Questions relating to the Festival
Where is the actual Sydney St Patrick's Day festival held?
The festival will be held in Dawes Point Park under the Harbour Bridge in the Rocks. https://goo.gl/maps/aziqyc6herD2
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.
Getting there? What is the best way to get to the festival?
Find out the best way to get to the Sydney St Patrick's Day festival here.
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.
What happens if it rains?
The majority of the event will be held under shade (at Dawes Point under the harbour bridge). Come prepared i.e. with umbrellas and rain jackets.
What if it’s too hot and sunny?
As per above - the main event will be in some shade. Come prepared i.e. bring suncream, a waterbottle and hats.
What entertainment will there be for children?
- Free face painting
- Free Irish themed craft activities
- A Performance Tent showcasing throughout the day: Irish Dancing displays, interactive Irish Dancing lessons, Pipe Band performance, soulful Irish ballads.
- Irish Language sessions for children (open to registered children aged between 2 and 12 years old).
Can kids come into the licensed area?
Yes, if accompanied by a Parent/Guardian.
Where and when does the parade start?
11 am on Sunday 17th March at First Fleet Park
Where is the best place to view the parade?
The opportune place to view the parade is at Circular Quay along the front of the harbour. You can also view the parade within the Rocks prescient. There is a disabled viewing spot on Atherden Street close to George Street. We advise arriving early as the viewing spots will be closed off when full.
How long will the parade last?
The parade will last approx. 45mins.
Who can take part in the parade?
The parade is open to all Organisations and we also have a dedicated section to Children. Check out the parade application form for more details.