We are delighted to announce that we will be joining forces with Urban Spree in Friedrichshain to host our special day in March!
Urban Spree, the cultural icon on the old RAW Grounds beside Warschauer Str, is the perfect venue for our comeback special! We’ll have Irish streetfood vendors serving delicious Irish drinks and food, live music, Irish dancing, and so much more. Make sure you join our Facebook event to stay up to date with announcements!
A highlight on the day will be the climax of the 6 Nations Rugby tournament. England vs Ireland will be shown on the BIG screen in the garden. There will be plenty of Irish whiskey and hot drinks to keep us going!
While the rugby is on outside, we will have family-friendly activities in the large indoor exhibition space.
Once the game is finished, we’ll kick off things inside with the concert, featuring diverse Berlin-based Irish musicians. Follow our social channels for updates!
The Afterparty featuring renowned Irish DJs follows on from the concert.
At a Glance
We have plenty to do between now and the big day in March. We’re therefore calling on interested local vendors, volunteers, artists and sponsors to get in touch!
And to everyone else: Start dusting off your green attire as you’ll be needing it come March 17th, 2018!
The St. Patrick’s Festival Berlin Team
Dear friends of St. Patrick’s Festival Berlin,
We are delighted to announce that the rumours are true….SPFB is officially BACK on Saturday, March 17th, 2018!!! #patisback
We have some EPIC plans for our comeback event and are calling on interested local vendors, volunteers, artists and sponsors to get in touch!
For those of you who haven’t been to our previous celebrations, SPFB is a wild day of Irish spirit, delicious Irish drinks and food, live music, Irish dancing, 6 Nations Rugby and so much more. Like in previous years, in 2018 we hope to kick proceedings off with a parade where revellers clad in green march through the streets of Berlin to the sound of bagpipes (as always, this is dependant on us receiving permission from the local authorities). The parade will then finish up at our new location where the festivities for all ages will kick off!
Why celebrate St Patrick’s Day with us? Put simply, we know how to throw a party! But we’ll also do our best to make everyone feel welcome and as if they were celebrating on the Emerald Isle themselves. We also want to share the Irish spirit with ALL of Berlin, which is why our event will be family-friendly coming together of an eclectic and diverse mix of people. So come eat, drink, dance and be merry with us next year on Ireland’s national holiday.
So sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social media and spread the word that #PATISBACK in 2018! We will announce our new special location asap!
The SPFB Team
P.S. Get in touch if you’re interested in getting involved!
In 2015 our unique Irish holiday was celebrated on a beautiful spring Sunday with a parade, live music and of course a lot of delicious food and hell of a lot of drinks.
The great thing about celebrating Irishness in such a multicultural city such as Berlin is that everyone can get a taste of what it’s like to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day – people from all walks of life got the green clothes out and made the day really open and special.
The parade took off from Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg to the bagpipes of the “Berlin Pipe Company & Friends”, the green-dressed participants marched down Oranienstrasse, until reaching the outdoor stages and drinking tents at Ratiborstrasse.
We got some wonderfully typical Irish weather but there was no worries as heaters and covered areas rejuvenated revelers after stints of dancing in the light rain. Six hours of live music including the seven-member Dublin band “Skipper’s Alley”, with a Uillean Pipes, Irish bagpipe, harp, Fiedel and Bodhrán, is a traditional Irish drum for island tuning. All topped off with culinary specialties from the Emerald Isle – in solid and liquid form.
In 2014 we freshened things up a bit with a new parade route and venue. For the first time we assembled outside of our beloved Kreuzberg as we met up at S-Bahnhof Plänterwald in Treptow for the parade. With St. Patrick’s Day’s falling on a Monday that year so we had our finger’s crossed for big numbers at the weekend. As usual we were not disappointed, as the extended Irish community in Berlin and their friends arrived en masse and wearing green for the parade and festival.
The musical highlight was undoubtedly Berlin’s Irish folk collective Iarthar, who played to a packed crowd at the Arena venue in Treptow.
We also had superb Irish dancers from Donegals Irish Dance troupe who really got the crowds going!
We really went all out in 2013 with a full programme that not only included the annual parade and concert, but we also had a whiskey tasting evening at Geist im Glas and we teamed up with our friends at the Shebeen Flick Irish film festival.
Over 5,000 people braved the snowy weather to attend the festivities, which as usual started with our traditional parade through Kreuzberg.
Along the way we stopped off in Görlitzer Park to warm those toes with some Irish dancing for the whole family!
The crowd was led to the beer garden on Ratiborstr. in Kreuzberg, which played host to our outdoor concert for the first time that year. As revellers had come to expect, we had a fine selection of Irish artists on show to keep the party going. We were overwhelmed by the success of the 2013 event and looked forward to even greater things in 2014!
In 2012 we were blessed with a blistering sunny day that really drew the crowds. Ambassador Dan Mulhall officially launched the festival with a few words as the parade gathered at Spreewaldplatz in Kreuzberg. Once everyone had assembled, we set off into Görlitzer Park accompanied by the wonderful sound of bagpipes in unison. We were also led, of course, by St. Patrick himself as he banished the park’s snakes!
We really felt like the festival had truly arrived that year as more than 2,500 took part on the day. After the parade, we moved back to Spreewaldplatz for music and Irish dancing as the sun set in the background.
After sunset and as the temperature dropped outside, we thankfully didn’t have far to go: We had rented what was back then a Mexican restaurant directly on the Platz for the evening’s festivities. So thankfully the party continued inside until the wee hours with many even making it as far as the after party in Kleine Reise. Ah, those were the days 🙂