Things To Do With Kids This St Patrick’s Day Weekend 2020

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St Patrick's day events in Ireland weekend

St Patrick’s Day 2020 falls on a Tuesday which means the Bank Holiday falls on March 17th this year. Are you looking for activities for the kids in your area this St Patrick’s bank holiday? Here are some of the events that will be running on St Patrick’s day 2020 around Ireland.

From family trails to parades, music and dance to fun workshops, there is plenty to amuse families of all ages this St Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

PLEASE NOTE: IN A BID TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID 19/ CORONAVIRUS, MANY LARGE SCALE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED INCLUDING ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADES AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO PLEASE CHECK THE EVENT YOU WISH TO ATTEND IS TAKING PLACE BEFORE TRAVELLING

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St Patrick’s Day Events In Ireland for 2020

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

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Dates & Times: 14th to 17th March 2020, 9am to 6pm

Follow a trail of slithering snakes through the gardens, treehouse & playground at Birr Castle & Gardens 14th – 17th March 2020. Can you find the snakes that St. Patrick left behind? There will also be complimentary face painting on selected day over the St Patrick’s Weekend. And you are invited to take part in the Gallery Challenge and the New Quest in the Demense!

How To Book: The Snake Trial is covered by your general admission ticket. 

St Patrick’s Snakes & Shamrocks Trail at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

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Dates & Times: Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th March, 11am to 3pm

If you are in the Cork area this St. Patrick’s weekend be sure to take a trip to Fota House & Gardens to find out all about what St Patrick got up to with the snakes and shamrocks!

How to Book: No booking required, trails are part of your entrance ticket.

Leprechaun Challenge, Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle, Wexford

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Dates & Times: Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th March 2020, 12pm to 5.30pm daily (last entry for challenge is at 3.30pm)

The Leprechauns have taken over the Museum at Johnstown Castle for St Patrick’s weekend! Leprechauns are synonymous with all things green and this year they’re asking visitors to take their Green Challenge around the Museum and help save the planet! “We’re sick and tired of finding rubbish at the end of our rainbows”, said Shenanigans McMuffin, their spokes-fairy. “It’s about time humans cleaned up their act and this St. Patrick’s day we’ve laid out a trail around the Museum with our advice on going green! We earn our gold from repairing fairy shoes and nothing is thrown away in our world. There will be craic and coins aplenty and don’t forget to wear something green!”

This is a family friendly event, entirely indoors, includes sweet treats, free to members and included in the usual Park entry fee for non-members.

How to Book: No need to book in advance as the Challenge is self-guiding.

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

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Dates & Times: Saturday 14th & Tuesday 17th, 10am to 4pm

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! The snake hunt takes place on Saturday 14th and Tuesday 17th March, between 10am-4pm.

How to Book: This is a free event, although normal farm entry still applies.

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 2020

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Dates & Times: Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th March 2020 CANCELLED

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Festival grows bigger and bigger every year in terms of the fun events that are offered. This year’s St. Patrick’s Festival runs from Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th March 2020 and will have a host of themed events, music and workshops for families to enjoy.

Details of the St Patrick’s Day Parade are still to be announced. It usually begins at 12pm on March 17th from Parnell Square and continues on the 2.5km route down O’Connell Street, across the Liffey at O’Connell Bridge, past Trinity College and on to St Patrick’s Cathedral via Dame Street.

How to Book: Many events are free but check out the St Patrick’s Festival website for full details of all events taking place.

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St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at The National Museums of Ireland

St Patrick's day events in Ireland at National Museums of Ireland

Dates & Times: March 2020 various dates & times

If you are looking for a fun free day out this St Patrick’s Day, then why not try one of our National Museums. There are also some events taking place in the run up to St Patrick’s Day including:

  • Museum activity trails and sheets run daily during opening hours at NMI Archaeology Kildare Street, NMI Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks from March 1st to 17th, NMI Natural History Merrion Street, Dublin from March 1st to 31st.
  • Tour of National Museum Treasures at NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street on Saturday March 14th at 11.30am to 12.15pm and 2pm to 2.45pm
  • Green Design In Action workshops at NMI Country Life Turlough Park, Mayo on Saturday March 14th at 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm
  • Bilingual Public Tours of NMI Collins Barracks on Sunday March 15th from 3pm to 4pm

How to Book: Most events at the NMI Museums are free of charge but some do require you to book your place. Please check the National Museum of Ireland website for individual event requirements.

St Patrick’s Day at glór, Ennis

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Dates & Times: Sunday 15th March from 4pm & Tuesday 17th March from 12pm

glór in Ennis have a free evening of world music, dance and song suitable for all ages on Sunday March 14th from 4pm. And on March 17th go along to enjoy a free trad music session from 12pm to 2pm, face painting from 12pm to 3pm (€2 each) and get your tickets for The Joe Daly Children’s Magic & Illusion Show from 2pm.

How to Book: Some events are free. Book tickets for the Joe Daly Show here.

Puppet Theatre Show at Phoenix Park, Dublin

Dates and Times: Sunday 15th March, 1.30pm and 3pm

The Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre will be bringing fairy tales to life at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

How to Book: This is a free event and tickets will be given out first come first service on the day.

