St. Patrick’s Festival
While the World turns Green on the 17th of March and everyone is an honorary Irish, the best place to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival is in Dublin! The annual five day long St. Patrick’s Festival is fast upon us culminating in the magical parade of March 17th. Ireland’s national holiday is too big to limit to a single day ! The build up to the big day will include some great entertainment and the St. Patrick’s Festival 2019 is packing some serious punch for all the family. Why not, get into the Festival spirit by strolling around Dublin and soaking up the atmosphere. Specifically, get incredible instagram ready photos of the iconic Dublin Landmarks bathed in Green Light.
Here’s the Dublin Visitor Centre team’s Top 3 picks for this year’s festivities.
River Dancing Rocks!
There is nothing better than an old fashioned traditional Irish Ceili. Thanks to Riverdance Irish (ceili) dancing has become an international phenomena. This year a massive music & dance Ceili will take place at the St. Patrick’s Festival Village at Merrion Square East, Dublin 2 on March 16th. From 1pm you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere and join in the spirit of Irish traditional dance with this afternoon dancing spectacular! Join former Riverdance performers for the ultimate celebration in Irish Culture and Dance. No experience required – just a pair of hands for clapping and a foot for tapping…. along to the music! Best of all, its’ FREE!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade really is a sight to behold. To get one of the best viewing spots in the city get early and grab a spot by the Bank of Ireland, overlooked by Trinity College, on College Green. The kids will be amazed by the wonderful floats, performance artists and marching bands that make up the spectacle of colour and sound. The Streets will be thronged with revellers eager to get a good vantage point so arrive early and claim your spot! Alternatively, you can book a Grandstand ticket so you don’t miss out on any of the action and best of all you can avoid queueing. More patient mortals who want to soak up the atmosphere of the parade can take the opportunity to make new friends with the revellers around them. The main thorough-fares will be busy so look at other spots that are not as congested. Top Tip, Close to Dublin Castle, at the juncture of Dame St. & Parliament St., there is a gentle incline which can help smaller people get full view of the parade.
City at play funfair!
Calling all daredevils with an appetite for adrenaline! This Annual City at Play funfair event sees Customs House Quay play home to waltzers, carousals, a Ferris wheel and candy floss machines galore! Hop on board the big wheel for a birds eye views of Dublin for the whole St. Patrick’s Festival. From waltzers and bumper cars to old time carousels, there’s something for everyone at the City at Play Funfair! Top Tip above all, wrap up warm! March 17th is notorious for having all four seasons in the one day – from snow and hail to rain and sunshine! If that’s not enough the St. Patrick’s weekend will see a great family funfair in front of the Custom House too! Suitable for all the family, enjoy the thrills and spills of the Funfair experience!
Above all, for more information on Dublin attractions visit our things to do section or stop by and say hello to the Dublin Visitor Centre team at the friendliest tourist information office in Dublin.