Looking for something different to do this St Patrick’s weekend?
While heading to the parade or having a few drinks in the pub with your friends are both great craic, there are a number of alternative events taking place in the city across the long weekend. So, if you want to avoid the huge crowds but still celebrate our patron saint, you’ve come to the right place!
Here’s our pick of the best ways to spend St. Patrick’s weekend in Dublin:
Harbour2Harbour is a great, alternative way to spend Paddy’s Day with your friends, family and even your dog! The 14th annual event, organised by mental health charity Aware, takes place on Sunday, March 17th.
Participants can choose to walk from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth Harbour or vice versa. The 16-mile scenic route is suitable for most fitness levels. Click here for ticket information.
Ireland’s largest craft brews festival returns to Dublin this St. Patrick’s weekend. The event, now in its seventh year, is returning to the Convention Centre for three days – Thursday, March 14th to Saturday, March 16th.
Attendees can enjoy tasty food, live music and over 400 craft beers, ciders, gins, whiskeys and more. Leading brewers, distillers and cider producers from Ireland and abroad gather to show off their best products.
Is there any better feeling than laughing until your stomach hurts? Some of Ireland’s top comedians will take to the stage on Sunday, March 17th to raise funds for charities tackling homelessness and the refugee crisis.
Paddy’s Night In Support Of Comic Relief is being held at 3Arena and is an unmissable night for comedy fans. The stellar line-up including Tommy Tiernan, Pat Shortt, Deirdre O’Kane, Neil Delamere, Mario Rosenstock and more. So you’ll get to have a gas evening and support a good cause: Win-win!
If you fancy heading along, you can grab your tickets here.
Harcourt Street is going to be hoppin’ on Paddy’s Day. The Odeon is hosting a hip-hop brunch on Sunday, March 17th. The event organised by Chicken ‘N Waffles will feature tasty food and the freshest hip-hop and grime tracks, from new-school to old-school and everything in between.
There will be resident CNW DJs on the decks spinning tracks from Drake, Kanye, Kendrick, J Cole. Notorious B.I.G, Kano and Stormzy. Tickets from €27 are available here.
If you’re not a hip-hop fan, Opium is hosting an Asian-inspired brunch on the same day. Read more on that event here.
If you want to spend some quality time with your pooch, this pawsome event is the one for you! The DSPCA is hosting a Puppy Play Date on Saturday, March 16th. The 45-minute session provides puppies ages eight weeks to six months with a safe and fun environment to learn social skills and helps owners build a lifetime bond with their pet.
A spokesperson for The DSPCA said: “Early puppy socialisation is critical. Puppies that grow up in isolation – both from other dogs as well as from a wide variety of humans – have a greater tendency to develop behaviour problems later in life such as fear-based aggression. Puppy play dates are a great way to socialise puppies.”
You can register for the event here.
Discover the best wine bars in Dublin by embarking on this guided wine and tapas tasting trail. Attendees will learn about the vast world of wine in a relaxed atmosphere with other wine lovers and enthusiasts.
Organisers say: “Wine trails are suitable for those who are already in love with the world of wine and those who are just beginning to appreciate it.” The event takes place on Friday, March 15th in Dublin 2.
Tickets cost €49. Check out more information here.
St Patrick may have kicked out the snakes but one Dublin venue is bringing back the slime! EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in the CHQ Building will play host to a Slime Lab on Monday, March 18th.
Catherine McGuinness will be returning to curate the workshop which is recommended for children aged 6-12.
Tickets priced €8 are available here.
Always wanted to know how to make your own fascinator or headpiece? The Millinery Fascinator/Headpiece making class takes place on Sunday, March 17th. The three hour event is being held at The Design House in Temple Bar.
To get the creative juices flowing, you’ll start the class with a glass of wine, tea or coffee and later a selection of afternoon tea style sweet and savoury treats. You will learn the basic millinery skills to create your own base. You’ll then be shown how to make some sinamay curls and flowers before being shown the many different ways to create your own masterpiece.
Tickets priced €56 plus booking fee are on sale now here.
This is an ideal event for a group of friends looking for a fun and fabulous day out. The Ultimate Paddy’s Day Drag Brunch takes place at Pot Bellied Pig in Rathmines on Sunday, March 17th. Join host Miss Taken along with Miss Roots and Faux Joli for an all-singing, all-dancing Drag Brunch.
Tickets cost €39.15 and include a glass of beer or prosecco on arrival, a few St Patrick’s Day bits, any tasty dish from the Brunch Menu, a chocolate brownie to share and a drag show of dreams.