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St Patrick's Day 2018: What's happening across Northern Ireland

Thousands will enjoy an open air concert at Custom House Square in Belfast this St Patrick's Day. (Pacemaker)
Thousands will enjoy an open air concert at Custom House Square in Belfast this St Patrick's Day. (Pacemaker)

Here is your St Patrick's Day 2018 guide to all the musical, theatrical and cultural events happening on March 17.

Belfast Custom House Square

Belfast will celebrate St Patrick's Day with a carnival parade and a free concert at Custom House Square.

The parade will leave from Royal Avenue at 11.30am, while the concert will kick off at 1.30pm, featuring local musicians and dancers, along with special guest appearances.

Headlining this year’s concert will be former JLS star Aston Merrygold.

Also performing will be SlideStep, an award-winning modern Irish dancing group , Festival Irish Dancing School Tir Na n-Og and local musicians, Pure Blarney, The Rare Aul Stuff, and JORD and Tanaka.

Access to the concert is free and entry is on a first come first served basis (no ticket required). Gates will open at 1.15pm and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival Parade - Derry-Londonderry

Derry will welcome the spring with open arms in a cacophony of colour and spectacle with a carnival parade full of dancing daffodils, busy bees and slithering snakes.

This year's parade will leave from the Bishops Street Car Park at 2pm before finishing up at Strand Road Carpark at 3.30pm.

The carnival atmosphere will see pageant pieces from North West Carnival, Greater Shantallow Community Arts, In Your Space and Bluebell Arts and involve over 600 participants from local schools, youth clubs and arts and cultural organisations.

Home of St Patrick Festival - Armagh and Down

The Home of St Patrick Festival runs from March 8-19.

St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast. 2017
St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast. 2017

Encompassing events across Armagh and Down, this festival promises an unrivalled mix of regional and international music, theatre, spoken word, art and comedy, showcasing the stunning locations where Saint Patrick walked and worked.

With an eclectic programme of events, you are sure to find something that will get you dancing and singing this Saint Patrick’s season.

For festival highlights, visit www.visitarmagh.com.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra

Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Folk & Transport Museum at Cultra as you are transported back to a traditional celebration from over 100 years ago, as you stroll around the grounds.

There will be a range of activities for visitors to see and take part in, including:

  • tickle the taste buds with some delicious champ
  • listen to live traditional music
  • sample tasty traditional fayre
  • children's craft activities
  • enjoy a chance to see a Saint Patrick’s Day film showing in the Picture House
  • watch traditional craft demonstrators at work

Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes to join in and learn traditional set dancing to live music.

Participants take part in the St Patrick's Day parade on the streets of Dublin. March 2017
Participants take part in the St Patrick's Day parade on the streets of Dublin. March 2017

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

The theme for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be ‘The Emigrants Farewell’ and will commemorate the thousands of Irish people who left Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries in the search of a better life in America.

This dramatic re-enactment will take place at Midday & 2pm.

The stories will be told through music and song and help to convey the bittersweet moments of goodbye between families as their loved boarded the ship to journey to their new life.

Irish dancers in Tottenham Court Road underground station, London, as Tourism Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
Irish dancers in Tottenham Court Road underground station, London, as Tourism Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA

LegenDerry Food Festival - Derry-Londonderry

The LegenDerry Food Festival is a free family event, held over two days on the 17th and 18th March as part of the St Patrick’s weekend celebrations.

Running from midday to 6pm, there will be lots of entertainment and music for the younger ones to enjoy.

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen will be headlining this year's event, while MC for the weekend will be television chef and writer Brian McDermott.

Flashback to 2017..... Dancers from St. Cecilia's College leap in the air as they make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17
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St Patrick’s Day at Slemish and Broughshane

On Saturday 17 March, thousands of people will once again be celebrating St Patrick’s Day by climbing the slopes of historic Slemish mountain.

Raceview Mill and Broughshane & District Community Association will provide the hub of the event, with free activities for all the whole family to enjoy, from artisan market with live demos, children's entertainment, small speciality car show and live music.

The trek kicks off at 9am until 3.30pm. A shuttle bus service will run continually from 9am – 3.30pm from Michelin, Raceview Mill and Brougshane to Slemish. The last coaches return from Slemish from 4pm.

