Cork St Patrick’s Festival

Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2017

The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival will madness as the street bursts into life with FREE family-fun entertainment including music, circus walkabouts and children’s workshops in the City Centre over the St Patrick’s weekend.

Come join Cork as the centre of the city is set to become transformed by a riot of colour and sound. There will be something for everyone with food markets, street performers, musicians and marching bands bringing high-octane entertainment and lots of laughs.  This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever.

With so much to choose from and free events, Cork is definitely the place to be for St. Patrick’s weekend

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The main event, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will take place on Friday March 17th at 1pm.  You will marvel at the spectacular performances, which will include arts, community and sporting groups from all over the city and county, along with specially commissioned giant art pieces, created by renowned street theatre companies.

The parade runs from the South Mall to the Grand Parade, along St. Patrick’s Street and finishes at Merchant’s Quay.

On the Streets

The festival kick-starts with FREE family fun on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of March when the streets of Cork come alive with  big band sounds and the best of traditional Irish music. Sample some tasty treats at the Festival Market while you enjoy the comedy antics, circus performers and music performers at this year’s Festival

While the Parade kick’s off at 1pm in the heart of the City Centre, the festival continues on the Grand Parade and Bishop Lucey Park.

Take a stroll through the festival market and sample Cork’s food culture as you enjoy some local trad music, live swing or the onstreet comedy.

There will be a great selection of craft stalls to browse around.

Come join in on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March as the Cork St Patrick’s festival continues in Emmet Place with the festival market, music and free family entertainment.

The fun continues on Sunday 19th March with music, street performances and free family entertainment.

The Big Picture

Join this children’s workshop creating artwork that responds to the classic storybook Peter Pan as part of the Big Picture Exhibition in March 2017.,

Date: Sunday 19th March

Where: The Glucksman, UCC, Western Road

Time: 3pm – 4pm,

Free Event –

Planetarium Shows, Tours and Exhibition

Visit Blackrock Castle Observatory for Planetarium Shows, Castle Tower Tours and science exhibition Cosmos at the Castle!.,

Date: Friday 17 to Sunday 19th March

Where: Blackrock Castle Observatory, Castle Road

Time: 10am -5pm

Cost – €4.50/€5.50/€6.50

Cork City Gaol  Tours

Get a fascinating insight into prison life as visitors are taken back in time to the 19thcentury A fascinating insight into prison life in the 19th century

Date: Friday 17 to Sunday 19th March

Where: Cork City Gaol, Sunday’s Well,

Time: 10am -5pm

Cost – €5/€7/€8/€25 (Family)

The Lee Sessions Trad Trail

An extensive series of free traditional Irish Music sessions in Cork City Centre pubs featuring masters of traditional music.

Friday 17 March

  • 1pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)
  • 2.30pm            The Long Valley (Winthrop St)
  • 3.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 5pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)
  • 5pm                 Counihans (Pembroke St)
  • 5.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 6pm                 Corner House (Coburg St)
  • 6pm                 Charlie’s (Union Quay)
  • 6pm                 The Rock Bar (Gillabbey St)
  • 7.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 9.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 10pm               An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)
  • 10pm               The Gables (Douglas St) 

Saturday 18 March

  • 3.00pm            The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)
  • 6.30pm            Céilí @ The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)
  • 6.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 8.00pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 9.30pm            The Long Valley (Winthrop St)
  • 9.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 10pm               An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)
  • 12.30pm          The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St.)

Sunday 19 March

  • 3pm                 Charlie’s (Union Quay)
  • 3pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)
  • 5.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 7.00pm            Céilí @ The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)
  • 7.30pm            The Ovens Bar (Oliver Plunkett St)
  • 8.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)
  • 9.30pm            The Gables (Douglas St)
  • 9.30pm            Counihans (Pembroke St)
  • 9.30pm            An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St

Family Fun Tip – All Times will need to be confirmed before you travel to any event

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