St. Patrick’s Festival 2023

For hundreds of years, from a small island on the edge of Europe, we have shared our music, poetry, art, literature, our culture and heritage, and most of all, our people, with communities and countries all over the world.

Our stories have bound us together as one global community – a community that traverses borders, enthrals and entrances, connects and inspires. A community that welcomes all voices with dignity and respect. One community, one planet, one human race, one great, big beating heart.

This March, we invite you to St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin to help us celebrate our part and our place in our global community…

To share, to laugh, to speak, to sing, to dance, to perform, to participate, and to be together, as one, wherever you are in the world.

From our world-famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to our jam packed programme of events at Festival Quarter at the iconic National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, including the very best in music, dance, circus, conversation, spectacle, food and drink and so much more.

And with events taking place throughout our wonderful city, Dublin is the place to be this March.

What's On

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This year’s National St. Patrick’s Day Parade, driven by the values of community, diversity, youth and sustainability, will be the most ambitious ever, featuring breath-taking new artistic, interactive and aerial elements.


Festival Quarter

Returning for 2023 after an incredibly successful debut last year is the St. Patrick’s Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks which will be home to a magical day-to-night urban Festival for all, from March 16th to 18th!


One City

As part of a curated programme of events in collaboration with cultural partners around the city, there will be many St. Patrick’s Festival supported live events and club nights throughout Dublin over the period of the Festival.



ABAIR is an annual oral traditions programme which explores the Irish traditions of storytelling, song, and oral history and traces their links around the world. Taking place as part of The St. Patrick’s Festival, the multi-format programme offers a wide array of concerts, pop-ups and storytelling sessions


Me Auld Flower Festival

Me Auld Flower is a new Irish food & drink festival taking place from 16-19 March in the historic fruit & veg market building in the heart of Dublin 7. Brought to you by the team behind Big Grill Festival – Europe's largest bbq & food festival, held annually in Herbert Park, Dublin 4 – and in association with St. Patrick’s Festival 2023, it is the first-of-its-kind in the venue.


Mother presents Cultúr Club

The stage is set for a very special night of live music, queer performance and art in celebration of Irish LGBTQ+ club culture and the transformative power of the dancefloor in one of Ireland's most iconic spaces. Cultúr Club will see St. Patrick's Festival and LGBTQ+ Club promoters, Mother, collaborate once again on the eve of the world's largest celebration of Irish Culture for one big PARTY at Festival Quarter in the National Musuem of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Expect the unexpected!


Selected Events...

Pillow Queens & Friends

In a unique collaboration, St. Patrick’s Festival have invited Pillow Queens to curate an evening that celebrates the best of new Irish music across four stages on the Festival Quarter site, before they take to the main stage and bring it home with a set that is sure to thrill audiences in a true celebration of Irish culture.


The Big Day After

On Saturday 18th March, the day after the night before, our packed programme of free family events returns, with something for absolutely everybody. For families, we've got a whole host of activities including street theatre, interactive games, circus and science shows, talks, and loads more fun in between.


Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk

he 16th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday 17th March. Over 2,000 enthusiastic walkers are expected to take on the 26km challenge, with the option of starting from Howth Harbour or Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Suitable for most fitness levels, the walk will take participants along the scenic Dublin Bay route with a ‘Halfway Hooley’ hosted at sponsor Dublin Port Company’s Pumphouse.


Ballad Walking Tours

Join Dublin balladeer and entertainer Seán Fitzgerald for a musical walking tour of Dublin City. You’ll hear songs from Dublin and stories of Dublin, The songs of the blind poet Zozimus, Bard of the Liberties, from the early 19th century as well as 21st Century Irish songs.


Art Workshops at The Hugh Lane Gallery

During this fun hands-on workshop with artist Liliane Puthod we will look into the famous lucky charm that is the Irish Shamrock, and be inspired by Richard Gorman’s abstract paintings exploring bold and colourful shapes to create our very own geometrical composition


Áine Gallagher: For the Love of Milseáin

Áine Gallagher is proud to be Ireland’s only guerilla Irish language teacher. Having absolutely no qualifications or credentials, she has spent the last years on the road, popping up wherever she can to share her love of the language.


St. Patrick's Festival 2023 Launch