What’s the craic for Paddy’s weekend

Planning what to do this St. Patrick’s weekend? Check out what’s on in the city!



St Patrick’s Festival


St. Patrick’s Festival will run for 4 days and nights of arts, culture, music and entertainment, showcasing the best of Irish and international talent.

Check out the full programme and have fun!

Thursday (16.03) to Sunday (19.03) 

Various locations

St Patrick’s Parade


Ireland You Are…is the theme for the 2017 Festival Parade which will weave its way through the heart of the capital city in a flourish of colour and flair.  Marvel as Ireland’s finest street-theatre companies swirl by with fantastical pageantry and raucous performances.

Watch as the finest of Irish street theatre companies bring this theme to life with their spectacular creations, pageantry and performance.

Bands from Ireland will be joined by music ensembles from around the world, including France, Germany, the Bahamas, Switzerland and the USA and will deliver uplifting rhythms for the spectacular procession.

Cheer on the spectacular, energetic procession as it winds through the heart of Dublin City bursting with colour, whimsical theatrics and lively musical scores.

Friday (17.03) – from 12:00 pm

O’connell Street, Dublin City Centre

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival 2017


The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is the ultimate celebration of this special prawn and takes place in the beautiful fishing village of Howth.

Celebrating the famous Dublin Bay Prawn Howth’s finest restaurants, bars and cafés will host a variety of amazing food experiences at the Harbour Festival Food Village serving the freshest, most delicious seafood, cooked every way imaginable,  including a selection of special Dublin Bay Prawn dishes.The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is the ultimate foodie experience offering delicious food and craft beer, wine tastings as well as live cooking demos, street entertainment and demonstrations by local fishermen all in the heart of the idyllic fishing village of Howth. The festive atmosphere will continue into the evening as Howth’s bars and restaurants will host a special fixed price festive menu and entertainment for all. And it’s not just the culinary offerings that make the festival so memorable, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is also famous for music & entertainment, walks, talks and seaside antics.Escape the hustle and bustle of the city, take the 20 minute Dart journey and enjoy a nice day out!

Friday (17.03) to Sunday (19.03) – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Howth Village, County Dublin


Sigma at The Wright Venue


The English DJ and record production duo Sigma will be playing at The Wright Venue on Paddy’s eve.

Sigma consists of Cameron James “Cam” Edwards and Joseph Aluin “Joe” Lenzie who met at Leeds University at club nights. Their 2010 collaboration with DJ Fresh, “Lassitude”, peaked at number 98 on the UK Singles Chart. Their single “Nobody to Love” topped the UK Singles Chart, becoming their first UK number one. Follow-up single “Changing”, featuring Paloma Faith, also got to number one.

The duo have now sold over 3 million singles, with 4 hit records (2x OCC No.1s, 3 iTunes No.1s) and 2 platinum awards to date. They’ve received 2 Brits nominations, sold out their debut live tour, and played festival main stages across the world with performances including Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading & Leeds, V, T In The Park, Creamfields, SW4, EDC, Pukklepop, Sziget and beyond. They’re also the only drum & bass outfit to have performed at the BAFTAs ceremony one night, and a warehouse rave the next. 

Check out Sigma’s tunes: Sigma – Nobody To LoveChangingComing Home

Thursday (16.03) – from 10:30 pm

Tickets: €20 Book here

The Wright Venue – South Quarter, Airside Retail Park Swords, Co. Dublin

Tale Of Us at District 8 / All Day Party / Paddy’s Day


For the biggest day of the year District 8 announces a special 8 hour all day party on Paddy’s day featuring Tale Of Us. The Berlin-based duo consisting of Karm and Matteo are known for their deep emotional take on House and Techno.

The venue will be opening the gates at 2pm with a host of music inside and outside to ensure this will be a Paddy’s day to remember!

Line Up: Tale Of Us / Eóin Smyth / Moduse / Mulljoy (Melodic) / Paradox DJ’s / String & Bates

The Courtyard: Sim Simma / Phases DJ’s / Lui Rwego / Syl Black

Friday (17.03) – from 2:00 pm

Tickets: 25 Book here

District 8 – 135-138 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Sasha I Button Factory (Paddy’s Eve)


On Thursday Button Factory will be receiving the DJ Sasha who is recognized as one of the worlds’ most innovative icons of the electronic genre.

