Events - Free EventsSt. Patrick's Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Patricks_Festival4 Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   Dublin Docklands Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Docklands_Christmas_MarketEveryone's favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 10th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George's Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one. Opening hours: - Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm  - Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10pm  - Saturday 10am to 10p  - Sunday 10am to 8pm Click here for more information   Open Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. For more information click here Culture Nighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Culture_Night_2014Come and enjoy a late FREE night of culture for all the family! For one night only the city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists studios, cultural centres and more, will open their doors late for a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of talks, tours, performances and events for you, your family and friends to participate in and enjoy. Join the thousands who will be staying up late for culture! On Culture Night locals and visitors across the island of Ireland will enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure taking place in a record 28 towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on the evening. Bring the children, catch up with friends, meet new people, participate, interact and experience the exhilaration of free entry, live performances, workshops, tours, talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities for free! Culture Night brings together a very unique and diverse audience who all share a desire to explore and enjoy culture. And remember, everything that’s open on Culture Night will be there when you visit the next time, and the next time...so why not make a habit of it! Oktoberfesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Oktoberfest_2014Venue: Georges Dock, IFSC Get set to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival! The original Oktoberfest will come from Germany to Dublin, giving Irish people the chance to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival. A marquee - representative of that in the Oktoberfest in Munich - and German markets, as well as 24 authentic Oktoberfest barmaids will descend on Georges Dock for some German fun, food and entertainment and authentic Bavarian beer. The traditional German market will feature over thirty German speciality food producers and German traders, who are all travelling to Dublin for the Oktoberfest. Visitors will be introduced to the very best of Bavarian food and specialities from sausages, meat, pastries, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) to mountain cheese and ginger bread hearts. Alongside the many surprising foods on offer, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a truly authentic Bavarian style wheat beer. Learn to sing a yodel or dance a polka, as traditional Bavarian musicians, Die Alpen-show, will also play throughout the 18 day event. Dublin Fashion Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Fashion_Festival_2014Dublin Fashion Festival is an annual shopping event which takes place over four days each year.  Over 250 retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels taking part in the event, including the city’s 8 flagships: Brown Thomas & BT2, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Powerscourt Centre, Arnotts, Clery’s, Ilac Shopping Centre (including Debenhams), Jervis Shopping Centre & Penneys. Over the last decade Dublin has become synonymous with fashion, style and an exciting mix of retail options, from designer and high street to vintage, making it an alluring shopping destination. DFF aims to put the fun and theatre back into shopping and socialising in the city. Bringing fashion and beauty retailers in the city centre together, it offers a heady mix of special offers, live fashion events and in-store activities that are unmissable. DFF is an integral part of Dublin Festival Season Dublin Festival Seasonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Festival_SeasonWho knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Arthurs Day Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival Bloomsdayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bloomsday_2014Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16th every year in Dublin and commemorates the work of the Irish author James Joyce and is called after the main character in his most famous work – Leopold Bloom of Ulysses fame. A weeklong celebration of all things Bloom takes place from the 9th - 16th giving you plenty of time to enjoy some of the inspiring events scheduled. On Bloomsday itself (16th)  Joyce fans dress in Edwardian costume to conjure up the atmosphere of the period in which Ulysses was set – 1904. To understand Bloomsday you need to know that it follows the trials and tribulations of one entire day in the life of Leopold Bloom in Ulysses - Bloomsday June 16th. Fans follow the route around Dublin taken by Bloom and usually have a breakfast of sausages, beans, black and white pudding and toast at some stage along the way.Davy Byrne’s Pub usually figures in everyone’s Bloomsday celebration at some stage of the day. The James Joyce Centre on North Great Georges Street have scheduled a week of of engaging and inspiring events, from staples like the traditional Bloomsday Breakfast and walking tours, to brand new theatre, live music, talks and other special events.   For more information click here Dublin City Soul Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_City_Soul_Festival_2014‘Dublin City Soul Festival'  is a celebration of peace, unity & love‘ is Ireland’s feel-good festival, a unique annual celebration. Last years Dublin City Soul Festival featured loads of exciting events to choose from and what’s more most of them were FREE for you to enjoy because as the old saying goes…”the best things in life are free”  Favourites included: The Soul Picnic - a little piece of magic in association with Dublin City Council. Enjoy the world’s best music concert in a picnic style starring an exciting line-up of amazing local, national and international artists. Much more than a music event, enjoy tasty treats and BBQ food from our picnic vendors. Entry is free, but don’t forget to make a donation. Love the City Music Trail- Mosey along the Dublin streets, moving from venue to venue checking out all the fantastic entertainment on offer or find your favourite venue, band or DJ and get comfy. Savour a relaxing beverage in a quaint bar or cafe while enjoying an acoustic set from one of our solo artists or duets, then stroll a little further down the road and submerge yourself in a full on musical experience that will guarantee to have you out on the floor shaking your tail feather! (Warning: comfortable dancing shoes required) As you make your way along the friendly Dublin streets you’ll be amazed by the exciting on-street entertainment from our Soul Festival buskers and street artists! See also: www.dublincitysoulfestival.com Battle of Clontarf Lunchtime Lectureshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Battle_of_Clontarf_Lunchtime_LecturesThe Royal Irish Academy present a series of lectures on the momentous events of 1014, in celebration of the Battle of Clontarf millenium,  Brian Boru, the Vikings in Ireland and much more, also the focus of an exhibition based on the Library collections. We are very pleased to present two lectures, hosted respectively by the Embassies of Denmark and Norway in Ireland on Thursday 22 May, 12.00–14.00. Thursday 22 May 2014 lecture programme: 12.00–12.45  Anne Pedersen, National Museum of Denmark Power and politics in late Viking-Age Denmark. 