7 Events Happening For Paddy’s Day Weekend

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With St. Patrick’s Day weekend fast approaching it’s time to start organising your bank holiday weekend. In honour of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, a variety of celebrations have been organised all over the country.  

This year St Patrick’s Day lands on the perfect day to make the most of your weekend with plenty of great events to attend. From family fun days to rooftop parties, we’ve got something for everyone! 

Join in on the fun with our guide including some of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day this year. 

Family fun at Festina Lente 

If you are looking for a family fun day, Festina Lente, located in Bray are hosting a jam-packed day of fun this St. Patrick’s Day where you can enjoy a pony ride around the beautiful Victorian Walled Gardens, followed by an array of nature activities.  

Some of the St. Patrick’s Day activities include a scavenger hunt, creating nature magic wands, building bug hotels and many more. You are welcome to bring a picnic and the best part is parents go free! 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Weekend at Jameson Distillery Bow St. 


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The iconic Jameson distillery will welcome guests from all over the nation and the world starting on Friday, March 15th, for a weekend of Irish celebrations that will include a variety of entertaining and engaging activities as well as signature Jameson serves. 

Over the course of the three days, guests will be treated to live performances by amazing acts such as Ispíní na hÉireann,  The X Collective, and the Dublin Ukulele Collective. Celebrating the best in Irish music, DJs Sally Cinnamon and Graham Smyth (2FM) will provide a soundtrack for the evening’s celebration.  

Paddy’s Slay Drag Show 


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Sis nights are taking over the Grand Social this Paddy’s Day eve with a night of fun and entertainment with some of the best Irish drag queens performing. Tickets start from €11.70 with this event bound to get you in the Paddy’s Day spirit.  

Who doesn’t love a drag show?! 

Festival Quarter at St. Patrick’s Festival 2024 

Hosted in the National Museum of Ireland from 12:00 p.m to 10:30pm, this festival promises a weekend of amazing acts on the main stage, performance spaces, relaxation areas, a mini-funfair, and the Irish Food and Craft Village with traditional Irish music in every corner. All ages are welcome to visit Festival Quarter with all activities free on the 17th. From 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the festival will be open to adults only.  

Some of the acts performing on the day include the world famous Céilí Mór with Dearbhla Lennon, Faró, Louise Mulcahy, and Ispíní na hÉireann. 

On Saturday night, the 16th of March, Mother Presents Cultúr Club, is 18+ and requires a pre-purchased ticket that will work for the full evening’s festivities. 

Fota Wildlife Park 


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From St. Patrick’s weekend, Fota Wildlife Park will recommence their feeding times schedule to the public. This gives you the opportunity to plan your route around the park with the chance to see your favourite animals being fed. Visiting Fota is a great way to spend St. Patrick’s Day if parades and festivals are not your thing! 

Fota Wildlife is located on Fota Island, near Carrigtwohill, County Cork, perfect for any of our Munster readers. 

St. Patrick’s Festival in Galway 


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The Eyre Square plaza will host family-friendly entertainment over the course of three days (16-18 March 2024) during the St Patrick’s Festival. Potential attractions include an antique carousel, funfair games and children’s entertainment, though these are yet to be confirmed. 

On St. Patrick’s Day, there will be performances by Yale University folk singers Tangled Up In Blue, Swiss carnival band Escheschränzer Eschenbach, and drumming trio Drumadore. The trad folk-rock band Kettle Boilers and the award-winning Galway supergroup BackWest to finish. 

Hyde St Patrick’s Festival 


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Hyde Bar have something for everyone this St. Patrick’s Day! The four-story club has different DJs on each floor, with the ground floor having live traditional music and the rooftop having an Ibiza-themed party. Starts at 10 p.m until late.   

Tickets are on sale now for €17.07. 

Words by Abby Sammon