9 events to celebrate Dublin Pride 2024

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People marching in the Dublin Pride Parade.
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2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Dublin's first-ever public Gay rights demonstration, which took place in June of 1974.

Since then, Dublin Pride has evolved from a one-day event into one of the biggest LGBTQ+ festivals in the country, a month-long extravaganza of diversity, empowerment and fun where everyone is welcome. From gigs and walking tours to film screenings and the parade, Dublin Pride is celebrating 50 years in style.

We’ve cherry-picked some of the best events to look out for this month.

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Dublin Pride Parade 2024

The Pride parade will take over the entirety of O’Connell St, transforming Dublin’s main thoroughfare into a spectacle of flamboyant floats and colourful costumes with the theme of ‘SHINE’. You can just turn up on the day and cheer on from the sidelines or join in the march, which will be led by this year's Grand Marshall, Belong To - LGBTQ Youth Ireland, an advocacy organisation which provides services for LGBTQ+ children and young people across the country.

The parade is divided into two sections, the first reserved for LGBTQ+ support, advocacy, youth and social groups, while corporate organisations get to wave their flags in the second part. Participants will gather along O’Connell Street before marching down by Liberty Hall, crossing the River Liffey and finishing up at the Pride Village in Merrion Square. Wear your colours with pride and make some noise.

O’Connell Street | Saturday, June 29, 12pm.

Media captionTake part in the iconic Pride Parade.
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The Danish Girl at the Chester Beatty

To celebrate the Dublin Pride Festival, the Chester Beatty will transform into a movie theatre for one night only to offer a free screening of the award-winning biopic, The Danish Girl. Follow the life of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe and soak up the atmosphere in one of the city's most historic locations. 

Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 | Wednesday June 5, 5:30pm | Free.

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SHINE - The Concert

The theme of this year's festival is 'SHINE,' celebrating the light and love shared within the LGBTQ+ community. The official roster for Dublin Pride 2024 is kicking off with a vibrant performance from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall. Community members and allies will perform film scores, opera, and some iconic pop tunes, too. So, doll up for the evening and sing along with the incredible performers. 

 National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 | Thursday June 20, 8pm | €15-€42.50.

Dublin Gay Men's Chorus at Sandford Church

This year, Sandford Church in Ranelagh is opening its doors to the Dublin Gay Men's Chorus for a special concert christened "Pride in the Name of Love."  In celebration of love, solidarity and community, everyone is welcome regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation.

Sandford Church, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 | Sunday June 23, 6:30pm | €20.

Lavender Walk Queer History Tour with Tonie Walsh

DJ, activist and archivist Tonie Walsh is a national treasure. He’s been there, marched the long march and shimmered with pride throughout. His breadth and range of knowledge is what makes him such a fascinating guide for this series of walks. Expect passion, scintillating insider information and humour as he guides you through the streets and stories which weave the narrative of our queer past.

Barnardo Square, Dame Street (beside City Hall) | Monday June 24 to Friday June 28, times vary depending on the day | Advance booking advised, €20.

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Putt in Pride at Leopardstown Golf Centre

Unlock your inner golfer and check out Putt in Pride at Leopardstown Golf Centre. Hosted by Golf Ireland, get an one-on-one sessions with PGA pros, put your new skills to the test with mini competitions, hear some good music and enjoy tasty nibbles. All levels are welcome – and if you don't own a set of golf clubs, there will be extras on-hand. 

Leopardstown Golf Centre, Dublin 18 | Tuesday June 25, 6:30pm-9pm | €20.

Dyke Night at Bow Lane

Looking for the chance to bust out your best dance moves? Head to Bow Lane's Dyke Night for a variety show featuring some of the best queer talent and dancing until the early hours of the morning. All proceeds from the event go to support the confidential helpline Dublin Lesbian Line.

Bow Lane Social Club, Aungier Street, Dublin 2 | Friday June 28, 8pm-2am | €11.70.

Media captionWalk with Pride in 2024.
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Boyfriends by LemonSoap Productions

Donegal-born writer and actor Ultan Pringle brings Boyfriends to the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar from June 26 to July 6. The two-man play stars Pringle and Emmanuel Okoye and charts the ups and downs and roundabouts of a modern situationship.

Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 | Wednesday June 26 - Saturday July 6, 7:30pm-8:25pm | €14.

Pride Block Party

Mother are the club promoters behind the main Block Party, which will take place in the storied grounds of the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. Headline international acts including COBRAH and Princess Superstar will glitter bomb alongside an array of local talent and mainstage hosts in the form of Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour and Northern Irish drag star, Blu Hydrangea. 

The cream of drag performers including Avatar Guille, Dan the Man, Viola Gayvis and Anziety will be joined by DJs Billy Bunzari, Ghostboy and Glamo. Add in some Drag Aerobics and Sing Along Social and you have all the ingredients for a mighty hoopla.

National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks | Saturday June 29, 4pm-11pm | €45.

Discover the history of Dublin Pride

Last year, LGBTQ+ activist and founder of the Irish Queer Archive Tonie Walsh shared his thoughts on 40 years of Dublin Pride.

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