Top Things to do in Dublin this St Patrick’s weekend
This years St Patrick’s Day Festival is bigger and better than ever before so we’ve put together the ultimate St Patrick’s Weekend event guide!
This St Patrick’s Day weekend is jam-packed full of entertainment and activities, and there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. So have a read and see which events grab your attention!
World’s largest outdoor Ceilí:
Join in the celebration of traditional Irish dancing, with the world’s largest outdoor Ceilí, taking place in Earlsfort Terrace, from 4:30 – 7:30pm on Thursday the 16th.
Join host Dearbhla Lennon, Irish-dancing champion and other well-known faces from the Ceilí scene such as Jerry O’Reilly, with world-class accompaniment from the Matt Cunningham Band and The Devane Family.
Learn the steps, enjoy traditional live music and soak up the atmosphere on the streets of Dublin!
Jameson Bow St. Session:
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will headline the Jameson Bow St Session in the Academy on Thursday the 16th. They will also be supported by two leading lights of the Irish Music scene All Tvvins and Brian Deady.
This is a strictly over 18’s gig, to register for tickets click here.
The Sporting Emporium
Ireland’s premium casino is celebrating St Patrick’s weekend with lots of fun promotions from the 17th – 19th of March.
You can expect, €100 Aer Lingus Voucher for the ‘The Best Dressed in Green’ at midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, €10 LUCKY CHARM BET* and a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival for everyone who visits the Casino, €10 FREE BET* for everyone who checks in to The Sporting Emporium on Facebook and a Complimentary shot of Baby Guinness for anybody named Patrick, Pat, Pádraig, Páraic or Patricia.
Strictly over 18’s, ID’s required.
Festival Treasure Hunt
Unlock the city as you navigate the exciting trail, visit some of Dublin’s beautiful, historical locations and solve clues in this urban, participatory event.Enjoy the atmosphere at the HQ in City Hall, with music, theatrics, prizes for best costumes (the theme is explorers!) and much more.
The hunt takes about 1 hour 45 minutes to complete, with a special, shorter, mini hunt available for children. You can register online from the St Patrick’s Festival website and a maximum of 4 people per team.
The hunt will begin at 10am from City Hall, Dame Street on Saturday 18th.
Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken Special Event
Lorcán Mac Mathúna, leading Irish singer and fiddle player Daire Bracken have created a musical piece for GPO Witness History and St. Patrick’s Festival. The composition, From Amergin to Pearse, is an extraordinary duo of voice and fiddle. Journey through musical patterns inspired by 3000 years of Irish literature from the ancient bard Amergin Glúingel to Patrick Pearse.
Performances will take place at: 11:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm and 4pm on Saturday the 18th.
Tickets are €10 through gpowitnesshistory.ie
St Patrick’s Day Parade
So, as we are all probably all aware every year the extraordinary St Patrick’s Day parade takes place. Ireland You Are… is the theme for the2017 Festival Parade which will weave its way through the heart of the capital city in a flourish of colour and flair. Marvel as Ireland’s finest street-theatre companies swirl by with fantastical pageantry and raucous performances.
This year the parade will start at Parnell Square. To view the parade route changes for the 2017 parade, please click here.
Greening the City
In celebration of Ireland’s national holiday, see buildings, venues and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival. After the sun goes down, take a stroll through Dublin’s fair city to check out these iconic buildings – they look
even more impressive in green! The GPO, Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Mansion House and The Convention Centre to name but a few of the buildings that will be turning green for St Patrick’s Day.
The Guinness Storehouse
To celebrate the 2017 St. Patrick’s festivities, the Guinness Storehouse has created a suite of contemporary Irish dishes that showcase the complex and distinctive flavours of the beer. The Guinness Storehouse food experience allows the creative culinary team to innovate, experiment and push the boundaries. The dishes will be exclusively available at the four day Guinness Storehouse 2017 St. Patrick’s Festival, which will kick off on Thursday, 16 March 2017 and run to Sunday, 19 March 2017. Also, the DoDublin Tour bus can drop you off at the Guinness Storehouse on your tour through the city.
City at Play – Funfairs
Venue: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
From waltzers to family attractions to the carousel, there is something for everyone at the Festival Funfairs. Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air.
Price: Varied. Time: 17th & 17th 11am-9pm, 19th 11am-8pm
St Patrick’s Day at Powerscourt Centre
This Paytrick’s Day Powerscourt Center will be getting in full swing. There will be family entertainment for all including festive performances from Trad Group “Binneas”, Irish Dancing, Facepainting, Balloon Modelling and much more. The whole centre will be decked out in giant balloons, bunting and balloon bouquets. See image below for times for each performance.
That’s it folks! There are so many fabulous events on this St Patrick’s Day weekend in Dublin Town, so you now will have no excuse but to go out and take part in this year’s festivities. ENJOY!