17 Feb 2020
Dublin’s 2020 St Patrick’s Festival invites the world to discover traditional and contemporary Ireland over five great days and nights.
It’s almost that time of the year again when the world goes green, glasses are raised and people party in the streets to celebrate St Patrick and all things Irish.
But Dublin’s celebrations go way beyond parties and parades, with 2020 presenting an exciting programme that marries the expected with the unexpected under the festival theme of ‘Treasures’.
Over five days and nights (13–17 March) Dublin will stage a world-class festival of arts and culture that will showcase Ireland’s heritage and tradition alongside a celebration of contemporary Ireland.
The Festival Village in Merrion Square will have a line-up of fantastic events and family fun, including circus and science shows, live music, village hall talks, street theatre, Irish and world food stalls and a Céilí Mór – the world’s largest outdoor céilí – where you can Irish dance the night away.
New walking trails that follow the footsteps of emigrants, delve into historic queer Dublin, celebrate trad music and uncover the Dublin of St Patrick, invite you to explore the city through a different lens.
And there’s the chance of winning prizes in the competitive Sea to City Dublin Port Trail, a fun treasure hunt for adults and children.
There will also be a superb music programme featuring everything from experimental electronic music to pop and the very best traditional music. Highlights include A Celtic Collaboration featuring BBC Radio 2 folk award winners Bríghde Chaimbeul and The Breath, and the world premiere of Pomes Penyeach: a musical celebration of Joycean poems performed by Lisa Hannigan.
A range of exciting visual art exhibitions will challenge viewers’ perspectives, and as food will feature big in this year’s festival you can also savour the flavours of Ireland.
A special area in Airfield Estate – Dublin’s urban farm – will dedicated to treasures of Irish food, where you can enjoy workshops, afternoon tea and fine Irish dining with a bit of storytelling thrown in.
Elsewhere, to Dublin attraction the Guinness Storehouse will present The Brewer’s Banquet, an evening of great beer and food with a menu that celebrates bold flavours and creativity.
And with more marching bands and floats than ever before, there will be the grand parade on St Patrick’s Day, full of the usual revelry and banter as the streets, pubs and homes of Dublin delight in the city’s heritage.
St Patrick's Festival, Merrion Square, Dublin City
St Patrick's Festival, Merrion Square, dublin City
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