St Patrick’s Festival: Things to do Before the Big Day


Coming up to St. Patrick’s Day there is always great energy around the Island. Tourists and locals are both chomping at the bit to celebrate the national holiday, but why wait?

With tonnes of events and social gatherings to attend in the lead-up to St. Patricks Day, start the celebrations early this year!

Here are five of the best things to do before St. Patrick’s Day 2023.

A mother and a her daughter dressed up in green with green masks and decorations for St. Patrick's Day

The Big Little Treasure Hunt

If you are looking for some excellent outdoor adventure at this St. Patrick’s Festival, then consider The Big Little Treasure Hunt, an adventure through time and space, without leaving Stephen’s Green.

Sign in at The Little Museum of Dublin they’ll give you a map of the square with clues throughout. Your challenge is to complete the treasure hunt by finding the answers at the places indicated on the map. You can race around the Green or make the journey at a leisurely victorian pace. The choice is up to you.

Dates: Wed 15 Mar, Thu 16 Mar, Fri 17 Mar, Sat 18 Mar, Sun 19 Mar

Times: Self Guided Tour. 9:00am – 5:00pm

Locations: The Little Museum of Dublin

Tickets: From €8

A woman reading from a brochure on the Big Treasure Hunt and more for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patricks Day Festival Quarter – Cultúr Club

St. Patrick’s Festival and Mother are delighted to present Cultúr Club at Festival Quarter in the National Museum of Ireland.

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 Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks.

Championing the idea that clubbing is culture – a vibrant and pivotal cultural expression – Cultúr Club spans 4 stages across the Festival Quarter site, playing host to some of Ireland’s finest DJs, drag queens, artists, cabaret talent and performers from across the LGBTQ+ community and traversing musical styles including pop, disco and electro to techno and beyond.

Dates: Thu 16 Mar

Times: Doors from 6:00pm

Locations: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

Ages: Over 18s

Tickets: Early Bird Ticket from €20 Plus Booking

A graphic poster for St. Patrick's Festival Festival Quarter

Me Auld Flower

Me Auld Flower is a new Irish food and drink festival taking place from 16-19 March in the historic fruit and veg market building in the heart of Dublin 7.

Me Auld Flower Festival brings the best of Ireland’s contemporary food and drink scene together in the old marketplace building. Experience a melting pot of producers, restaurants, chefs, distillers, brewers and makers all under one roof. Listen and learn about Irish food and drink culture through demos, classes, competitions, tastings and workshops, and get stuck in with a host of live music acts and DJs. 

Celebrate the vibrant food culture of our island in the best way possible, by eating all around it! And raise a glass – or a knife and fork, a spoon, or a pair of chopsticks – to our national holiday at Me Auld Flower.

Times: Thurs 16 March: 4pm – 10pm, Fri 17 Mar Day Session: 11am – 4pm; Evening Session: 5pm – 10pm* (*strictly over 18s sessions), Sat 18 Mar Day Session: 11am – 4pm; Evening Session: 5pm – 10pm* (*strictly over 18s sessions), Sun 19 Mar: 12pm – 8pm

Locations: Dublin City Fruit, Veg and Flower Market

Tickets: From €22 plus booking fee

St Patrick’s Day Family Fest

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, on Thursday 18th at the National Print Museum. Bring the family to an afternoon of fun and creativity. 

Learn about the National Printwork Museum’s unique collection, have a go at making your own print, and explore some Irish-themed crafts too. Suitable for all the family. Self-guided activity. Free drop-in event, no booking required. 

The National Print Museum was founded by members of the print industry, spearheaded by Sean Galavan, and in 1996 it officially opened at the Office of Public Works’ Garrison Chapel in Beggars Bush Barracks. The National Print Museum promotes a greater understanding of the historical significance and the contemporary relevance of printing in Ireland by exploring its heritage, craft and technology.

Dates: Thu 16 Mar

Times: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Locations: National Print Museum

Ages: All Ages

The National Print Museum with its distinctive roof, and stonework

One City Festival Programme

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.

Enjoy everything from art exhibitions to yoga classes, orchestral performances to brand new theatre pieces, walking tours to skiff racing. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the city while also supporting our workers across the arts, culture, heritage, festivals, entertainment, tourism, hospitality and accommodation industries, locally, nationally and internationally.

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Iconic monuments in Dublin lit up in green for St. Patrick's Day and their colours reflected in Liffey river


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