If there are boundaries yet to be broken, then you can bet that Sasha has got them in the crosshairs. He’s been battering them down since Shelley’s, The Hacienda, Renaissance and Twilo; from Airdrawndagger to Invol3r. Since 2011, he’s carved a new way with his increasingly pivotal Last Night On Earth imprint, the label that has introduced into its family fiercely forward-thinking producers like My Favourite Robot’s James Teej, Simon Baker, ThermalBear, Ejeca, Ghosting Season, Max Cooper and Knox. Then there was the arrival of the long-awaited third album in his ‘Involver’ series in 2013, the intricate and challenging ‘Involv3r’. It combined on one disc Sasha’s peerless command of dance floor sensibilities and on the other his skillful exploration of beatless soundscapes, featuring his exclusive interpretations of tracks from The xx, Blondes, Little Dragon, Benjamin Damage, Foals and ThermalBear. It also featured ‘Shoot You Down’, his own spine-chilling anthem with vocals from the beguiling Swedish chanteuse Kicki Halmos.

Thursday (16.03) – from 11:00 pm

Tickets: €20 Book here

Button Factory – Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The St. Patrick’s Two Nighter – At Workman’s Club


The Workman’s Club is having a St. Patrick’s Two Nighter on Thursday and Friday with live music and DJs.

Check out the line up:

-Thursday from 20:00: Vicious Fishes, Free Sunshine Acid, Sun Mahshene, Beach, Workman’s Karaoke Club

– Friday from 16:00: Bodies, Just Mustard, The Notas, The Fontaines

Dj Sets from Kelly-Anne Byrne/ Trevor/ Seany Bee (4WardGrad)/ Louche/Ronan Considine (Groovement Soul)/ Gav Icon/ Ken Mooney (The Urges)/The Reverend Tony Bones/ Michelle Farley/ Colin Devine/ Steven Gannon/Conor Lumsden (The #1’s)/ Rob Gilligan/ Sam E. Morrissey/ AJ Jenkinson/ Robbie Brady (Exploding Eyes)/ This Other Kingdom Dj’s

Thursday (16.03) – from 7:30 pm

Friday (17.03) – from 4:00 pm

Free Admission

The Workman’s Club – 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Day Paddy’s Weekender at Turks Head


The Turks Head will be celebrating Paddy’s day with a two day party full of Psy Trance, Techno, House, Drum and Bass, Jungle AND OLD SKOOL 90’s House, Techno and Breakbeats!

Check out the line up here!

Friday (17.03) & Saturday (18.03) – from 9:00 pm

Tickets: €12 (one day ticket) / €20 (two days ticket)

Turks Head – Parliament Street Temple bar, Dublin 2

It Ain’t Easy Bein Green – Free Paddys All Dayer – At The Bernard Shaw


Get yourself down to the free annual all-day-session at The Bernard Shaw this Paddy’s Day. Escape from the parade madness for something that’s *not* dripping in leprechauns and green Guinness.

Kicking off at 12pm and going till late The Bernard Shaw is hosting some of Dublin’s best collectives in the covered beer garden as well as the inside bar. The massively popular Eatyard food market will be open with a brand new range of vendors serving the very best in street food and snacks while The Big Blue Bus will be on hand all day with delicious pizzas to keep you going for the day.

Line up:

Bodytonic DJs spinning everything from Funk, Soul, Disco, Italo and Techno

Fulton & Gold spinning House + Disco

Daire Carolan (All City Records)

Repeater DJS (Frank B + Melly)

Pear DJs

Friday (17.03) – from 12:00 pm

Free admission

The Bernard Shaw – 11-12 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2

Souletiquette X Friends (3 Years Celebration) – Paddy’s Eve


Souletiquette, worldwide label & radio celebrates 3 years in music as one of the pioneers of new emerging trap soul and future sounds across the globe. Also celebrating its 100th radio show with a LIVE broadcast at Yamamori Tengu, on Paddy’s eve.

