St Patricks Day in Dublin is something that everyone should experience. Far from an excuse to have a drink (although that’s a popular choice of activity!), St Patricks Day is a celebration of all things Irish from food & drink to music & sport. Visitors flock from all over the world for a chance to experience this worldwide celebration of Irishness in its home country. The celebration used to be celebrated in a day but in recent times, there has been a week-long St. Patricks Day Festival with the main events happening on 17th March. In 2023, St Patricks Day falls on a Friday, giving us a long weekend packed with activities and family-friendly fun.
St Patricks Day Parade
The main event of St Patricks Festival celebrations is always the parade on 17th March. Starting around 12 midday, the world-famous St. Patrick’s Festival Parade winds its way through the streets of Ireland’s capital city from Parnell Street on the north to Kevin Street on the south. The streets are lined with thousands of spectators enjoying over 4,000 performers, musicians, dancers and artists joined by world-class marching bands who travel from around the globe to take part in an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event. Brave the crowds and hope for good weather if you want to witness this magic in person or book a grandstand seat for a better view of the action. Get there early to secure a good vantage point and don’t be surprised to see locals with chairs or ladders so little ones can see!
Festival Quarter Dublin
We’re delighted to see the return of Festival Quarter Dublin in 2023, giving partygoers, families and visitors a central spot to meet and enjoy the festivities. From March 17-18 2023, the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks turns into a festival playground with family & children’s programmes from 12pm to 6pm and adult-only entertainment from 6pm to 10.30pm. There will be a food and craft village at the Festival Quarter also, the perfect place to pick up a memento of a great day out or a great holiday in Ireland. Quality Irish-produced arts, crafts and design are priority at this excellent addition to the St Patricks Festival. You can enjoy food and drinks from around the world with a diverse offering of excellent quality dishes to choose from. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon soaking up the good vibes and listening to some Irish music.
St Patricks Festival has grown from a celebration of our patron saint to a festival of colour and inclusivity. St. Patrick’s Festival and Mother, an LGBTQ+ friendly nightclub have paired up to bring back Cultúr Club at Festival Quarter in the National Museum of Ireland. This beautiful space is turned into an outdoor nightclub for one night only bringing us live music, queer performance and art in celebration of Irish LGBTQ+ club culture. Cultúr Club spans 4 stages across the vast Festival Quarter site playing host to Ireland’s finest DJs, drag queens, artists, cabaret talent and performers from across the LGBTQ+ community. You’ll find something you love with a wide variety of musical styles including pop, disco and electro to techno and beyond. Get tickets for this fantastic event on 16th March for just €20 for early bird buyers.
Affordable Accommodation for St Patricks Day in Dublin
Affordable, good quality accommodation in Dublin is few and far between, especially around St Patricks Day. As demand goes up, so do prices but DCU has the perfect solution. Our suites are an ideal affordable choice for families or groups or for those on a tight budget, our shared twin rooms are perfect. Our location on the edge of the city is perfect to commute to and from the action, even late at night with late buses and taxis on demand. We have facilities on site which include a bar & restaurant, some retail outlets and a stunning campus to explore. Saving money on accommodation in Dublin means more to spend on pints of Guinness and oversized leprechaun hats!
Contact us directly for our best available rates and most up-to-date availability at this very busy time of the year. We wish all of our guests a happy and fun St Patricks Day 2023.