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Festivals and Fairs

Festivals and Fairs

The Big Grill Festival

17th - 20th August

This is a festival which is packed full of flavour. This is an international BBQ festival and competition! If you are a foodie, then this is definitely the festival for you!
Some of the places to showcase here are Bastible, Fowl Play, and Box Burger, with chefs such as Robin Gill, DJ BBQ, Andy Ricker and Neil Rankin giving talks and workshops during the festival.
There will also be hot wing, chilli and burger challenges, a screening of the hit SXSW documentary, Barbecue, and live music and DJs! This is truly going to be an amazingly yummie festival.

This festival takes place in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge

Tickets are from €16

IFI Family Festival

26th - 27th August

Looking for something to do with the kids over the weekend while you are in Dublin? Then why not go to this little festival. After a long day you could watch some fantastic family friendly movies to wind down the day.
The IFI Family Festival is an annual event in which families come together to enjoy the finest animated and live action film from across the globe.
The weekend is spent dedicated to young minds with workshops, activities and films galore.

This fair will take place at The Irish Film Institute 

Bulmers Live at Leopardst...

Every Thursday in August

Every Thursday of August Bulmers are holding fantastic line-ups of live gigs, great food and exciting horse-racing, this year’s Bulmer’s Live at Leopardstown series, promises a night out with a difference.

Tickets from €16

Dublin Horse Show 2017

9th - 13th August

From live music and family entertainment, fashion events, a shopping village, restaurants, bars and snack areas to experience the best in national and international show jumping! This is the festival's 144th year. it is one of the oldest festivals and one of the most anticipated shows in Ireland. One not to miss out on!

This event will be held in The RDS Arena in Ballsbridge

Tickets from €16 - €22

Bram Stoker Festival

27th - 31st October
This is a festival of 4 nights of Deadly Adventures 
Inspired by the heritage of Dublin-born Gothic author Bram Stoker and his notorious novel Dracula, Dublin city will get gloriously gothic this October. Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 in Clontarf, Dublin and was educated at Trinity College from 1864-1870. His love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail which was co-owned by the gothic writer Sheridan Le Fanu. In 1878 he married Florence Balcombe, former girlfriend of Oscar Wilde, in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street. He began writing novels while in London, the most famous of which is Dracula, published in 1897. The global importance of Stoker’s novel is just one of the many reasons Dublin is internationally recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature.
In this festival, like in previous years, there will be a devilish mixture of family fun, adventurous arts, major installations, literature, drama and the unexpected, this festival has plenty to suit thrill seekers of all ages. 

IFI Documentary Festival

28th September - 1st October

IFI Documentary Festival 2017, showcasing the best of Irish and international documentary filmmaking. You will discover new worlds, different people and counter-culture with both feature length and short documentaries. There’s a world out there to be discovered, and documentary is the perfect way to discover it.
If you are a film fanatic it is definitely worth a visit the Irish Film Institute for this annual event.

This event will take place in The Irish Film Institute 

Dublin Fringe Festival

9th - 24th September

The Castle Hotel is proud to announce that we are Hospitality Partners to the Dublin Fringe Festival. The Fringe festival is home to bold ideas, brave performing arts and adventurous audiences. It is a family friendly festival, so you can bring the kids along too!
Dublin Fringe Festival, unlike many Fringes internationally, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates. It is a platform for new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create.
One not to miss!

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Busker Fleadh

8th October

Can you spot the next big talent out there? Busking is just how Ed Sheeran got started in the world of music.
In Smithfield a variety of acts will take to the streets to perform their hearts out with the passion of their choice. This event has been organised by Dublin City Council.
It would be an ideal chilled out Sunday family fun day. There won't be just music at this festival, there will also be the Dublin Circus Project, MaSamba Drumming Workshops and Sing Street will be shown in The Lighthouse Cinema.

This is a free event :)


24th September

This two day event has now a larger space than previous years due to its growin popularity. There will be new Speakers area, Vegan Food Village, Chill Zone, amazing food, Live music, Demo’s, Great talks, Cruelty Free products, Yoga, Super Foods, movies and lots more! Dublin Vegfest is Ireland’s largest vegan food & lifestyle event.

Tickets for entry ranges from €11-€23