Check out the line up:

DJ Set & LIVE PA from (7PM – 3AM)

– ROOM 1: Jafarismusic / NC Grey / Super Silly / Erica-Cody / Hendrick Lane / Backshed inc / Loud Motive / Mango Dassler / Sean X / UNIIQUESOUL / Chris Kabs / VJ Jackson / Blackfish Collective / Evans Junior / Toni Caffrey

– ROOM 2: Selasse (UK ) / Tom Lowe / Papa Lou / Mona-Lxsa / Lui Rwego / Syl Black / King Leo / ILL DIAM / Clockwork DJs

Thursday (16.03) – from 7:00 pm

Tickets: 15 Book here

Yamamori Tengu – Great Strand Street, Dublin 1

St. Patrick’s Day Boat Party at The Bowery


The Bowery is hosting the BOAT Party St. Patrick’s Day with live music from some of Dublin’s top trad bands kicking off from 4pm.

Followed up by The Goods: made up of some of Ireland’s top session players, they deliver high energy performances without any cheese. They will keep the party going all night with a bit of Soul, Funk, Pop, Dance, Swing, Rock, Jazz, & Blues!

Friday (17.03) – from 4:00 pm

The Bowery – 196 Rathmines Rd Lower, Dublin 6

St. Patrick’s Day at The Morgan Bar


If you’re planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Temple Bar area, check out the line up of folk singers and DJs that will be playing at The Morgan Bar.

From 1pm Aarron Rowe

3.30pm Dave Merriman

5.45pm Ross Kelly

7pm Aoife Kelly violinist with DJ Glenn

Followed by Steve O and Aaron on percussion

Friday (17.03) – from 3:30 pm

Free admission

The Morgan Bar – 10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Mother / Máthair: Paddys Eve ft Daithí & Kelly-Anne Byrne – At The Church Bar


Mother Club is taking over The Church Bar on Paddy’s eve. They will have Daithí  bringing his live electroclash Irish set alongside Kelly Anne Byrne spinning sequinned classics ’til the wee hours in the main room.

In their second room, Géilí (think Kylie meets Céilí) will be kicking off a little later in the night. Their glam squad, drag superstar Bunny and Poorhouse’s Donal Mulligan will be touching on their Irish roots and teaching you Irish dancing with a disco twist.

Thursday (16.03) – from 10:30 pm

Tickets: €12 Book here

The Church Cafe Bar, Restaurant and Club – Junction of Mary Street & Jervis Street, Dublin 1

The Early Shift: Paddy’s Big Weekender // 17th & 18th March


This weekend The Early Shift party will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7AM in Ned’s of Townsend Street.

If you’re more early morning gargles with a healthy dose of house and techno than lie ons and breakfast rolls, then The Early Shift is the party for you.

Check out the line up for both days:

Friday (Paddy’s Day): Daire Carolan & Joe Nolan (Chain Gang) / Sly Black (Balls Deep) / Conor Foley (Hidden Agenda)

Saturday: Mark Gill (Room19) / Aaron Nolan (CultureShock) / Boots & Kats (Toast)

Friday (17.03) & Saturday (18.03) – from 7:00 pm

Admission: €10 (Each Day)

Neds Of Townsend Street – 44 Townsend Street, Dublin


Whelan’s Full Irish – St.Patrick’s Day – 14 Bands


Whelan’s will bring you 14 of the best up and coming Irish acts this Friday, from 3pm.

Check out the line up:


Pillow Queens
Oh Joy!
Brass Phantoms
Chasing Felix
Pretty Beast

Three Underneath
Wolves Of Youth
Young Earth
Pursued By Dogs
Native Ensemble
BRING OUT THE CHIMP [second set]

Friday (17.03) – from 3:00 pm

Free entry with guest list

Whelan’s – 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2

 St. Patrick’s Festival Presents Music for 18 Machines


St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin will set the scene for the breathtaking performance of Music for 18 Machines – a reimagining of Steve Reich’s minimalist classic Music for 18 Musicians. Simply put it employs synthesisers in the places of musicians to voice the original work. Reich’s work is a blueprint of the minimalist movement – an exploration of pattern and process. Music for 18 Machines reverses this process in a search to elicit as expressive and emotive performance from 18 electronic instruments being played by a single computer.

