivity and joy. The Pride Parade, a colourful procession through the heart of Dublin, is the highlight, drawing thousands of participants and spectators. It’s not just a parade but a full festival with parties, concerts, and educational events happening throughout the city, including the Mother Pride Block Party, hosted by the famous club night Mother, features world-class DJs and drag performers in an electrifying open-air celebration. The Temple Bar Pub, known for its welcoming atmosphere and iconic location, is a popular spot to celebrate and enjoy the vibrant festivities​.

Longitude Festival

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When: July  

Where: Marlay Park

Longitude is one of Dublin’s premier music festivals, attracting big names from the worlds of hip-hop, pop, and electronic music. Held in Marlay Park, this three-day event is a must for music lovers. This year’s headliners include Becky Hill, Central Cee, Jazzy, and Sonny Fodera. The summer music festival is attended by thousands of fellow music enthusiasts, and the event features multiple stages, drink and food stalls offering everything from gourmet burgers to vegan delights, and plenty of space to dance, making Longitude one of the top music festivals in Dublin this summer​.

Trinity Summer Series

When: July

Where: Trinity College Dublin

The Trinity Summer Series combines the historical atmosphere of Trinity College Dublin with contemporary music performances. Held in the historic grounds of Trinity College, just a short walk from Temple Bar, the series features a diverse lineup of artists performing in an intimate setting. The event offers a chance to enjoy fantastic live music in one of Dublin’s most iconic locations, blending history and modernity in a truly special way​.

Ukulele Hooley Festival

When: August

Where: Dún Laoghaire

The Ukulele Hooley Festival is Ireland’s international ukulele festival. This not-for-profit, family-friendly event is free to attend and features performances, workshops, and community events for all ages. Held in the charming seaside town of Dún Laoghaire, the festival brings together ukulele enthusiasts from around the world. Participants can experience spontaneous jam sessions, learn from skilled players in workshops, and enjoy performances by talented ukulele artists​.

Wine & Cheese Festival

When: August

Where: The Bernard Shaw 

The Wine & Cheese Festival is one of Dublin’s funnest foodie festivals, offering attendees a delicious selection of wines and cheeses to sample from all over the world, as well as live music, games, street food vendors and summer cocktails. Set in the iconic Bernard Shaw, the festival provides a relaxed setting perfect for a summer outing. 

Another Love Story

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When: August

Where: County Meath

A short trip from Dublin, Another Love Story is an intimate festival celebrating music, art, and community. Held in the picturesque surroundings of Killyon Manor, it offers a unique, immersive experience with a focus on creativity and connection. The festival features live music, visual arts, workshops, and wellness activities, all designed to foster a sense of community and shared experience among attendees​.

Dalkey Lobster Festival

When: August

Where: Dalkey

A seafood lover’s dream, the Dalkey Lobster Festival combines the best of local seafood with music and family fun. The festival celebrates Dalkey’s rich maritime heritage, with an emphasis on fresh, delicious lobster dishes prepared by local chefs. Alongside the culinary delights, the festival features live music, street performances, and activities for children, all set in the picturesque seaside village of Dalkey​​.

The Big Grill Festival

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When: August  

Where: Herbert Park

Europe’s biggest BBQ and food festival, The Big Grill, is a haven for foodies, celebrating the art of BBQ with chefs from around the world showcasing their grilling skills. Held in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, this festival offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy delicious food, live music, and cooking demonstrations. It’s a family-friendly event with plenty of activities for kids, making it a great day out for everyone. Taste a wide range of BBQ dishes from top chefs, enjoy performances from local bands and artists, and learn from the best with live cooking demonstrations and workshops​.

Dublin Fringe Festival

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When: September  

Where: Various locations around Dublin

The Dublin Fringe Festival is a showcase of cutting-edge performances across theatre, comedy, dance, and more. This multi-disciplinary arts festival brings innovative and experimental work to the forefront, offering something for everyone. With events spread across the city, you can experience the creativity and energy of Dublin’s arts scene. See groundbreaking work from local and international artists, enjoy the variety of venues from traditional theatres to unconventional spaces, and engage with the arts through interactive and immersive performances​.

District X

When: September

Where: Palmerstown House, County Kildare

Located just outside Dublin, District X is a new addition to the festival scene, offering a blend of music, arts, and food in a stunning setting. Held at the historic Palmerstown House, this one-day dance music party is perfect for electronic music enthusiasts looking to enjoy a festival atmosphere without venturing too far from the city​.

Travelling Festivals in Dublin this Summer

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Heuston railway station in Dublin City.

Dublin’s public transport system can be a great way to navigate the city and reach festival venues without hassle. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there are several convenient options to help you get around and enjoy the festivities this summer.

Dublin Bus: Dublin Bus offers an extensive network of routes that cover the entire city and its suburbs. Buses run frequently, and with services operating from early morning until late at night, you can easily get to and from your festival destination. Consider using the TFI Real Time information to check bus schedules and routes in real-time, ensuring you don’t miss a thing.

Irish Rail: If you’re travelling from further afield or exploring other parts of Ireland, Irish Rail provides comfortable and reliable train services to and from Dublin. Connolly, Pearse, and Heuston are the main train stations in Dublin City, connecting you to various regional and intercity routes. Once in Dublin, you can use local transport to reach your festival venue.

DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit): The DART is a rail service that runs along Dublin’s coastline from Greystones in the south to Howth and Malahide in the north. It’s an excellent option if you’re staying near the coast or planning to explore seaside areas. The DART is known for its scenic views and quick travel times, making it a pleasant way to reach festival venues located near the coast.

LUAS (Light Rail): The LUAS tram system has two lines—the Green Line and the Red Line—covering key areas of Dublin. The Green Line runs from Broombridge in the north to Brides Glen in the south, while the Red Line connects The Point in the Docklands to Tallaght and Saggart in the west. The LUAS is particularly useful for avoiding city centre traffic and provides easy access to many popular festival locations.

Taxis: For more direct travel, taxis and taxi services like FREE NOW and Bolt are widely available in Dublin. This option can be great if you’re travelling in a group. Taxi ranks are also located throughout the city, and taxi apps allow you to book a ride directly from your smartphone.

Dublinbikes: For the more adventurous, companies like Dublinbikes provide easy access to bicycles across the city. These options offer a flexible and eco-friendly way to get around, especially for short distances. Please cycle with care and familiarise yourself with the cycling rules of the road.

Dublin’s summer festival scene is a testament to the city’s vibrant cultural life. Make sure to visit The Temple Bar Pub during your festival adventures for a true taste of Dublin’s spirit. 

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