Things to Do with Kids This St Patrick’s Day Weekend 2024

Michelle

February 13, 2024

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St Patrick’s Day 2023 falls on a Sunday this year, making it the ideal opportunity to have a fun long weekend! From family-friendly festivals to colourful parades, live music and fun hands-on workshops, there is plenty to amuse families of all ages this St Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

Here are some of the fun events to look forward to over the St Patrick’s Day 2024 weekend around Ireland.

St Patrick’s Day 2024 Events in Ireland

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival and Parade

St Patrick's Festival

Date: March 15th to 18th 2024

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival is back with plenty of family fun and community spirit. This year you can enjoy a city fun fair and a festival quarter, along with the main parade on March 17th.

Discover some of the amazing family-friendly events taking place over this five day celebration of Irish arts, culture and heritage.

Saint Patrick’s Legends Trail, Fota House & Gardens

Date: March 15th to 18th from 11am to 4pm

Enjoy a themed trail around the Arboretum & Gardens at Fota House & Gardens, Cork! Learn about the legend of St Patrick and stories of old from the vikings to the Hill of Tara!

St Patrick’s Legends Trail takes place at Fota House from March 15-18th. No pre-booking is required.

St Patrick’s Day Snake Trail at Birr Castle Demesne, Offaly

St Patricks Day Snake Trail at Birr Castle

Date: March 15th to 19th 2024 from 9am to 5pm

Follow a trail of slithering snakes through the gardens and parklands of Birr Castle Demesne. Can you find the snakes that St Patrick left behind? Find them all and discover their secret message to claim your sweet treat.

The trail is included in the general admission price. No booking required.

St Patrick’s Weekend Museum Trail at Johnstown Castle, Wexford

Date: March 15th to 19th during opening hours

Enjoy a fun family Leprechaun Folklore Trail this St Patrick’s weekend at the Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle. The trail will give you  a unique insight into the history of Irish country life and all participants will receive a treat on completion.

The trail is included in the general admission price. No booking required but they have advised that you wear something green to avoid being pinched by a Leprechaun!

St Patrick’s Day Snake Hunt at Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny

Date: March 15th to 18th between 10am and 4pm daily

St Patrick is known for introducing Christianity to Ireland, but also for banishing all the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea. However, there are some snakes which are rumoured to have hidden away in Kilkenny and only emerge in the springtime…

We invite you to bring your family to join us for our Annual St Patrick’s Day Snake Hunt, and finish the job Paddy started!

This is a free event, although normal farm entry applies.

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St Patrick’s Day Events at the National Museums of Ireland

Dates: March 2024

If you are looking for a fun, free day out this St Patrick’s weekend, why not try one of our National Museums? There are a range of events taking place in the run up to St Patrick’s Day at each of the NMI locations in Dublin and Mayo.

Most events at the NMI Museums are free of charge, but some do require you to book your place.

St Patrick’s Day Events at glór, Ennis

Eoin O Neill MORglor featured event image

Date: March 17th 2024

glór have 2 family friendly events running on St Patrick’s Day;

  • Trad session with Eoin O’Neill & Friends at 12pm
  • Cartoon Saloon at 2pm

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Cork St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

Dates: March 15th to 18th 2024

Organised by Cork City Council, the Cork St Patrick’s Day Festival will take place from March 15th to March 18th with the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade taking place on March 17th from 1pm.

The theme of the Parade is ‘Pure Imagination’.

Limerick St Patrick’s Festival

Limerick St Patricks Festival events

Date: March 15th to 18th 2024

Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival features a host of fun events with the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th, traditionally featuring up to 2,000 participants from all across community groups, bands and sports clubs, providing a colourful display of performances and costumes, complemented by professional artistic programmed content.

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Family Workshops at Hugh Lane Gallery

Date: March 16th 2024

The Hugh Lane Gallery have 2 family friendly workshops taking place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day:

  • Wearable Art Workshop for 7 to 10 year olds from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Print Your Own Postcard for 13 to 17 years olds from 2pm to 3.30pm

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Kilkenny St Patrick’s Festival

Date: March 15th to 18th 2024

During the St Patrick’s Festival, Kilkenny city and county come alive with pageantry, craic agus ceol! With the St Patrick’s Day Parade, five days of music and entertainment, and events for all the family.

Centred around the St Patrick’s Day Parade but stretching into nearly a week-long event, visitors can enjoy a parade of local colour, street entertainment, fire shows, carnival rides, a food market, creative workshops for all ages and the best in live Irish music, all in an intimate medieval city that’ll make you feel right at home.

Cobh St Patrick’s Parade and Festival

Date: March 17th

Cobh St Patrick’s Festival is back with a “bang” this year, with lots to look forward to, including the annual St Patrick’s Day parade from 2pm on March 17th.

Silk Worm Families: Felt Finger Puppets Workshop at Chester Beatty Library

Date: March 16th at 12pm

Participate in celebrating St Patrick’s Festival with Chester Beatty Library and make a unique green hat to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

This event is free, booking is required as places are limited to 15. For more information, click here.

Steam Train Rides at Stradbally Woodland Railway, Laois

Stradbally woodland railway

Date: March 16th to 18th

The Stradbally Woodland Railway are back with train rides this St Patrick’s Weekend.

Tickets can be bought on the day.

For more information, check their Facebook page.

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