Dublin Festival Season

One city, two months, eight festivals and a vampire or two: there’s just something about Dublin Festival Season (1 September – 31 October).

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The Festival: Dublin Fashion Festival; 4-7 September

The lowdown: Welcome to the Dublin Fashion Festival where style advice is served minus the attitude, but with lashings of Dublin charm. On the menu: city centre catwalk shows, free style sessions and more Devil Wears Prada references than you can shake a stick at.

Don't miss: The easy-going buzz around the catwalk shows on Henry Street and Grafton Street

2.

The Festival: Dublin Tiger Fringe Festival; 5-20 September

The lowdown: Theatre. Dance. Comedy. Music. In venues above coffee shops, libraries, pubs and even in nightclubs – you’d be hard pressed to find something that doesn’t excite you at the eccentric Dublin Tiger Fringe Festival.

Don't miss: Tumble Circus’s Star Man is described as “A divine mix of circus, comedy and cardboard.” We’re hooked.

3.

The Festival: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival; 11- 14 September

The lowdown: Bookworms flock to the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire as MTS welcomes writers from all over the world. Expect Q&A sessions, exclusive extracts, writing workshops and literary tours.

Don't miss: MTS is a family affair, and we particularly like the addition of My Favourite Superheroes with Alan Nolan (Sat, 13).

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The Festival: Culture Night; 19 September

The lowdown: In what can be easily described as one of the culture capitals of Europe, Dublin’s art galleries, theatres, venues and historic buildings stay open until late one night a year to celebrate this lively, creative city.

Don't miss: The whole thing. It’s not just the scope of the places you can visit, it’s how late they stay open. We suggest making a list of your must-sees in advance.

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The Festival: Dublin Theatre Festival; 25 September – 12 October

The lowdown: Dublin definitely likes a bit of drama. Over 18 days, the Dublin Theatre Festival hosts an eclectic ensemble of local and international drama in the best venues the city has to offer: from the famous Abbey Theatre to the beautifully aged and intimate Smock Alley.

Don't miss: The Mariner, a new work by playwright Hugo Hamilton, is a timely piece focusing on a mysterious Royal Navy seaman’s return home after the Battle of Jutland. Is this man who he says he is? Expect twists and turns aplenty.

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The Festival: Hard Working Class Heroes; 2-4 October

The lowdown: Wouldn’t it be nice, just for once, to know about the next big thing in music before everyone else? Hard Working Class Heroes is your chance. From Mum & Dad’s garage, basements and bedrooms, the bands playing at HWCH are here because they’ve earned it.

Don't miss: As this nifty video illustrates, Dublin is enjoying a musical golden age right now. If you’re missing festivals like this, you’re missing out.

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The Festival: Open House; 17-14 October

The lowdown: Open House is the ticket to explore all those exotic and eccentric buildings you can usually only walk past. Dig under Dublin’s architectural past and present thanks to tours by professionals and enthusiasts for a cost of absolutely… free.

Don't miss: Programme highlights coming soon.

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The Festival: Bram Stoker Festival; 24-27 October

The lowdown: Did you know: Bram Stoker was a Dubliner. Dracula’s creator worked in Dublin Castle as a clerk, married Oscar Wilde’s ex-girlfriend in St Anne’s church on Dawson Street, and grew up in the Dublin seaside town of Clontarf (where he has a hotel named after him). The Bram Stoker Festival celebrates the man behind the fangs with films, talks, readings and a scare or three.

Don't miss: Dracula’s Basement Spooky Sounds Lab will see the vampire himself raid The Ark (children’s art space in Temple Bar) for all of its weirdest musical instruments. The Count will then set up a Spooky Sounds lab in his basement lair to create some hair-raising tunes.

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