St. Patrick’s Festival

The St. Patrick’s Festival is a major annual international festival around the national holiday. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. This country is bursting with creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm, all of which will be on display during the festival. Here is our pick of the festival highlights, be sure to check out the St. Patrick’s Festival website for the full line-up of events St Patrick’s Festival.


St. Patrick’s Festival Parade

Ireland’s leading street theatre and pageant companies have responded artistically to the theme, Home is Where the Heart is.  Their magnificent creations and flamboyant performances inspired by all things home, will weave their way through the capital in spectacular fashion.

Saturday March 17th 12 noon


Festival Big Day Out

See Merrion Square transform with a vibrant day-long street carnival, bursting with street theatre, music, aerial performances, workshops, Irish language activities and of course a festival Céilí. Marvel at skilled jugglers, illusionists, theatrical wizardry and laugh your socks off at hilarious comedy, witty banter and fun, quirky performances. There is sure to be something for all the family to enjoy.

Sunday March 18th 12 – 6pm


Greening the City

In celebration of Ireland’s national holiday, see buildings, venues and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival.


Guinness in the Liberties – Exclusive Guided Tour

Let yourself be taken on a mysterious guided tour of the back streets of Dublin 8’s Liberties quarter. The Guinness family have helped shape Dublin’s past in this area since Arthur Guinness famously signed the lease on the St. James’s Gate site in 1759.

Friday 16th-Sunday 18th

Tours begin at 1.30pm & 3.30pm


Herstory – Suffragette Walking Tour

The suffrage movement in Ireland has been overshadowed by the events that took place in 1912-1923. This walking tour will highlight some of the key figures and events undertaken by very courageous women in their efforts to win equality for women.

Dates: 15th – 19th March
Time:15th–16th: 5pm and 18th–19th: 11am


Druid Production of Waiting for Godot

The Festival presents Druid‘s acclaimed production of one of the most significant plays of the twentieth century, Waiting for Godot at Dublin’s historic heritage site, the Daisy Market. This will be an exceptional once-off outdoor theatre performance for the whole community and stars Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea.

Sat 17th March

Time: Doors 3pm & Start 3.30pm


The St. Patrick’s Festival runs from March 15th – March 19th

See St. Patrick’s Festival for full line-up and info.

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