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Dublin’s Best Festivals

Festival Season is finally here, and we’re excited for a busy summer in Dublin. We have everything to look forward to from excellent foodie festivals to historic events and so much in between. The city welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from all walks of life to enjoy festivals in Dublin, all looking for great value accommodation. DCU Rooms offers alternative accommodation to overpriced Dublin City hotels. Our single, twin rooms and apartments on the edge of the city offer excellent value for money, a great location to explore and high standards in comfort, cleanliness and style. We’re expecting a busy summer season in 2024 so book your stay soon to avoid disappointment.


As the weather warms up in June, so does the event schedule. From mid-June, for four days, Merrion Square Park is taken over by the best food event in Ireland, Taste of Dublin. Dozens of restaurants set up shop in the park, selling samples of their finest dishes with something for everyone to enjoy from luxurious oysters to delicious desserts. Fans of James Joyce will know that his most renowned work, Ulysses, takes place on June 16th, 1904. Ever since, people have gathered in Dublin on this day to celebrate Joyce and his book’s main character Leopold Bloom.

Enjoy an unscripted and unscheduled display of costumes, readings and old-fashioned food. June is also the most colourful time of the year in Dublin with Dublin Pride taking place, usually on the last weekend of the month, Enjoy a festival atmosphere with floats, dedicated festival spaces, a funfair, dancers, club nights, concerts and so much more. We hope June’s changeable weather cooperates with June’s excellent schedule this year!


July is a sporting month in Dublin with two major sporting finals taking place this month. While technically not a festival, there is a certain fun feeling in the air during the two weekends of the GAA sporting finals in both Gaelic football and hurling. Fans travel from all over Ireland to watch their teams compete in a bitter rivalry on the pitch, only to join arms afterwards in a local pub, commiserating the losing team and celebrating the winners.

Finals of hurling usually take place on the 3rd weekend of July and the Gaelic Football finals follow the weekend after. One of Dublin’s biggest musical events also happens in Dublin in July. Marley Park in South Dublin is taken over by acts and fans attending the brilliant Longitude festival for a star-studded line-up that stands out from the crowd. There are no camping facilities on-site so make sure to book quality accommodation early!


Festivals slow down in August leaving plenty of time for other excellent events over what is usually the warmest month of the year. American Football takes centre stage in Dublin in August with major teams travelling from the USA to compete in friendlies in Aviva Stadium. This year, Florida State take on Georgia Tech at Dublin Aviva Stadium on 24th August 2024 preceded by K State v Iowa State on the 23rd of August and followed by Pittsburgh v Wisconsin on the 28th.

It’s a week of exciting US fixtures. In late August, Comic Con returns to the Convention Centre in a burst of colour, characters and costumes. It’s a highlight for many young and old fans of graphics, cosplay and meeting characters from some of the best shows on TV and movies.


The Dublin events calendar keeps going long into September with lots of exciting and arty things to see and do. For almost the entire month of September, Dublin Fringe brings a burst of energy to the city centre with weeks of new performances, cutting-edge ideas and dramatic arts shows. It’s a great time to attend a show you know nothing about and let the creativity and talent of our local talent and performers surprise and delight you. From the last Thursday in September for two weeks, the Dublin Theatre Festival is top of our minds. Enjoy world-class productions across the city in illustrious venues and surprising settings. The diversity of voices, imagination, style and subject is sure to captivate audiences from all over the world.

If you need excellent accommodation for any of Dublin’s events and festivals, DCU Rooms are ideal. With three campus locations in Dublin’s North City and offering excellent discounts compared to overpriced city hotels, you’ll be sure to get the best of your trip to Dublin. Book on our website for our lowest rates, guaranteed.

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Sarah Corcoran

Sarah is a part-time travel writer and a full-time Dubliner, born and bred in this colourful city. She loves nothing more than exploring the beauty that’s on her doorstep and enjoying the many attractions and history that Dublin has to offer. She is passionate about writing and promoting her home town to anyone who will listen!

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