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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on May 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm
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Upcoming Dublin Festivals

Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Dublin. The sun doesn’t set until 10pm, everything is blooming, and children are still in school (meaning more space at attractions and restaurants for you!) Each spring Dublin rolls out a great series of festivals to celebrate the pleasant weather and lengthy days. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Dublin, maybe one of these festivals will convince you to book your flight.

1. Taste of Dublin: From June 10th – 13th the ‘Taste of Dublin’ festival will take over Iveagh Gardens. This beautiful public park is taken over for a four day restaurant festival. Some of the top chefs in Dublin are participating, and the festival offers the chance to pick up some cooking tips all while sampling great food and wine. If you’re looking for a festival where you won’t be surrounded by other tourists – this is it. Taste of Dublin might also help you to figure out what restaurants you would like to try while you’re here. 

2. Dublin Dance Festival: From May 8th – 28th the ‘Dublin Dance Festival’ is bringing artists from across Europe to Dublin for a wide range of performances. Whether you want to see Spanish flamenco or traditional Irish dance, there will be an event that will appeal to you. A combination of dance workshops, midweek performances, and big weekend shows make this festival incredibly diverse.

3. Dublin Writers Festival: From June 1st – 6th both Irish and International writers will give readings and lectures as part of the Dublin Writers Festival. Big names include Antony Beevor, Ian McEwan, and Anne Enright. This literary festival is also a chance to see some of the best venues across town including the National Concert Hall, The Project Arts Centre, The Sugar Club, The Dublin Writers Museum, and the Abbey Theatre.

4. Bloomsday Festival: Literary fans will know that June 16th is Bloomsday, the day in 1904 when all the action of James Joyce’s famous novel Ulysses takes place. The festival consists of visiting places in Dublin that are mentioned in the book, dressing up in traditional costumes, readings of the novel, and just about anything to do with Joyce. For many book lovers, attending Bloomsday in Dublin is a literary pilgrimmage!

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