St. Patrick's Day Irish cultural celebrations in the Netherlands

St. Patrick's Day Irish cultural celebrations in the Netherlands

St. Patrick's Day Irish cultural celebrations in the Netherlands

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is Ireland’s national holiday and has turned into a yearly celebration of Irish culture globally.

It's popular to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world by wearing something green and socialising with crowds of people, perhaps at your local Irish pub, however, it's all the more enjoyable to go one step further and bask in the vibrant, energetic atmosphere of live music, Irish dancing and singing to let your imagination transport you to the misty hills of Ireland.

Top Irish celebrations on St. Patrick's Day in the Netherlands

There are many St. Patrick's Day events happening in different Dutch cities. While it's easy to find bars and green clothes, it may not be as simple to find an outstanding event in which Irish excellence is celebrated through the performing arts. As a culture-vulture born and raised in Ireland, this IamExpat editor decided to highlight the cultural value of specific Irish-centred events taking place on (or around) St. Patrick's Day 2019.

St. Patrick's Festival, Amsterdam

  • March 15-17
  • Where: Splendor, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX, Amsterdam

In the heart of Amsterdam, a cosy indoor three-day festival inhabits the intimate concert venue Splendor, so you can lap up Irish culture in your green t-shirt, come rain, hail or shine.

St. Patrick's Festival, Amsterdam's very own cultural event to mark this special day, involves Irish-Dutch collaborations at Splendor and the nearby historic Uilenburger Sjoel. The main line-up includes the Irish singer-songwriter Mary Coughlan, coupled with jazz musicians, a famous Irish TV chef, a céilí (Irish dancing for groups, with an instructor to guide you) and even a Brexit debate by two of Europe’s highly esteemed journalists and cultural commentators.

For the sixth year in a row, Splendor offers a multi-disciplinary Celtic cultural experience, and since it’s a family event, children from as young as 4 can participate in workshops involving music, dance and animation. Some parts of the event are free and for others, tickets can be purchased in advance online from Splendor.

St. Patrick's Day Festival, The Hague

  • March 17, from 1pm
  • Where: Grote Markt, 2512 EW The Hague

If you’d prefer an open-air experience, then go to the Grote Markt in The Hague to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Festival there, with a stage full of bands, dancers and singers playing Irish music and getting you into the vibe of Irish culture. There will be an Irish market where you can buy souvenirs and Irish other products, food and drink stalls and, of course, terraces to sit and enjoy Irish beers, perhaps a Guinness. 

The programme kicks off at 1pm and lasts until 11pm, for a substantial day full of free entertainment in the street. Let's hope the weather holds up!

A tribute to The Dubliners, Leeuwarden

  • March 17 at 3pm
  • Where: Grand Café De Friesche Club, Ruiterskwartier 57, 8911 BP, Leeuwarden

Come and listen to the Pub-liners, a Dubliners tribute band, who will whisk you away to the land of Celtic myths and legends. Pub-liners comprises six musicians from Flevoland with a great appreciation for the traditional songs sung by the famous Dublin-based band The Dubliners. What better time of year to hear these rich, rugged sounds than on St. Patrick's Day? Expect favourites like Whiskey in the Jar, The Irish Rover, Finnegan's Wake and the Rocky Road to Dublin.

The Pub-liners are proud to call themselves the oldest band in Flevoland, with all but one of the band members over 60 years of age. As they like to say: "Feel the Irish spirit 'cause there's whiskey in the jar!" Pull up a chair, grab your drink of choice and feast your ears on these guys! Tickets are 10 euros.

Celebrate St. Patrick's day in the Netherlands

Whether you choose an open-air St. Patrick's Day event, a cosy indoor céilí dance, or listen to a tribute band, it's sure to be a memorable St Patrick's Day.

Rachel Deloughry


Rachel Deloughry

With a bachelors degree from Munster Technological University in Ireland and a masters from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Rachel is a writer and editor passionate about culture and nature.

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