1. JANUARY: TradFest Temple Bar With a breathtaking range of venues including Dublin Castle, City Hall and charming old churches, this buzzing traditional music festival mixes big folk acts with up-and-coming trad musicians. 2. MARCH: St Patrick’s Festival The biggest day in Irish life, this ‘hooley’ of music, theatre, kids’ stuff, céilís (dances), art, and American marching bands turns the city green and culminates in the legendary parade through Dublin's streets. 3. MAY: Dublin Dance Festival Since 2002, this festival has been bringing international dance companies and choreographers, along with established and emerging Irish talent, to share contemporary dance with eager audiences. 4. JUNE: Bloomsday Festival The day on which James Joyce set Ulysses is marked by six days of walking tours, talks, pub crawls and high tea, until Bloomsday itself, where you can retrace the steps of hero Leopold Bloom. 5. JUNE: Dublin LGBTQ Pride Prepare to enjoy one of the biggest LGBTQ parties in Europe! Dublin knows how to big it up, with a whole week of parties, events, glitter, glamour and fun, topped off with a not-to-be missed parade. 6. JULY: Festival of Curiosity A box of delights, this festival throws it all at you – science, bubbles, Lego, culture and ‘curious technology’, and asks adults and children alike to think, play and see the world in a new light. 7. JULY: PhotoIreland Festival Drawing on both Irish and international artists, this dynamic photography festival uses alternative spaces for a fascinating series of events. 8. JULY: Longitude Festival Marlay Park, just south of Dublin city, rocks with the sounds of the hottest international and Irish bands and DJs, and is set amongst pretty woodlands and ponds. 9. JULY: Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular Street performers gather for a fiesta of fire-eating, juggling and tightrope walking, centred on Merrion Square. Meanwhile, kids will love the workshops and science shows. 10. AUGUST: Dublin Horse Show Famous for its world-class showjumpers and well-dressed patrons, the Horse Show is an institution amongst horse lovers. Highlights include the thrilling Aga Khan Cup and the high fashion of Ladies’ Day. 11. SEPTEMBER: Dublin Fringe Festival Expect the unexpected, as established companies try new material and experimental groups shake up notions of performance. Shows everywhere from run-down Georgian houses to cars. 12. OCTOBER: Bram Stoker Festival Celebrate the ancient pagan rite of Halloween with a festival dedicated to Dracula creator and Dubliner Bram Stoker, with three days of screenings, plays, talks, music, guided walks and fancy-dress balls. 13. SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER: Dublin Theatre Festival For more than 50 years, Dublin Theatre Festival has been pulling crowds to see new work by Irish playwrights and big-name international productions all over the city. 14. SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER: Oktoberfest Bavaria comes to party in Dublin. Sample German food and beer, dress up in Bavarian costumes and take part in the Bavarian Games in the heart of the city. 15. DECEMBER TO JANUARY: NYF Dublin Pack a year into just three days, with spoken word performances, a light show, literary trails, a huge gig and then, on 1 January, ‘Resolution Day’ – a fun run and fitness workshop. Explore more of Dublin Dublin city: top 9 attractionsGet to know Dublin through books of exceptional beauty, liquid legacies, castles, parks and mini-museums. Dublin city: musicU2, Thin Lizzy, Imelda May – explore THEIR Dublin, a buzzing city where music is in the blood. Dublin city: literary pubsIt’s easy to see why some of Ireland’s greatest literary legends loved these classic Dublin pubs.