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Festivals and Fairs

Festivals and Fairs

Bram Stoker Festival

27th - 31st October 2017
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. 

Dublin Greek Film Festiva...

19th - 22nd October 2017
The third annual Dublin Greek Film Festival will showcase the latest award-winning features, documentaries and short films by Greek filmmakers as well as a range of special events introducing Greek culture to Irish audiences.

Samhain Festival 2017

28th October 2017
It’s the first time an event like this has been held in Weston Airport Hanger, so it’s going to be a unique festival-going experience. The former Oasis star Liam Gallagher is set to headline the event and Annie Mac will be joined by special guests The Strypes and Touts! 
It’s sure to make your Halloween a night to remember! 
Tickets are from €50

Metropolis Festival

2nd - 4th November 2017
Metropolis is Irelands first and award winning multi-stage, indoor winter music festival. Metropolis launched in the RDS in November 2015 and is back in 2017 to recreate the magic it did before with both shows selling out. They created a whole new experience in the Irish festivals, tailored for the Irish weather and the Irish audience. The last two years music has flowed out from bespoke stages housed in multiple warehouse spaces within the RDS, riveting Conversations took place on the stage of the Concert Hall and installations challenged the senses.

Tickets are €70 

Thurs 2nd @ 7pm-11pm
Fri 3rd @ 3pm-11pm
Sat 4th @ 3pm-11pm 

Christmas Craft Fair - R...

5th - 10th December 2017
Whether you are a confirmed shopaholic or completely phobic about shopping, the annual Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, is just the place for you. For those who love shopping it’s the chance to browse and enjoy the unique work of more than 500 designers, artists, and craftspeople who will be taking part in the country’s largest celebration of crafts. But if shopping just isn’t your thing, think of it as a heaven sent opportunity to buy all your Christmas gifts in a single shopping session! This annual fair is widely recognised as Ireland’s premier commercial craftwork showcase. Many of Ireland’s most respected craftspeople will be there, showing and selling top quality goods. The range is dazzling – everything from chocolates to high fashion, and because the goods are handmade by craftspeople, they have the added distinction of each one being unique.

Tuesday 5th December 10am-10pm
Wednesday 6th December 10am-10pm
(10% courtesy discount available on all purchases this day only)
Thursday 7th December 10am-10pm
Friday 8th December 10am-10pm
Saturday 9th December 10am-7pm
Sunday 10th December 10am-7pm

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Adults: €10.
OAPs: €8
Children under 16 accompanied by a parent or guardian: Free

Winter Wonderland

14th December - 7th January 20...
Christmas is about sharing with family and friends
about creating a store of memories.
Winter Wonderland aims to capture the magic of Christmas. A festival of family entertainment in one location. Funderland, iSkate on Ice- Ireland’s only outdoor ice rink, and a Continental Christmas Market
Winter Wonderland will be a festival to delight the senses and capture the joy and fun of the season – all in one location at the RDS in Hall 8C

Dublin Art Book Fair

23rd - 26th November 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents the sixth edition of the annual Dublin Art Book Fair.
This year’s fair welcomes over 60 exhibitors, artists and publishers, national and international, who have devoted themselves to the medium of “the book as art”. With a focus on the production of text, this year the Dublin Art Book Fair celebrates ‘Artists as Writers’, and features an afternoon event of readings by Irish artists Sonia Shiel, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty.
While away the time browsing through the curated selection of artist books over a delicious coffee from pop-up café, The Market Kitchen, who will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy bites. Treat yourself to a one-off artist book or pick out a Christmas gift for someone special. Onsite artworks by artists Isabel Nolan and Stephanie Deady installed in the gallery and atrium space of the building provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere within this artists’ community in the heart of Temple Bar.

Dublin Gallery Weekend

23rd - 26th November 2017
This November is the third edition of Dublin Gallery Weekend. This city-wide event is a collaboration between almost 40 art galleries and museums across the city, who have joined together to present a specially programmed series of free public events such as talks, concerts, tours, workshops and more, alongside their exciting exhibitions and projects by a diverse range of artists. Dublin Gallery Weekend invites visitors to come and experience something new, and to discover art in galleries of all types ranging from the biggest modern art museums in the country to the smallest, tucked away experimental art spaces.
Participating galleries include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, the Project Arts Centre, Kerlin Gallery, the National College of Art and Design Gallery, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, The Lab Gallery, Artbox, The Library Project, The Royal Hibernian Academy and many more.

Press enquiries: 
Rayne Booth

Dublin Zoo – Wild Lights!

3rd Nov 2017 - 7th Jan 2018
This is sure to be a a magical event, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife.
You can follow the enchanted trail where you will discover the dazzling array of beautifully crafted giant silk lanterns.
There will also be Chinese performers and a Chinese craft market! You can enjoy some lovely Chinese foods and warm drinks this winter at Dublin Zoo!
Wild Lights promises to be a truly unforgettable experience where friends, families and groups can come together to celebrate the festive period.

Tickets from €20

Country to Country

9th - 11th March 2018
Country to Country; Europe's biggest country music festival is back for its sixth year from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018 with another incredible line up that fans can expect from the Country to Country organisers.
The festival brings three days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love and expect with performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, Ireland, UK and Europe.
Joining Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town will be one of America’s biggest country stars; Kacey Musgraves who will headline the festival for the very first time. Joining the stellar headliners are Emmylou Harris, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Margo Price and Midland.
There will be so much going on during this festival and thanks to the dedicated fans it will continue to grow.

Electric Picnic 2018

31st August - 2nd September 20...
Electric Picnic is an annual arts-and-music festival which has been staged since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland.
The Picnic has been described as "Ireland's version of Glastonbury" and "a great inspiration to Latitude" by one of its business partners.