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Cork St Patricks Day Festival And Parade

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Dates: Friday March 13th to Tuesday March 17th 2020 CANCELLED

This year’s Cork St Patrick’s Festival will happen in the heart of Cork City 13th – 17th March 2020 with events taking place for all ages to enjoy.

The Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Tuesday March 17th from 1pm. It features up to 3,000 members of communities from all walks of life across the city – sporting groups to dance schools, new communities to our long-established brass bands, and annual special guests from around the world.

Limerick St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

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Dates: Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th March 2020

Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2020 brings events, music and fun to the city. On Sunday March 15th the streets will be filled with music as over 1,300 musicians and marching bands from Ireland, Europe & USA compete in the 50th Limerick International Band Competition.

On St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, thousands of participants will march in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade which will begin at 12pm.

Mac Luí Westport Children’s Arts Festival, Mayo

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Dates & Times: Wednesday March 11th to Tuesday March 17th

The annual Mac Luí Westport Children’s Arts Festival takes place over St Patrick’s Weekend and the programme includes theatre, arts & craft, music and much more in various venues in Westport.

How to Book: Many events are free, those that require booking should be booked online.

Hunt The Shamrock at The Hunt Museum, Limerick

Dates: Tuesday 17th March

Hunt the Shamrocks in the Hunt Museum. Find all 6 to give yourself a pot of luck.

How to Book: Book online, €7.50 and they also have a two for the price of one and children go free offer

Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade

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Date & Time: Tuesday March 17th from 11.30am CANCELLED

As European City of Culture for 2020 the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year should be very special. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Parade will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1.00pm, following the traditional route from Father Griffin Rd, along Dominick St, Shop Street and up to Eyre Square.

Sligo St Patrick’s Day Parade

Date & Time: Tuesday March 17th from 12pm CANCELLED

The annual Sligo St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Tuesday 17th March from 12pm taking off from Mail Coach Road and finishing at Our Lady’s of Mercy primary school. There will be plenty of floats, groups, music and free family friendly events to enjoy.

Tullamore St Patrick’s Day Parade

Date & Time: Tuesday March 17th from 11am CANCELLED

The annual Tullamore St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place Tuesday 17th March at 11am. The theme for this year’s parade in Tullamore is Climate Change, What Can WE Do?

Clane St Patrick’s Day Festival

Date & Time: Tuesday March 17th CANCELLED

Clane St Patricks Day Festival 2020 Parade will take place on Tuesday 17th March with the theme of “Our Children, Our Future”.

Letterkenny St Patrick’s Day Parade

Date & Time: Tuesday17th March starting at 3pm CANCELLED

In Letterkenny there will be a traditional parade with bands, carnivals, floats etc. A lovely family day out that will have something for everyone. This year’s parade is taking place on Tuesday17th March starting at 3pm.

Kilkenny Tradfest

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Date & Times: Thursday 12th to Tuesday 17th March 2020

Traditional song, music and dance will abound on the streets and venues in Kilkenny this St Patrick’s Day Weekend for Kilkenny Tradfest.

The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Kilkenny City starts at 1.30pm on Tuesday March 17th. The theme this year is Biodiversity and all the floats will this into their themes.

Snakey Slime Labs at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow

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Dates & Times: Saturday March 14th to Tuesday March 17th, 11am & 1pm

Mix science with some serious explosions of fun this St Patrick’s Weekend with a Snakey Slime Workshop where you will get a unique slime recipe and learn how to help banish plastic from Ireland!

How To Book: To ensure you place, book in advance.

Rathwood’s Peppa Express, Carlow

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Dates & Times: Saturday March 7th to Saturday 29th March 2020 from 10am

This St Patrick’s Weekend take an adventurous train ride with Peppa Pig and her little brother George who have been jumping in muddy puddles in Rathwood Forest!

How to Book: Tickets are selling fast and should be booked in advance. 

St Patrick’s Day at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare

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Dates & Times: Saturday March 14th to Tuesday March 17th 2020

Enjoy some family fun this St Patrick’s Day weekend at Bunratty Castle and folk park where you can visit Pa’s Pet farm, meet the Irish Wolfhounds, take a magical fairy trail and take a tour around the castle and folk park.

How to Book: Book you tickets in advance

St Patrick’s Day Rock Climbing Taster, Sligo

Carraig Climbing St Patrick's Day event rock climbing taster

Date & Time: Tuesday March 17th, 10am to 1pm

Carraig Climbing in Sligo are hosting a taster session for children and adults of all levels. All equipment is provided and you will learn the some fundamental climbing skills and safety techniques before taking to the rocks!

How to Book: Check the Facebook page for further info and bookings

Free Entry to EPIC

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum are offering free entry to visitors and tourists who donate their unwanted novelty St Patrick’s Day accessories, helping avoid that plastic going to waste and to landfill.

From March 17 to 20, anyone who brings their novelty items – sparkly fascinators, shamrock sunglasses, plastic hats, tricolour boas or glittery hairbands – will get free entry to Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction as well as the satisfaction of knowing their items will be donated to Social Enterprise ReCreate for creative re-use by community, charity and local art groups around Ireland.

Are you planning to go to any of these St Patrick’s Day Weekend events or do you have times for other St Patrick’s Day parades around the country? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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