It’s that time of year again, the time when we celebrate being Irish with the entire world, but really there’s no where better than Dublin to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
This year, the St Patrick’s Day Festival has a jam packed five days of events for one and all to enjoy and to add to the festive feel, business and venues across the city will be joining in the celebrations. To make life that little easier, we have compiled the ultimate list of things to do in Dublin over St Patrick’s Weekend.
St Patrick’s Day Festival, Thursday March 14th to Monday March 18th
Get ready for a fun-filled five days of storytelling for the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Running from the 14th – 18th March, the St Patrick’s Day Festival team have truly outdone themselves with this spectacular line up.
St Patrick’ Day Parade, Sunday March 17th:
Street theatre and pageant companies from across Ireland and the world will join together to present SCÉALAÍOCHT AGUS SEANCHAÍ – A Celebration of Irish Storytelling for the Festival Parade, which kicks off at 12pm from Parnell Street on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Their magnificent creations and flamboyant performances, inspired by long lost legends and contemporary Irish experiences, will weave through the streets of our capital city in a dazzling spectacle. Bands from far and wide will bring dynamic rhythms and uplifting musical scores to the streets of Dublin in a magnificent procession.
Powerscourt Centre, Saturday March 16th to Monday March 18th
Celebrate our national day in Powerscourt Centre with live music and entertainment over the bank holiday weekend. On Saturday March 16th the centre welcomes Mellow Tonics at 3pm. On Sunday, March 18th the centre is open from 11am – 6pm and there’s traditional Irish Music with Binneas from 1.30pm – 4pm. Dublin Irish Dance Entertainment at 2pm and throughout the day there’s facepainting and balloon modelling. Binneas Traditional Irish Music is back on Monday March 18th from 1.30pm – 4pm. The centre is open from 10am – 6pm.
Free Tour of Little Museum of Dublin, March 15th, 9.30am and 10.30am
Join the team in the Little Museum of Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Festival with a free tour. The much-loved museum tells the amazing story of the Irish capital. Come along and experience it for yourself! Tickets are selling fast so hurry – register here
Irish Film Festival shows Ballroom of Romance, Saturday March 16th
The IFI screens the quintessential Irish Rural Drama Ballroom of Romance on Saturday March 16th at 3PM. Starring Brenda Fricker, the film is about Rural Ireland in the 1950s which offers little in the way of entertainment and socializing, save for dance halls. Bridie (Brenda Fricker) finds herself drifting into spinsterhood and decides to give the hall, essentially a barn located in the fields outside her village, one last try. Although she recalls her younger days of happiness on the dance floor, the present doesn’t offer much romance, and Bridie eventually finds herself uneasily in the arms of the hard-drinking Bowser (John Kavanagh). Tickets are available online here, in person at the IFI Box Office, or by calling 01-6793477.
Hugh Gallery, Art Workshop for 7 – 10 years, Saturday March 16th 2pm – 3pm
Use mixed media and have fun recreating a 3D model of St. Patrick’s early life on Sliabh Mish and construct Saul Church and Tower where he lived and worked. This art workshop is for 7-10 year olds with artist Frances Coghlan. Cost €7. Tickets can be found here
Wax Museum Plus, Sunday March 17th:
St Patrick’s Day Party: With the official St Patrick’s Day parade the Museum is offering a prime view of the parade! The Museum will be closed to the public for the parade from 11am until 3.00pm. However, for a very select few we will be offering a unique and premium chance to enjoy St Patrick’s Day in comfort. For the Best View of the Parade in the city in the comfort with the Wax Museum Views be sure to book tickets to the best museum in Dublin! More details here
Patrick’s Day Hunt: There’s a little St Patrick’s Day hunt in the National Wax Museum Plus where we’ve dotted a few little leprechauns around the Museum. Count the leprechauns and have a great time with the little ones! More details here
Irish Whiskey Museum, Sunday March 17th
An evening of Irish music and storytelling with Phelim Drew in the Irish Whiskey Museum at 6pm. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the Irish Whiskey Museum’s in-house, bar, McDonnell’s for a truly Irish evening. Phelim Drew, son of Irish folk singer Ronnie Drew (The Dubliners) is both an actor and artist. Their bar, in the heart of Dublin City, is open until 11.30pm and serves a variety of whiskeys, and gins, as well as pints of Guinness, Irish coffees, beers and cocktails. Enjoy some traditional Irish music in the heart of Dublin city this St. Patrick’s Day! This is a popular event and tickets sell fast – ticket information here
Sunday Social at Farrier and Draper, Sunday, March 17th
It’s St Patrick’s Gay at Sunday Social in Farrier and Draper. The same silly price of €5, but advanced booking is advised. Doors are the same time, 10pm, DJ as always is the wonderful Rocky T Delgado, and the party will be its usual messy self. Ticket details here
The Ivy Dawson Street turns Green, Thursday, March 14th – Sunday, March 17th:
To celebrate their first St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Ivy Dawson Street will be turning green with a beautiful light display, cocktail and dessert!
As if The Ivy wasn’t stunning enough, for four days only, the brasserie’s exterior will be lit up, creating an eye-catching display for guests and passers-by to enjoy.
The tantalising ‘Illuminated Ivy’ cocktail (€10.50) will feature Wyborowa vodka, yuzu pure juice, egg white and Earl Grey sake liqueur, whilst those with a sweeter tooth will be able to enjoy a ‘Lucky Choux’ dessert (€8.75), incorporating Baileys, Guinness and coffee cream, caramel, peanut brittle and Gianduja sauce – our mouths are watering at the sound of that already.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Press Up Entertainment Group
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day whatever way you feel. Whether you want to don a giant green hat, drink green shakes and dress up from head to toe, or get dolled up, have gorgeous cocktails in a candle lit bar after a relaxed brunch, or have a fun filled family day out, Press Up Entertainment have a plan for you.
To view their full line-up, head over to our Press Up Entertainment blog post.
Bewley’s Café FREE Harry Clarke Tour on St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th
Bewley’s Grafton Street are not only turning green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2019, but also celebrating the birth of Harry Clarke, celebrating what would be his 130th birthday.
To celebrate Ireland’s finest stained-glass artist, Bewley’s will be running complimentary tours of the beautiful café on March 17th 2019 from 11am until 4pm. Booking is not necessary, though places will be available on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.
Highlights of this tour include 179 years of Bewley’s, 179 of Dublin, beautiful art and artifacts, literature from James Joyce to Maeve Binchy, as well as the craft bakery kitchen and barista team in the heart of Grafton Street. All queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Black Market Bar at the Market Bar, Sunday, March 17th
On St Patricks Day, The Market Bar is being transformed in to The Black Market from 5pm till late, Expect: Epic Sound System & Lighting Show, Confetti Blasters & Co2 Cannon. With Riff Shop, Marcus O’Laoire, Seany B, Rob C, Gordo, Dave Kerr, TONA & Air Jackson. Doors open at 5pm. This is an over 20s event. More details here
National Leprechaun Museum, Every Day
It wouldn’t be St Patrick’s Weekend without a trip to the National Leprechaun Museum on Jervis Street. This fun storytelling experience takes you on a mythical journey to the home of the leprechauns and other mythical creatures. Daytime sessions are for ages 7+ Open Monday – Sunday 10am – 6.30pm (last entry 5.30pm) . Darklands, the night sessions, are for over 18s and is from 7pm – 9pm. Visit their website for more.