Well, 2023 is well and truly underway and we’re looking forward to a fun-filled month, with plenty of things to do this February in the city. There are film festivals, Latin festivals, immersive experiences and Candlelight Concerts to look forward to this month, plus more.
1. Dublin International Film Festival
From February 23 – March 4, Dublin International Film Festival is in town and if you’re a movie buff then you simply need to check it out. The festival will kick off with a screening of the Irish film God’s Creatures and end with the Spanish film Modelo 77 (Prison 77).
Tickets for the opening gala are €25 per person or you can take a quiz created by the director herself and then you will be sent the names of five films suited to your tastes. Using these results, you can buy a ‘directors bundle’.
2. Ritmo Latino
Whether you’re Latin American yourself and missing home or just want to experience a little Ritmo Latino, this festival is here to take you to Latin America. Expect reggaeton, samba, salsa, bachata and plenty of people showing off their moves.
Ritmo Latino is coming to Dublin for two days, on February 24-25 at the Victorian Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Flower Market. Plus, once you’ve exhausted yourself dancing you can refuel at one of the food trucks selling tacos, burritos, empanadas, tequeños and much more.
3. St. Brigid’s Day Fair at Dublin Barracks
Celebrate St. Brigid’s Day this year with a trip to Dublin Barracks for a fantastic fair celebrating the beginning of Spring. Between 11 am and 5 pm on February 4-5, there will be loads of local producers and artisans selling goods at the barracks.
The event with celebrate women in business, showcasing goods such as soap, textiles, artwork, coffee, food and jewellery made by women-led businesses. To read more about it, visit the website. It’s free and you don’t need to book.
4. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Still haven’t visited Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience? Don’t panic, there’s still time! Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience brings the works of the Dutch Golden Age painter Vincent Van Gogh to life on an unbelievable scale.
Two-story projections encapsulate the room so that visitors are immersed in works like Starry Night and Sunflowers, giving a 360-degree view of the paintings complete with a mindblowing VR experience.
5. Candlelight Radiohead
On February 14 you can enjoy a gorgeous candlelit tribute to Radiohead at the stunning St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Dublin. This 60-minute concert will bring their best-known songs to life.
Lit by hundreds of flickering candles, Avoca String Quartet will perform tunes like ‘Creep’, ‘No Surprises’ and ‘Burn the Witch’, creating an incredible atmosphere. It would make the most amazing Valentine’s Day date!
6. Amazing Women In Irish History walking tour
There are so many amazing alternative walking tours in Dublin, but in honour of St. Brigid’s Day, we thought we’d highlight this insightful tour focussing on amazing women in Irish history. There are so many incredible women to learn about.
Irish women have undeniably changed the course of Irish history, from the courageous Countess Markievicz to trade union heavyweight and IWWU founder Rosie Hackett. This tour by Erin Blank costs €6.34 and runs regularly. Check out the website for more information.
7. Take afternoon tea
We’re sure you’ve all been sticking to your New Year resolutions… obviously. So it’s time to indulge! Since the excitement of Christmas has been and gone, give yourself something else to look forward to.
Even when it’s chilly outside, you can still enjoy afternoon tea. Check out our list of Dublin’s best afternoon teas for some inspiration, whether you’re vegan, gluten-free or have kiddies in tow.
8. Bray Comedy Festival
From February 15-19, you can enjoy some top-notch craic at Bray Comedy Festival. There are some notable names this year, such as Jarlath Regan.
Also in the lineup are young comedians like Enya Martin and Emily Ashmore, who are sure to make you chuckle. Ticket prices and venues vary, so take a look at the website where at the time of writing there are still plenty of tickets available.
There you have it, just eight of the best things to do this February in Dublin. We’ll be writing these roundups every month from now on, so if there’s something fantastic going on then you can expect to hear it from us!