What's On in Dublin
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With so many vibrant and exciting events taking place throughout the year, Dublin has many options for expats looking to get out and about. Here are some of the city's most well-known and well-loved yearly events.
Annual events in Dublin
Dublin International Film Festival (February)
Each February, Dublin draws thousands of film buffs as the city becomes a hub for international cinema. This is a two-week festival showcasing works by independent filmmakers from across the world alongside releases from mainstream Hollywood studios. There is something here for everyone, from those with arthouse tastes to families looking for an exciting outing.
St Patrick’s Festival (March)
For a real rip-roaring good time, there’s no better party than the St Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin. The varied events include performers, clowns, games, singing, dancing and, of course, plenty of Guinness.
Dublin Pride (June)
This weeklong celebration of gay culture is a showcase of the city's diversity. The high point is the traditional Pride Parade – a loud, colourful street carnival that provides a spectacular day out for Dublin residents.
Irish Derby (June/July)
One of the most prestigious horse racing events on any Dubliner’s social calendar, the Irish Derby is held on one of Europe’s oldest sporting grounds, The Curragh. Put on your best hat and head down to the track for a day at the races.
Liffey Swim (September)
The River Liffey which runs through the centre of Dublin isn't the most inviting swimming spot but once a year hundreds of swimmers brave the waters. It's worth watching even if expats don't fancy taking a dip themselves.
Dublin Marathon (October)
The 26-mile (42km) run through Dublin's Georgian streets is dubbed the 'Friendly Marathon'. Since 1980, the marathon has become an excuse for a huge public street party. Today it attracts around 10,000 runners and even larger numbers of spectators.