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St Patrick's Festival 2020

By Visit Dublin

12th February 2020

This year, the St Patrick's Festival takes place from 13–17 March and promises five great days and nights.

As one of the globe’s most dynamic cultural holidays, Dublin’s festival is obviously considered the locus of the celebrations – from music to spoken word, art exhibitions to foodie trails and family-friendly fun, no cultural stone will be left unturned, whether it be traditional or contemporary.

So be sure to kit yourself in green, don a bouquet of shamrocks and join the fun this March when the entire city is transformed into one huge party. Your only challenge will be packing everything in! Here are some tips on what not to miss.

Man with electric guitar on parade float

Watch the parade

Date: 17 March 2020
Location: City Centre

As the centrepiece of the festival in the heart of the city, Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade is alive with fun and vibrant spectacle. Join the good-humoured crowds lining the streets for this show-stopping procession, which is big, bold and colourful. Expect to see giant puppets, mind-blowing street entertainers and mighty marching bands.
 
Usually starting at Parnell Square, the parade winds its way towards O'Connell Street, crossing the bridge and heading toward Dame Street, ending at Wexford Street just before St. Stephen's Green.
 
Why not treat yourself to a seat in one of the Festival Parade Grandstands, which offer the chance to watch the parade from under a covered stand. Make sure to book your spot in advance.

People in colourful costumes at the St Patrick's Day parade

Dublin Gospel Choir & guests

Date: 16 & 17 March 2020
Location: Pepper Canister Church

Feel the love at one of the Dublin Gospel Choir’s gigs during this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. The energetic performances from this 40-piece choir ensure to uplift spirits with a collection of powerful voices and lush harmonies. Special guests will join them on both nights, making this an unforgettable night out.
 
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Ballad Walking Tours

Date: 14–16 March 2020
Location: Meeting point in Temple Bar

Take the opportunity this bank holiday to learn about Dublin’s social history through song. Dublin has a long and illustrious history, which has often been remembered and recorded musically — or in a fantastic tale. We are a nation of storytellers after all.
 
Led by balladeer and storyteller Seán Fitzgerald, the Ballad Walking Tour offers a collaborative and interactive expedition that narrates the history of Irish music and Dublin City in a classically laid-back and good-humoured style.

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Performers dressed in red at the St Patrick's day parade

Lisa Hannigan Sings Pomes Penyeach

Date: 16 March 2020
Location: National Concert Hall

It is impossible to separate world-famous writer James Joyce from his hometown of Dublin, thanks to his many writings about the city — from Dubliners to Ulysses. Therefore, as a celebration of Ireland’s rich cultural heritage, St Patrick’s Day seems like the perfect holiday to remember and pay tribute to James Joyce.
 
And luckily, we can; at the world premiere of James Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach with singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan at the National Concert Hall. Most of the poems in Pomes Penyeach, James Joyce’s second and last book of poetry, date from between 1912 and 1924 and can be traced to specific biographical moments in his life. For one evening, the audience can see some of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians giving this great work of poetry a modern makeover.

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Where We Live

Date: 11–21 March 2020
Location: Project Arts Centre
 
Theatre group THISISPOPBABY and St Patrick’s festival have come together to create 10 days of performance, including 22 events with over 80 artists. The shows and events will aim to question and celebrate what it means and how it feels to live in Dublin right now.
 
The sub-festival, entitled ‘Stories from the city, told in the heart of town’ will encompass theatre, works in progress and special events from some of the best storytellers and makers in Ireland — expect music collaborations, rapid-response performance, visual art installations, a one-off record fair and, of course, dancing.

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Woman made of grass parade float

This is How we Fly with special guest Iarla Ó Lionáird

Date: 15 Mar 2020
Location: Liberty Hall
 
Can’t decide between traditional music, contemporary Irish events and dance? Well, you don’t have to. This is How we Fly defies genre, encompassing trad, contemporary compositions and lots of dancing, with an event that touches on Ireland’s ancient literary history
 
The contemporary folk group comprising of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Seán Mac Erlaine, Nic Gareiss and Petter Berndalen, celebrate their ten-year in concert in collaboration with acclaimed Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.
 
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Zero Zero feat. Crash Ensemble & Mango X MathMan

Date: 16 March 2020
Location: Space Upstairs, Project Arts Centre
  
The St Patrick’s Festival event, Zero Zero, will see the worlds of street music, rap, spoken word and contemporary classical music collide.
 
If you’re not a traditional Irish music buff and prefer something a bit more modern, be sure to check out the creative collaboration between Irish hip hop artists Mango X Mathman and the internationally-renowned Crash Ensemble. Expect well-known tracks alongside new music.
 
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For further events and info, visit stpatricksfestival.ie.

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