15th Mar 2019 in Uncategorised

Looking for ways to paint Belfast green this St Patrick’s Day?

Here’s a rundown of everything happening in The Cathedral Quarter Belfast this Paddy’s Day!

Join the Carnival…

Of course, the big headline event is Belfast’s official St Patrick’s Day carnival parade and concert. The carnival parade leaves from Belfast City Hall at 12.30pm, travelling along Chichester Street and Victoria Street, into High Street and Donegall Street, before finishing at Writers Square. There will be eye-catching floats, performers and magnificent costumes, global musicians and local community organisations. St Patrick himself will be joined by pipe bands, dancers and more on their colourful journey through the city.

After the parade, there’s a free open-air concert in The Cathedral Quarter from 1.30pm – 4pm in Custom House Square. Headlining this year’s concert will be a big colourful blast from your 90s past – The Vengaboys. Also rolling in to Custom House Square on the Vengabus are The Whistlin’ Donkeys with traditional music, Irish dancers ‘Fusion Fighters’, Belfast Ukulele Jam, County Down singing sensation Catherine McGrath, who recently supported Michael Bublé and Picture This, and Ryan Sheridan, one of Ireland’s finest guitarists, who will play some of his biggest hits including ‘Jigsaw’ and ‘The Dreamer’. The gates open at 1.15pm and entry is free but on a first come first served basis.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry…

Pop into The Green Room at The Black Box for a hearty bowl of stew washed down with a pint of Guinness for just £6 – but be quick as there’s a limited supply and they expect to sell out. At 6pm, The Skallions take to the stage in The Black Box supported by The Twisted Sisters and BSC Sound System.

Cafe On The Square is on hand for anyone who needs to revive a flagging shamrock – Irish stew or a burger, plus a pint with your grub of choice is £6.50 all day. 2 Taps also have a festive food offer on St Patrick’s Day of Beef and Guinness Stew served with Wheaten bread for £5.50.

Northern Whig start the party early with two cocktails for £12 between 6pm and 10pm on Friday 16th. On Sunday there is live entertainment all day – a trad band, DJ Flip Mac, Funk Sinatra and Irish dancers, plus a St Patrick’s Day all-day menu to keep the craic fuelled.

Celebrate in style this Friday and Saturday at Ollie’s St. Paddy’s Weekend with DJ’s and Live Trad music both nights – the first 100 to register on their guest list get a free shot. FRIDAY: http://glist.me/ollies/e/3632 SATURDAY: http://glist.me/ollies/e/3633

The Harp Bar has live entertainment from 12pm until late, beginning with Rory Conway, then Set Irish Dancing from 2.30pm, Kieran McKillop from 3pm, Broadcast from 6.30pm and Illegal Smile from 9.30pm.

The Dirty Onion have a weekend of entertainment lined up – Friday Night sees Irish Traditional Music in the Inside Bar from 8pm, Brendan McKenna , Owen Denvir , Jav & Dave in the Beer Garden from 5pm. On Saturday Night, there’s Irish Traditional Music in the Inside Bar from 2pm, plus live music in the beer garden. On St Patricks Day Sunday there is an all-day barbecue plus 12 hours of Irish Traditional Music, while in the Beer Garden you can hear Blue Letters, Nine Inch Nialls, Astronomers, Belfast Busking Band and The 77s. Upstairs, Yardbird has ‘Whiskey and Wings’ on for £8!

39 Gordon Street has a full weekend of live music, with Weston, The 77s, Nine Inch Nialls and Boneyard Boys keeping the craic as close to ninety as humanly possible on St Patrick’s Day.

Blaklist on Little Donegall Street has live music from 3pm, live DJs playing from 8pm until 3am and hot food served all day.

Maverick Belfast is open from 1pm on St Patrick’s Day with free entertainment on all day including Portia D’Monte, Blu Hydrangea, Soup DuJour, Misty Falls and Onya Becks. They are running a competition on their Facebook page to win a £200 bar tab. You know what to do!

The Kremlin‘s St Patrick’s Day Club night is on from 9pm to 3am, with DJ Gareth Woods & DJ Robert Brown on the decks, and drinks promos through the night.

McHugh’s is making a weekend of it, with music on from Friday to Monday, Six Nations on the big screen on Saturday and then of course the parade and carnival concert to enjoy with a pint in your hand on Sunday.

In The Spaniard on Saturday is Jackie Rainey playing live from 4pm, Ghost djing at night, and cocktail offers (see poster below). On Sunday Matt Wilson is playing live from 3pm, and in the evening there are more drinks offers, and Paul Murray on the decks. You’ll also be able to watch the Six Nations here if that’s your thing!

The Union Street Bar this Sunday has TINA’S HOOLIE from 4pm and CABARGAY from 9pm.

Get your (sham)rocks off at The National with an entire day’s worth of live trad kicking off from 12pm in the beer garden with a barbecue. On top of that, they have DJ KKRU and DARZO looking after the tunes in the main bar from 6pm to late.

The Thirsty Goat has live music in the bar and beer garden from Friday 15th right through to Monday 18th, plus a special St Patrick’s menu served on these days too, including Irish garlic soda bread, beef and Guinness pie, a Paddy’s burger and of course, Irish stew.

Break from the norm…

Seedhead Arts holds their next Street Art Walking Tour on St Patrick’s Day. It begins outside The Duke of York at 12pm and finishes up at The Black Box around 2 hours later. Belfast is famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us? Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, where artists from around the world have come to paint. Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this gently paced guide to the ever-changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter. £10 per person – for more information email info@seedheadarts.com

Fancy escaping the party for a bit of me time? The Merchant Spa has a Spring Facial Offer Now Available Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March – enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day treat and reveal glowing skin with their Elemis Pro-Collagen Facial Package, only £72 per person. Enjoy the following:

  • 60-minute Hydrotherapy Experience.
  • 45-minute Elemis Pro-Collagen Facial.
  • Take home Elemis Pro-Collagen Kit worth £38 (while stocks last).
  • A glass of Valdo Prosecco in the relaxation room.

To make an appointment phone 028 9026 2712.

Visit the Go Girl Pop Up Exhibition, which is on at The Golden Thread Gallery on various dates throughout March, including 9am to 6pm on Saturday 16th March, and 1pm – 3pm on St Patrick’s Day. This is a showcase of young, female creatives stretching their artistic talents in a world in which women are increasingly making their voices heard. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Balance for Better’ which calls for a world which celebrates all of our individual endeavours on an equal footing, whatever your gender or status in life. The collective celebrated this on 9th of March from 1-in the Golden Thread Pop Up Gallery Space in CastleCourt Shopping Centre with an exhibition exploring fantastic, female talent and themes of identity, belonging and resilience. During the pop up throughout March, the girls work on a variety of different projects during the residency. They will also be hosting a free workshop on the 24th of March from 2.30pm – 3.30pm and have a collaborative ‘create your own path’ wall which we encourage all visitors to the space to add to alongside our resident artists.

Go Girl is a collaborative community of young creatives originally based in Belfast that is gradually expanding to include members in Derry, Dublin and now into England. They believe in feminism, opportunity and inclusion and in nurturing a network where women are understood, respected and supported in their individual endeavours.


If you have any ideas for an article or want to let us know about something brilliant happening in the Cathedral Quarter – get in touch! Email heather@cathedralquarterbelfast.com or you can submit events to our What’s On guide for free by clicking here.

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