By Megan Millisky
Dublin is a warm and welcoming city full of history. There’s so much to do! Start your vacation by trying different types of Irish beers or whiskeys. For travelers looking for souvenirs, there are craft festivals and book fairs. Dublin has a wealth of churches and historical buildings which provide events that are family-friendly. Take advantage of all Dublin has to offer this November!
1. Taste of Dublin
This exciting food festival takes place from November 28-December 1. Foodies can meet with Ireland’s top culinary experts. You can even take a masterclass about cocktail making or tablescaping.
2. Craft Festival
Find unique or personalized souvenirs for everyone on your list! This craft festival is a popular event before the holidays. Shoppers can purchase cards, woodworking, toys, jewelry, and much more. The fun begins on November 3.
3. Ireland's Family Pet Expo
Did you know there are more sheep in Ireland than people? Come to meet some of Ireland’s other animals from November 2-3. Cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, fish, and even exotic animals will all be in one location. There’s even a petting zoo for children!
4. Dublin Book Festival
November 14-17, discover Irish authors and the best new books! Children’s programming, art, and many genres of books will available to peruse.
5. Whiskey Live
The Irish love of whiskey dates back centuries. Don’t miss this year’s festival, occurring November 22-23. Tickets are inexpensive, meaning you can attend masterclasses or food pairings without blowing your budget.
Address: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
6. Thanksgiving Dinner at the Gallery Restaurant at the Church
If you’re in Ireland on Thanksgiving, don’t miss out on this mouth-watering meal! November 28, contemporary Irish food will be served. The 300-year-old building features the restored Renatus Harris organ as its centerpiece!
Address: 350 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001
7. Antique and Vintage Fair
Discover Irish history from not so long ago with this vintage fair. On November 10, shop through a variety of Irish antiques. The fair is held at the beautiful Clontarf Castle Hotel.
8. CHQ Food & Drink Experience
Try canapes and beer at this awesome pub event. Celebrate this popular night by trying unique craft beers paired with finger foods. There will be enlightening talks on the longstanding traditions of Irish beer brewing.
Address: Custom House Quay, Dublin City
9. Christ Church Dublin Craft Workshop
This event is perfect for families! Marvel at Christ Church: established in 1028, it’s one of the most historic churches in Dublin. Make a felt sheep or a mini-Advent wreath craft as a souvenir. This free event is on November 30.
10. Handel’s Messiah at St. Peter’s, Philbsorough
This powerful musical group will be performing on November 24. Visit the iconic St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and enjoy the sweet sounds of a chorus, soloists, and or an orchestra.