12.45–13.30 Jon Vidar Sigurdsson, NUI Maynooth/University of Oslo: Ireland, Norway and Iceland in the second half of the 13th century 13.30–14.00 Questions and Answers Lectures will be held in the Meeting Room of the Royal Irish Academy Click here for more details Dublin Dance Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Dance_FestivalDublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on Ireland’s cultural calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. 2014 will see the 10th Festival. In this short time, the Festival has developed a dedicated audience for dance in Ireland. Since its establishment in 2002 under founding Artistic Director Catherine Nunes, the Festival’s ambitions have been big and brave. The Festival became an annual event in 2008 reflecting the popularity and position it had gained. Laurie Uprichard led the next four Festivals, building audiences in addition to the event’s national and international profile. Enabling audiences to discover inspirational artists lies at the heart of the Dublin Dance Festival mission. The finest international choreographers and dance companies are programmed alongside emerging and established artists from Ireland and abroad in a variety of venues and spaces around the city. Audience members look forward to experiencing celebrated classics and discovering the freshest talents each year through a programme that is resonant and stimulating. Workshops, discussions, symposia, film screenings and other events are built around the programme to create new opportunities for audience members to encounter dance and to explore the art form more deeply. Hugely influential dance makers have been introduced to Irish audiences by the Festival – Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jérôme Bel, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Jonathan Burrows, Lin Hwai-min, Raimund Hoghe and Akram Khan have all presented performances since 2002. The Festival also provides a platform for Irish choreographers to develop their work in an international context. Uncover beautiful dance – from near and far – in Dublin in May! Click Here to check out the Dublin Dance Festival teaser video for 2013 For information on Tickets visit www.dublindancefestival.ie Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Waterways_Ireland_Docklands_Summer_FestivalDates To be confirmed Location: Grand Canal Dock and Plaza, Dublin The Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival's purpose is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy an exciting world class urban recreational environment. The refurbished canal dock, originally build in the 1790s, now provides a world-class recreation space right in the centre of Dublin. The mix of on water activities is designed to give everybody an opportunity to participate or sit back and enjoy the show. The newly developed Grand Canal Plaza and surrounding quays provide a uniquely modern and dynamic unban space for all the family to enjoy. The local cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which face onto the water, provide wonderful al fresco facilities. These are complemented by the festival's many on land attractions and activities located on Grand Canal Plaza. On water activates include a wakeboarding competition, charity rubber ducky race, tour of naval vessel, water sport 'Come and Try It' sessions in sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and a canal barge gathering. On land activities include food market, corporate golf challenge, street performers, balloon artists, face painters, fun fair attractions, open air art gallery & children's arts centre in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre. Good clean fun for all the family! Giro d'Italia Big Starthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Giro_dItaliaGiro d’Italia, one of the world’s greatest cycling events, arrives in Ireland on Sunday, 11th of May. This Grand Tour, famously won by Ireland’s Stephen Roche in 1987, will see the world’s best cyclists race 187km from Armagh to Dublin and offers a fantastic opportunity to experience the carnival atmosphere of this sporting spectacle. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the festivities and cheer on these titans on two wheels as 200 elite cyclists battle it out for the coveted pink jersey through the streets of Dundalk, Drogheda, Malahide and Clontarf before they race to the finish line in Dublin’s Merrion Square!  With a huge crowd expected in the city centre, the thrills of a close finish, mixed with the wonderful flavours of Italian food and drink at the Giro Fan Park and the Irish Cycling Show, there will be loads of fun for the whole family! RECOMMENDED VIEWING POINTS! There are plenty of wonderful viewing points along the route giving you the chance to get up close and personal to the world’s cycling greats. Check out the Timetable and Road Closures for details. PUBLICITY CARA VAN!  The advertising caravan that precedes the race is a long held tradition of the Giro d’Italia. There are official stops where the caravan will stop and hand out promotional items in Dundalk, Drogheda, Balbriggan, Malahide, and Dublin. GIRO EVENTS! To celebrate the arrival of the Giro, local businesses and communities are putting on special celebrations along the race route. In Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th, the Official Giro Fan Park will take place which includes the Irish Cycling Show. GETTING HERE!  Wherever you want to see the race, ensure you are there at least 90 minutes before the riders are due as roads will be closed to facilitate the event and passage of the Publicity Caravan. We recommend you use Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART and Irish Rail to access the race route. STAY SAFE!  Much of the race route will not have barriers so use common sense and maintain a safe distance from the riders.  Particular attention needs to be given to ensure young children and pets are kept at a safe distance from the riders and race vehicles. THINK PINK!  