Don't let the rainy weather get you down, Dublin has a lot to offer in February. To get the most out of your February visit to Jacobs Inn, we've got a great list of fun events to get you out and exploring!
Dublin Chinese New Year
2019 is the year of the Pig – the twelfth of the Chinese Zodiac animals. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth, and those born under the year of the pig are said to have a beautiful personality and good fortune.
The festival kicks off on February 1st and carries through to the 17th. It’s filled with great cultural activities like dumpling making, Chinese square dancing, concerts, and food tours. You can book any events here and make sure to admire Dublin in Red – from the 1st to the 5th famous landmarks in Dublin will be illuminated with red lights to mark the celebrations.
Dublin Racing Festival
Stay gold, pony boy. The Dublin Racing Festival combines Dublin culture, music, food and exhilarating horse jump racing that will have your heart racing. On for the weekend of the 2nd of February, this celebration features eight high-grade races (great if you’re after a flutter) and a free shuttle from Sandyford Luas stop as well as Blackrock Dart Station (great if you lose a bit too much money after your flutter). Details can be found here and we suggest you show up with unbridled enthusiasm. See what we did there?
Ulysses For All
This is for those staying in Dublin a bit longer. This weekly reading group starts from February 6th and meets every Wednesday at the James Joyce Centre to work their way through the behemoth that is Ulysses just in time for Bloomsday on June 5th. It’s time-consuming, but reading the book is absolutely worth it – for both the literary factor and the bragging rights.
Candlelit Valentines Piano Recital
This stunning performance features Belfast born Michael McHale, one of Ireland’s leading pianist as well as an international chamber musician, performing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata by candlelight in the beautiful, echoing grand hall of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Spend an afternoon learning about this fascinating building in the heart of Dublin before settling in to have your heartstrings tugged by McHale’s expert playing.
Merrion Square Open-Air Art Gallery
While this event is on every Sunday, we wanted to add it here because it truly adds colour to dull, winter days. The art gallery is organized by the Dublin City Council and features rows of beautiful works by local artists. With beautiful paintings propped up against the railings of the stunning Georgian Square, you’ll feel inspired and you may even find the perfect piece of art to take home with you.