Do you know which the most important date of the year for Irish people? I wouldn’t say it is Christmas, nor Easter, nor Halloween… All of them are very anticipated and celebrated dates, but nothing compares to St. Patrick’s Day!
This festival is celebrated every 17th of March and is the national celebration of identity, arts and folklore. On this day all Ireland wears green!
Dublin is, undoubtedly, the city where the festival is celebrated with the greatest enthusiasm and Irish culture will permeate the streets wherever you go. Everything will be full of shamrocks, Leprechauns and people from different nationalities celebrating, smiling and dancing in honour of the Irish flag.
There will be a lot of events that we are sure you will love! Check them out!
Find the heart of St. Patrick’s Day in the Festival Parade
The main and most popular event for St. Patrick’s Day that you can’t miss is the beautiful Festival Parade. It is where you will find the essence of what it is to be Irish. The theme of this year will be ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ and lots of street theatre companies and music bands will march in the parade with their performing amazing shows and filling the streets with their magical rhythms
The event will start marching very close to NED Training Centre, in Parnell Square and it will end close to St. Patrick´s Cathedral.
It is very important that you check the public transport schedule for that day because many streets will be closed. I suggest you come to the city early on that day (the parade starts at 12:00PM), so you can arrive via public transport without problems and you can choose a nice place to watch the amazing parade with your friends.
Lovely events in the city that you can´t miss
As the most anticipated day of the year in Ireland, St. Patrick´s Day is not only celebrated on the 17th of March. Not at all! Irish people have transformed this day into a festival that runs for a few days! This year, St. Patrick’s Festival will have events from Thursday to Monday so take note for what’s on!
City goes green
Green is the colour of the St. Patrick’s Festival. Therefore, buildings, venues and spaces across the city will be illuminated in green. If they were beautiful already, imagine how they look wearing the colour that represents Ireland’s national holiday. Visit them!
Where: across the city
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Only 20 minutes away by DART, the fishing village of Howth is hosting this food festival where you can immerse your senses: delicious fresh food, craft beer, live music, wine tasting, cooking demos and MORE!
Where: Howth Village
Price: free entry
When: from the 14th to the 18th of March.
City at Play Funfairs
What’s the perfect activity for you and your friends to enjoy a fantastic day with attractions of all kinds: the funfair! Enjoy the colours, the candy and the experience of being suspended upside down! Do you dare to prove your courage? Have fun and join the Festival Funfair!
Where: Custom House Quay, D1
Where We Live
One of the most anticipated events for St. Patrick’s Festival is ‘Where We Live’, a kaleidoscope of stories about what it means to live in a city like Dublin or in a country like Ireland today.
The stories will be told by the best storytellers on the Emerald Isle and they will be told over two weeks in The Complex in Smithfield. Enjoy the experience from a different point of view!
Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair
Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival, will be taking over the Convention Centre from Thursday to Saturday. There will be more than 400 brews to sample and plenty of food stalls to provide much-needed soakage.
If you’ve partied too much on Saturday night, there are a few special brunches to book into for a cure on Sunday morning. The Tram Cafe is hosting a jazz brunch at 2.30pm, Odeon Bar is running a hip-hop brunch at noon, or you can enjoy a meal and a drag show in Rathmines at the Pot Bellied Pig.
Where: Convention Centre
When: Thu. 14 and Fri. 15 fro 5pm -11pm and Sat, 16 Mar, from 12:30 – 11pm
The beat goes on
There are plenty of after-dark events to keep night owls happy. 90’s kids will enjoy a throwback at Opium on Friday with Sasha playing at 10pm.
Pygmalion will be hosting two big names: techno DJ Paul Woodford on Friday and a double-header of Matador and house duo Âme on Saturday.
D1 recordings, a label that have been instrumental in the Dublin electronic scene, are also celebrating their 25th anniversary on Sunday at Yamamori Tengu with six hours of music in three rooms.
History and culture
There are two history walks taking place at various times over the St Paddy’s weekend. Historian Pat Liddy will follow in the footsteps of the saint himself via the city’s medieval cathedrals.
The tour takes about 2 hours, after which you can explore St. Patrick’s Cathedral at your own leisure.
Where: Start from Molly Malone on Suffolk Street
Price: Aduts €16, Students €14
When: 14th, 15th, 16th March at 10:30am & 2:15pm – 17th March at 2:15pm only and 18th March at 10:30am & 2:15pm.
How about the pubs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Despite its reputation, most Dubliners prefer to stay away from famous Temple Bar on Patrick’s Day. It’s expensive compared to other areas of the city and can get overcrowded, but the sea of leprechaun hats is a sight to behold so why not stroll through Essex St East and soak up the atmosphere before exploring some of the best bars elsewhere in the city.
Everywhere in the city will be busy this weekend but at least outside Temple Bar you won’t have to battle so hard to make your way to the bar and you’ll see a lot more of Dublin. Alternatively head to nearby Dame Lane off George’s St, where you can stroll between pubs with a pint in hand, ready to mingle.
Most Dubs leave the city centre by 6pm to retire to quieter locals, leaving mainly visitors to carry on the boisterous overindulgence until the bars close at 3am.
More, more and even more…
If this is not enough for you, fear not! There is much more to see and experience, so do not hesitate to check the rest of this year’s events here.
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