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St Patrick's Music Weekend

Date: Friday 15 March to Sunday 17 March

Venue: Belfast city centre

Category: Festival, Music, St Patrick's


Belfast TradFest will be delivering St Patrick's Music Weekend as part of our overall St Patrick’s Celebrations from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March.

Enjoy a programme of traditional arts encompassing a diverse, cross cultural and cross traditions celebration in honour of St Patrick, who is now widely accepted as a common Christian saint. St Patrick is believed to have crossed the ford at the Farset river and made his way through what is now the Cathedral Quarter to establish the ‘Church of St Patrick of the White Ford’, which later became known as ‘The Old Church’ or Shankill.

The range of free and ticketed events celebrate the very best of our traditional arts and include concerts, céilís, displays, taster sessions and workshops.

On Sunday 17 March a Festival Village in Cathedral Quarter will feature:

  • live performances from
    • Clare Sands
    • John Spillane
    • Pure Blarney
    • Drumlough Pipe Band
    • Glengormley School of Traditional Music
  • bagpipers
  • Highland dancers
  • Irish dancing
  • interactive activities including Bodhrán Circle
  • various food stalls.

There will be music and dancing on the acoustic stage in Saint Anne's Square and a céilí in The MAC.

St Patrick's Music Weekend

For event details, including information on the following ticketed concerts, go to Belfast TradFest St Patrick's Music Weekend (link opens in new window).

  • Friday 15 March - Anúna in Belfast Cathedral.
  • Saturday 16 March - Frankie Gavin and Dé Dannan, and Karen Matheson in Ulster Hall.
  • Sunday 17 March - Stockton's Wing, and John Spillane in The MAC.

What's on?

Map of St Patrick's Day Music Weekend

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