Saint Patrick and Christian Heritage Events
Whether you want to celebrate or seek reflection, St. Patrick's Day is one of the best times for getting out and about in Northern Ireland. The big day presents an array of events and a reminder to get out and explore our rich and ever-present vein of Patrician heritage.
Armagh & Downpatrick will be buzzing with this year's Saint Patrick's Festival, so come and celebrate the life of Saint Patrick in a lively and varied festival showcasing the best of culture, music, song and dance (10 - 20 March). Check out the Festival Programme for more information.
Belfast city centre will come alive with a Saint Patrick's Day Parade & Concert for all the family to enjoy. The city centre will be awash with colour and splendour as the parade leaves Belfast City Hall and then makes its way to Custom House Square. You can also enjoy an exciting free concert hosted by Cool FM with electic performances from the raspy vocals of X Factor Winner 2014, Ben Haenow to a host of high energy local talented dancers and musicians.
If you are interested in the christian heritage aspect to Saint Patrick, then come along to The Marketplace, Armagh and join BBC journalist Tara Mills for a Saint Patrick Lecture (16 March).
For music lovers, Saint Patrick's day in Northern Ireland is always full of laughter, music and dance and there are plenty of events happening from acoustic traditional music sessions to celtic soul concerts, there will be something for all music tastes.
Enjoy a musical afternoon with The Hot Tamales and The Stumblebums for some diverse blues, country and folk-rock music at Roe Valley Arts Cente, County Londonderry. Have some festival fun at the Derry-Strabane Spring Carnival where there will be live music and street animation at the Guildhall Square Festival Marquee throughout Saint Patrick’s Day (17 - 20 March).
See more events ideas below, visit our Saint Patrick's Day blog or check out our Events section.
Find out more about the history and heritage of Saint Patrick.