St. Patrick’s Day events in the Netherlands, 2017

Enjoy Irish culture without crossing the sea. Find out where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Netherlands!

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, which is on March 17, is known for a day of copious alcohol consumption, originating from the lift on the Christian Lent restrictions.

However, there is much more to this holiday that celebrates Irish culture. It commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and the death of the country's patron saint.

St. Patrick's in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, you can also find celebrations in the form of festivals, ceilidhs (folk music and dancing), the wearing of green clothes and shamrocks. Here are some places where you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day:

St. Patrick’s Festival, Amsterdam

March 17-18, Splendor Music Centre

St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam is a two-day long festival that has something for everyone, young and old. With exclusive Irish concerts, céilí (Irish dancing) sessions, music workshops, live traditional Irish music and a workshop by Irish animator Rory O'Conway from the Academy Award winning movie Song of the Sea, this is a cultural experience not to be missed!

Top Irish musicians will be performing, among others internationally renowned pianist Barry Douglas and Kíla's bodhrán master and singer/composer Rónán Ó Snodaigh.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival, The Hague

March 17, De Grote Markt, starting at noon

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival in The Hague is the biggest of its kind in the Netherlands, featuring events for young and old, like Irish dancing troupes, live performances of Irish bands, a fair with typically Irish products and the best Irish dishes! Come dressed as an Irish Leprechaun, Michael Flatley or just grab anything green from your closet!

St. Patrick’s Day, Almere

March 18, Poppodium de Meester, 8pm

The biggest St. Patrick’s Day event in Almere can be found at Poppodium De Meester. Besides real Irish beer, nibbles, and a real St. Paddy’s atmosphere, the most important thing at this party will be the live music by the Beggars' Clan, and the free beer you get at the entrance, with a free refill if you dress in green!

Alexandra van Kampen


Alexandra van Kampen

English and Japanese theatre and culture are my forte. My mother was raised in England, and my grandmother in Japan. I studied Japanese Language and Culture, and Film and Photographic...

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