celebrate st patrick’s day in Dublin for this 5-day festival from the 14th until the 18th of March. using spoken word, music, visual art, literature, film, theatre, street performance and circus, this year st. patrick’s festival will celebrate Ireland’s world-renowned connection with storytelling at more than 50 events over five great days in Dublin. with so much to choose from we have highlighted our favourite events taking place over the weekend!
st. patrick’s festival parade
12:00 PM, Sun, 17 Mar
location: city centre, starting at parnell square, Dublin 1
the festival parade is a monumental occasion for Ireland and boasts an unforgettable atmosphere that cannot be missed. the parade route map is available here.
guinness in the liberties
2:00 PM, Fri, 15 Mar
venue: starting at st. patrick’s cathedral
ticket option 1: heritage walk only – €8
ticket option 2: heritage walk plus entry into open gate brewery – €15
time: 2pm & 4pm
age Restrictions: Over 18
let yourself be taken on a mysterious guided tour through the back streets of Dublin 8’s liberties quarter. experience contemporary Dublin through a historic lens with pop-up historical re-enactments and bringing the rich history of one of Dublin’s oldest and most historic neighbourhoods to life through augmented reality. starting at St. Patrick’s Cathedral the tour will weave its way along Thomas Street towards its final destination The Open Gate Brewery to sample a selection of new beer innovations. Book tickets before they sell out!
1:00 PM, Sat, 16 Mar
venue: festival village, merrion square east, Dublin 2
time: 1pm – 3pm
tickets: free event
Céilí Mór, is a free large-scale outdoor, bilingual, participative event which celebrates traditional Irish dance, language and music. learn the steps, enjoy the live music from the main stage and soak up the atmosphere. hosted by former Riverdancer and champion Irish step-dancer Dearbhla Lennon, with world-class accompaniment from the Matt Cunningham Band.
abair series: ballad tours dublin
12:00 PM, Sat, 16 Mar
venue: temple bar – corner of essex street west & cows lane, at the back of the smock alley theatre
time: 12pm & 3pm
duration : 1.5 hrs
paid ticketed: €12
As part of the abair series, ballad tours dublin aims to promote social history through song. Dublin has a long history and there is hardly an event as small as breakfast that hasn’t been remembered in some song or hilarious story. the tour is an interactive journey through time, space, song and rhyme chronicling the history of Irish music and Dublin city in a simple, laid back and good humoured style, lead by balladeer, mummer, and storyteller Seán Fitzgerald.
for more information and to book tickets visit the st patrick’s festival website.