The bank holiday weekend isn’t the only aspect of St. Patrick’s Day worth looking forward to this year as St Patrick’s Day Festival rolls into the city from March 16-19. This year there will be a dedicated festival quarter in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. You can expect comedy, music, dancing and delicious food.
The parade will happen on March 17, winding from Parnell Square to Cuffe St/Kevin St junction from 12 noon until 2 pm. Marching bands from countries including the US and Canada will be participating this year.
A celebration of Irish LGBTQ+ club culture will grace the Festival Quarter stages on the first evening of the festival and it’s certainly something to look forward to! Cultúr Club will span 4 stages and incorporate performances from Ireland’s DJs, drag queens, cabaret performers and artists who identify with Ireland’s LGBTQ+ communities.
Me Auld Flower Festival
Here at Secret Dublin, there’s nothing we love better than eating and drinking, and we imagine most people share that sentiment. So we were super excited to hear that there will be a new Irish food and drink festival taking place this year to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
The market will be taking place between March 16-19 in the beautiful fruit and veg market building in Dublin 7. Evening sessions on March 17-18 will be reserved for adults only but kids are welcome the rest of the time.
You can expect live music, DJs and the best Irish food and drink known to man. Learn all about Irish produce from the experts themselves and, of course, stuff your face!
New York/New Irish: A Diaspora Of Artists
It’s no secret that the Irish diaspora in New York is huge and as a huge fan of Irish American literature, this event makes me want to do a little dance. However, it’s not all about literature – this event at Guinness Storehouse on March 15 will see 3 incredible Irish American artists discuss the way in which Irish culture has informed and inspired a creative scene in New York.
Photographer Rich Gilligan, composer Lisa Hannigan and the Creative Director of The New York Times will be there to give their points of view on the subject, alongside DJ sets from Sally Cinnamon and Arveene. It’s free to attend but you’ll need to book tickets here.
Pillow Queens & Friends
On March 18 at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, the incredible Pillow Queens will be performing alongside several other fantastic Irish artists and bands. The performances will be spread across 4 stages,
Get ready for a night of mindblowing music, with 12 live acts, including the likes of Gurriers, Melts and Katie Kim. Tickets are €35 per person and you can book tickets here.
There’s a lot to see and do at the St. Patrick’s Day festival this year! Visit the website to read about the full lineup of events and guests this year.