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 events 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 2022.

St. Patrick's Day Festival, The Hague

  • March 13, from 1pm
  • Where: Grote Markt, 2512 EW The Hague

Head to the Grote Markt in The Hague to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Festival 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 12.45pm, with a substantial day full of free entertainment in the street planned (let's hope the weather holds up!). On the big day itself, O'Casey's Irish Pub is hosting its own celebrations, with a full programme of live music scheduled from 1pm on Thursday, March 17.

St. Patrick's Weekend, Eindhoven

  • March 17 - March 19
  • Where: O'Sheas Irish Pub, Jan Van Lieshoutstraat 9, 5611 EE Eindhoven

One of the many Irish pubs across the Netherlands to be hosting their own St. Patrick's event is O'Sheas in Eindhoven, where festivities kick off with some live music at 8pm on March 17. 

But that's not all! Head to O'Sheas Irish Pub on March 18 and 19 too for some more music and fun (and beer) to celebrate the occasion in style.

Live music at O'Malley's, Groningen

  • March 17, from 1pm
  • Where: O'Malley's Irish Pub, Oosterstraat 67 9711 NS Groningen

If you're up north, consider popping to O'Malley's Irish Pub in Groningen on March 17 for an afternoon chock-a-block with live music, food, and Guinness. Out Of Tha Box, Shady Lane, and Royal House are all due to perform.

The St. Patrick's Day festivities will continue into the weekend, with themed drinks on March 18 and the final games of the 6 Nations Rugby on March 19.

St. Patrick's Day with Martijn Kentie, Leeuwarden

  • March 17, from 12pm
  • Where: Paddy O'Ryan, Tweebaksmarkt 49, 8911 KW Leeuwarden

Another option for anyone looking to get their Irish on is to head to Paddy O'Ryan in Leeuwarden for their St. Patrick's Day event on March 17. A day designed to celebrate all things Irish, grab your green and your Guinness and enjoy a whole afternoon and evening of live music.

Celebrate St. Patrick's day in the Netherlands

No matter how you decide to spend it, be sure to make it a memorable St. Patrick's Day this year!

Rachel Deloughry


Rachel Deloughry

Rachel is a writer, editor and digital content creator, passionate about the arts, culture and lifestyle.

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