It can be argued that no national holiday is celebrated worldwide with such passion and positive energy as Saint Patrick’s Day is.
The annual holiday is celebrated on 17th March each year, yet the celebrations run densely throughout the week in question, and lingering signs of Saint Patrick’s Day can last up to a month.
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration recognised in Ireland and abroad. It is held in recognition of Saint Patrick, the leading Saint of Ireland (who is said to have run snakes out of Ireland – which is a big fat myth by the way). The holiday falls on his recognised day of death.
With up to 80 million people sharing in Irish ancestry worldwide, we guess it is no surprise why people come from across the globe to celebrate in Ireland’s national day.
Hitting up the capital of Dublin this Paddy’s Day? Check out these awesome events!
10. The Parade
The Parade is a complete tourist trap, but no list of things to do in Dublin on Paddy’s Day would be complete without it. In fact, the Irish rarely attend it unless they have a brood of kids hanging out of them.
Where: Dublin City Centre, starting at Parnell Square, Dublin 1
When: 17 March 2019 @ 11.55am
How Much: Free
Link: Tickets & More
9. Marsh’s Library
Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s Library, is hosting a series of tours during Paddy’s week.
Set beside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, this is sure to be one of the most laid-back, atmospheric and educational ways to experience the celebrations. There’ll be storytelling and treasure hunts for the little ones, too! Note: not wheelchair accessible.
8. St. Patrick’s Festival 5K Road Race
Feel like shedding off those calories after a day on the booze? The day after St. Patrick’s Day, this 5k road race should do the job! Take to the streets as you wind your way through the capital city along Georgian squares and cobblestones.
7. Abair Series: Ballad Tours Dublin
The Abair series – a programme which promotes Irish traditional culture, music and folklore – will be presenting the Ballad Tours in Dublin this Paddy’s Day.
Hosted in Temple Bar throughout the celebratory weekend, with two shows daily, there’ll be heaps of opportunities to catch this mesmerising performance!
6. Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair
Sure what would St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin be without a few drinks? Look no further than the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair taking place in Dublin’s Convention Centre this year.
5. Greening the City
Looking for a low-key way to spend St. Patrick’s Day in the heart of Dublin? Simply take a stroll around the capital by night and take in all of the majestic buildings lit up in shades of emerald green.
Where: Dublin City, Dubin
When: 14-18 March 2019 @ 6pm
How Much: Free
Link: Tickets & More
4. City at Play Funfairs
Act like a kid with the kids at the funfair this St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Welcoming people of all ages this festival fairground will be complete with family attractions, adrenaline-junkie rides and old time favourites.
3. Cormac Begley & Friends
Experience the enchantment of live, local music and storytelling with Cormac Begley & Friends this St. Patrick’s Day. Taking place in the stunning surroundings of the Pepper Canister Church, this isn’t an event to be missed.
2. St Patrick’s Day – Hip Hop Meets Brunch
For those of you looking to bust a groove this Paddy’s Day, look no further than this Hip Hop disco brunch taking place in Dublin’s Odeon bar and club on Sunday 17 March. The day event runs from 12-6pm meaning you can sleep off your hangover and be ripe for the 5k run the next day (see #8).
1. Abair series: No.14 Henrietta Street
Another key entry from the Abair series is No.14 Henrietta Street. Step back into a forgotten time in this impressively restored Georgian Tenement.
Experience traditional folklore told by performers and songs of old sung by local legends. From poets and actors to musicians and storytellers this will be an experience to remember this St. Patrick’s Day.