St Patrick’s Day 2020: The 10 best events in Ireland

We’ve narrowed down the very best events to check out this Paddy’s Day. Get on your snazziest green outfit and thank us later!

One of the biggest events on the Irish calendar is fast approaching. In the coming weeks, you’ll be spoiled for choice with all the events going on across the country, all in celebration of the Emerald Isle’s patron saint. But which one should you choose?

Look no further, we’ve got it covered. Whether you’re a culture or history buff, or just plan to drink the day away in a cosy pub, you’ll find something to suit you on this list. Here are our top ten St Patrick’s Day events in Ireland this year.

10. Belfast St Patrick’s Day Parade – dance the day away

Your day out wouldn't be complete without Belfast's St Patrick's Day parade.
Credit: visitbelfast.com

Most locals tend to avoid parades on St Patrick’s Day, but there are a few exceptions.

Belfast has got the stamp of approval from us. The line-up of performers is always impressively camp and nostalgic, and this year is no exception. 

Multi-platinum-selling dance artist Cascada will be performing, and what ‘90s/‘00s kid didn’t know all the words to undeniable bop ‘Everytime We Touch’?

When: 17th March @ 12.30pm

Price: Free

Tickets and More Info: HERE

9. Festival Village, Merrion Square – it has everything, including a circus!

Festival Village has everything this St Patrick's Day, street performers, food stalls and a circus.

For those who prefer some outdoor fun, Merrion Square will be hosting a jam-packed Festival Village from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th.

With science shows, street theatre, food stalls, and even a full-blown circus, there’s definitely something for everyone here. 

And the best news is everything is free! Although, you may need to book tickets online in advance for some events.

When: 14th – 17th March

Price: Free

Tickets and More Info: HERE

8. Alternating Current – find your new fave tune

Looking some alternative music this St Patrick's Day, try Alternating Current.

For underground music fans, you’re sure to find new and alternative tunes at the Alternating Current festival in Dublin. 

In the organiser’s own words: “Expect three floors of music with everything from experimental pop to soothing ambient, dungeon synth to ravenous dance, skewered jazz to glitchy electronica.”

When: 13th March

Price: Various Prices

Tickets and More Info: HERE

7. Paddy’s Day in Downpatrick – home to the saint’s resting place

Downpatrick is home to St Patrick's resting place, a must visit this Paddy's Day.

Self-proclaimed as ‘St Patrick’s Country’, Downpatrick in County Down is famed for being the final resting place of the man himself. 

If you’re a keen history buff, this is one place to check out this March 17th. Various events are going on in the dedicated St Patrick’s Centre, as well as the annual cavalcade of floats, bands, and community groups providing a spectacular display.

When: Various

Price: Varies

Tickets and More Info: HERE

6. TALKATIVES: Rhythm and Poetry Slam – something different for your day

Looking something different for you St Patrick’s Day in Ireland, try TALKATIVES, a poetry/rap jam.
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Why not try something totally different this Paddy’s Day and check out a rap-battle meets poetry jam extravaganza?

TALKATIVES features four rappers and four poets who will battle it out and be judged on their flow, content, and performances. Even if you think you’re not a fan of rap or poetry, you could be surprised just how entertaining an evening this could be!

When: 15th March 2019 @ 8.00pm

Price: From €8

Tickets and More Info: HERE

5. This is Pop Baby – full of offbeat and unique events

This is Pop Baby is hosting one of the best St Patrick’s Day in Ireland events this year.
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The subversive arts collective This is Pop Baby is hosting ten days of unique events from 11th March at the Project Arts Centre. 

This is a must-see for fans of offbeat theatre. Tickets for individual events or full festival passes are on sale now.

When: 11th – 21st March

Price: Free

Tickets and More Info: HERE

4. The Lee Sessions – the spot for traditional Irish music

St Patrick’s Day in Ireland wouldn't be complete without traditional music, be sure to try The Lee Sessions.
Credit: theleesessions.com

The up-and-coming city of Cork is blessed with some of the best pubs in Ireland, and most are equipped with some of the best Irish music around. 

The Lee Sessions are an extensive series of traditional Irish music sessions in Cork City Centre, featuring the masters of traditional music. Get your fix of the sweet sounds of fiddles and tin whistles this St Patrick’s Day.

When: Ongoing, including 14th and 15th March.

Price: Free

Tickets and More Info: HERE

3. Ballad Tours with Seán Fitzgerald – explore Dublin’s history

For St Patrick’s Day in Ireland this year, try the Ballad Tours, a walking tour of Dublin history.
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The capital of Ireland is packed with history. Explore it a little differently with the help of balladeer Seán Fitzgerald.

Meander through the bustling streets of Dublin and learn about an intriguing social history through song.

When: 14th – 16th March @ 11.50am

Price: From €12

Tickets and More Info: HERE

2. St Patrick’s Day Hip Hop meets Brunch – perfect if you’re hungry and looking a dance

Looking something different this St Patrick’s Day in Ireland, check out Hip Hop Meets Brunch
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It’s always advisable to line your stomach on the St Patrick’s Day weekend, and we recommend doing so here. If hip hop is your thing, you’ll surely enjoy this welcomed escape from the bustling streets.

The ticket includes entry, one tasty brunch meal, and one hour of bottomless mimosas, music, and more.

When: 14th March 2019 @ 12 – 9pm

Price: €26.85

Tickets and More Info: HERE

1. Galway St Patrick’s Day Festival – the European Capital of Culture 2020 is the place to be!

You should visit Galway for St Patrick’s Day in Ireland, it's the place to be this year!
Credit: galwaytourism.ie

What better way to celebrate our national day than to spend it in the European Capital of Culture 2020? In recent years, Galway has become a favourite for birthday trips and hen and stag dos. It seems people are finally catching on to this up-and-coming gem.

Feast your eyes on a wide selection of traditional Irish music bands, spectacular street performers, and arguably the most impressive and dramatic parade in the country. 

When: 17th March 2019 @ 11.30am

Price: Free

Tickets and More Info: HERE

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Born in County Down, Lewis Sloan is a writer who has a passion for Irish travel and history. While studying toward a Master's in English Literary Studies at Queen's University Belfast, he held the role of Features Editor for The Gown, Belfast's largest independent student newspaper. When not writing, he can be found practicing yoga or petting every cat he meets on the street.