March 17th is in close view and incase you’ve yet to make plans, we’ve rounded up the best bits of this years’ St. Patricks Day Festival. There are a huge load of family-friendly (and adult-only) events over the next five days, so make sure to get out – while the sun is out – and enjoy all the free events on offer, or click here to see the full St. Patricks Festival schedule.
Enjoy St. Patricks festival Big Day Out Here
Merrion Square will come alive this Sunday with a vibrant street carnival bursting with street theatre, music, aerial performances, workshops, crafts, Irish language activities and more. Enter a world of fantasy at Merrion Square and take part in 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. 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. Events kick off 12PM and this is a perfect way to spend an afternoon with children. Click here for more info
Enjoy An All Day Party Here With Tale Of Us
This coming Friday, District 8 Presents; Tale Of Us; an eight-hour all-day outdoor and indoor party in Dublin’s city centre featuring Berlin duo Tale Of Us. Karm and Matteo – the faces behind Tale Of Use – are known for their deep emotional take on House and TechnoTheir productions are instantly recognisable as Tale Of Us and we are massively excited for their debut at District 8. Other acts on the day include Eóin Smyth, Moduse, Mulljoy, Paradox DJ’s, String & Bates, plus more. Doors open 2PM and you can get your tickets here.
Go To Higher Vision Here
Lose yourself this weekend at Higher Vision at Bellurgan Park, Co Louth, to ten stellar international guests and over 70 local heroes. This is Ireland’s first ever St. Patricks Day BYOB electronic music and arts festival and the lineup includes Ejeca, Dimitri From Paris, Dense & Pika, Julio Bashmore, Josh Butler, Denis Sulta, I Hate Models, FJAAK. Altern 8 & Phil Kieran Jordan, DJ Deece, Kaily, Jamie Behan, Dan Stritch, Chris Hanna, BOBBY ANALOG, Bobofunk, Pusher (live), Hidden Flux, plus many more. Find last remaining tickets here and find your transport here.
Enjoy The Sounds Of Our Generation Here
With a carefully curated lineup, Young Blood places the voices, the rhythms, the musings and the mutterings of a young Irish generation, front and centre, on the august stage of the National Concert Hall this Saturday, March 18th, at 8PM. Ireland ‘as she is’ will be dissected and celebrated, through a powerful collective performance of our young, breakthrough hip-hop and spoken word artists. Curated by Aoife Woodlock, Music Producer of Other Voices, Young Blood will amplify the voice of a generation through its smartest, most articulate, expressive young musicians and poets of their time. More info and tickets here.
Enjoy The Bernard Shaw Grafitti Jam Here
Check out Dublin’s underground sights and sounds, at The Bernard Shaw Graff Jam as local artists showcase the best of Irish street art, food, craft brews, sweet vintage collectables 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 Irelands leading urban artist James Early for a pre-Jam Q&A. This is a free event and kicks off from 12PM until late. More info here.
This Ain’t No Disco is a new Irish music programme which contains performance, collaboration and conversation hosted by Donal Dineen and directed by Myles O’Reilly. Taking place in the lively atmosphere of The Sugar Club on Dublin’s Leeson Street, expect plenty of new Irish music to pop up along the way as they track down and chat with musicians in Dublin and those now living in New York. This is a ticketed event and tickets can be found here.
Enjoy Music For 18 Machines Here
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 for 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. On the night the music will be performed by Simon Cullen, Neil O’Connor, Glenn Keating and Liam Caffrey.
A uniquely commissioned light project has been designed by Algorithim. Sound system and installation designed by Abe Scheele. For more info and tickets click here
Explore Dublin City During This Unique Treasure Hunt Here
Unlock the city as you navigate this exciting trail, visit some of Dublin’s beautiful and historical locations and solve clues in this unique city centre treasure hunt. Members of the public are being asked to tap into your adventurous spirit, as you work in teams to solve a series of questions and discover Dublin city in this unique way. A great afternoon for children, you’re bound to meet someone new and learn a thing or two. Afterwards, enjoy music and entertainment in City Hall with lots of prizes on the day too. Register your team here, and click here for more info.
Cure Any Hangover Here
When the inevitable does happen, head to Eatyard next door to The Bernard Shaw for a food-pick-me-up whether you’re looking for something finger-licking like Pitt Bros or No Bones Chicken Cones, or something on the healthier side like Pasta Box or Pow Bao. Open every Thursday to Sunday from noon. Click here to see the full list of delicious vendors.
Enjoy A Traditional Ceili Here
What’s St. Patricks Day without a dance and a sing-song, ey? Get your dancing shoes on tomorrow, Thursday March 16th, and join the world’s largest outdoor céilí, a celebration of traditional Irish dancing. Learn the steps, enjoy traditional live music and soak up the atmosphere on the streets of Dublin. Join host Dearbhla Lennon, Irish-dancing champion, for the best of céilí music and dance. Expert caller Jerry O’Reilly will lead you through céilí classics such as the Siege of Ennis, Shoe the Donkey and the Stack of Barley, demonstrated by the dancers of Brooks Academy, with world-class accompaniment from the Matt Cunningham Band. The Devane Family, musicians and sean-nós dancers from Connemara, will also feature, marvel at this exquisite art form as they showcase their creative footwork. This is a free event, click here for more info. Hup!
Lá fhéile Pádraig from everyone here at IMAGE!