Christ the Redeemer statue is illuminated in green in honor of St. Patrick's Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
Christ the Redeemer statue is illuminated in green in honor of St. Patrick's Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
A group of men dressed in green suits on St Patrick's Day at Newcastle railway station. PA
The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
Participants play bagpipes as they march on Fifth Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
People cheer as participants march on Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Participants play flutes as they march on Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
People cheer as participants march on Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Spectators watch participants marching on Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A man smiles as he watches participants marching on Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Girls cheer as participants march on Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A man balances his hat on his nose as he waits to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Spectators cheer as participants march on Fifith Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Spectators cheer as participants march on Fifith Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A couple pose as they watch St. Patrick's Day parade activities in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A man smiles as he watches participants marching on Fifith Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Participants march on Fifth Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A woman carries her baby on her back as she plays bagpipes marching on Fifth Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A New York Police Dempartment (NYPD) officer stands guard as participants march on Fifth Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Participants march on Fifth Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: (L to R) New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio march in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue, March 17, 2017 in New York City. The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A young girl joins her mother in a band marching on Fifth Avenue during St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (C) marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue, March 17, 2017 in New York City. The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge react as they each hold a pint of Guinness whilst talking with off-duty soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, after watching their annual St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: (L to R) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny march in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue, March 17, 2017 in New York City. The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: (L to R) Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny speak with each other during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue, March 17, 2017 in New York City. The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Tourists stand outside a pub in Temple Bar during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge react as they each hold a pint of Guinness whilst talking with off-duty soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, after watching their annual St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sips a pint of Guinness as she talks with off-duty soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, after watching their annual St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) takes part in the St Patrick's Day parade in New York, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story IRISH Kenny. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (fourth left) takes part in the St Patrick's Day parade in New York, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story IRISH Kenny. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Robbie Power celebrates victory in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 16, 2017. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: 256th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 17: Clodagh Burns pictured before joining her father, Marty Burns who plays the role of Saint Patrick in the cross community Saint Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2017 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Tradition holds that Saint Patrick and his companions landed at the mouth of the Slaney river, a few miles from Down Cathedral, in 432 AD. From here Patrick traveled extensively spreading the teachings of christianity before his death on 17th March 461 AD. He is buried at nearby Down Cathedral. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 17: Saint Patrick, played by actor Marty Burns (C) and members of the Magnus Vikings Association take shelter under a tree before they take part in the cross community Saint Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2017 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Tradition holds that Saint Patrick and his companions landed at the mouth of the Slaney river, a few miles from Down Cathedral, in 432 AD. From here Patrick travelled extensively spreading the teachings of Christianity before his death on 17th March 461 AD. He is buried at nearby Down Cathedral. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 17: Saint Patrick, played by actor Marty Burns takes a selfie along with members of the Magnus Vikings Association before they part in the cross community Saint Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2017 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Tradition holds that Saint Patrick and his companions landed at the mouth of the Slaney river, a few miles from Down Cathedral, in 432 AD. From here Patrick travelled extensively spreading the teachings of Christianity before his death on 17th March 461 AD. He is buried at nearby Down Cathedral. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Participants take part in the St Patrick's Day parade on the streets of Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story IRISH StPatrick. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The crowd watch the St Patrick's Day parade on the streets of Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story IRISH StPatrick. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Chicago River is dyed a bright green color kicking off St. Patrick's Day weekend festivities, Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Chicago. On Sunday, thousands of people are expected to attend the South Side Irish Parade (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)
Irish dancers in Tottenham Court Road underground station, London, as Tourism Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
St. Patrick's Day festivities began Saturday, March 11, 2017, with the traditional river dyeing green where thousands watched from Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive in Chicago. (Maria Cardona /Chicago Tribune via AP)
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The Coca-Cola London Eye, on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
Archbishop Richard Clarke (left), Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, at vigil last night
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The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
Racegoers enjoy a drink during St Patrick's Thursday of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PA
DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 12: Saint Patrick, played by Marty Burns, sails past Down Cathedral as the re-enactment of the first landing of Saint Patrick on Irish shores takes place at Inch Abbey on March 12, 2017 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. The Irish annals for the fifth century date Patrick's arrival in Ireland at 432 and the patron saint of Ireland's remains are believed to buried at Down Cathedral. Saint Patrick's Day itself is celebrated around the world on March 17. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images,) *** BESTPIX ***
Fountain on the South side of the White House is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in Washington D.C.,on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
A 16ft tall puppet of St Patrick in Trafalgar Square, London, as Tourism Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
President Donald Trump themed St Patrick's Day T-shirts in Philadelphia, before Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for the annual St Patrick's parade as part of his US visit. PA
Irish dancers in Tottenham Court Road underground station, London, as Tourism Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
The Coca-Cola London Eye, on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
The Coca-Cola London Eye, on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 12: Saint Patrick, played by Marty Burns sets foot ashore as the re-enactment of the first landing of Saint Patrick in Ireland takes place at Inch Abbey on March 12, 2017 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. The Irish annals for the fifth century date Patrick's arrival in Ireland at 432 and the patron saint of Ireland's remains are believed to buried at Down Cathedral. Saint Patrick's Day itself is celebrated around the world on March 17. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images,)
Jennifer Wrynne, 27 from Leitrim in Ireland, arriving at Ladies Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PA
Irish dancers in Tottenham Court Road underground station, London, as Tourism Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
The top of City Hall on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 12: Saint Patrick, played by Marty Burns sails past Down Cathedral as the re-enactment of the first landing of Saint Patrick on Irish shores takes place at Inch Abbey on March 12, 2017 in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. The Irish annals for the fifth century date Patrick's arrival in Ireland at 432 and the patron saint of Ireland's remains are believed to buried at Down Cathedral. Saint Patrick's Day itself is celebrated around the world on March 17. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images,)
A Racegoer during St Patrick's Thursday of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PA
The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
This aerial view shows the Chicago River dyed green Saturday morning, March 11, 2017, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. (Lee Hogan/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA
Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Friday 17th March. PA

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations - Enniskillen

St Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Day returns to the county town of Enniskillen for its 8th year and headlining the parade this year is a spectacular entry featuring moving inflatables.

The fun starts at the Broadmeadow with a host of live entertainment acts starting at 1pm. There will be the usual range of free activities including bouncy castles, balloon modellers, face painting, zorbs and wandering mascots for all your selfie needs.

On the water, St Patrick himself will be making his amphibious arrival via Castle Island.

The parade starts at 3pm following live music on the Diamond.

St George's Market - Belfast

A sea of green and celebrations await at St George’s Market on St Patrick’s weekend from Friday 16 March – Sunday 18 March.

This jam-packed weekend includes:

  • local live traditional music
  • toe-tapping Irish dancing
  • family fun shamrock design workshops
  • delicious Irish stew and the traditional Irish fry from selected traders
  • special trader offers.

Irish dancers will be performing on Saturday 17 March from 10am – 12 noon.

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