5 Things to Do in Dublin This Bank Holiday Weekend

things-to-do-in-dublin-this-weekendphoto: Forbidden Fruit

Words by Nicole Thomsen
May 31st, 2019

Three days off and nothing to do? Take this time to get out there and see what the city has to offer this weekend, including Ireland’s first music festival of the season, a foodie market, plus kayaking with a difference; there really is no place like Dublin on a summer bank holiday weekend.

Forbidden Fruit

Saturday, 1st June – Monday, 3rd June

Fancy seeing Elbow live? Or maybe you just want to let your hair down and dance the weekend away. Whatever your preference, a ticket to music and arts festival, Forbidden Fruit, will do just the trick. Set in the spectacular grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, it’s bound to be an unforgettable bank holiday weekend with acts such as Mura Masa, Peggy Gou, Kojaque, Skepta, and Saint Sister all scheduled to perform across six different stages. Limited day and weekend tickets still remaining. For more info, click here.



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For something a little bit different, why not try your hand at kayaking this bank holiday? Kayaking.ie, a Dublin-based adventure company, runs award-winning guided kayak tours daily from Bullock Harbour, Dalkey that are suitable for even the most novice kayaker.

Each tour lasts approximately three hours, and the best part is you might even meet a friendly seal or two along the way. You’ll visit Dalkey Island and experience the stunning views Dublin Bay has to offer, all from the comfort of your kayak. All gear and equipment comes provided but if you have your own wetsuit you’re welcome to bring it along. For more info on times and booking, click here.

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Sunday, 2nd June

Set to be the best one yet, the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon takes place this Sunday with over 30,000 women expected to walk, jog or run the 10km route. The all-female event, which is now in its 37th year, is the biggest of its kind in the world and has seen over 1 million participants since it began in 1983. Even if you’re not taking part this year, head into town to cheer them on as they set off from Fitzwilliam Street Upper and cross the finish line located on Baggot Street Lower. Then treat yourself to dinner and a drink in one of the many restaurants and pubs in the area.



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Thursday, 30th May – Monday, 3rd June

A different type of festival, Bloom is back for its 13th year in the Phoenix Park this weekend, showcasing the best of Irish horticulture, food, and design. Whether you’re a green-fingered gardener or just looking for something to do, it’s well worth a visit to stroll around the show gardens created by some of Ireland’s top designers — especially if the weather picks up — and maybe find a bit of inspiration for your own this summer. Food lovers can then meet Ireland’s top food and beverage producers, gain an insight into our renowned food industry, and sample and purchase the best of Irish food and drink in the Food Village. For more info, click here.

People’s Park Market

Sunday, 2nd June

Located on the edge of Dún Laoghaire town, just along the seafront, The People’s Park Co Co Market has been running every Sunday for years but if you’ve yet to take a visit, make time for it this weekend. The park comes alive with over 50 vendors selling a wide variety of cuisine including Indian, Lebanese, and Japanese, fresh fruit and veg, as well as sweet and savoury treats like Man of Aran fudge, crepes, coffee and more. You’ll also find a selection of books and arts and crafts for sale in the park and the famous Teddy’s Ice Cream around the corner so make sure to come with an empty stomach and a full purse.