This unique event replaces 18 musicians with 18 synthesizers and specially commissioned light projections set to the music means it’s sure to be a night of musical magic in one of the city’s most iconic settings.

The project was conceived and developed by Irish sound designer and composer Simon Cullen.

On the night the music will be performed by Simon Cullen, Neil O’Connor, Glenn Keating and Liam Caffrey.

Saturday (17.03) – 8:00 pm

Tickets: €18 Book here

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral – Saint Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra


The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with two groundbreaking and hugely popular orchestral works fusing Irish traditional music with the symphonic sound: Shaun Davey’s The Brendan Voyage, with uilleann piper Mark Redmond, vividly depicting St. Brendan’s transatlantic crossing from Ireland to the New World in a tiny leather boat, and the Riverdance Symphonic Suite by the Grammy Award winning composer Bill Whelan, a colourful orchestral setting featuring the iconic themes, melodies and rhythms from the worldwide phenomenon that is Riverdance.

Friday (17.03) – 8:00 pm

Tickets €18/€45 – Book here

National Concert Hall –  Earlsfort Terrace, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2


St. Patrick’s Festival Big Day Out


Merrion Square comes alive with a vibrant street carnival, bursting with street theatre, music, aerial performances, workshops, crafts, Irish language activities and more.

Enter a world of fantasy, sword fighting and monster making, where Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide read ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’ comes to life in a Georgian House. Come make a kite in the Science Foundation Ireland Science Zone and unwind with yoga storytelling in the park with Yo Yo Yoga. Get back to nature in the wooded area with Upon a Tree or have fun and be inspired by workshops with ReCreate.

Don’t forget to look up as Barren Carrousel fly through the air with beautiful aerial performances.

Cast off your shoes and squeeze into Circo Rum Ba Ba’s true-to-life 50ft inflatable Whale. Once inside encounter a shipwrecked Pirate with a treasure tale to tell and a real live Mermaid with a haunting siren’s song and an intriguing secret.

With an incredible array of family activities, there really is no other way to spend your Sunday!

Sunday (19.03) – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Merrion Square – Merrion Square, Dublin 2

St Patrick’s Cine- Concert

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The IFI Irish Film Archive in association with the Saint Patrick’s Festival presents a programme of short silent films about St Patrick himself and about the annual festivities that honour him. The programme highlight is edited highlights from In the Days of Saint Patrick / Aimsir Phádraig (1920), an ambitious silent-era feature film, made in Killester and elsewhere in North County Dublin, which reconstructs the life of Saint Patrick and is replete with miracles, snakes, slave markets and an exciting chariot race.

This remarkable historical picture is the outcome of Irish minds, hands and hearts, and presents the life of our patron saint with studied truth.  It is a wonder picture for children.” – The Irish Times, March 1920.

The programme will be accompanied by the enchanting melodies of Cormac de Barra, harpist, and Éamonn de Barra, percussion, whistle and flute player.

Check out the free archive at Lunchtime screenings throughout March.

Saturday (18.03) – 2:00 pm

Tickets €6/€8 Book here

IFI Irish Film Institute – 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Bernard Shaw Graff Jam Special


Check out Dublin’s underground sights and sounds, at The Bernard Shaw Graff Jam as they showcase the best of Irish street art, food, craft brews, sweet vintage collectibles and tasty tunes, brought to you by Dublin DJ collective Betty. All City Records will curate a street art jam, giving props to Irish street culture. As a super extra bonus treat have a listen to one of Ireland’s leading urban artists James Early, for a pre-Jam Q&A.

Q&A with James Earley, 12pm-1pm

The All-City Dublin Street Art Jam, 1pm-3pm

3pm til late Eatyard Food Market, The Bernard Shaw Flea Market & DJ’s

Sunday (19.03)

Free admission

The Bernard Shaw – 11-12 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2





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