Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th March 2017
St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin serves up four action packed days of unmissable family events. You can expect ‘a world-class class line-up of events, street-theatre, pageantry and performances that will appeal to all and create a carnival atmosphere for the whole family from the very youngest to the more mature members’
Ireland You Are… is the theme for this year’s festival. ‘Celebrate who we are as a culturally diverse, complex and brave society, not withstanding its challenges, yet with strengths and characteristic traits that are many’.
Here’s some tips for family events:
Thursday 16th March:
World’s Largest Outdoor Céilí
Get your dancing shoes on and join the world’s largest outdoor céilí, a celebration of traditional Irish dancing. Learn the steps, enjoy traditional live music and soak up the atmosphere on the streets of Dublin. Join host Dearbhla Lennon, Irish-dancing champion and expert caller Jerry O’Reilly.
When & Where: 4.30pm – 7.30pm Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Screening of Jim Sheridan’s ‘In America’ Outdoor Cinema in the historic and majestic surrounding of Swords Castle
When & Where: 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Swords Castle, Co Dublin
Friday 17th March
St Patrick’s Day Parade the annual parade of street theatre companies with their spectacular creations, pageantry and performance joined by music ensembles from around the world.
When & Where: 12.00pm (noon) – from Parnell Square to St Patrick’s Catherdral. See route map
Saturday 18th March:
Treasure Hunt Explore Ireland’s capital and join 4,000 others navigating an exciting treasure hunt, visiting Dublin’s beautiful, historical and contemporary locations and solving clues that will challenge the best!
TIP: Sign up online in advance. Max 4 per team.
When & Where: 10.00am – 1.00pm City Hall Dame Street, D1
Street Theatre and Music Spend an afternoon in the park and be entertained by the best of national and international street theatre, marching bands and pop-up choirs
When & Where: 12.00pm -4.30pm St. Stephen’s Green
‘Put Yourself in the Portrait’ – Watch some of Ireland’s most renowned portrait artists in action as they expertly draw portraits of children to capture the faces of the future at this moment in time. When & Where: 10.30am – 4.00pm – The Ark, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
‘Sing Street’ Outdoor Cinema
When & Where: 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Fingal County Council Civic offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown , Dublin 15
Sunday 19th March:
Festival Big Day Out a vibrant street carnival, bursting with street theatre, music, aerial performances, workshops, crafts, Irish language activities and more including a 50FT giant whale and real-life mermaid.
When & Where: 12.00pm – 6.00pm – Merrion Square
Family Road Race (5km) Lively, family-friendly 5K road race through the heart of Georgian Dublin
When & Where: 12.00pm noon – St. Stephens Green