Immerse yourself in Irish music, dance, and lots of Guinness as the Saint Patrick’s Day Street Festival returns
It’s that time again to don your most garish green garb and guzzle Guinness at your favourite Irish bars. But if you’re looking for a huge fiesta to ring in St. Paddy’s Day, you won’t wanna miss this festival. Kicking off along the Boat Quay district once again, The Saint Patrick’s Day Street Festival is Singapore’s biggest celebration of Irish culture, and we’ve got just the primer for you to get prepped.
Rock out with your Shamrock out
A quintessential part of this annual Irish celebration is rockin’ live music, and this year, festival-goers will be treated to live performances at two stages and a DJ booth. The traditional stage will showcase Irish dance performances as well as traditional Irish music played on the Uilleann pipes, hammered dulcimer, banjo, and fiddle by The Singapore Trad Collective acoustic band. Want it a little louder? The rock stage will feature Irish rock and folk-rock music by acts like Babushka (instrumental jazz, folk, and world music), The Rock Rosettes (all-female Singaporean U2 tribute band), and the Shambollicks (Irish rock covers).
Enjoy a pint of Guinness along with Guinness-infused drinks and food
Of course, it’s not a proper Irish festival without copious amounts of Ireland’s famous Guinness Stout, so make sure you grab a pint at the festival’s many stalls. New this year are specially created Guinness-infused and green-coloured dishes and drinks that’ll be available at participating restaurants and bars for the entire month of March. Special drinks include the Mogambo’s Guinness Punch ($10) – made with Guinness, cinnamon, nutmeg, and condensed milk. Or if you’re feeling peckish, grab a seat at Hero’s and tuck into a hearty Irish lamb & Guinness stew, or head to Roll Up for green pahadi poulet chicken kebabs marinated in mint. Other establishments in the Irish mood include Boomarang, Molly Malone’s, Ô COMPTOIR, and Uncabunca.
Fun for the wee ones too
Saint Paddy’s Day has always been a family-friendly affair, so you’ll find plenty of activities lined up for the wee ones like an instant photo booth, face painting sessions, balloon sculpting, and even a bouncy castle.
Ready to bust out your Irish pride? This festival is a true pot of gold.
Saint Patrick’s Day Street Festival 2017. 17-19 March. Fri 6pm-late, Sat-Sun 2pm-10pm.