Full line-up of Birmingham St Patrick's Festival events

Full line-up of Birmingham St Patrick's Festival events

THE LINE-UP for the Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival and Parade Fringe dates has been announced.

The St Patrick’s Festival is a week long celebration of Irish culture and heritage from March 7-17.

It gives Birmingham’s communities the opportunity to experience Irish music, song, dance and drama and there will be a host of eclectic entertainment to suit every taste based around this year’s theme: ‘Irish Myths and Legends’.


Friday 7 March - Festival Launch Party

Civic reception for St Patrick's Birmingham Festival - Two course buffet, live traditional music from Reel Note followed by a performance from The Holy Show Band 8pm.

Venue: The Old Library, Digbeth
Cost: £10

Saturday 8 March - The Reel

The Reel - a day of music, dance and poetry - takes place on Edgbaston Street (by Market area) at 1pm - 3pm.

Monday 10 March - Big Irish Night

Irish literary evening hosted by Irish in Birmingham at 7.30pm.

Venue: The Old Crown, Digbeth
Cost: Free Event

Monday 10 March: Traditional Irish Music Night

Venue: The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, 8pm
Cost: Free Event

Tuesday 11 March: Storytelling with Claire Murphy

Venue: Custard Factory Auditorium, Digbeth, 7.30pm
Cost: Free Event

Wednesdsay 12 March – Music, Dance and Drama Night

A collective of Birmingham Schools - Music, Dance and Drama night, 6pm - 9pm

Venue: Custard Factory Auditorium, Digbeth
Cost: Free Event

Wednesday 12 March – Whisky Tasting Night

Whisky Tasting Night including a selection of Irish Whiskys, a talk and Irish Stew, 7pm

Venue: The Old Crown, Digbeth
Cost: £15

Thursday 13 March – Storytelling

An evening of Storytelling: Irish Myths and Legends, 8pm

Venue: The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
Cost: Free Event

Thursday 13 March – Big Irish Night

Hosted by Irish in Birmingham, 7:30pm

Venue: The Old Crown
Cost: Free event

Friday 14 March – Charity Race Night

Charity Race Night in aid of Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Parade, 8pm

Venue: Hennessey's bar, Digbeth
Cost: Free Event

Friday 14 March – The Hurling Boys

The Hurling Boys, four piece acoustic band, 8pm

Venue: St Mary's, Harbourne
Cost: £6

Saturday 15 March - Shaping the Archive of Irish in Birmingham

A discussion panel to consider how Irish in Birmingham is currently represented in archive, how this could be strengthened and the contribution of the Irish community can make to the process, 2-4pm.

Venue: Library of Birmingham
Cost: Free event

Saturday 15 March – Traditional and contemporary music

Lampa, a young Birmingham band playing live traditional and contemporary music, 8pm.

Venue: Hennessey's Bar, Digbeth
Cost: Free Event

Sunday 16 March - The big day!

Mass celebrating St Patrick at St Anne’s Church, Digbeth, 10am.

This year's Parade is themed "Irish Myths and Legends".

An Ollipheist (Irish Dragon) will lead the parade and following this are: Pipe and drum bands, Traditional Irish Bands from England and Ireland, decorate floats, vintage motorbikes, classic cars, school groups, steam engines and much, much more!

A children's entertainment area is located behind The Irish Centre in Birmingham with magicians, face painting and a craft area.

An "Irish Village" sits on Gret Street.

Like dizzy heights funfair is located on Bradford Street.

Venue: Camphill to Digbeth 12 noon - 2pm
Cost: Free Event