30 of the Best St Patrick’s Day Festivals – Around Ireland and the World

St. Patrick’s Day 2023

Climb Croagh Patrick or wear green from head to toe. Pin a bunch of shamrock to your lapel, or wear a ‘Kiss me I’m Irish t-shirt’. Drink green stout, whiskey or a nice cup of tae. Sing an Irish ballad, or dance a reel. Be in a St Patrick’s Day Festival parade, watch it from the sidelines, or on ‘the T.V.’.

Whichever way you celebrate St Patrick’s Day, make sure you give it a nod. Sure isn’t it only mighty to be Irish. And if you’re not Irish, then you’re sure to find a friendly one on St. Patrick’s Day – who is only too happy to tell you how great it is to be from this green isle!


The following festivals and parades are the biggest known St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. However that’s not to say your local village or town celebration isn’t worth shouting about – so if you can, show your support! And on that note – my own children will be celebrating and walking in our local parade in Athy, Co. Kildare for the second year running! A super way to make memories and celebrate our community.


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30 of the Best St Patrick’s Day Festivals Around Ireland and the World


The Best St Patrick’s Day Festivals in Ireland & Northern Ireland

  • Dublin
  • Cork
  • Galway
  • Limerick
  • Kilkenny
  • Killarney
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Armagh, Northern Ireland

1. Dublin


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Festival: St Patrick’s Festival Dublin

Where: Various locations in Dublin City

When: March 16th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 12 noon.

Website: stpatricksfestival.ie


2. Cork


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Festival: Cork St Patrick’s Festival

Where: Various locations in Cork City

When: March 16th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 1pm

Website: corkcity.ie


3. Galway


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Festival: St Patrick’s Festival Galway

Where: Various locations in Galway City

When: March 17th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 11.30am

Website: galwaytourism.ie


4. Limerick


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Festival: Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival

Where: Various locations in Galway City

When: March 17th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 12 noon.

Website: limerick.ie


5. Kilkenny


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Festival: St. Patrick’s Festivities Kilkenny

Where: Various locations in Kilkenny

When: March 15th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 1.30pm

Website: stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com


6. Killarney


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Festival: St Patrick’s Festival Killarney

Where: Killarney Town

When: March 16th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 2pm

Website: facebook.com/St.PatricksKillarney


7. Belfast, Northern Ireland


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Parade: Belfast St. Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade & Concert

Where: Belfast City

When: March 10th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 1.30pm

Website: belfastcity.gov.uk


8. Armagh, Northern Ireland


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Festival: Home of St. Patrick Festival

Where: Various Locations in Armagh

When: March 11th and March 19th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 2.30pm

Website: visitarmagh.com


The Best St Patrick’s Day Festivals in Europe

  • London & Manchester, England
  • Munich, Germany
  • Paris, France
  • Poland
  • Cabo Roig, Spain
  • Spain
  • Lisbon & Cascais, Portugal
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Moscow, Russia

9. London, United Kingdom


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Festival: St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square

Where: Trafalgar Square

When: March 12th 2023

Parade: Sunday March 12th 2023 at 12 noon

Website: london.gov.uk


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10. Manchester, United Kingdom


Festival: Manchester Irish Festival

Where: Various Venues

When: March 10th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Sunday March 12th 2023 at 12 noon

Website: manchesteririshfestival.co.uk


11. Munich, Germany


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Festival: St Patrick’s Day Festival Munich

Where: Various Locations (incl Amerikahaus, Lüdwigstraße and Odeonsplatz)

When: March 11th to March 12th 2023

Parade: Sunday March 12th 2023 at 1pm, Müncher Freiheit

Website: stpatricksday.de


12. Paris, France


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Festival: St Patrick’s Day Festival Paris

Where: Centre Culturel Irlandais

When: March 15th to March 19th 2023

Parade: Saturday March 18th 2023 at 1pm – Centre Culturel Irlandais

Website: centreculturelirlandais.com


13. Poland


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Festival: St Patrick’s Festival Poland

Where: Various Cities Across Poland

When: March 2023

Website: dfa.ie


14. Cabo Roig, Spain

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Festival: St Patrick’s Day Festival Cabo Roig

Where: Cabo Roig, Alicante

When: March 17th 2023

Parade: Friday March 17th 2023 at 1pm

Website: facebook.com/StPatricks-Day-Parade-Cabo-Roig


15. Spain


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Celebrations: St Patrick’s Day

