Amazing Family Events for St Patrick’s Festival 2024

Michelle

February 27, 2024

St Patrick's Festival

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Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival 2024 is bigger and better than ever! Events will take place across the capital, from March 15th to 18th 2024 to celebrate.

With family fun and community spirit at the heart of every St Patrick’s Festival, the family friendly Festival Quarter returns to the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on March 16th and 17th with gates open from 11.30 daily. This magical place offers FREE family fun with a mini fun fair, music, dance, storytelling, food, drink and everything in between!

The main parade this year has the theme Spréach (Spark) representing the unique essence of Ireland and the Irish people. The parade celebrates the values of community, diversity, youth and sustainability and aims to wow spectators with a breathtaking showcase of talent from around Ireland and further afield.  It winds through the city centre on Sunday March 17th from 12pm to 2pm.

Read on to discover some of the amazing family friendly events taking place over this 4 day celebration of Irish arts, culture and heritage.

St Patrick’s Festival 2024

Festival Quarter

Dates: March 16th & 17th 2024

Location: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

The family friendly Festival Quarter is back for St Patrick’s Festival 2024! Enjoy a weekend of wonderful FREE family friendly events from theatre to live shows, workshops to circus performances to an Irish food and craft village.

Hosted in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on March 16th & 17th, Festival Quarter will be open from 11.30am daily with FREE family activities from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday 16th and from 12pm to 10.30pm on Sunday (adults only after 6pm). This year features a 3000 capacity covered main stage in addition to performance and relaxation spaces for all to enjoy.

You are invited to come along with friends and family and immerse yourself in the many activities taking place. You can also enjoy feasting on diverse cooking from some of Ireland’s best food trucks in the Irish Food & Craft Village while you listen to sweet sounds from the GOAL Global Stage.

Tumble Circus

Date: March 16th from 1.55pm to 2.30pm & 3.55pm to 4.40pm

Location: Halla Mór, Festival Quarter, Collins Barracks

Be prepared to be wowed by the hardcore acrobatics and mind bending jugglers of Tumble Circus in the Halla Mór at Festival Quarter. Free for all, we are sure that everyone in the family will enjoy this spectacular show.

Mark The Science Guy

St Patrick's Festival 2022 Mark The Science Guy

Date: Saturday 16th March from 12.50pm to 1.35pm

Location: Halla Mór @ Festival Quarter, Collins Barracks

Expect whizzes, pops, booms and plenty of laughter when Mark the Science Guy hosts a fun-filled, energetic display of his favourite science experiments for the whole family to enjoy!

Francis Footwork 180º VR

Date: March 16th from 12pm to 12.45pm and 1.05pm to 1.50pm

Location: Festival Quarter

Cois Céim Dance Theatre presents Francis Footwork by David Bolger where you can see, touch, feel and dance in this 180º virtual reality presentation.

Suitable for all ages, this is a free show but space is limited and entry will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

St Patrick’s Festival 2024

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St Patrick's Festival 2024

Céilí Mór le  Dearbhla Lennon & Pipers Cross Céilí Band

St Patrick's Festival

Date: March 17th from 3pm to 5.15pm

Location: Halla Mór, The Festival Quarter, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

A St Patrick’s Day celebration would not be complete without a visit to the Céilí Mór! Join former Riverdance and champion Irish step-dancer Derbhla Lennon and the award winning Pipers Cross Céilí Band for a large-scale, bilingual, participative event to celebrate traditional Irish dance, language and music.

Learn the steps, enjoy the live music and soak up the atmosphere!

GOAL Global Stage

Dates: March 16th & 17th from 12pm daily

Location:  Festival Quarter, Collins Barracks

Visit the GOAL Global Stage to enjoy music, dance, theatre and more including these family, friendly performances:

  • Mariachi San Patricio on March 16th from 12pm to 12.30pm
  • Bollywood Ireland Dance Party on March 16th from 12.50pm to 1.35pm
  • Afro Dance Workshop with Lapree Lala on March 16th from 2.40pm to 3.25pm

City Fun Fair

St Patrick's Festival

Dates: March 16th & 17th from 11am to 9pm and March 18th from 11am to 8pm

Location: Custom House Quay, Dublin City Centre

The city funfair is back for 2024. Watch the city light up and enjoy everything from waltzers to bumper cars and fast moving rides to ones that lift you high above the Liffey!

The St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick's Festival

Date: March 17th from 12pm

Location: The Parade begins on Parnell Square and ends near St Stephen’s Green

The St Patrick’s Day Parade will wind through the streets of Dublin, hundreds of participants will entertain the crowds with music, art, theatre, dance and much more.

The theme for St Patrick’s Festival 2024 is Spréach (Spark) celebrating community, diversity, youth and sustainability and these will be reflected by the spectacular line up. So pick your spot along the route and be prepared to be entertained.

You can also get a bird’s eye view of all the action by booking a Grandstand ticket.

One City

St Patrick's Festival

Dates: March 6th to 23rd (various dates)

Location: Various locations throughout Dublin

One City brings live events and activities throughout Dublin during March. Enjoy everything from folk music to poetry, dance performances to brand new theatre pieces, walking tours to storytelling.

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