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Things to Do in Dublin in July


In this post, you’ll find all the best events and things to see and do in Dublin this July. We have a Top 10 list of things to do that is updated for 2020. 



Below are our favorite events and activities to do this July. For more ideas, take a look at our post about things to do in Dublin at any time of year!

Don’t forget to take a look at our other popular Dublin posts: 

1) Attend a Concert

Dublin is a city that loves music. Great artists and bands are playing year-round, and this July the city is full of amazing concerts by big-name artists on tour. 

Find all the July concerts in the city here.

Although most concerts for the month have been either cancelled or rescheduled due to the pandemic, The Specials will be performing at Trinity College on July 4th.

If you’re looking for more fun ways to spend an evening, check out our post on things to do at night.

2) Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is famous all over the world for its ethereal choreography and aerial stunts. The Corteo show includes some traditional circus themes, as well as fairy tale-like costumes and extravagant props. 

You'll see aerial routines hanging from giant chandeliers, gymnasts performing synchronized stunts, and a ringmaster.

3) Longitude Festival 2020

Marlay Park hosts the 3-day Longitude Festival this year, taking place over the first weekend of July. It is one of the country's largest music festivals with four separate stages hosting over 60 different artists and bands. 

This year's lineup of headliners includes Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Doja Cat, Lil Tecca, Mabel, Meek Mill, and Charli XCX.

4) See Phantom of the Opera

This classic and ever-popular musical, based on the 1910 Leroux novel, has delighted theatre-going audiences all over the world for decades with its unforgettable score and breath-taking chandelier.

The Phantom composer is sure to give you chills if you can catch one of the performances happening in Dublin this July! 

  • Dates: through July 18, 2020
  • Times: 14:30 (2:30 pm) & 19:30 (7:30 pm)
  • Location: Bord Gais Energy Theatre
  • Find tickets here

Find all theatrical performances in Dublin here

5) See More with a City Pass

If you’re planning on visiting a lot of popular attractions while you’re in Dublin, you could save some money with a Dublin city pass.

The biggest pass offered in this city is an all-inclusive pass which includes entry to the most popular attractions in Dublin.


There is also a travel pass which makes utilizing public transportation easy and includes some other perks.

Here are some of the best locations and tours included with a Dublin tourist pass:

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Distillery Tours
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Croke Park Tour
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dublin Zoo

To see how much money a pass could save you, please read our post covering Dublin tourist passes.

6) Tour Croke Park

Croke Park is the third-largest sports stadium in all of Europe, and a tour is included with the Dublin Pass.

The Gaelic Games are held at Croke Park. They're run by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), which means you can find the GAA museum right at Croke Park.

In addition to museum access, the behind-the-scenes tour will show you the media centre, dressing rooms, and the players' tunnel.

Check out the Dublin Pass for an included Croke Park experience.

Find sporting events in Dublin here.

You can also find more family-friendly activities in our full post.

7) Explore the Landscapes Around Dublin

Dublin in the summer is the perfect time to see the famous and beloved Irish landscapes all around you! 

Up for a day trip? There are several tours offering transport to the most well-known landmarks. The Cliffs of Moher tour will give you some time to explore the windswept cliffs.

Giants Causeway is in Northern Ireland, and this volcanic rock formation is a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

If you're looking for family-friendly spots, St. Stephens Green has excellent footpaths, grassy areas, and a playground with swings, slides, and other fun play equipment.

Phoenix Park is an even larger urban park, which was once royal hunting grounds. If you keep an eye out, you'll probably see some deer!

We have more family-friendly activities and free things to do listed in other Dublin posts.

8) Dublin Horse Show

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup is a touring showjumping competition that has been captivating audiences all over the world.

It is one of the best English riding shows in the world and displays the best equestrian talent you can find. 

There will be junior rider competitions, Irish Draught Horse performances, team parades, a masterclass, and various jumping championships.

If you have kids, there is also a Kids’ Zone with activities. 

Good news for vegetarians and vegans - there will be food vendors for you, too! 

9) Liberties Fun Run

Get out and stretch your legs with the locals at the Liberties Fun Run on July 15, 2020. This evening city run starts and ends at the Irish Royal Hospital Kilmainham. 

This year will be the twelfth annual road race to raise donations for St. James's Hospital!

Along the route you'll pass St. James's Gate, Francis Street, and Fatima.

  • Start Time: 19:45 (7:45 pm) on Wednesday, July 15
  • Start Location: Irish Royal Hospital
  • Run Length: 4 miles
  • Registration Fee: €30, or free if you fundraise at least €100
  • Sign up or learn more here.

10) Take a Sightseeing Tour

One of the most popular tour options is the hop-on-hop-off buses that take you directly to the popular spots, with audio guides to narrate the route.

If you want to discover the best foodie spots, why not take the Dublin Secret Food Tour? This walk includes 6 stops and a variety of great dishes including Irish stew, whiskey, cheese, and ice cream.

Alternatively, pay-what-you-like walking tours are a budget-friendly way to enjoy a summery Dublin day. 

11) Trinity Summer Series

Each summer Trinity College in Dublin hosts an outdoor summer concert series in June and July. The headliners are a mix of big names in different genres. Vampire Weekend, Janelle Monae, and HAIM have all performed.

Currently Announced Headliners:

NOTE: Summer Series concerts are 18+ events. No backpacks or large handbags are allowed on the premises.

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: February 10th, 2022
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