Here is the ultimate list of things to do in Dublin on St.Patrick’s Day 2017!
Depending on your personality, you will enjoy different events this year for Paddie’s day. We’ve gone out of our way to highlight all the great events and happenings around Dublin on Paddy’s Day to suit you, or the you that you wish you were.
The Cultural Geek – Cultural Events On Around St Paddy’s Day 2017
If you find yourself the cultural geek who must try every local dish or drink, who must learn every commonly used curse word, or who must embarrass him/herself while attempting and miserably failing to do the local, traditional dance, then Festival Céilí is for you.
When: Thursday, 16th of March
Time: 4.30 p.m.
Why: You will get to see the céilí classical dances in Ireland, soak up the Irish tunes while bobbing your head along, and you will be impressed by the energetic step-dancing stars. Maybe you’ll grasp a few steps and try them out yourself after a few pints!
The Food Lover – Where to Eat St Paddy’s Day 2017
“Ya can never start a day without yer hearty breakfast” is what your typical Irish mother would say. So you love to gorge in food, eh? Can you stay away from the fish and chips for one day and try some local prawns instead? They are that bit healthier for you, after all, and actually lowers your risk of cholesterol. Head to the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival and watch out for the seagulls.
When: 17th-19th of March
Time: The early bird catches the prawn, and then eats it. 12 p.m.
Where: Howth Village, Dublin
Why: It’s food, that’s why. To have the ultimate food experience, you will get to try some of the yummiest, freshest seafood cooked in as many ways as you can imagine. You’ll be present at some fantastic live cooking demos, leaving your mouth hanging open and watering. By night, the festive atmosphere will call for some beer or wine tasting, and more food! Plenty of street entertainment, music and more.
The Adventurous One – Exciting St Paddy’s Day Fun!
Don’t be a scardy cat and try be adventurous in Dublin this Paddie’s day. The Festival Treasure Hunt.
Arrive early, sign up and meet new groups of people who will be part of your team. Show your city navigation skills by weaving your way through the historical, exciting locations in the heart of Dublin. No team bickering, and no public transport!
When: 18th of March
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Why: have some craic at discovering some hidden historical and cultural gems and tell all your friends about it. You may be surprised at how much of the urban city you have yet to discover.
The Music Lover – Great Live Music On St Paddy’s Day 2017
We are not talking about the big star hits or the best bands in town. We are talking about talented kids from all over Ireland showing you what they’ve got. The young Irish generation boasts off its talents to show you their real Young Blood. From modern hip-hop, to group performances, acting, spoken words and expressive musicians, wouldn’t you like to see what they’re up to?
When: 18th of March
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: National Concert Hall, Dublin
Why: flash back to the times when you thought you could take over the world! These kids want to show you the best of their Irish spirit, spread their talents, and become successful artists one day. Leave that beer and come down to watch them. You’ll be giving them your support and enthusiasm which is exactly what will make them thrive and encourage them to become the next big thing. Plus you can say “I saw Bobby Joe* (made up name) in that concert yonks ago! I remember that fella! Ah Jeez, look at him now, all successful and all!”.
The Hungover One – What’s On Later On?
Okay, so if you really can’t abstain yourself from the drink, and you always end up to be the one who wakes up last in the morning, getting out of bed like a confused meerkat, then maybe a mid-day city festival is what you need to freshen you up and revitalize you! You can act the maggot in exciting, day-long festivals, get into the contagious mood of the energetic people, become dazzled by the theatrical and magical shows, and make a fool of yourself listening to the rousing music.
When: 19th of March
Time: 12 p.m.
Where: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Why: well, it’s free, it’s fun, it’s refreshing. You will be out in the open air, having fun! Become exposed and immersed in true Irish culture, an eye-opening experience to reconnect back with the roots of the Irish spirit.
The Sporty One – What’s On St Paddy’s Day For Fit People
Ever thought you’d run 5k on St. Paddie’s? Why not? Athletes, non-athletes, families, couples…they all join in the fun Dublin run. To motivate you, there will be face-painting available, music in the background, and plenty of festive fun as well as street performers. Flush all that beer out of you, then refill later at night!
When: 19th of March
Time: 12 p.m.
Where: St. Stephen’s Green
Why: flush all that beer out of you with a fun, active St. Patrick’s Day Festival road race…then refill later at night!
FINALLY…DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
Well, we left the best til last. Legendary, spectacular, mind-boggling. People from all over the world come to Dublin to see our parade and many months of preparation goes into it. With colorful pageants, loud music scores, eccentric theatrical performances, marvelous and lively performances and dances, you will be left bewildered, thinking HOLY MOLY, I gotta be back next year!