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10 Things to Do on St Patrick’s Weekend in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

17th February 2022

This year, St Patrick’s Day in Dublin is going to be bigger than ever before. With an additional bank holiday on Friday 18 March creating a four day weekend, there are even more opportunities to mark the occasion and celebrate all over the city. From the parade that weaves through town to intimate concerts and events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin.

Whether you want to dance the night away at a gig or enjoy a meditative sound bath at a wellness festival, here are some of the best ways to enjoy the bumper bank holiday weekend.

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Celebrate at St Patrick’s Festival

16-20 March

After two years on hold, St Patrick’s Festival is going to be one to remember. The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History will be transformed into the Festival Quarter, with family activities throughout the day and gigs and parties at night. Some of Ireland’s best musicians will take to the main stage over the four nights, like Lyra, Soulé & Bobbi Arlo and Damien Dempsey, while the DJs of Mother spin. During the day, there will be a huge variety of events, from panel discussions to improv comedy shows. Head to the Spiegeltent Mór and you’ll find a series of circus and clowning shows for all ages, like Ballet Poulet and the Tumble Circus. If you fancy a bit of a jig, the giant interactive Céilí Mór will be held on 17 March led by former Riverdancer Dearbhla Lennon.

View the St Patrick's Day Festival map to see this year's parade route.

Unwind at the Breathe Festival

18-19 March

For those who want to weave a bit of wellness into the weekend, the Breathe Festival is the place to be. Running over two days at The Law Society on Blackhall Place, this festival has a jam packed schedule of activities and workshops designed to calm the mind, from yin yoga classes to guided meditation sessions. There will be plenty of guest speakers too, like the healthy eating advocates at The Happy Pear or the influencer chef Trisha Lewis. It’s also family friendly, with yoga classes for kids held on both days. 

Watch Endgame at The Gate

16-19 March

What better way to celebrate Ireland than by taking in a play by one of our greatest writers at the Gate Theatre? Samuel Beckett’s dark comedy Endgame has been revived by the Broadway director Danya Taymor, with a star studded cast including comedian Frankie Boyle and actor Robert Sheehan. While there’s no performance on St Patrick’s Day itself, there is an additional matinee on Saturday 19 March. Make a day of it by booking a table for lunch at Mr Fox on Parnell Square, a contemporary Irish restaurant that comes recommended by the Michelin Guide. 

Make a snake puppet in the Hugh Lane

19 March

The Hugh Lane Gallery is one of the best contemporary art spaces in the country, but they also host some great workshops for kids. On Saturday 19 March artist Kim Jenkinson is hosting a morning origami class, where over the course of an hour kids will learn the ancient art of paper folding and create their own colourful snake puppets in honour of St Patrick. In the meantime, you’re free to go and explore the gallery, from the beautiful stained glass windows made by Harry Clarke to the frightful mess of Francis Bacon’s very own studio. 

Take in a modern tragedy at the Abbey Theatre

16 & 19 March

With a vibrant cast and a powerful message, X’NTIGONE After Sophocles’ Antigone is coming to the stage of the Abbey Theatre just in time for the bank holiday weekend. A contemporary take on Sophocles’ tragedy about rival brothers in the aftermath of civil war, this reimagination of the tale is set in a post-apocalyptic Thebes. With the spirit of rebellion and insurgence in the air, the story follows leader Creon and his niece X’ntigone as they forge a new life in the wreckage of the old world order. As well as the evening performances, there’s a matinee on Saturday.

Laugh with Des Bishop in Vicar Street

18 March

The Irish-American Des Bishop has long been a part of the comedy scene, with a series of hit television shows and stand up tours under his belt. While one of his previous sets was dedicated to his father, his new show Mia Mamma is all about his mother who passed away in 2019. But that doesn’t mean it’s a sombre affair. Instead, the show looks at how grief can provide unexpected moments of comedy and how we can find humour in even the hardest times.

If you’re looking for dinner before the show, head into Lucky’s on Meath Street for an artisan pizza straight from the wood-fired oven.

Join Lisa O’Neill in the National Concert Hall

20 March

At this one off event in the National Concert Hall you’ll see songwriters take to the stage to both perform their songs and talk about the inspiration behind them, in an evening that combines live music and storytelling. Heading up the event is Lisa O’Neill, a folk musician from Cavan who has toured with David Gray and Glen Hansard. She’ll be joined by Seamus Fogarty, Kú and Ruth O'Mahony-Brady, whose musical styles range from traditional folk to more experimental electronica.

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Dance with Fatboy Slim at the 3Arena

16 March

Kick off the bank holiday weekend in style with what’s set to be a stomper of a gig from Fatboy Slim on 16 March. With a string of hits behind him and a reputation as one of the all time great DJs, the crowd will be dancing the night away in the 3Arena to hits like Praise You and Right Here, Right Now. For dinner with a view before the show, head to The Mayson just a 15-minute walk away, where you can dine in the rooftop restaurant overlooking the River Liffey.  

Watch The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

15-19 March

This adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has come straight from the London stage and is heading to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for a series of performances over the bank holiday weekend. Using a combination of large scale puppetry, aerial effects and dazzling light displays, the show tells the story of four children who visit the magical land of Narnia. The production is suitable for children aged four and up and there are matinee performances on 16, 17 and 19 March if you’d prefer an afternoon show.

Be mesmerised by the National Symphony Orchestra

17 March

Combining the sounds of traditional Irish music with classical symphonic style, this concert sees the vocalist Shaun Davey perform with the National Symphony Orchestra. The songs will include pieces like The Brendan Voyage and Granuaile, which tells the story of the 16th-century pirate Grace O'Malley, with uilleann pipes and harps alongside the full orchestra. This musical collaboration is a one off performance created just for St Patrick’s Day in the National Concert Hall.

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