Get into the spirit of the Giro.  Dress up in pink, decorate your home or place of work, throw a pink party, line the race route and enjoy the festivities. Transportation:  Wherever you want to see the race, ensure you are there at least 90 minutes before the riders are due. Roads will be closed to facilitate the event and passage of the Publicity Caravan. We would therefore recommend you use Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART and Irish Rail to access the race route. Dublin Bay Prawn Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Bay_Prawn_FestivalThe Dublin Bay Prawn is, without doubt, one of the tastiest foods out there and Howth is its home. Whatever way you like your Dublin Bay Prawns - barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced - Howth's many award winning restaurants will serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite sized portions at the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival  "Food Village", in addition to a variety of other miniature dishes. The food village will also include the ever-popular cookery demonstrations for all those budding cooks, fish filleting and fishery skills, floristry  and kids will enjoy the programme of family fun. Filled to the brim with fun and food delights, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival features an array of exciting events.  There is a food village packed with food stalls and tasting sessions with everything from top quality seafood to freshly sourced local foods from some of the region’s finest restaurants and artisans. Other food events include cookery demonstrations, wine-tasting events and prawn shelling competitions. During the day there is street entertainment and a programme of walks, talks and seaside antics. As the sun goes down over Howth Harbour the fun continues as each evening the festival offer choices such as a Mystery Dine Around, Special Festival Menus in restaurants and pubs, fireworks on the Harbour and in-house musical entertainment in Howth’s Pubs. Click here for a complete list of festival events   Dublin One City One Bookhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_One_City_One_BookDublin One City One Book is a project designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April. If ever you go to Dublin town In a hundred years or so Inquire for me in Baggot Street  And what I was like to know. ('If Ever You Go to Dublin Town' by Patrick Kavanagh) The Dublin: One City One Book title for 2014 is something completely different yet very Dublin. Dublin City Public Libraries and Dublin: UNESCO City of Literature have announced that 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' will be the One City One Book choice for April 2014. 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. The book is arranged street by street so the reader is continually making new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the City of Words. "This is an exciting first for One City One Book. We expect 'If Ever You Go' to build on the initiative’s success in showcasing great Dublin writing to a wider audience. The poems, songs and ballads in the collection are also ideal for the public readings, performances and theatrical events which animate One City One Book", says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. A full programme of associated events throughout the month of April will intrigue and engage Dubliners and visitors to the city. Click herre for a complete programme of events. 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' will be published in February by Dedalus Press and has the support of The Arts Council and of Poetry Ireland. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth, 'If Ever You Go : a map of Dublin in poetry and song' is a unique volume of writing about Dublin, from early to modern times and will be available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops from February 2014. It includes writing by both historical and contemporary figures, among them Swift, Synge, Yeats, Joyce, Kavanagh and Ó Direáin as well as Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Derek Mahon. There are songs and ballads from the city's colonial past, verses by leaders of the 1916 Rising, and portraits of the modern city with its Spire and Luas tram, its Celtic Tiger 'prosperity' and its post-Celtic Tiger challenges. Dublin: One City One Book is a Dublin City Council Public Libraries’ project organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office with support from Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Click here for more information   Re-enactments and Orationshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Reenactments_and_OrationsIn 2014 we are continuing our series of re-enactments & orations of famous Irish patriots. “The Fools, the Fools, the Fools! – they have left us our Fenian dead – And while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” Daily at 2.30pm The now famous speech delivered by Padraig Pearse at the grave of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on 1st August, 1915, will be re-enacted daily at 2.30pm by an actor dressed as Pearse in full uniform. All Re-enactments at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum are kindly supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Are jee be? Haroon Mirzahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Are_jee_be_Haroon_MirzaIMMA continues its commitment in showcasing some of the most exciting international artists working today with the first museum exhibition in Ireland of renowned British artist Haroon Mirza. Combining a variety of readymade and time based material to create audio compositions, which are often realised as site-specific installations, Mirza’s work complicates the distinctions between noise, sound and music.  Mirza’s exhibition will feature remnants of the recent Eileen Gray exhibition at IMMA. Occupying the same gallery spaces, the Gray exhibition will act as a ‘readymade’ from which Mirza will remix elements to create a new visual and sonic installation. The new site-specific work, System, created by Mirza for IMMA has been carefully conceived in response to the very particular architecture of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The title of Mirza’s new work references the name of the Dublin based '90s nightclub venue System, which although only in existence for a few years framed a very specific moment in music, a genre of which heavily influences the artist’s work. On 5 April, Mirza will stage a curated music night/DJ event at IMMA. Alongside IMMA, Mirza will present solo exhibitions in 2014 at Le Grande Café, Centre d'Art Contemporain, France; and at the Villa Savoye, France. He won the Daiwa Art Foundation Prize (2012), he was awarded the Silver Lion Award at the 54th Venice Biennale Illuminations (2011), and the Northern Art Prize (2010).  Please Note: Visitors are warned that this exhibition contains flashing lights.