Jan – TradFest
If you like your traditional Irish music full-on, packed with performers and best served with a pint or three in some of Temple Bar’s top venues, then TradFest is the event for you! With concerts at a host of iconic venues across the capital, from St Patrick’s Cathedral to City Hall, over 200 free events ranging from open mic sessions to street performers and the excellent ‘music, pub and food trails’ (does what it says on the tin!) bringing the bands, beer and boys neatly together in one colourful event, there’s little wonder the extravaganza is fast growing into Dublin’s biggest cultural fest!
Feb – Jameson's Dublin International Film Festival
More than 10 years after it first landed in the capital, the goliath event still packs venues across Dublin during its 11 day run, with over 40,000 big screen fans flocking to the city to take in more than 140 films each year. And when Mr ‘Die Hard’ Bruce himself lends Dublin’s own Colin Farrell a private jet to make the festival, you know it’s an event not to be missed!
March – the mighty St Patrick’s Festival!
As the Guinness storehouse once said.... ‘Everyone’s Irish on March 17th’! And we mean everyone! From Australia to the big ‘ol USA, Britain to Japan – even the international space station gets in on the act! But nowhere does it quite like the home town, and if you’re heading to Dublin in March then you’re in for a party of massive proportions! From the Irish Craft Beer Village to the City Funfairs, and the Greening of the City to the spectacular parade itself, Dublin transforms into a haven of mayhem and merriment for the 4 day celebration. Mighty craic, great food and storming music... What more could you want?
Sept - Oktoberfest
You know the score – hearty grub, a bevy of Bavarian beauties and plenty of velvety beer to wash it all down. But in case you’re not quite up to speed in all things Bavarian – a brief guide to Munich’s traditional Oktoberfest offerings (in Dublin, in…er… September)...
Jan - Chinese New Year Festival - Temple Bar TradFest
Feb - Jameson Dublin International Film Festival - Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week
Mar - St Patrick’s Festival
Apr - Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
May - Dublin City Soul Festival
Jun - Taste of Dublin
Jul - Street Performance World Championship - Longitude
Sept - Dublin Festival Season kicks off! (Fringe Festival, Oktoberfest, Theatre Festival, Bram Stoker Festival)
… with golden spirits, umpteen pints of the good stuff and not one, but two sites most sacred to thirsty stags the country over!
And with an eagle-eyed events team on the case, if you fancy sinking a velvety pint or triple-distilled whiskey at its source, then StagWeb are only too happy to oblige! Head over to our Dublin activities page for details on how to get the boys to the brewery. Sláinte lads!
It’s difficult to mention Dublin and not take a look at its sporting pedigree. From the Irish Oaks to the 6 nations to the beautiful game, if you fancy a flutter, are thinking of taking in a match or fancy adding a stadium tour to your itinerary, get in touch and we’ll check the dates and get things lined up for you.
Regular direct flights are available from most of the UK’s major cities and will find you and the boys on Irish turf in around an hour. Dublin Airport lies just over 6 miles (10km) from the city centre, with regular bus, coach and taxi services linking the two.
Irish Ferries, StenaLine and P&O offer regular crossings from Holyhead and Liverpool to Dublin Port, with taxis and a bus service available to carry you the remaining two miles to the heart of the Fair City.
Running round the north, west and south of the city, the M50 handily connects the capital to the main routes throughout the country.
Belfast - 2hrs, 2mins
Cork - 2hrs, 35mins
Donegal - 3hr, 17mins
Galway - 2hrs, 9mins
Limerick - 2hrs, 21mins
Heuston and Connolly, Dublin’s two main stations, provide regular intercity services to major cities across Ireland (Cork, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Belfast and Sligo to name a few..)
Dublin’s traffic is arguably almost as famous as its Guinness, gents – StagWeb’s top tip would be to explore the great city on foot. For a speedier choice the LUAS tram system takes in all the major sites along its routes, and the coastal DART system is ideal for exploring a bit further afield.
http://www.transportforireland.ie/ is a handy website for getting your head around Dublin’s public transport systems, with directions, time estimates and service info for buses, rail and tram services in the city.