The 10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Events Happening in Ireland (2019)

With Ireland’s national day – St. Patrick’s Day – soon approaching, some may wonder how best to celebrate. The annual holiday officially falls on 17 March, but festivities are likely to last up to a fortnight.

Whether you’re looking for something a little alternative, a classic parade, cool party or a cultural fix, here are the ten top events happening around the island of Ireland.

10. Shamrock Fest, Waterford

Held in Dungarvan in County Waterford, Shamrock Fest is sure to be one of the most dynamic displays of Irish culture this Paddy’s Day.

The music fanfare will offer its guests over seven hours of entertainment with music from local legends, Irish dancers and yummy food, too.

Where: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
When: 17 March 2019 @ 7pm-2.30am
How Much: €30
Tickets and more info: HERE

9. Greening the City, Dublin

Paddy’s Day doesn’t have to be a day of spending followed by a day of being hungover, no. This simple and festive activity is perfect for those looking for something a little more low-key; stroll around Dublin as the city is lit up in shades of green – it promised to be a sight for sore eyes!

Where: Dublin City, Co. Dubin
When: 14-18 March 2019 @ 6pm
How Much: Free
Tickets and More Info: HERE

8. The Lee Sessions, Cork

The Lee Sessions are one of the most dynamic aspects of Cork’s culture. This music series has been running since 2011 and continues to draw people from all over Ireland (as well as tourists from abroad) who wish to witness truly authentic Irish music. This Paddy’s Day, The Gables and Charlie’s will both be playing to mark the holiday.

Where: Various locations, Co. Cork
When: 17 March 2019 @ various times
How Much: Free
Tickets and More Info: HERE

7. City at Play Funfairs, Dublin

One of the most fun-filled ways to experience St. Paddy’s Day in Dublin this year is at City at Play Funfairs on Custom House Quay. Expect all the usual suspects: a timeless carousel, classic amusement games, thrilling rides and lots more; perfect fun for the whole family.

Where: Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
When: 16-17 March 2019 @ 11am
How Much: Varies
Tickets and More Info: HERE

6. The Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Itinerary, Down

To all you history buffs out there: this one is for you! This is a comprehensive two-day itinerary of the Downpatrick area – the resting site of the legend himself: Saint Patrick.

The suggested itinerary put together by the local council is the ultimate educational experience for those keen to learn a little more about the man in question.

Where: Downpatrick, Co. Down
When: Various dates @ Various times
How Much: Varies
Tickets and More Info: HERE

5. Cormac Begley & Friends, Dublin

Set in the enchanting surroundings of Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church, this is set to be one of the most exciting cultural experiences on offer this Paddy’s Day in Dublin. Expect music, storytelling and much much more!

Where: Pepper Canister, 2 Mount St Crescent, Grand Canal Dock Dublin 2
When: 14 March 2019 @ 8 pm
How Much: €17
Tickets and More Info: HERE

4. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Belfast

Usually – as locals – we try to steer clear of parades, but this one has got to get the nod as the not only will it be show-stopping with a myriad of mind-blowing performers, but the Vengaboys are also headlining. For all the 2000s+ babies, you may be at a loss here.

Where: Belfast City Hall, Co. Belfast
When: 17 March 2019 @ 12.30pm
How Much: Free
Tickets and More Info: HERE

3. St Patrick’s Day Hip Hop Meets Brunch, Dublin

One sure fire way to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin is at this slick hip-hop brunch. It’s essentially food and dancing, and seeing as it’ll be void of the usual Paddy’s Day crowd it’ll be a welcome escape from the hectic, shamrock-filled streets outside.

Where: Odeon, 57 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
When: 17 March 2019 @ 12-6pm
How Much: €25
Tickets and More Info: HERE

2. Abair series: No.14 Henrietta Street

Taking place in Dublin city in a restored Georgian Tenemant is an epic alternative St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Filled with music and song, poetry and performance, this is not an experience to be missed.

Where: 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1
When: 14 March 2019 @ 5.30pm
How Much: €15
Tickets and More Info: HERE

1. Galway St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Galway is the Capital of Culture 2020 and if there is anywhere worth being to ring in our national day, it has got to be Galway.

The parade is known to be the most theatrical and impressive in all of Ireland and the concert, entertainment, street performers, music and events are second to none.

Where: Galway, Co. Galway
When: 17 March 2019 @ 11.30am
How Much: Free
Tickets and More Info: HERE