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!