Festivals this March 2018 on the Island of Ireland
There’s more to March than St. Patrick’s Day Festival’s on this wee Island. Of course it goes without saying you should show some support for your nearest Paddy’s Day Féile, (and that’s Paddy not Patty, my American cousins) whether that be the extravaganza that takes place in Dublin City, or the town parades showcasing local dance and sporting clubs, and a few tractors, trailers and vintage cars – thrown in for good measure.
No, there is definitely more to March than Paddy’s Day and here are the Festivals you should know about:
Festival: Belfast Arts Weekender
Where: Various Locations, Belfast
When: March 2nd – March 11th
“Belfast Arts Weekender will see two packed weekends of creative events across the city in the first two weekends of March: 2-4 March and 10-11 March. The initiative aims to animate different corners of the city through a varied range of interesting and free collaborative cultural events including music, film, visual art, theatre and urban art.
Our partner organisations, who are organising these events, include Eastside Arts, Aisling Ghéar Theatre Company, Duncairn Arts Centre, the Ulster Orchestra, Kabosh Theatre Company, the Accidental Theatre Company and the Golden Thread Gallery.” (belfastcity.gov.uk)
Festival: Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Where: Howth, Co. Dublin
When: March 17th – March 19th
“Glorious Seafood treats await visitors to the 2017 Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Celebrating the famous Dublin Bay Prawn Howth’s finest restaurants, bars and cafés will host a variety of amazing food experiences at the Harbour Festival Food Village serving the freshest, most delicious seafood, cooked every way imaginable, including a selection of special Dublin Bay Prawn dishes.” (dublinbayprawnfestival.ie)
Festival: LegenDerry Food Festival
Where: Howth, Co. Dublin
When: March 17th – March 18th
“Voted ‘Best NI Food Event’ at the NI Year of Food and Drink Awards, The LegenDerry Food Festival is back in Guildhall Square from 17th – 18th March. The two-day Food Festival returns as part of Council’s St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival celebrating our finest chefs, restaurateurs and producers along with musical performances, street theatre and LegenDerry themed activities.
Local restaurants will be serving up their signature dishes and The Theatre of Food will play centre stage for live cooking demos by some of the top names in Irish Cuisine. Try some locally produced delicacies from hand crafted confectionery to perfect preserves and sample some of the best local produce at the LegenDerry Food Fair.”
Festival: Dingle International Film Festival
Where: Dingle, Co. Kerry
When: March 22nd – March 25th
“Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breathtaking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, southwest Ireland and is part of The Wild Atlantic Way. The festival takes places annually in March. Dingle is home to many film makers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away and Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.
Dingle IFF actively promotes and platforms Irish film, Irish filmmakers and Irish animation, whilst also playing host to major industry players both from Ireland and abroad. Dingle IFF is an established date on the film festival circuit and is now actively promoting Irish film and animation products in the world market, including an invited curated programme at the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival and annually at Toronto Irish Film Festival.” (dinglefilmfestival.com)
Festival: The Eatyard Wine & Cheese Festival 2018
Where: 9-10 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2
When: March 23rd – March 25th
“Samplings, Demos, Cheesy Karaoke & much more Sure Wine Not.
Vendors – The Cheese Press Hailing from Ennistymon Co. Clare: the Cheese Press offers organic artisan cheeses, homemade pestos & sourdough bread. Station to Station Wine: with the motto ‘Don’t be afraid – it’s only wine!’- we’re looking forward to quaffing these music matched wines. Ploughmans Daughter: Swiss Raclette cheese melted to order and scraped straight off the wheel and onto a bed of baby potatoes and pickles. Greenman Wines: Snoberry-free, organic wines that taste brilliant with character, balance and digestibility. AND MANY MORE TBA” (the-eatyard.com)
Festival: BD Festival
Where: Glendalough House, Annamoe, Co. Wicklow
When: March 30th
“Fresh off the back of a super-successful sold-out Day Of The Dead Festival, BD Productions are back in 2018 with the one and only BD Festival! Join us in the breathtaking surrounds of Glendalough House, Annamoe, Co.Wicklow on Friday the 30th of March, for what’s shaping up to be the biggest and best incarnation yet! This spectacular edition of the festival fuses a smorgasboard of music, art, community, cuisine and BYOB! Prepare for a sensory sensation, as we unroll the biggest and best audio-visual and artistic production to date!” (bdfestival.ie)
Festival: International Viking Festival and Roadshow
Where: Waterford City
When: March 30th – April 1st
“The Vikings Are Coming!! Waterford Treasures are delighted to bring you Ireland’s first International Viking Festival and Roadshow taking place in n Waterford, Ireland’s Oldest City.
The Viking Festival will take place across the Easter weekend with numerous events, and will culminate in a spectacularly fierce Viking Roadshow, ‘Follow the Vikings’ on Easter Monday in the The Apple Market.
This is an event you do not want to miss, with only two unique performances taking place. Stay tuned for the release of the full festival programme in the coming weeks which will take place across the entire Easter Bank Holiday in Waterford Viking Triangle.” (Waterford Treasures)
Festival: Dublin Comic Con
Where: Convention Centre, Dublin
When: March 31st – April 1st
“Dublin Comic Con is a fan run show (by actual fans, we build all the props you see on display at the show) and aimed at fans, families and anyone who likes anything from Anime and Gaming to Comics and Movies” (DublinComicCon)
Expect: interactive sets, Cosplay Village, guest panels/signings/photo-ops, exhibitor stalls, craft tables, Table Top Gaming Zone, Costume Contest, ‘Artist’s Alley’, Gundam Building Zone, and a Screening Room.