Temple Bar Trad Fest, Ireland's big music bash (Photo: Love Temple Bar)

Temple Bar TradFest, Ireland’s big music bash (Photo: Love Temple Bar)

We at Travel Channel love the Irish. And just when we thought we’d exhausted our list of reasons why, here comes another big event: the annual Temple Bar TradFest. This 5-day event showcases the best in Irish song, music and dance, with the festivities underway this week in Dublin’s Temple Bar area.

Known as Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar is home to a lively mix of pubs, like the Porterhouse, as well as local cultural institutions, such as art house cinema and music venues. Added to the mix is the annual TradFest event. Since 2005 the festival has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest music and cultural festivals, showcasing more than 200 events, including dance shows, pipe bands and street performers.

This year’s festival is expected to draw an estimated 15,000 people, to see performers such as Macalla, Frances Black, Johnny Duhan, Melo-M, the ollam, Eleanor McEvoy and Seth Lakeman. Over the course of the 5-day event, performances are showcased in and around Dublin attractions such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin’s City Hall and Dublin’s New Theatre. The festival also includes a music trail, in which Irish musicians bring their unique sounds to the Temple Bar district.

Keep the love of all things Irish going with a history tour of Ireland; Dublin sites to see include the medieval Christ Church Cathedral and the Dublin City Zoo. If you’re big into meat once hunger strikes head to Dublin’s Bear Restaurant. Plus, check out Dublin eateries and Dublin pubs like The Gravediggers for a pint of Guinness.

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