June is here and the Summer is well and truly under way. This is the start of the festival season in Ireland so look around because there’s something for everyone.
Here’s our pick of what to do in Dublin this June:
The June bank holiday weekend (3rd, 4th and 5th) will see the return of the largest gardening, food and family festival in Ireland – Bloom, in the Phoenix Park.
2. Dublin Port Riverfest
A relatively new festival, Dublin Port Riverfest is based on the river that runs through our city – the Liffey – over the June bank holiday weekend (3rd, 4th and 5th).
3. Forbidden Fruit
Over 60 artists will appear on six stages at this year’s Forbidden Fruit Festival which is the grounds of the stunning Royal Hospital Kilmainham over June 3rd, 4th and 5th.
4. Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is a huge event every year in the city, with tens of thousands of women running for charity. It starts very near the hotel on June 5th on Fitzwilliam Square and is the biggest all-women’s event of its kind in the world.
5. Arcade Fire
Canadian band Arcade Fire will play in the fabulous grounds of Malahide Castle on the north side of Dublin on the evening of June 14th.
6. Bloomsday Festival
June 16th is Bloomsday, the very day in 1904 on which all the action of James Joyce’s famous novel Ulysses takes place. In Dublin, Bloomsday Festival is celebrated from June 11th to the 16th across the city by avid Joyceans from all over the world.
7. Dublin Kite Festival
The Dublin Kite Festival is quite a sight on June 18th as the sky over Bull Island in Dublin Bay fills with colour and shapes from all kinds of homemade and expensive designer kites as they take to the air.
Another of the big tours hits Dublin on June 20th, this time in the 3Arena. The is the promotional tour of Radiohead’s 9th studio album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.
9. Justin Bieber
June 21st will see the Beliebers of Dublin go bananas as one of the world’s biggest pop icons, Justin Bieber, comes to Dublin for just one evening show in the RDS.
10. Dublin Pride
Dublin Pride has become a huge event every year, with music, theatre and a spectacular parade that winds its way merrily, colourfully and loudly across the city on June 24th.
11. Taste of Dublin
Taste of Dublin is a must for foodies: Come and taste the best signature dishes from the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants as you wander the idyllic Iveagh Gardens from June 15th to the 18th.
12. Whiskey in Summer
This is one of the biggest whiskey events in the world and this year it’s coming to Dublin for the first time. Connoisseurs can taste whiskeys from all around the world in Smock Alley Theatre on Friday 30th June.
You can see why we call it festival season – there’s just so much going on in June. As always, follow us on Facebook for more suggestions for what to do in Dublin and news to help plan your visit to the city.