Where: Various Cities Across Spain from Alicante to Valencia

When: March 2023

Website: dfa.ie


16. Lisbon & Cascais, Portugal


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Festival: St Patrick’s Festival Lisbon

Where: Cascais Rugby Stadium

When: March 17th 2023

Website: gaa.pt

Or consider new festival …

Festival: Port to Port

Where: Arroz Estúdios

When: From 5pm March 17th – March 18th 2023 at 1am

Website: agardencollective.org


17. Oslo, Norway


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Parade: St Patrick’s Day Parade Oslo

Where: Jernbanetorget

When: March 18th 2023 at 12pm

Website: irishsociety.no


18. Istanbul, Turkey


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Celebration: St. Patrick’s Music Weekend at James Joyce

Where: James Joyce Pub

When: March 2023 TBC

Website: facebook.com/jj.irishpub.tr


The Best St Patrick’s Day Festivals in Asia and Oceania

  • Singapore, Malaysia
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Mumbai, India
  • Dubai
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Aukland, New Zealand

Asia

19. Singapore


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Festival: St Patrick’s Day Street Festival Singapore

Where: Circular Road, Singapore

When: March 15th to March 17th 2023

Or consider …

Festival: St. Patrick’s Society Singapore Annual Ball 2023

Where: Shangri-la Hotel

When: March 17th 2023


20. Tokyo, Japan


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Festival: St Patrick’s Day Parade Tokyo

Where: Omotedando Street

When: Sunday March 12th 2023 at 1pm

Website: inj.or.jp


21. Mumbai, India


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Events: The Gateway of India turns green and Irish pubs celebrate

Where: Various pubs and restaurants around the city of Mumbai

When: March 17th TBC


22. Seoul, South Korea

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Event: St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Where: Gyeongin-ro

When: Saturday 18th March 2023 at 1pm

Website: irishassociationofkorea.kr


Oceania

23. Sydney, Australia


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Festival: Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Where: Circular Quay & The Rocks, Sydney

When: March 16th – March 19th 2023

Parade: Sunday 19th March 2023 at 9.30am at First Fleet Park

Website: sydneystpatricksday.com


24. Auckland, New Zealand


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Festival: St. Patrick’s Festival Auckland

Where: Various Locations in Auckland

When: March 2023 TBC

Website: stpatrick.co.nz


The Best St Patrick’s Day Festivals in The Americas

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Monsterrat, Caribbean
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • New York City
  • Boston

South America

25. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Celebrations: San Patricio – the largest St Patrick’s Day celebration in South America!

Where: (2019 – Plaza San Martin – Av. Santa Fe and Florida Street & Plaza Irlanda – Gaona Av. and Gral. Donato Alvarez for parades and street parties. Irish pubs for food, drink and music)

When: March 17th 2023


North America

26. Monsterrat, Caribbean


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Festival: St. Patrick’s Festival Montserrat “The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean”

Where: Various Locations on the island of Montserrat

When: March 2023

Parade: St Patrick’s Day Parade March 17th 2023 at 1pm in Heritage Village, Salem

Website: discovermni.com or visitmontserrat.com


27. Savannah, Georgia, USA


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Festival: Savannah St. Patrick’s Day – one of the largest in the world!

Where: Savannah city – celebrated at various locations.

When: March 17th 2023

Parade: March 17th at 10.15am on Gwinnett and Abercorn streets near Forsyth Park

Website: savannah.com


28. Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Celebrations: River Dyeing, Downtown Parade and Neighbourhood Celebrations

River Dyeing: March 11th 2020 at 10am 

Best views: East side of the bridge at Michigan Avenue. Upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.

Downtown Parade: March 11th 2023 at 12.30pm 

South Side Irish Parade: March 12th 2023 – Western Avenue between 103rd and 115th Streets

Northwest Side Irish Parade: March 12th 2023 at 12 pm – Neola Avenue to Northwest Highway

Website: chicagostpatricksdayparade.org and choosechicago.com


29. New York City, USA

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Celebrations: NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade™ – the largest in the world!

Where: 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street 

When: March 17th 2023 from 11am to 5pm

Website: nycstpatricksparade.org

There are also numerous neighbourhood parties throughout the city

Website: eventbrite.com


30. City of Boston, Massachusetts, USA


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Celebrations: The Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts on West Broadway.

When: Sunday March 19th 2023 at 1pm.

Website: southbostonparade.org


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