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FAQ's Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival 2022

Where is the Sydney St Patrick's Day Festival held?

This free festival will be held in The Rocks from 11am – 6pm on Sunday 20th March 2022. The main areas will include First Fleet Park, MCA Lawn and Bligh & Barney Reserve with some pop-up performances around The Rocks to enjoy.

Is the festival just on Sunday?

While the main festival itself is just taking place on Sunday, we have plenty of activities happening on Saturday too. The Irish Markets will run from 10-5pm and there’s lots of Irish music and dance performances around The Rocks to enjoy.

Watch this space for more information around the Saturday night event!

Is First Fleet Park 18+ only?

No, this year is open to all ages including main stage in First Fleet Park and rest of the festival space which includes the Children’s Area, pop-up Gaeltacht, art and craft tent, Irish dance performance stage, live music performances and much more.

Who is the festival for?

Everyone’s welcome.  The festival is a family fun day celebrating Irish culture and heritage but you don’t have to be Irish to attend or enjoy the festival.

Do I need to book a ticket?

No, the festival is free and no tickets are required. We do recommend arriving early especially if you intend to visit First Fleet Park. A Covid safe queuing system will be in place.

How do I know what’s happening and when?

Here’s the full Festival Line-up.  It’s also included in the festival booklet which will be handed out on the day and is available on our website.

How do I know where everything is happening?

Our Festival Map can be found on our website and in the booklet.

What stalls will be there over the weekend?

We have the very best of Irish food, craft and gift as well as the SSPD Merchandise tent. For a full list of stalls, click here.  

What happens if it rains? 

The festival will go ahead as planned. Come prepared i.e. with umbrellas and rain jackets. We also have some wonderful green ponchos for sale at the SSPD Merchandise stall.

What is the best way to get to the festival?

Our Festival is perfectly located close to bus, train and tram stops. Find out the best way to get to the Sydney St Patrick's Day festival here

Is there parking?

There are several secure, conveniently located parking stations in The Rocks. Click here for more info. < Link to>

Can I bring my own alcohol into the festival?

There is no BYO alcohol allowed. There will be bag searches at the gate. The event is licensed and there is a bar on site.

Can I bring a picnic blanket or my own chair?

Yes, there will be lots of seating but you’re welcome to bring your own as well.

What entertainment will there be for children?

Lots! Free face painting, art and craft tent, pop up Gaeltacht, Irish dance performances and more. There will also be Irish hats, harps and post boxes for the perfect photo opportunity and some special guests roaming throughout the day.

Will the Festival be COVID safe?

We will be adhering to strict numbers on the day and a Covid safe queuing system will be in operation. All those attending First Fleet Park must scan a QR to gain entry. Socially distanced seating will be provided. There will be lots of sanitation stations available around the entire area and we encourage everyone to use them.

Can I still attend the festival if I’m feeling unwell?

Afraid not. If you feel unwell, please stay home. If you are awaiting COVID test results, please do not attend the St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
For the latest Government health advice and COVID-19 restrictions, please check the NSW Government website:

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