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Dublin’s Free By the Water Festivals this May

Dublin has a thing for water, it seems. I’m talking about the amazing local waterside events happening in the month of May. As any Dubliner will tell you, the atmosphere at the Grand Canal on a summer’s day or the Instagram-perfect view of the Liffey from one of its bridges is incomparable. So this year,…

Docklands Summer Festival surfing watersports

Dublin has a thing for water, it seems. I’m talking about the amazing local waterside events happening in the month of May.

As any Dubliner will tell you, the atmosphere at the Grand Canal on a summer’s day or the Instagram-perfect view of the Liffey from one of its bridges is incomparable. So this year, it’s great to see a new waterside festival called Canalaphonic being introduced to celebrate Dublin’s beautiful waterways. And then, of course, we have the longer-standing Docklands Summer Festival and the Dublin Port River Fest to look forward to.  Here’s what you can expect from each.

Canalaphonic

Let’s start with the newest festival, Canalaphonic. This event will take place in Dublin’s hip neighbourhoods Portobello and Rathmines on the 8th and 9th of May. Both areas are jam-packed with top-notch cafes and fancy artisan food and tea shops, so this is definitely one for the foodies out there.

The bar scene is pretty great too, and the crowd often overflows out onto the banks of the canal. As one of Dublin’s artiest area, hopes are set high for amazing exhibitions and displays in the Martcade on Rathmines Road, only a stone’s throw from the city centre.

Docklands Summer Festival

Now one of the city’s most bustling and well-designed areas, the Grand Canal Dock is showing itself off on the 16th and 17th of May for the Docklands Summer Festival. This one is for the water adventure fans out there, with tons of water sports lined up.

There’ll be wakeboarding, rafting, kayaking and, for those who like things to be a little more tame, there’ll even be some duck-racing (yes, duck-racing!). Like any good festival, there will still be plenty of traditional festival activities on land also, like a fun-fair, food stalls and street performers. If you haven’t yet seen the renewed Dock area, this is a great chance to catch it in all of its glory.

Dublin Port River Fest

From the 30th of May to the 1st of June, the Dublin Port River Fest will run in the city’s docklands area. Expect to see aerialists, shanty singers and lots of street theatre as well as live music, competitions and open-air food markets. For kids, there will be fun fair rides, pirate workshops (Yarr!!!) and free walk-through tours of Dublin’s iconic Jeanie Johnson. This festival is set to be a great all-rounder for groups of any age so don’t forget to put it in your diary.

 

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[Cover Image: Docklands Summer Festival]
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