St Patrick’s Festival, Belfast 2013 – Friday 15 to Monday 18 March.

Belfast City Hall will be the focal point of the festival weekend with talks and exhibitions, music workshops, dance, traditional craft demonstrations, children’s arts and crafts, and storytelling. There’ll be lots of unique activities including a waste workshop where you can create a giant shamrock out of waste and recycled materials. You’ll also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a snake and find out more about these fascinating creatures, which are a central part of St Patrick’s story.

Film lovers will be able to enjoy open-air cinema on the lawn as we’re showing classic films Into the West and The Quiet Man on the Big Screen as part of our Outdoor Movie Marathon. There will be seating and heating, and you’ll be able to buy snacks from a variety of food stalls.

Various other venues throughout the city will also host activities as part of the festival including the Oh Yeah Music Centre, An Cultúrlann and Belfast Waterfront.

The Ulster Hall is hosting a ceili with the Cathal McAnulty Ceili band and the McPeake Family, alongside singers, musicians and Irish dancers. There’ll also be a tea dance, film screenings, music and poetry workshops, and a photographic exhibition.

St George’s Market will have live music and family entertainment throughout the weekend.

The festival will have something for everyone to enjoy with activities to suit all ages and tastes.

St Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade

Belfast’s 2013 St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Sunday 17 March will offer a colourful, carnvial atmosphere for all the family to enjoy!

The day will kick off with a spectacular carnival parade, which leaves Belfast City Hall at 12 noon. Join people of all ages and from all parts of the city to see eye-catching floats and breathtaking feats from street performers.

Free concert featuring Amelia Lily and David Julien.

Concert goers are in for a real treat as X Factor finalist Amelia Lily and The Voice’s David Julien take to the stage.

Our free St Patrick’s Day concert, compered by Citybeat’s Breakfast presenters Stephen Clements and Megan Mackay, will take place after the carnival parade from 1pm to 3pm at Custom House Square.

Blackthorn, Rightly On, Ballysillan Highland Dancers, Torann Drummers and Tir na N’Og Irish Dancers will also be there to entertain the crowd.

Entry to the concert is on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates will open at 12 noon and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Terms and conditions of entry apply.

St Patrick’s Kiddie Zone

Special kiddie zone at the Big Fish from 1pm – 3pm.

A special kiddie zone will allow toddlers and younger children to enjoy the buzz and music of the concert away from the crowds, plus enjoy lots of free, family entertainment. There’ll be face painters, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts and kiddie rides at the Big Fish.

More information
For full information on the festival, visit or phone the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609.

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